MAP Testing

We have begun testing.  Please make sure that your child has a good breakfast and plenty of sleep.  We want them alert and ready!

Pre-Christmas fun…….

Food Insecurity and Inequality

Today the students participated in a Hunger Banquet.  Third graders along with the whole school were able to visualize inequality in society and the inequality with food.  Please ask your child to tell you all about it!

 

Fall News

STEM:

Recently the students were given the challenge of building the tallest free-standing structure with only toothpicks and candy corn.  This was one of the last fall activities that we worked on before getting ready for the holiday season.  They thought this was going to be super easy-however they found out just how difficult it was!  Students were very surprised when they were shown that candy corn could be molded into balls which made it much easier to use!.

 

Reading:

The third-grade students have also been very busy working on main idea and key details for reading.  They recently put their skills to work and matched up feather details to the matching main idea turkey.  They have been studying author’s point of view, cause and effect and most recently poetry.

Science:

Our main idea in this current lesson deals with food chains and food webs.  Both show how organisms in an ecosystem depend on each other.

Math:

We have now moved into division and how it relates to multiplication.  Students are using all the skills and strategies to learn how to divide with factors from 0-9.

3rd Grade Project Donations for October

October Donations

Third Graders have many fun and STEM related projects that we would like to work on for the month of October.  If you are looking to help out your child’s class, please consider a donation.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TO DONATE. THANK YOU!!!

 

 

 

Amherst Historical Society Field Trip

Recently the 3rd Grade students took a field trip to the Amherst Historical Society.  Here they learned more about the history of Amherst and got to see up close the artifacts of a time long ago.  Preceding their tour, the students were taught many things including the early landforms, early Pioneer life, first settlers, the naming of our community, schools and streets, the importance of the railroad, town hall and the library.  Most importantly, how the natural resources helped Amherst become the Sandstone Capital of the World.  We explored several outbuildings such as the church, garage, train, fire station garage and got to see the Blacksmith in action. and best of all had lunch in the one-room schoolhouse after some mini-lessons taught by Mrs. Rice.  We ended our day exploring an old house and realizing the many features that we have today were not the features of long ago.  It was an amazing experience.  As you can see by the photos, the students really had a great time.

 

Science Class

The students have been learning about living things in science class and that cells are the building blocks of life. This past Friday they were able to put their observation skills to the test and communicate their findings. They used two different types of science tools to observe an onion. Students used a hand lens and a microscope. It was a wonderful time filled with amazing discoveries! They were so excited to see how the onion cells looked under high magnification.

Looking under the microscope, using a magnifying glass…..what did we see?

 

 

Welcome Back to School!

It’s only been three days, but the students have done a wonderful job of getting back into the routine of things.   They are excited to learn and seem like they are happy to be back.

We have already begun a study of folktales, learning about themes, the purpose of close reading, understanding context clues,  decoding strategies and the use of graphic organizers.

We have jumped right into math and have begun learning about multiplication as repeated addition.  Students will learn to use this to show the relationship between multiplication and addition.  Many real-world problems involve joining or separating equal groups or making comparisons that can be solved using multiplication.

Student’s are looking forward to learning cursive, reading about communities in our social studies and learning about living things and their needs in science.