November 3rd Grade Update……

Third-grade students have begun to think more critically while truly engaged in the many experimental learning activities that we have done over the last several weeks.  For example, they were given a very specific supply of materials to use to see if they could plan, design and implement the construction of a catapult.  The used various objects and made predictions on how far the object could be launched based on their design.  Students also planned and designed a boat made of only foil.  The goal was to create a boat that could hold weight in a container of water.  A prediction was made and actual weight calculated.  We had a students boat hold about a 1/2 pound of weight and stay afloat.  They also designed a marble maze and a house of cards.  While these activities seem much to fun for school, the students had to brainstorm ideas for their projects, they had to design and test it while being able to explain why it worked or why it failed.
On October 27, 2017, the students were able to explore many aspects of the pumpkin.  They began by emptying out the inside of their pumpkin so they could activate their 5 senses.  They made predictions regarding the number of seeds, their pumpkins height, circumference and whether or not a pumpkin would float or sink.   They also studied the life cycle of the pumpkin, learned several interesting facts about the history of the pumpkin and we even roasted the seeds!  While doing all the activities, they recorded all their data into their pumpkin book which is very interactive.  It was a wonderful STEM experience.
When I look at my students doing all these activities I see a group of students working together to solve a problem or to create something that they can then improve on and share with others.  They are engaged learners who work with such excitement.  They also understand that to fail is a part of learning.

Rocks, Rocks, and more Rocks…..

3rd Grade identifying  gemstones/rocks 

They began by identifying gemstones and labeling them as a group.  Afterward, each student received 4 rocks that they were to try to identify on their own.  We talked about the characteristics and hardness of their various rocks.  The students were amazed with the size and shapes of their rocks and even more shocked when I asked them to test for hardness by biting into them.  When they realized the rocks were chocolate, the room burst out in laughter!!!

What types of rocks?

What types of rocks?

Classifications of rocks

Classifications of rocks

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Final Scholastic Order of the Year!!

Reading together at home is fun and also a wonderful way to strengthen reading skills.  With Scholastic Reading Club, you can find great new stories and rediscover old favorites.  Plus your order earns free books for OUR classroom.

Thank you for supporting your child’s reading success.  All orders are placed online.  Register at scholastic.com/readingclub.  The code is MG8FV.  Please do not send in cash or checks.  All orders are due on Monday, May 8th, 2017.

Thank You!

Ms. Hendrix

 

Charlotte’s Web STEM Activities

While reading the novel Charlotte’s Web, the student’s participated in a STEM activity.  The student’s were asked to construct a pig pen for Wilbur using only the supplies given.  The students could use, glue and tape, sticks, pipe cleaners, yarn and foil.  The base off all pen’s was a cardboard square.  The pigpen had to upright, and big enough for the pig.

Building Wilbur's pig pen

Building Wilbur’s pig pen

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Building the pig pen

 

The next STEM activity that the student’s participated in was to construct Charlotte’s web including a word that described Charlotte.  The supplies to choose from included a paper plate, hole punch, a cardboard square, white yarn, tape, glue and a plastic spider.  The one requirement was the written word had to be in created in the web and not attached to the plate or cardboard.

Making Charlotte's Web

Making Charlotte’s Web

 

Web building

The most recent unit in science covered Earth and its features.   The student’s were asked to create two landforms and a water feature out of salt dough that was made at home.  They designed, created and painted the land and water appropriately over several class sessions.  The written part of this project had the student’s writing about and explaining their design.

In concluding the study of earth, student’s used the left over salt dough to create a sculpture of the layers of earth.  They used different colors to represent each layer and then completed the earth by giving it continents and oceans.  When everything was dry, they designed a key to represent their work.

Third grade students worked on a social studies project to answer the essential question:

How can you collect and record a set of data?

 

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Ginger Bread houses are an annual 3rd grade Christmas activity.    It makes the students think about math and engineering when building the house and making it stand.

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Welcome Back to SCHOOL!!! 2016-17

Third Grade Specials:

Monday – Health  8:25-8:55

Tuesday – Library  9:00-9:45

Wednesday – Art  1:20-2:05

Thursday – Music 7:45-8:30

Spanish(1st QTR) 8:30-9:30

Gym 1:20-2:05 (wear gym clothes)

Friday – Computer  7:45-8:30

Mass is Friday at 9:00

 

Student binders can be labeled in this order:

Science

Social Studies

Math

Reading

Misc

 

The first few weeks of school have started off wonderfully!  The Students are settling into their routines nicely.

Our classroom tends to be on the cold side.  It is highly suggested that students bring in a sweater or St. Joseph jacket or crew neck sweatshirt to wear during the day.  They can be left at school during the week.  They will be sent home on Friday.