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. 5th.

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.


Garden Spot High School Play

Today some high school members of Garden Spot Performing Arts came to read Christmas books to us and invite us to attend their upcoming play “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” They shared that the play is funny and entertaining for kids.  The play runs Nov. 22-24 with shows at 7:30 p.m..  Tickets are $5 but Friday’s show is free with a donation to support Cross Connections.


Veterans Day

Today Brecknock Elementary honored veterans with a school-wide assembly.  Students were able to invite family members and friends who have served our country to join us for this special day.  Masie’s grandpa and Carson’s aunt spent some time in our classroom before the assembly.  During the assembly, each veteran introduced himself/herself and shared their branch and years of service.  The fifth and sixth grades sang some songs as well.



Light explorations

In science we spent two days learning about light. Miss Erb planned some cool light exploration stations for the students. They predicted and experimented to see how much light (if any) would go through a plastic bag, wax paper, and card stock.  They reflected white light off a CD onto white paper and got to see the colors emerge. They also used flashlights and mirrors to experiment with how light reflects.



Exploring metric weight

In math class we are learning about kilograms and grams.  On Wednesday students got a chance to explore these weight units by finding objects in the classroom that they thought weighed 1 kg, 100 g, 10 g, and 1 g.  They tested their findings using weights and pan balances.



Harvest Day

Third grade celebrated Harvest Day on Friday, November 1st.  Students rotated in homerooms to each classroom for fun activities. Thank you to all the families that donated supplies or volunteered!

Mrs. Muhr’s classroom was the game room.  Students played Harvest Bingo and played a beanbag/pumpkin game.


Mrs. Miller’s room was the craft room. Students painted beautiful fall foliage that lines our hallway.  Check it out!


Mrs. Blankley’s room was the snack room. Students assembled their own fall trail mix and enjoyed snacking on it and apple juice while watching a fall movie.



Genius Hour Presentations- October

Students have been hard at work exploring a topic of their choice during Genius Hour and preparing a project to present their learning.  Today five students from our class presented their projects. We’ll keep working on our research and will have more projects to present next month.

Micah’s project- Are UFO’s real?

Delia’s project- What is the best way to care for a puppy?

Mya’s project- How fast can wolves run?

Faith’s project- Can I cook a delicious breakfast for my family?

Trey’s project- Can I cook dinner for my family?


Character Pumpkins

If you visit Brecknock in the next 2 weeks or have a moment on your way to or from your conference, 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. My class is recording our reports on Seesaw.  If you haven’t started following your child on Seesaw, check it out!


Fire Prevention Day

Yesterday the Bowmansville Fire Company and Fivepointville Ambulance Company came to Brecknock.  The kids were so excited to go in the smoke trailer.  The firefighters taught us about situations to watch out for in the kitchen like pot holders too close to the stove or what to do with a grease fire.  Next the students went upstairs in the trailer to the “bedroom” while the trailer filled with fake smoke.  They had to crawl down the stairs and outside.  The kids got to see first hand how staying low helps you stay out of the smoke.  The EMTs taught us about CPR and the equipment they use on scene.  We also got to see the inside of the ambulance.  Thank you to the visitors who came to school today to share this important safety information!


Another Matter Experiment

This week we experimented with adding heat to solids to see if they change their state of matter.  We used a double boiler to add heat to an ice cube, a gummy, and some chocolate.  All three solids changed to liquid.  Then we melted some more chocolate and put it in pumpkin shaped molds.  We removed the chocolate from the heat and the chocolate returned to a solid state for us to enjoy. Yum!

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