Sunday, April 2, 2017

Wild About Weather


The weather has been wild lately, one day warm and the next day cold. We've become wild about the weather in class as well during our new "Clouds and Storms" science unit. Our room is filled with the 4 different types of clouds we're studying (cumulus, cirrus, stratus, and nimbus) from the ceiling to the floor...
Some of the activities we've completed to learn about types of clouds included reading nonfiction books and watching videos about them and using cottonballs to form the types of clouds that word riddles described. We've also been studying the phases of the water cycle ( precipitation, collection, evaporation, and condensation) in a variety of ways including making precipitation using shaving cream clouds and food coloring rain...
 
creating paper plate water cycle wheels, and learning The Water Cycle Song...

April showers may bring may flowers, but our classroom is already blooming with "Spring Simile" paper plate poetry flowers. After learning that a simile is a figure of speech comparing 2 unlike things using the word "like" students created poems about spring using their five senses and similes. We first brainstormed 5 senses associations we have with the season on a pre-writing bubblemap and then moved on to compose rough drafts. After peer and self-editing the students wrote their final drafts and attached them to paper plate flowers they decorated with markers...

Our class has also become experts on adjectives. We started the unit by creating "namebows" that have adjectives describing ourselves using the letters in our names written on rainbow strips...

Students created sentences containing adjectives describing "how many" and "what kind" by playing "Spin and Adjective" using the whiteboard and a magnetic spinner. We also learned about comparative and superlative adjectives by creating a t-chart showing the comparative and superlative forms of adjectives...
Wishing everyone a happy Passover and spring season!





Sunday, February 12, 2017

February Fun


February has been flying by with lots of learning and fun! In math, we learned how to find the area of regular and irregular shapes by counting square units and multiplying. Some of the area activities we completed included identifying the area of shapes on the Smartboard...
and using square tiles to find the area of shapes...
 Now that we've completed the unit we'll be moving on to learning how to represent and interpret data which will include bar graphs, pie graphs, line plots, and line graphs.

3rd graders have become rock stars learning about the 3 types of rocks: igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary. We classified rock samples according to the MOH hardness scale in science lab using rock samples that we rubbed against tile to determine how hard or soft they were. Students classified rock samples as one of the 3 types of rock in class. We also classified Tootsie Rolls, chocolate chip cookies, and layered creme cookies as igneous, metamorphic of sedimentary. We recorded our observations on field recording sheets, such as determining the layered creme cookies represented sedimentary rocks because of their layers. Of course we had a delicious time eating the test samples when we were done!

The hit of our rock unit was the rock museum we set up using books and samples of rocks, minerals, and gems. Thank you to all the families that brought in samples to add to our collection!
In writing we've begun learning how to compose persuasive narratives using the method "OREO", which stands for "opinion-reason-example-opinion restated". Our introduction to the method began with an anchor chart and a "Click Clack Moo" read aloud and discussion about how the characters in the story persuaded a farmer through their letter writing.
We're currently writing persuasive letters to Mrs Hoberman about "Something Shalom Torah Academy Needs" and are looking forward to the responses we'll get from her. 

In reading, we're midway through our Charlotte's Web novel study. Students created self-portrait spiders holding index cards with a decorated word describing themselves on it for our "Word Weavers" display. Speaking of reading we've been participating in "DEAR", which stands for "Drop Everything and Read" whenever we have some free time....
      Happy learning!




Sunday, January 8, 2017

Ringing in 2017

We've been ringing in the new year with lots of fun learning activities! In math, we're continuing to review our times tables in fun ways such as playing "Multiplication Musical Chairs"...


We've also begun learning division. We created "Division Pizza" booklets to learn what  part of a division equation is the divisor, dividend, and quotient and created illustrations in it to show that division is breaking apart objects into groups. We were also introduced to "Division Man" who showed us the steps of dividing: divide, multiply, subtract, and bring down. We'll be focusing on him more when we begin dividing with remainders.

In science, we ended our physical science unit learning about sound energy. We created vibrations using cups, plastic wrap, sugar crystals, and our voices. When we hummed against the cups the sugar crystals atop them vibrated as seen below...

Another way we created vibrations was by using tuning forks and a bucket of water. After striking the tuning fork to make it vibrate, we quickly placed it in the bucket of water to create sound waves, which we could see when the water rippled...


Now that we've completed our physical science unit we are beginning our earth science one. This week we'll be learning about  types of volcanoes,  the parts of a volcano, and earthquakes. Then, we'll be studying weathering, erosion, and deposition; types of rocks; and types of soil. One of the highlights of the unit is creating a "rock museum" in our science spot. Children are invited to bring any rocks, minerals, gems, and books on these topics from home to add to the museum.

In reading, we are beginning a new novel study, Charlotte's Web. We'll be using lapbooks containing graphic organizers, comprehension questions,and poems to explore story elements and themes. We'll be reading chapters both in class and at home so please check homework agendas or the online homework calendar to see what night reading is assigned.

In Writing Workshop, we've begun learning about biographies. After creating a "biography" bubble to learn about features of a biography the first biography we read was The Boy Who Lived on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Seuss. This week, we're writing our Dr. Seuss biography final drafts on hat patterns which will be attached to Cat in the Hat paper plates we make. Other people we'll be writing biographies about include Rosa Parks, Jacques Cousteau, and Amelia Earhart. Each biography will be incorporated with a craftivity relating to the person. Don't forgetstudent biography reports are due this Wednesday.

Wishing everyone a bright 20171

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Mad about Matter

The past few weeks in science we've been madly learning all about matter! We began  our unit making flip books to learn the 3 stages of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. We wrote about the properties of each type, such as its mass and volume. Students used Cheerios to represent molecule placement in each type of matter, noting solids have the most tightly packed molecules and gases have the least...


Next, students learned how matter goes through physical and chemical changes. We classified picture cards as physical or chemical changes on a whiteboard chart and watched videos about these 2 types of changes such as Scholastic Study Jams Physical and Chemical Changes


The class also conducted its own experiments to create physical and chemical changes. During our "Magic Milk" experiment we added food coloring to milk...


Then, we then added a few drops of dish detergent to the mixture and watched in amazement a chemical reaction occurring...

 Students learned milk contains vitamins, minerals, proteins, and small droplets of fat. The fat and proteins are super sensitive to change so when the dishwashing liquid was added the chemical reaction occurred, which was evident when the milk and dish detergent swirled around, pushing the food coloring to the edge of the plate.

We also conducted physical and chemical changes in Science Lab, such as combining baking soda and vinegar to make balloons blow up...

and mixing ingredients like Borax to make "gak"...

    Happy learning!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

We had a blast celebrating Sukkot by having a rollerskating party and going to Fun Plex!