Our Big Idea this year is Adaptation. We have been talking about how we all have to adapt to being in a new grade with a new teacher. We are spending a lot of time getting to know one another and creating our school “family.”
My students looking at our star, the Sun!
Our Enduring Understanding is that CHANGE is inevitable, nothing ever stays the same.
Some of our guiding questions are:
- Why do people make changes in life?
- How do non-living things change?
- What factors lead to change?
We try to tie all of our lessons back to these questions and concepts so students come away with a deeper and more meaningful experience of learning.
English Language Arts
Third graders have been working hard to establish their reading and writing routines and procedures.
In reading, students have engaged in small group novel studies and independent literacy activities including Read to Self and Word Their Way. We are working to build our reading stamina and improve our reading accuracy, fluency and comprehension.
In writing, students have focused on writing personal narratives. They have worked to "hook" their readers and are now learning to use transitional words and phrases to make their writing clear and easy for readers to follow.
In Math, we started off the year exploring how numbers can be expressed, ordered, and compared. Students can now write multi-digit numbers, use place value to compare, order, and round numbers as well as describe number patterns. We then learned how place value can help add larger numbers. Addition properties such as (the commutative, associative, and identity) helps to add numbers more easily. We then learned to round numbers to estimate sums to check to see if our answer was reasonable. We are now solving multi digit addition problems with regrouping! Estimation and mental math strategies and are important to learn because they can be used to check your work!
In Social Studies, we started off the year learning about South Carolina's six regions and the four major river systems. Then, we began learning about the American Indians of South Carolina and how they interacted with their physical environments. We learned about the Spanish and French explores and their attempts to settle in South Carolina and created advertisements to try and persuade settlers to travel to our new land!
The first thing we did in Science this quarter was to look at the Sun using eclipse glasses, and some of us even got to watch the eclipse in the path of totally!!! What a nice way to kick off the school year!
Our first unit is on Physical Science. Students got excited about the overview of the branches of science and how science has changed our world. We watched several videos that connected our unit to the real world. We drew a tree that separates the branches of science and shows students the differences.
We discussed the facts that they were organisms that could not be seen with the naked eye and talked about different tools of Science. We looked at different cell slides through a microscope to have a better understanding of how small things can get.
And they can get even smaller!!! Students were then introduced to atoms, elements, and molecules by comparing the primary colors to the secondary colors, the former being indivisible (element,) the later being the combinaison of 2 primary colors (molecules.)
We defined that Matter is everything that is around us and that has a mass and takes space.
We then introduced the 3 forms of matter Solid, Liquid and Gas. We backed up our statement by making many predictions and doing all kinds of experiments. We compared our predictions to the results. My students were amazed and they learned so much by doing…and they loved it! Please enjoy the pictures!