Welcome to the updated third degree!

We have made some updates to the blog and seems to be ready to go!  I hope that you will be able to access it more often now that it will be up and running again.  If you would like to subscribe and get automatic updates, you can do that on the right.  Just enter an email address and you will be notified when something is added.  

Here is our first new bit of info.  All of the third grades have been practicing a holiday somg to share at the Holiday All School Opening the day before break.  This is a link so your child can practice at home.  Look for lyrics to come home too.  The best part is it we will also be signing the words in American Sign Language thanks to Ms. Gilbert!  Check out the link here!

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Hi families,

Just a few updates for tomorrow. Spelling homework, reading logs and vocabulary puzzles are all due. We will have tests in spelling and vocabulary. It is also tye-dye day. Lastly we will be going to the book fair in the afternoon so if you would like your child to buy books please send cash along!  It will be a busy day. Currently we are scheduled to have a 1:30 dismissal but if we have have a delay we will come in late and go home at the regular time. Please be sure to check the PMSD website or WGAL in the morning.

Substitute and a Snow Day

Hello! I wanted to let you know that I will be out of the classroom until next Wednesday.  Mrs. Glassmeyer will be in our room for all four of the days which means they will be well taken care of.  If you need something, please call the office or send a note as she will not have access to email.

Because of the snow day our schedule will change a little.  We will push the spelling and vocab tests to Monday.  We will get back on track next week.  Thanks for understanding!

We will also be adding new blog posts next week!  I hope You have had a chance to check out your child’s post.  They can be found at link on the right!





Student Blogging Challenge

I am very excited to announce that our class will be participating in the Student Blogging Challenge for the next few weeks!  We will be writing stories and posting them online as well as commenting on stories other people post from around the world.  I hope that the class will not only be excited to write the stories but also start thinking about how to improve their writing and make constructive comments to others.

Our first assignment is homework tonight.  Each student brought home an index card.  I am asking that he or she write a paragraph introducing themselves to the world.  The post should their first name, where they live (city, state and county)and at least two interesting things about them.  It should be a minimum of 4 sentences and a maximum of 10.  Tomorrow we will type and post them.  I will share more information about where to read the posts when they are ready to go.  Below you will see the example I wrote for the class today.


About the Blogger

My name is Mrs. Smith.¬† I am a 3rd grade teacher.¬† I live in Lititz, PA in the USA.¬† I live with my husband and 2 kids, Libby and Pete.¬† We also have a dog named Hugo and a fish named BobScout.¬†¬† I love teaching 3rd graders and my favorite subject to teach is Science.¬† I also love our Hero unit.¬† On the weekends I like to read biographies, listen to all kinds of podcasts, and watch my kids playing sports.¬† My favorite food is a warm donut and my favorite band is U2.¬† My favorite movie is “The Princess Bride.” ¬†My favorite book is “Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World.”¬†

Kids at Work Day

Penn Manor is celebrating Kids at Work Day tomorrow!¬† Earlier this week we talked about different jobs and watched a video that highlighted a few jobs they may not have known much about.¬† Tomorrow students are invited to dress up to show off a career they would like to have.¬† We will take a few minutes to go around the room and talk about why everyone chose that job and what sounds fun about it.¬† Costumes don’t have to be elaborate but are just meant to get them thinking about their future.¬† Thanks for your support!

Thank You!

I wanted to send out a special thank you to all of the families who donated fruits and veggies to our party on Valentine‚Äôs Day. ¬†The kids loved them and ate a ton of heathy snacks! ¬†I even heard some of them say, ‚ÄúI never had that but, I‚Äôll try it!‚ÄĚ Of course I loved hearing that! ¬†It was a fun little party and I am so thankful to all of you who helped to make it special!

Valentine’s Day

I hope you are staying dry on this very wet and soggy snow day.¬† Snow days should be much more fun than this one.¬† I wanted to send out some information on Valentine’s day next week.¬† I will be sending home a letter with name on it tomorrow but just in case here is a list of student names.¬† We will be having a party next Wednesday.¬† My room always has a Valentine Veggie and February Fruits party.¬† This means we do not have any candy, cookies or sweets.¬† We will have pink fruit and purple veggie dip fruits and veggies as well as an assortment of cut up fruit and vegetables.¬† I will be sending home a sheet with information tomorrow.¬† If you would like to volunteer to send in washed and cut fruit or veggies it would be appreciated but not necessary.

We will also be exchanging valentines.  We will make bags in class.  Students can start bringing in cards Tuesday.  Candy may be attached to cards but it will all be sent home with students to enjoy.  Please make sure that if your child chooses to hand out cards he or she has one for everyone.

Class list:

Shalina, Elaine, Tyler, Chloe, Miles, Christian, Ny’Asia, Kaylahni, Shamira, Hannah, Joseph, Katie, Trinity, Ryan, Noah R., Dwayne, Noah T., Christopher, Ian


Schedule update…again

Does anyone remember the good old days when we went to school five days a week? ¬†Me neither! ¬†Hopefully, even though winter isn’t over the snow days are! ¬†The class and I talked about the schedule over the next few months. ¬†What I told them is that we will work very hard and it will feel long and boring and even a little bit hard that we will get through it together.

In order to keep up with the original schedule we are moving through reading lesson 15 in two days! ¬†That’s right – 2. ¬†Today we reviewed the focus skills plot and author’s purpose. ¬†We had worked on these skills for several weeks and will take the test tomorrow. ¬†We will skip the spelling and vocab test. ¬†On Monday, we will begin lesson 16 and (hopefully) everything will be back to normal.

Today we also began our new science unit.  Students will learn about life cycles for the next several lessons.  There will be a test in the next 2 weeks and then we will move onto habitats and adaptations of animals.

Thanks for your continued support!

Brandy Smith

Snow days and our new schedule

Good Morning families,

I hope you had a chance to enjoy the extra time off last week.  I wanted to update you on the schedule.  Here is a list of some new dates for the next few weeks. In talking to the other 3rd grade teachers we have decided to spend a little extra time covering lesson 14 and add in some additional content time in order to finish our units before the end of the marking period.   Hope it helps!

Monday 1/8- ¬†Welcome back! ¬†It’s been a while ūüôā

Tuesday 1/9 РSpelling and vocab tests for lesson 14.  Homework will be due today.

Wednesday 1/10 -Continue to work on the Anthology Story One Small Place in a Tree for our comprehension test on Friday.

Thursday 1/11 – Students will review for social studies.

Friday 1/12 РWe WILL have school today.  Last day of Marking Period 2.  Students will take their social studies today!

Monday 1/15 – No School – Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday 1//16 – Teacher In-service day – No school for students today!

Wednesday 1/17 Р We will begin lesson 15.  This is a review unit so we will not have a comprehension test.  We will review skills and take skill tests at the end of the lesson.


If you have questions, please ask!

Holiday Assembly and Elf Fun

Tomorrow will be the annual Hambright Holiday Assembly. ¬†The third grade classes will be singing a song that they have learned to perform in sign language. ¬†The assembly begins at 9:15 and we expect to perform sometime around 10 if you would like to come watch. ¬†I will also post a video here if you can’t make it. ¬†The assembly is long so please don’t feel that you need to stay for the whole thing. ¬†We are typically short on seats so someone will appreciate if you have to sneak out ūüôā

Today we got to go to Mrs. Kirchner’s kindergarten class to do some very special reading. ¬†Our kindergarten buddies got letters all the way from The North Pole! ¬†They needed some help reading them and we were happy to share in the magic! ¬†Ask your child about his or her elf name!

Students reading letters