• Links to online educational resources

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 3/24/2020



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  • C-3 Updates

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 3/24/2020

    Good morning, C-3 families!

    Happy Tuesday - I hope this finds you well and rested.  I wanted to update everyone on a few things and share some more really great resources.  First, regarding Zoom.  We are still not legally allowed to use it as educators without the educator account/license. This is due to laws regarding student privacy.  I understand there might be some loopholes around that, but I'm a rule-follower (especially when it comes to my students).  The district has assured us that it applied for the educator account when the shelter-in-place first started and we should have it up and running soon.  I am very excited to use this tool once we can. 
    In the meantime, please remember to have your child check out the daily Flipgrid video I post on Google Classroom.  This is a fun way for us all to see each other and keep in touch.  Today's video will be a very special one - a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to AFFAN!!  So, please have your child respond back with a thoughtful birthday message if they can.  We want to all help make him feel the birthday love today. ❤
    Daily Movement Opportunity
    I haven't tried this myself but wanted to share for those of you who are looking for some movement for your kids - Daily Wiggles and Jiggles at 8:45 am.  It is put on by a Zumba Instructor who has been doing a kids' dance class for 30-40 mins daily.  Its super cute and she takes song requests.  Join any day at 8:45 am!
    Meeting ID: 6536383649
    Here is the link:  
    Science Opportunity
    This is an opportunity for live science labs.  We used to have this woman come to our classes many years ago at Fallon.  She is great!  She is currently  using Facebook Live to teach the labs. Below is the link to our Facebook page. On left side of Facebook will have a list that includes Videos, click on Videos and click on the Live link. 


    Candy Absorption Recording: https://www.facebook.com/STEMSpectrumofScience/videos/245158253183970/  
    IXL Science and Social Studies
    Lastly, for now, IXL has opened up their science and social studies sections to all subscribers (we usually just have access to math).  I've looked these over and I think the kids will love it!  Please encourage your child to try them.  They login using the same access via Clever as they do to access their IXL account for math.
    My announcements/links
    I will be uploading my emails to my school district webpage, so you can find my announcements and links more easily.  I know it is difficult  to keep up with all of the emails and information. 
    I'm sending love to all of our C-3 family!
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  • C-3 Update - Epic Reading Site

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 3/23/2020
    Dear C-3 families,
    I wanted to share this great site for the students to read books online.  It is a lot of fun!
    2. Log in with your class code: xsa0190
    3. Select their name and they’re in!

    Please let me know if you have any difficulty getting into your account.
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  • Class News 3-13-20

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 3/13/2020

    Dear C-3 Parents,

    I hope this email finds you healthy and spending some quality time with your families.  Per the announcement from the district today, the schools will be closed for the next four weeks (3 weeks plus the week of spring break).  

    Please see the link below to the lesson plans our third grade team here at Green has created for our students.  While many of these lessons can be done online, some require hard copies of worksheets.  I am going to furiously work on trying to get these copied for you this afternoon.  We were originally planning on having the copies available for pick up at the school, but Dr. Marken has announced that all school offices will be closed, too.

    You will see some websites referred to in the lesson plans.

    Students can log into these websites through  Clever.com.  Once there, they can login with their Google account.

    Google Logins are:
    User Name: lastnamelast4digitsofstudentID@mydusd.org (example: kennedy1234@mydusd.org)
    Password: 2digitmonth2digitday2digityear (example: 092410)

    Once students log in through Clever with their Google account, they should be able to access all of our district websites with their usernames and passwords automatically filled in.

    Friday Folders:

    Please check your child's Friday Folder for the following:
    * Math lessons for the next three weeks (1 lesson per day).  Students should do the lesson from their textbook that corresponds with each worksheet first, then complete the worksheet.
    * Unit 7 assessment (please go over this with your child)
    * Graphic organizer for Opinion Writing lessons (you can also make a hard copy from the link in the lessons)
    * Reading book, Spending Time and Money
    Your child has also brought home our math textbook to complete each lesson.  Please email me at anytime with any questions or concerns.

    New Friday Folder Parent Signature Sheet:  Please note that while there is a new cover sheet in the Friday Folder,  your child will still be receiving their weekly behavior grade on the Friday Folder sheet.  I will put an O, S, or N in the second column of the cover sheet.
    First Two Weeks of Lesson Plans:
    Teachers will be meeting on Tuesday to create additional plans/lessons.

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  • C-3 News Week of 2-10-20

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 2/10/2020

    Dear C-3 families,

    Happy weekend!
    Some important info for next week:
    GATE test - If you registered your child for the GATE test, I will send a separate email this afternoon with the info regarding the testing which will take place on Monday.
    Valentine's Day Party - Our C-3 Valentine's Day party will be on Tuesday morning.  Please make sure your child has a valentine for each of the students in class.  I am attaching the class list again to this email.  Thank you to our wonderful Room Parents for planning this lovely celebration.  
    Biography Presentations - The students' biography posters are due on Tuesday, February 11th.  Students will be presenting in front of the class.  Please see the last page of the biography report packet for information and sample pictures from last year (I am attaching the packet to this email in case you cannot find yours).  The writing portion of the biography report is a work in progress that we are working on in class (and some students are also working at home).  This portion does not need to be completed yet.
    Schedule Alerts:
    Next Thursday, February 13th is a minimum day
    Next Friday, February 14th is  NO school day
    Monday, February 17th is a NO school day
    Have a great weekend!
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  • C-3 News Week of 2-3-20

