Friday, January 25, 2013

Multiplication Banana Split Party

I am so proud of my third graders for their hard work in learning their multiplication facts!! Remember, the review of these facts doesn't stop today, so please continue to practice those at home so they are committed to memory!

Thank you to the parents who volunteered their time to help serve the students today. And a big thank you to all who donated items for the party. We couldn't do these fun activities without your help.

Thursday, January 24, 2013
Monday, January 14, 2013

M&M Division

We have been working on Division strategies for the past week.  Today we used M&M's to solve division problems by putting them into equal groups.  What a YUMMY way to do math!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

When I Grow Up

Great job on your musical tonight, third graders!

Multiplication Success!

Congratulations to Joshua! He is the first one in our class to complete all of his multiplication facts! I have a feeling I will have 2-3 more students finishing tomorrow! Way to go! Only two weeks before our banana split party!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Winter Party pictures.... better late than never!

Fresh Water or Salt Water?

The last two days we completed a science exploration to determine which would melt faster: frozen salt water or frozen fresh water.  They kids worked in groups to prepare and label the cups of water and place thermometers in each cup.  We froze them overnight.  Today we got tubs of warm water and placed our cups in the warm water.  Every three minutes, the kids checked the temperature of both cups (in degrees Celsius) and recorded the temperatures.  It wasn't ideal that we had a fire drill in the middle of the experiment, but it worked out fine!  LOL!  In the end they looked at their results and came to the conclusion that the salt water melted faster.  I'm proud of how well all of the groups worked cooperatively and shared the responsibilities throughout the experiment.

My Neighbor's Trash

This week we started learning about and practicing the skill of MAKING INFERENCES.  When students make inferences as they read, they use their background knowledge or schema and add to it the text and picture clues in the story.  To introduce this skill, we did a fun activity.  I told them a story about a "mysterious neighbor" of mine (made up of course).  I told them I knew someone lived there, but I didn't know anything about them. Like how many people lived there, if they had kids, how old they were, etc.  So it happened to be my lucky day... trash day.  I told them I collected a few items from my neighbors trash that might give me some clues as to who they were. 

Some inferences they made were that:
  • There is a woman who lived there because of the receipts to Ulta, JCP, Macy's. (True!)
  • The lady likes to shop. (That was correct!)
  • There's a man who lives there because of the Sports section of the newspaper. (Yes!)
  • They have kids because there was sugary cereal. (My husband eats it too!)
  • They like to eat heathy because of the diet pop, granola bars, and yogurt.  (I wish it were true!)
  • They like to save money because of the coupons. (Yes!)
Overall, it was a fun activity!  They actually figured out it was my trash because my name was on one of the receipts.  But they were good sports and played along anyway!

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Sid Shuffle

My third graders were getting a little antsy today.  So, we took a break and did a little dance!  It was a fun way to get rid of our giggles and wiggles!
Thursday, January 3, 2013

Typing in the New Year!

This quarter in computer lab we will be working on a new keyboarding program called Type to Learn. Here they are in action getting started on it today!