Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Measurement in Third

Third grade has been working hard on Measurement.  We have been learning customary and metric units.  Our class explored length by estimating the length of parts of our body and then measuring them in metric and customary units.

We also estimated and weighed objects around the class using different tools.

Thursday, February 18, 2016


In our third grade Geometry Unit, we used our knowledge of geometry to become city planners.  First, we learned about different types of maps and brainstormed ideas for what a city might need.  Then, we "applied" for permits in order to build our cities by demonstrating our knowledge of geometry.  Once we were approved, we drafted maps for four sections.  Our choices for each section were:  downtown, suburbs, city hall, industrial park, public works, business district, city living, entertainment, or park district.  Once our sections were complete, we planned out the best way to put the sections together to create one map.  Then, we got to build 3D shapes to make our city 3-dimensional.  This project was a great way to demonstrate our knowledge of geometry and get to be creative with real-life applications of geometry.  Check out some of our work and finished projects.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Ripple Effect

In 1st and 2nd grade we have been learning so much about water.  Students have researched the water cycle, water pollution, where water comes from, and more.  We learned so much from each other as the students presented their projects.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Number the Stars Final Projects

In fourth grade, we have been reading Number The Stars by Lois Lowry.  We finally finished it, and were given one last project: write a rap about it or complete a courage project.  Most of us picked the rap because we thought the rap would be quicker.  We were wrong, writing a song is hard!
Check out our final products...

 - Jess

Monday, February 8, 2016

Geometry Stars

Still studying angles!  We created a "Geometry Star" with 15-20 points.  As we drew our angles we had to think obtuse, acute, right, or straight.  We were also assigned 10 angles to make for points, and the rest were freebies.

 - Jess

Can you find the following angles?
28°, 152°, 49°, 170°, 82°, 36°, 95°, 121°, 142°, 18°

Friday, February 5, 2016

Fractions in Third

In third grade, we have been working hard on fractions.  The class started by reading about fractions and modeling fractions to learn the basics.

We then learned about improper fractions and mixed numbers.  We used fraction bars to help us compose and decompose mixed numbers and relate those to improper fractions.  Once we understood, we played a game to help us understand how mixed numbers and improper fractions can have the same value.

Then, after modeling and learning how to find and create equivalent fractions, we played "Go Darth" which is a version of "Go Fish" using equivalent fractions.  

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Constellation Angles

We have been studying angles now in fourth grade, and the project we did was measuring the angles of constellations.  Aayan and I did The Big Dipper (Ursa Major) and Melody did Leo The Lion.  This review helped us realize to measure carefully and don’t assume that the angle is always a multiple of five.

 - Jess