It might have been a short week (only 3 days), but it was definitely busy!
We have been waiting all year for this day. We finally got our recorders! Mrs. Turner even taught us “Hot Cross Buns” and Connor already earned his white belt! Hopefully by next week, we will all have a white belt.
Aylana and Christina are eager to practice.
Connor receives his first belt.
Geometry was the focus for math this week. We learned about parallel and perpendicular lines, and obtuse, acute, and right angles.
Anahi and Emily deciding how to organize their triangles.
Destiny and Leslie dive right in to create a flower.
Christina and Sophiah decided it looked more like a crane.
Dominic, Peyton, and Connor are hard at work creating original flowers.
It was brief, but we had a webinar with OdySea Aquarium. Our connection wasn’t too great, but we did get to see an Armadillo and a few penguins!
We celebrated our new Student of the Month at the Flag Ceremony. Congratulations Dominic!
Student of the Month!
We had not one, but two Socratic Seminars this week! Topics of discussion, should kids be allowed screens in their bedrooms and should people keep exotic animals as pets. We used evidence from the text to support our opinions. We are really working on honing our speaking and listening skills. Most of us are really strong with one, but still need practice with the other.
The Global Kindness Project is starting early this year. We decided to continue using our kindness log we started during #GKP17. We will continue using it through the end of the year! Mrs. Moore also read Each Kindnessby Jacqueline Woodson. It really was a special book with an unforgettable message.
Did you know different countries celebrate Christmas in different ways? We dove into our “Holidays Around the World” book and so far learned about Canada, Spain, and France.
We had our first Mystery Skype and guessed correct! They were in Michigan. Then, we had the chance to find out a few things about their school and state. They only had 270 kids in their entire school! We also learned they they do border Canada, but not actually by land.
Our first holiday cards from our holiday card exchange started arriving! So far, they have come Florida, Michigan and Indiana. We sent 3 cards to different countries, and can’t wait for those to arrive.
We put our collaboration skills to work during a math performance task. We had to decided how we would spend $25 at a country fair.
During our introduction to coding, we used our first hyperdoc! It had video links, a padlet, and questions to ponder.
Mr. Lockwood came to our class to teach us about digital citizenship. Using the internet comes with great responsibility.
Of course, we squeezed in a little poetry as well!
Here’s a iMovie trailer for a quick look at our week! It goes fast, so watch closely!
Which of our events do you think sounds like the most fun?
This was the questioned posed to all 3rd graders last week. But, how would we measure our jumps? This was our first question to conquer. Juliana also mentioned we needed to figure out the materials needed to complete the experiment. Individually, everyone came up with their own ideas. Next, we had a classroom discussion on which concept we would use. Stickers could be stuck on a wall to measure a jump, but would it be fair if we measured from the ground? Most likely not. The tallest student would probably have the best chance. So, how could we do it and make it fair? Finally, it was decided we should mark how high a person could reach while simply standing. Then, they would mark their jump with another piece of tape. The space in between those, would equal how high the student had jumped! To give you a better idea of our experiment, watch our short movie to see us in action!
What were our results? We found that the highest jump for a boy in our class was tied with 11 inches by Manuel and Ean. Gunther was second with 10 1/2 inches. The highest jump for a girl, was 9 inches by Rosalina. The range was 9 inches, and our median jump was 5 1/2 inches with 3 jumps!
On Thursday, our class participated in Our Really Exciting Online Project! It might sound like just fun and games, , stacking Oreo cookies, but we learned a lot using a variety of math skills. We each made a prediction about how many cookies we would be able to stack. Next, we took two attempts to build the tallest free standing tower and solved for the difference between the two stacks. Then, we found out our class average and shared it in a google form. You can see the results here. A little extra information we discovered was the following:
Mean – 18
Median – 17
Mode – 16
Range – 8
To view our fumbles, tumbles and stacking champion, watch our short video below!
Today we discovered that shapes that have the same area, don’t always have the same perimeter. It can also sometimes be the same area and perimeter. Perimeter measures the outside or barrier of the shape. Area measures the surface or inside of a shape. We could use perimeter to figure out how much fence you need for a dog pen or a flower bed. Area we learned you need to measure length times width to find the area. This can be used to find how much paint you need for a wall or how much grass you would need for a playground. Sometimes you need to use both perimeter and area to find out what you need to know. You can also use this to find out all the measurements for a shape.
Have you ever used perimeter or area for a project you have done?
Do you know what you would use length x width x height to find?
When Mr. and Mrs. Moore came to visit last week, we saw this picture in one of the books they brought us. It was Mrs. Moore standing in the middle of a redwood! We were looking at her in person, so we knew she was a normal size person, so how big are these trees?
Photo by Terry
After they left we grabbed a 100 foot tape measure and headed outside to do a little of our own investigating.
We are standing at our starting point, and 367 feet away where you see the arrow pointing, is the rest of our class. You can’t even see them. That is amazing a tree can be so tall!
Our circle represents the circumference of a redwood. A redwood can have a circumference of 54 feet! If you’ve seen most trees in Arizona, this one really made us say wow!
What is something you have seen our learned about in nature that made you say “wow!”