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 1/31/2020

    Dear C-3 families,

    We’ve had such a full week! Students learned about the Chinese New Year, enjoyed an on-site Ohlone field trip, started an interactive fractions book, began creating their final biography informational writing projects, started memorizing their next poem (Abraham Lincoln) which they will present next week, made cards for the senior center as one of our Kindness Projects, enjoyed a Jr. Achievement lesson with Mrs. Pillars, started our new reading book, “Making Decisions," and helped their kindergarten buddies make a winter art project... to name just a few of our fun activities.

    Curriculum for next week:
    Math - Finalizing our fractions unit. Our Topic 10 test will be on Tuesday, Feb. 4th

    Reading - Analyzing characters and plot

    Vocabulary- advise, magnificent, nudged, carriage, bellowed, comrades

    Spelling - (long oo and short oo) choose, food, foolish, good, looked, rooster, took, wooden

    Grammar - Comparative and superlative words (example: better/best, sweeter/sweetest)
                         Pronoun-antecedent agreement (example: Henry and John are working on their project.)

    Science - Fossils

    Writing - Informational writing

    Ohlone Day was a huge success! The students enjoyed a day of hands-on learning about the Ohlone. They made cordage, played an Ohlone game of chance, practiced throwing a spear through a hoop, made paint with rocks and painted each other’s faces, and worked a pump drill. I’d like to thank Jeanne and Manoj for volunteering on this day.

    Classroom Supplies:It’s that time of the year when we’re running low on certain supplies (especially with it being flu season). If you can donate any of the following, we’ll be very appreciative. Thank you!
    *Clorox wipes
    *Pink, red, white tissue paper
    *Liquid starch

    The school and district are reminding all families to keep your children home if they are sick.

    In C-3, we are working together to stay healthy by washing our hands regularly, making sure we get daily exercise, drink water, and remembering to cover our mouths with the crook of our arm when we cough.
    Biography Project - Please make sure your child is working on his/her biography project for at least 10 minutes each day.  We talk about this and write it in our Minder Binder every day at school.  I am trying to teach the kids to do a little each day so they are not cramming right before their project is due.  We are also working on the writing and research regularly in class.  However, the poster project is the portion that is completed in-full at home (See the last page of the packet).  Please also remind your child that the packet needs to be kept in their folder so they have it with them each day at school as well as each day at home.  This way they can work on it in both places and do not fall behind when we work on it in class (if they've left their packet at home that day).
    Final Presentations are due February 11th
    Read Aloud/Pajama Day:
    Wednesday, February 5th is our Read Aloud Day. We are still hoping more parents/family members  can sign up to read. Students can wear their pajamas on this day if they would like to. 
    11:40-12:00 _______________
    GATE Testing:
    If your child signed up to take the GATE test (and you returned the signed permission slip), he/she will take the GATE test on Monday, February 10th. The test will take place during the school day in third grade classrooms. Testing is usually about 2 1/2 hours. Students who are not testing will be doing third grade activities in another third grade classroom while the test is being given. Please make sure your child gets a good night's sleep the night before and eats a healthy breakfast. They will have regular snack recess break during the test as well as an additional break. 
    Valentine's Day Party
    Our C-3 Valentine Party will be on Tuesday, Feb. 11th.  Our Room Parents are planning a fun celebration for the students to enjoy that morning.  I am attaching a list of class names for your child to use while making their valentines. 
    Have a wonderful weekend!
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  • C-3 News Week of 1-27-20

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 1/24/2020

    Dear C-3 families,

    Happy Friday and Happy Chinese New Year to those who celebrate!  I hope everyone has a joyous and celebratory weekend. 
    Curriculum for next week:
    Math:  Fractions continues next week - Our Topic 10 test will be on Tuesday, Feb 4th
    Reading: Making Decisions
    Essential Question - What helps us solve problems?
    Vocabulary: crackle, piteously, vigorous, anticipation, commence, conferred, eldest, sauntered
    Spelling: (irregular plurals) geese, lives, sheep, themselves, grass, people, teeth, wolves 
    Grammar: Punctuating Dialogue
                      Possessives (plural and singular)
    Social Studies: Ohlone Day is Tuesday, January 28th from 8:30-12:00!
    Science: Fossils
    Special Project - Biography Report (Informational Writing)
    Valentine's Day Party - Our C-3 Party will be on Tuesday, Feb 11th.  I am attaching a class list of names for your child to use while they write their valentines.
    Next week is the Great Kindness Challenge!  As one of our activities, we will be making cards for the local senior center. ❤
    Read Aloud Day Schedule (Wednesday, Feb 5th)
    11:40-12:00 ______________
    Upcoming Schedule Reminders:
    Thursday, Feb 13th is a minimum day 
    Friday, Feb. 14th is a no school day
    Monday, Feb 17th is a no school day
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  • C-3 News 1-10-20

