Matter Experiments

We are learning about Matter during science. We have done 2 cool experiments so far.

Mixing Solid and Liquid

Students experimented with adding drops of liquid (vinegar) to solids (flour, sugar, salt, baking soda). They used a pipette (dropper) to drop a little liquid at a time. We took time to observe and record what happened.  The most exciting step was watching the gas bubbles created when the vinegar was added to the baking soda.

Balloon Blow-Up

Our next experiment was to see if we could harness the gas created by mixing vinegar and baking soda and use it to inflate a balloon.  It worked! We tied off the balloon and noticed that the gas was very dense because the balloon dropped quickly to the floor compared to a balloon filled with air.

Before: Vinegar is in the bottle, baking soda is in the dangling balloon.

After- When we tilted up the balloon and the baking soda dropped into the vinegar it formed a gas that inflated the balloon!

We have one more experiment planned for next week.  Stay tuned!


November S.T.A.R. Party

On Tuesday we celebrated excellent student behavior with our monthly Star party. Each day our Students are Taking Academic Responsibility by making good choices at school. They start the day with 4 stars and try to keep them all day or even earn an extra star for excellent behavior. Teachers kept track of student scores all month and averaged them to see who was invited to celebrate good behavior at our S.T.A.R. Party. Any student that averaged 3.5  stars or higher was invited to B.Y.O.D. (Bring Their Own Device) for a half hour of fun. Those who didn’t have an electronic device were able to use their school laptop to play games.  Students who averaged 4 stars or higher were “Rock Stars” and got to chew gum during the party.  Now we’ll begin working on making good behavior choices for December.


Christmas Family

Third grade will be sponsoring a family for Christmas.  You may wish to purchase something for one of the children. We have a wish list of some items they need and would like for Christmas. You can view a sign up by clicking here to see what items have already been sent in and sign up for something. If you would like to purchase a specific item off the list, please sign up or feel free to send me a quick note and I will reserve that item for you. Please send all items into school unwrapped by Dec. 7th.

Any money that is collected will be compiled to purchase remaining items off their wish lists.  Thank you for helping to make this a merry Christmas for this family and and for allowing our third graders to learn how good it feels to help someone in need.


Harvest Day

Harvest Day on PhotoPeach


Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week Spirit Days on PhotoPeach


Parent/Teacher Conferences

Please sign up on-line to schedule a parent/teacher conference with your child’s Language Arts teacher.   Here are the links for 3rd grade.

Mrs. Muhr’s Language Arts Class

Mrs. Blankley’s Language Arts Class

Mrs. Miller’s Language Arts Class



Fire Prevention Day

Fire Prevention Day on PhotoPeach


Character Pumpkins

If you visit Brecknock in the next 2 weeks, be sure to pause a moment in the lobby and check out the showcase.  Students in each third grade language arts class created pumpkins to represent book characters. They read the book, wrote a character report, and then worked together to plan and create their pumpkin character. Thanks to all the parents who donated pumpkins for us!


Red Ribbon Week

Brecknock Elementary Red Ribbon Spirit Week

October 23-October 27, 2017

“Your Future is KEY, so stay drug FREE.”

Monday, 10/23- “Your future is KEY”, for you and me.

            Role Reversalstudents dress like staff, and staff dress like students.

Tuesday, 10/24-Your future is KEY”, so eat healthy.

Apple Crunch Day- wear red

Wednesday, 10/25- “Your future is KEY”, so dream what you could be.

            Dress like someone who you want to be in the future.

Thursday, 10/26- “Your future is KEY”, so be safe when feeling silly.

            Dress is something mis-matched.

Friday, 10/27- “Your future is KEY”, so fitness is priority.  Staff and students will walk around the Brecknock campus before the start of school.

            Wear your favorite sport team’s shirt.


Recycling Advocates

For our first Module in Language Arts we have become Recycling Advocates.  After researching the benefits of reducing, reusing and recycling products, it was time to spread the word throughout Brecknock.  My students participated in two projects as part of our module.

Recycling Posters

Students worked with Mrs. Miller to research some existing advertisements that encourage the public to recycle.  Partners were inspired to work together to create their own posters which we are proudly displaying outside the bathrooms in our hallway so they get lots of views.

3R Mobiles

During Science, groups of students worked together to create mobiles that shared information about reduce, reuse and recycle.  Students had to include the definition and an example of how to put each R into action.  We hung these 6 mobiles around the school above recycling bins so that faculty and students will be reminded to do their part to care for the Earth.

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