Thursday, February 1, 2018

February Fun


February is off to a great start with lots of fun learning activities happening in the 3rd Grade Learning Spot! Science has been "Out of This World" as we learn about the planets, sun, moon, and tools scientists use to study space. Activities included making planet sequence strips that students turned into hats and creating phases of the moon mats...
Our class visited the science lab to conduct an experiment using flashlights and inflatable globes to discover what creates day/night and why we see certain moon phases...

In reading, we're continuing our novel study of Charlotte's Web reading chapters 12-21 and doing extension activities about them. Our Charlotte's Web bulletin board is shown below. It includes "Word Weaver" student spiders holding cards displaying nouns or adjectives describing ourselves. Another section displays "Friend" acrostic poems as friendship is a big theme of the book. Small groups of students will be working collaboratively on "County Fair" brochures to publicize that Wilbur the pig is off to the fair, which will then be added to the board.


In math, we're halfway through our "Area" unit. Students learned two strategies to find the area of a region are 1) counting square units and 2) multiplying length times width. Practicing the 2nd strategy also provides us with an opportunity to continue to strengthen our multiplication skills...

 Students used manipulatives such as unifex cubes to calculate the square units of shapes...
  and learned how to find the area of irregular shapes as well using grid paper.


Another new display is our classroom "Learn About Someone New! Read a Biography!" clothesline. 
Biographies are about famous people such as the children's author, Laura Ingalls Wilder...
and Jane Goodall, who taught us about chimpanzees and created  animal conservation programs...
In class, students are currently composing biographies on Jacques Cousteau, a "Manfish" who created the aqua lung, explored the oceans, and taught us about sea life and why we must conserve it. Students' biographies will be decorated with paper fish they created. Then, we'll be flying off to learn about Amelia Earhart's accomplishments.

Looking forward to a month of learning and fun!


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Ringing in 2018

Our class has been ringing in 2018 with many new learning topics and activities. In math, we began our division unit by meeting Division Man, who introduced us to the steps of dividing...

Students then made "Pizza, Pizza, Division" booklets to learn that division means breaking apart a number, the division symbols, and practice solving division word problems...
In science, we've begun our Rocks, Soil, and Fossils Earth Science unit. A "Rock Museum" in the "Science Spot" contains posters, books, and rock samples for students to explore...
Students learned that rocks are classified as igneous, metamorphic, or sedimentary by creating "Types of Rocks" flipbooks and watching a Brainpop video about the rock types. Then, we examined rock samples and classified them as one of them...
 Next, we'll be learning about the three types of soil: clay, loam and humus as well as learning about fossils, including examining/identifying real fossil samples.

In writing, we celebrated the end of our Patricia Polacco Author Study by sharing our "A Family Tradition" personal narratives with first grade partners while enjoying cookies...
In reading, we've been using our Charlotte's Web "lapbooks" to explore the themes of the novel and build our reading comprehension skills via graphic organizers, comprehension questions, and reader responses. We've also been busy learning about our government at the state and national level in social studies. Lessons included learning about landmarks of Washington DC, the pros/cons of DC becoming our capitol, and the 3 Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of our government via read-alouds, videos, and a "Branches of Government" flipbook.

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy new year!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Multiplication Mavericks at Work!

Our 3rd grade multiplication mavericks have been hard at work learning the times tables and how to solve single and double digit multiplication problems in a variety of ways! Some of them included a snowman craftivity where students brainstormed what factors equaled the product on their snowman's hat...
rolling a giant dice and multiplying the double digit numbers it landed on...
spinning a number wheel and multiplying the numbers we landed on...
and playing a multiplication mitten match game...


We've also been hard at work building our understanding of cause and effect, which will strengthen our reading comprehension skills. After reading A Bad Case of Stripes, by David Shannon, we wrote cause and effect statement on a graphic organizer...
and classified statements on the main character's velcro "hairbows" as a cause or effect and then placed them on the correct side of the character...

Finally, our fun loving teachers got into the Chanukah spirit by dressing in festive wear, which the students got a kick out of! We've been enjoying playing dreidel, eating chocolate gelt and sufganiyot, lighting the giant school menorah, and watching 2 assemblies. The festivities will continue next week, cumulating with our Chanukah Fair!



   Happy learning!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Science Scoop


The students have been hard at work becoming  "Matter Mavericks" in the Third Grade Learning Spot! Our class began our physical science unit learning about the 3 states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. One way was by creating "Three States of Matter" flip books with illustrations showing how molecules are arranged in each state. Next, we learned about physical and chemical changes. We watched "Physical and Chemical Changes" on Scholastic Study Jams and took an online assessment as well as creating a physical and chemical change classification chart. The class conducted a "Magic Milk" experiment to create a chemical change. First, we added a few drops of different colored food coloring to a bowl of milk and observed the food coloring remained still...

Next, we added a few drop of dish detergent to the bowl...and became excited when we saw a chemical change occurring that caused the drops of food coloring to swirl together!



 Based on our scientific observations we concluded that the drops of fat in the milk tried to join with the dish detergent creating the chemical change, which we could observe by the liquid swirling around the bowl. Students then wrote an experiment report using the scientific method.

     Happy learning!



Monday, September 25, 2017

Spetember Scoop

Even though it still feels like summer outside we've been busy learning in fun ways here in The 3rd Grade Learning Spot! In math, we've been reviewing how to regroup when adding and subtracting in a variety of ways including playing "Subtraction Sponge Toss"...
"Pin the Tail on the Double Digit Donkey"...
 and "Triple Digit Spinner Subtraction"...

After our addition and subtraction assessment we'll show what magnificent mathematicians we are when we begin learning MULTIPLICATION! Be on the lookout for our multiplication folders, which will have a times table chart, definitions, strategies, and the lyrics to the multiplication songs we learn in class.

In language arts, we've been learning about the 4 types of sentences (declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, imperative) in a variety of ways such as creating "Four Types of Sentences Flip Books" and playing "Spin a Sentence" to demonstrate we can create sentences for each type...
We've also been studying subjects and predicates in sentences. One of the activities we did to show we can identify phrases as the subject or predicate of a sentence was classifying sentence strip phrases on a whiteboard t-chart...

In science, we've been showing how organ-wise we are as we learn about the human body. Students created paper bag self portraits with organs glued and labeled in their correct positions. We also showed we can identify organ locations and their functions when we attached organs to a body vest and discussed their function...

We've also been studying the body systems such as the circulatory system, digestive system, and respiratory system. Students created graphic organizers to show their understanding of each system, the organs it contains, and how it helps a body function...

    Happy learning!