Congratulations on completing another successful quarter at Kahala Elementary School! We are now halfway through the school year and stronger and wiser than we once were. This quarter will be challenging as well as rewarding. Our focus in language arts will be on maximizing our critical thinking within our literature circles and expand on our vocabulary with a better understanding of opinion, informational, and narrative writing.
In math, we will continue to focus on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division within in real life examples and experiences. We will finish up our understanding of multiplication and examine complex fractions. In science, we will explore animal life cycles, adaptations, inherited/variation traits, and fossils. For social studies, we will identify how rules and laws are used in society. Along with this, we will look at how our state and the federal government is organized.
Our homework this quarter will change slightly from last quarter. We will transition from using IXL to the Freckle online math program. Each students password is located on the inside page of their planners. Students will receive the weekly assignment in their Freckle account mailbox. Students can anticipate 4 weekly assignments. Students will continue to use Kidbiz (must complete 2 articles each week with a score of 75% or better). Our spelling will continue as in the first two quarters. The minutes for daily reading have also changed from 25 minutes a day to 35 minutes a day.
I am looking forward to another exciting quarter! Below is a list of this quarter’s events along with the weekly Freckle assignments.
3rd Grade Teacher
Kahala Elementary School
808 983 9000
IXL (Online Math Homework: www.ixl.com
Quarter 3 Freckle
Spelling Homework:(AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE IS A LINK TO ALL OF THE SPELLING AND LANGUAGE ARTS VOCABULARY)
Day 1: Write each word three times in a composition book.
Day 2: Write five (5) sentences using selected words.
Day 3: Put the words in alphabetical order.
Day 4: Write each word in cursive and study.
Day 5: Spelling test.
Accelerated Reader (A.R.):
Students must read 25-30 minutes each evening. The students should be reading A.R. books that are in their reading level. Students will be required to take a comprehension reading test after each book and meet their personal A.R. goal by the end of each quarter.
KidBiz3000: (Online Language Arts program: www.kidbiz3000.com)
Students must complete two Kidbiz articles each week. Students will be assigned one article each week and be able to pick the second article to read. Students must read the article and then complete the activity and score 75% or better on the activity. They are required to finish 20 articles by the end of each quarter.
Keyboarding and Computer Skills:
Keyboarding skills are an essential skill set required in our day-to-day work and communication. Unfortunately, there is not always enough time in the school day for students to practice their typing skills. The two typing websites listed below are located on Kahala online programs. These programs are a great way to keep students actively practicing their typing speed and accuracy.
Hopkins School suggests that 3rd-grade students should be typing 15-20 wpm with 85-90% accuracy. Make sure to use home-row finger placement and good posture.
Hawaii State Assessment
Third grade is the first year that students in Hawaii will be taking standardized testing. Below I have attached a website that will be helpful in better preparing your students for the test that will take place at the end of the school year. Much of what is on the test will be covered throughout the third grade school year so students may not have been exposed to some of the material on the test until the third or even fourth quarter.
- Please return your child’s Friday envelope on Mondays with all the necessary forms that need to be signed.
- On Wednesday's we wear our Kahala school shirts to show school spirit. (Students are in competition with other classes to show their school spirit)
- School starts at 7:55 am (Tardy Bell rings at 8:00 am) and ends at 2:15 pm except for Wednesdays (1:25 pm)
- Upcoming field trips: