Jan
01

Holiday Party

Third grade had a fun holiday party on Friday, 12/21.  Each homeroom class got to visit Mrs. Miller’s room to make a craft/ornament, Mrs. Blankley’s room to decorate and eat a cookie, and my room to play games.  In the game room our first task was to decorate a student to look like a Christmas tree.  Groups had 1 minute to plan and 5 minutes to create their tree using a roll of green streamers, a string of garland, 10 bows and a star tree topper. Next we played a silly game called “Make me Rudolph”. Students tried to swing a red pompom up to hit their Vaseline covered nose. We had a few successful Rudolphs! 













        

Dec
20

December S.T.A.R. Party

On Thursday, 12/20 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 enjoy a root beer or orange soda float while we watched “Frosty the Snowman”. Students who averaged 4 stars or higher were “Rock Stars” and got to use a festive straw to drink their float which could be taken home afterward.  Now we’ll begin working on making good behavior choices for January.

Dec
19

Antarctica

Today our class had the amazing opportunity to connect via video feed to a scientist on Antarctica! Jean Pennycook is a researcher who travels to Antarctica each year for a few months to research and study Adelie penguins. A few schools across the country were able to connect to her with the help of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Jean shared some interesting facts with us (Did you know penguins have long legs but there body hangs down over them like a coat?) and showed us live images of penguins sitting on their eggs and taking turns with their mate to keep the eggs warm.  It is summer in Antarctica now, but is still below freezing.  Jean shared her stark living conditions (a tent with no heat, no toilet, and no running water) as well as her love of returning year after year to learn more about these amazing animals.  Jean has written a book that we were able to look through as well.  A special thanks to Mrs. Blankley for setting up this learning opportunity and inviting our class to join in!!

The scientist we connected with.

Her book

A live connection with Jean in Antarctica!

Our students were captivated.




Dec
19

Exploring Circuits

This week in Science we learned about closed circuits (they allow electricty to flow through a path) and open circuits (they do not allow electricity to flow).  We assembled circuits and then tested materials to determine if they are conductors or insulators.  Conductors are objects or materials that allow the flow of electricity. The bulb still lights up whey they are included in the circuit.  Insulators block the flow.  When students placed these materials in the path of the circuit, the bulb did not light up.




Felt is an insulator and the bulb does not light up.

An eraser is also an insulator.

 

Dec
14

Light exploration

In science this week, we explored light. After reading about light, students had the opportunity to explore it using flashlights and mirrors. We learned that light travels in waves that go straight ahead. You can reflect light using mirrors to change its direction.




Dec
06

Virtual Reality

Yesterday our Language Arts class experienced Virtual Reality with Google Expedition.  We are learning about careers during this module, and many students are curious to learn more about veterinarians.  Using goggles, each student was “transported” to spend a day with veterinarian Emily Jones.  Emily makes visits to farms and sees animals at her veterinary practice. We viewed scenes of Emily visiting sheep at a farm, welcoming an owner in her waiting room, caring for a rabbit’s teeth, de-horning a goat kit, and performing surgery on a dog. The students were fascinated with their ability to “look around” each of these locations.  Our Virtual Reality experience gave students the chance to “see” some of what we’ve been reading in books and articles about veterinarians.




This is the Expedition we went on with Veterinarian Emily Jones.

Dec
01

November STAR Party

On Friday 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. I’m so excited to announce that we had an entire homeroom of Rockstars! Now we’ll begin working on making good behavior choices for December.




Dec
01

Golden Book Winners!

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This week it was announced that our class is the Golden Book Winner for the week! The golden book is a library award earned by the class who showed the greatest leadership, respect, responsibility, and kindness in the library last week.  I’m so proud of our homeroom!

Dec
01

Matter Experiments

We are learning about Matter during science. We have done 3 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 table compared to a balloon filled with air. We also observed that some liquid was carried into the balloon with the gas and it felt very cold when we passed around the balloon.

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!

 

Adding and Removing Heat

For our final experiement we predicted what would happen to a few solids if we added heat.  The solids we experimented with were chocolate, ice, and mini marshmallows.  We heated water and poured it into a bowl to make a double-boiler. Then we placed the solids in a bowl and observed them. Our water was about 120 degrees Farenheit. This amount of heat was enough to melt the ice and soften the chocolate.  Next Mrs. Fox took the chocolate and marshmallow bowls to the microwave to see if adding more heat would change the solids. We concluded that if enough heat is added, most solids will melt into a liquid.

For the second part of our experiement we predicted what would happen if we removed heat from a liquid.  We put 2 containers of  water in places where we thought they might be cold…the freezer and outside.

Water on the left…ice on the right

Nov
06

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. 6th.

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.

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