Class Calendar & Homework
Yesterday the whole 3rd grade joined forces to do a Mystery Skype with some 3rd graders at the Dugsi Academy in Minnesota. Dugsi Adademy is a bit special because all of the students who go there are Somalian refugees and they are still learning English. We had a fun time asking Yes and No questions to narrow down the locations. We got the correct answer first and then we let them keep guessing a bit until they got it too. At the end we all posed for a group photo. You can see more photos below from our end and chick HERE for a video of photos that their teacher took. We love meeting children from different parts of the world!
We had a last minute change of plans yesterday which turned into our first Mystery Skype of the year! I got a frantic Twitter message from a friend asking if we could do one today because her original partner cancelled and her students were in tears. My 3rd grade stepped up to the challenge and performed stupendously! We could each only ask Yes and No questions to guess the other class' location. We learned that they bordered a country. Then found out it was a border with Mexico. From there they started guessing states until we figured out that it was Texas. The other class was from the Hockaday School which is as all girls school in Dallas, Texas. After we guessed the location, we shared some facts about our schools. We learned that they have over 1000 students from K-12th grade and some students live there too. They had 3 classes of 3rd grade with 16 students in each grade. Check out our photos below! The kids had a ball and can't wait to do another one!
This month has really flown by! The children are doing a fantastic job getting settled into the routines and work load in third grade. Thank you so much for all of your Oreo donations! We had fun stacking them as a part of our Science project last week. Check out our website for photos. We also folded origami cranes with messages of peace written on them for International Peace Day. I was hoping to exchange them with a class in South Africa but that fell through so I am now looking for another international class. I am going to give the children an extra piece of origami paper that they can take home to show you how to fold a peace crane. There is a link to the website with a video on Wednesday night's homework.
This Friday we will be going on our field trip the the St. Katherine Drexel Shrine. We will leave school at 9:30 am and return to school by 12:30 pm for lunch back at school. The children will have time to shop in the gift shop so they may bring some money for that. I ask that anyone who wants to bring money along, please put it in an envelope with their name on it. I will be holding all of the money and passing it out to the children when it's our turn to shop.
Our first Science test will be next week on the 3 states of Matter and the Water Cycle. The children will have notes in their copybook to study. Keep an eye on the homework calendar for links to the online Quizlet to help them study the vocab words and other practice work. A good way to study at home is to review the questions at the end of each lesson and to go over the chapter review. If you need any help accessing websites for homework, don't forget that there is a page on our Grade 3A website under Documents with detailed information about how to login to each site.
Thanks again for all of your help and support at home!
This year the 3rd grade took part in the Peace Crane Project. We folded origami cranes with messages of peace on them and we are exchanging them with a Catholic school in South Africa called the Loreto Primary School. We will be very excited when their peace cranes arrive at our school!
Yesterday we did a Science experiment to see how high the students could stack Oreos before they fell down. Once a cookie was placed in the stack, it could not be moved or re-positioned. They each got two turns to stack and then we calculated a class average of 15 cookies. Jack had a high score of 19 cookies. We talked about different ways to make our stacks better and then tried a 3rd time just for fun. Ben got 26 cookies that time! We will now add in our results to this global project page and see how we compare to other classes. You can check that out here - OREO Results
On Thursday the students did a Stem activity in which they worked in teams to build a tower. Each team was given 12 inches of foil and 12 inches of masking tape. The question they asked themselves was - How can I build the tallest tower? First they talked about designs and did some sketches and then they got to work. Along the way they kept track of any problems they ran into and how they tried to solve it. They were given about 30 minutes to work on this task. I was very proud of them for how well they worked together. They were respectful of each others' ideas and tried to incorporate everyone's designs somehow. A few groups ended up manipulating the foil too much so their tower wouldn't stand up. Again, I was proud of them for not getting upset or frustrated about it. They laughed it off and used it as a learning experience for the future. Olivia and Drew's tower ended up being the tallest at 39 cm. See below for photos and some video. Please excuse my poor videographer skills!