Saturday, December 4, 2010

Simple Machines

Third grade is beginning a unit in science on simple machines.  This is a wonderful website that reinforces the concept of the different simple machines.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Multiplication using pictures


Wednesday 11-10-10

Social Studies......stay tuned for videos on when we present our findings to our friends!
Today in class we researched public services…..using I Pads, Macs, Desktops and our Mini’s!  What fun!
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Friday, November 5, 2010

Super Hero Comes to Visit!

We had a very special super hero visit our class today! She flew in to tell us about the upcoming Bookfair! There are lots of super cool books, make sure to come in to take a look.  You just might run into the super hero of BOOKS!

Who was this masked woman?

Monday, November 1, 2010

Week of Nov. 1-5

Math: Perimeter and beginning lessons on the concept of multiplication
Reading: Continuing lessons on different types of comprehension questions. We have learned about “Right There” and “Think and Search” questions. This week we include “Author and Me” and “Own My Own” questions.
Writing: Continuing lessons that focus on learning about adding details to writing. We will also learn how to write leads that really grap our reader! 
Social Studies: Beginning a unit on government. The first lessons focus on how communities meet their needs

Monday, October 18, 2010

Snapshot Week of Oct. 18-22

Here is a snapshot of what we are working on this week:

Math: Telling time, double bar graphs, and understanding the importance of a key on pictographs.Reading: Continue the integration of social studies in the reading and lessons on monitoring comprehension and making connections.
Writing:Work on small moments to be used later in the teaching of revision.
Science: A lesson on mixing matter and lessons on energy.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Snapshot of the Week Oct. 12- 15

Here is a snapshot of the week:

Math: Identifying and describing patterns in a table, reading a thermometer, solving word problems involving temperature, and reading a clock.

Reading: Mini lessons will focus on checking for understanding and making connections as you read. We will be reading material that integrates social studies concepts. Students will be responsible for responding to questions about the readings.

Writing: Continuing to take a personal narrative paper through the writing process.

Social Studies: Finishing a unit on people in history and learning about various organizations that help people in the community (Ex. Red Cross).

Science: Lessons on magnets and mixing matter.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Writing Celebration

We had our 1st writing celebration today. We had cookies and listened to our fellow "authors" read their stories. WOW! We are a classroom of real published AUTHORS!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Answer this question......if you dare!

Who do you think made the most difference for our community and why? (Out of the 5 people that we have researched)

Social Studies

In Social Studies we are researching Historical People that made a difference. Did you know that Ruby Bridges went to school and was the only person in the school for months? We all decided that she was a very brave little girl.  We have researched Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Helen Keller, Clara Barton and Ruby Bridges.We are also researching another figure who we think changed their communities for the better.  It has been pretty awesome to watch the kids use different resources to find out about these people!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Word Study

The kids got their new words last week. They should bring home their journal sometime this week to complete their 3 spelling assignments. Remember the focus is to learn the patterns of the words. The best way to learn what they are doing in school is to do some of the pattern activities we do in class. Ask them to show you how to do a Buddy Sort, Speed Sort, or a Written Sort. We will have the spelling test this Friday, October 8!

Science Fun

We were learning about Gas and the different forms it can take. Did you know that gas, like liquids, have mass and take on the shape of the container they are in?  We did several different experiments using gas......this one was the most fun! We blew bubbles on our desks and talked about where the gas wasand how it got there. Where do you think the gas came from that made the bubble?  What type of gas was it?

Read with Me

We love reading with partners. Not only is it fun, it helps us build fluency and read with expression!  We are going to be "performing" some Reader's Theatre scripts to our classmates soon.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Gotta Keep Reading

This is an awesome video of a group of middle school students. We love it and watch it at the end of the day.

Science: States of Matter


Milk is a liquid. Milk is liquid matter. It has a size or volume. Volume means it takes up space. But milk doesn't have a definite shape. It takes the shape of its container.
Liquids can flow, be poured, and spilled. Did you ever spill juice? Did you notice how the liquid goes everywhere and you have to hurry and wipe it up? The liquid is taking the shape of the floor and the floor is expansive limitless boundary (until it hits the wall). You can't spill a wooden block. You can drop it and it still has the same shape.
What about jello and peanut butter?
You can spread peanut butter on bread, but peanut butter does not flow. It is not a liquid at room temperature. You have to heat peanut butter up to make it a liquid. When you or your mom makes jello, it is first a liquid. You have to put it in the refrigerator so that it becomes a solid. These are yummy forms of matter with properties of a liquid and a solid.

Run in place very fast for a minute. Do you notice how hard you are breathing? What you are breathing is oxygen? You need oxygen to live. That's why you can only hold your breath for a certain amount of time.
You can't see oxygen. It's invisible. It is a gas. A gas is matter that has no shape or size of its own. Gases have no color.
Gases are all around you. You can feel gas when the wind blows. The wind is moving air. Air is many gases mixed together.

The wood block is solid. A solid has a certain size and shape. The wood block does not change size or shape. Other examples of solids are the computer, the desk, and the floor.
You can change the shape of solids. You change the shape of sheets of lumber by sawing it in half or burning it.

Narrowing the Topic

In writing, we are focusing on writing a small moment. We used an inverted triangle to narrow our topic.