The third grade students took their families on a gallery walk to share the learning that has taken place during the first trimester. The students were so proud of their perseverance and hard work.
Empty Bowls & Stop Hunger Now
Every student at RCS was able to help prepare food for those in need. The third grade students helped by cutting cabbages and mushrooms. Then the students and their families were able to taste the soup they helped to prepare while also realizing that some families' bowls are never full. Students helped to package 40,000 meals to send to victims of recent Hurricanes. It was truly amazing to see the team work in action as each student had a part in getting the meals packaged, weighed, sealed, and boxed up ready for shipment.
Our 6th Grade Buddies!
The 3rd grade students meet with their 6th grade buddies every week! They have helped us edit our fictional narratives and cooperated with us as we engaged in various morning meeting team building activities! You can truly see amazing relationships beginning to grow!
Reading & Writing
In Writing, we finished our personal narrative unit and jumped right into writing fictional narratives! We had a blast creating our characters as we learned how to describe our characters' internal and external characteristics. We then learned how to create and describe the settings of our stories by stating what we see, hear, and smell in our stories. We learned how to create and decipher between different types of conflict including character vs character, character vs self, and character vs nature and then how to create solutions to solve our problems! We used the narrative writing checklists as a guide to check our work for elements of fictional narratives and to determine personal goals of what we should work on next.
In Reading, we have been working hard in our small guided reading groups. We have been locating evidence in text with "Right There" questions and also using the text and our own knowledge and experiences with "Author and Me" questions. We have been analyzing character traits and how characters change throughout a story. We have been identifying the main idea of stories and details that support the main ideas. We have also been exploring cause and effect relationships.
In Grammar, we have been working hard with our "Grammar Boot Camp" activities! We have been learning and continuously reviewing nous, proper nouns, verbs, verb tenses, adjectives, synonyms, antonyms, commas, prefixes, and suffixes. We have been integrating our grammar skills into our reading and writing everyday! It has been neat to see how using prefixes and suffixes can help us read new words, spell new words, and also help us understand the meanings of words.
In Math, we now have a good understanding of Multiplication and Division. We can solve these problems by using a variety of strategies such as drawing equal groups, arrays, or related addition/subtraction number sentences. We are also learning how to use a multiplication table and the patterns that exist within them. We will be starting our quick math drills again after Thanksgiving Break with a focus on Multiplication and Division.
Our first unit was on Physical Science. Students got excited about the overview of the branches of science and how science has changed our world.
We defined that Matter is everything that is around us 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. The students were amazed and they learned so much by doing…and they loved it!
The highlight of our experiments was the launch of a rocket! Using a plastic water bottle three tongue depressors and the small cork the student had to build their own Rockets. The full was vinegar, the retardant was tissue paper, and the reactor was baking soda. We showed them what the final product look like but we never gave them any directions. The idea was for them to try once, observe and reflect upon what happened and why it happened. Then based on their result, they had to modify their rocket hoping for a better second launch!
In social studies, we are learning about the Road to Revolution. Students summarized the causes of the American Revolution including; Britain’s passage of the Stamp Act, Tea Act, and the Intolerable Acts; also the rebellion of the colonists and the writing of the Declaration of Independence. The solution for the revolutionary colonists was to form the patriotic group called the Sons of Liberty. Students discovered the true meaning of “No Taxation Without Representation.” Students also compared the perspectives of South Carolinians, during the American Revolution, including Patriots, Loyalists, women, enslaved and free Africans, and Native Americans. Then they reviewed the battles of the Revolutionary War such as; The Battle of Charles Town, King’s Mountain, Cowpens, and Eutaw Springs and how the British wanted to reoccupy the southern colonies.