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 1/10/2020

    Dear C-3 families,

    Happy Friday!  I wanted to extend another sincere thank you for all of the lovely holiday gifts and spoilings.  You all were so generous.  Thank you for treating me so kindly.  
    I am sure the kids are exhausted after their first week back to school.  They sure were troopers - working hard while having fun.  Here's to a relaxing and enjoyable weekend for everyone!
    Our curriculum topics for next week will be:
    Reading - Advancements in Technology - informational reading
                        Because of Winn Dixie - novel study
    Spelling - clerk, coworkers, mother, over, performed, simpler, smaller, various
    Vocabulary - device, innovative, obtained, curious. experiment, phonograph
    Grammar - irregular verbs (example: drive - drove)
    Poetry - Each student will recite a minimum of two stanzas from the poem "Celebrating Me"
    Math - Fractions (Fractions and Length, Fractions on a Number Line, Comparing Fractions)
    Social Studies - The Ohlone People
    Talent Show - If your child is interested, please see the PFC website and/or emails for information on the talent show tryout dates. 
    We will have a new student teacher placed in our class.  Ms. Byers will start with us next week.  She will be shadowing me and eventually teaching a few lessons.  She will be in our class three days a week for the next few months.  
    Reminder - Monday, 1/20 is a holiday (MLK Jr. Day)
    Carley Kennedy
    Third Grade Teacher
    Green Elementary School
    "The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice."
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  • C-3 News Happy New Year!

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 1/5/2020

    Dear C-3 families,

    Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a nice break.  I am looking forward to seeing all of the students tomorrow morning.  We have a lot of fun and exciting plans to start off our 2020 year.
    Math - Fractions (Identifying/naming, comparing, ordering on a number line, and finding equivalent fractions)
    Writing - Nonfiction/Informational Writing.  Students will be researching and writing about a famous: artist, author, or inventor.
    Reading - Advancements in Technology.  We will be learning about innovations over time and how they affect our lives.  This week, we will be studying Alexander Graham Bell.
    Vocabulary - patent, sound waves, telegraph, established, revolutionary, distant
    Spelling - (long vowel sounds) arrive, broke, celebrated, huge, June, telephone, whole
    Grammar - Pronoun-antecedent agreement and punctuating dialogue
    Poetry - "Celebrating Me".  Students will memorize and recite a poem in front of the class.  We will be working on using a loud, clear voice, eye-contact, and rhythm. Students will be graded on: voice/rhythm, memorization, posture/body movement, and eye-contact.
    Reminder - Tomorrow (Tuesday) is our library day.  Please make sure your child has his/her library books to return.

    Carley Kennedy
    Third Grade Teacher
    Green Elementary School
    "The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice."
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  • C-3 News 12-6-19

    Posted by Carley Kennedy on 12/6/2019
    Dear C-3 Families,
    Happy Friday! We've had a fun and busy week of learning.  We also had some great guest teachers: Yen, Nova's mom, taught a really fun art class on Thursday and Julie, Ethan's mom, led a very special Project Cornerstone lesson on Friday.  This week also marked Mrs. Morada's last day with our class as a student teacher.  We will miss her! We do have another student teacher starting her placement with me when we come back in January.  We look forward to having her join our C-3 family. 
    Please see the following message regarding GATE from the district office:

    In early February, all Elementary and Middle School sites are offering the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to identify students who are eligible for Gifted and Talented Education (GATE).
    To register your child to be assessed for GATE eligibility, please visit the DUSD GATE information page and fill out the GATE Permission to Test Form electronically.  Please note, if your child has already been assessed and met the eligibility for GATE, they do not need to retake the test.
    If you have any questions, please contact our Educational Services Department.
    Giving Bags
    Our third grade classes are putting together giving bags for those in need.   If you are able to donate any of the following items, please send them in by next Friday, Dec. 13.  Our class will assemble the bags either that Friday afternoon or on the following Monday, and I will drop them off to the contact from the Livermore Cold Weather Homeless Shelter (who also partners with Open Heart Kitchen) by Dec. 20.  
    Top requested items:

    -New pair of socks
    -Hand warmers (gel packets, sold at Costco and elsewhere)
    -Large, heavy-duty black garbage bags, as would be used for yard clippings; these are used by the homeless to hold their belongings and/or as a rain jacket)
    -Travel sized pack of tissues/Kleenex
    -Pack of hand wipes or hand sanitizer (travel sized)
    -$5 gift card to McDonald's
    -Chocolate or other candy
    We will add a small note and drawing from a student, which will not contain the student's name or any personal information. 
    If we are short on items in any categories, I will donate the rest.  
    Thank you in advance for your consideration.  I'm excited to get the students involved in this act of charitable giving!  
    Our Curriculum Updates for next week:
    Math - Division
    Grammar - Review of singular and plural possessive nouns and comparative and superlative adjectives. 
    Writing - Creative writing with winter stories
    Social Studies - The Ohlone People
    Our holiday party will be on Thursday, December 19th from 12:40-3:00.  More information to come. 
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Carley Kennedy
    Third Grade Teacher
    Green Elementary School
    "The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice."
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