Land forms, Continents, and Oceans

We learned a lot about the earth we live on. We studied the five oceans and can name and locate them. They are the Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Southern Ocean, Arctic Ocean, and the Atlantic Ocean. We also can locate and name all of the seven continents. The seven continents are North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa.

Some of the land forms we learned about are plateaus, volcanoes, rivers, hills, mountains, gulfs, oceans, valleys, ponds, peninsulas, plains, islands, canyons, channels, and lakes. After we learned about the different land forms, we created our own maps of our very own made up countries. They had to include at least ten different land forms. We then made a physical map of our countries on a piece of cardboard made out of salt dough. We even painted them. We created a poster that went along with our countries to try and persuade others to come visit our countries. We had a lot of fun completing our projects.


Can you name the continents that are touching another continent? What continent do you live on? Do you have any land forms near you? If so, what are they?


Main Idea, Character Traits, Fables, Fractions and more….

In Mrs. Liversedge’s class we have spent the last two weeks learning about main idea and supporting details and character traits. We used specific details from a story to describe a character. We had a lot of fun discussing and really diving deep into how a characters actions tell about them.

We also focused a lot on close reading nonfiction text to find the main idea and details that support it. We read a story called Gentle Giants of the Grassland. It is a story about giraffes and their traits. Did you know that a giraffe can kill a lion in a single kick? This was just one fun fact that we learned while reading. 

We have since moved into reading fables, folktales, and myths.  Fables are usually stories that have an animal that can talk or act like a human and tell how something came to be. Myths usually have gods/goddesses or spirits. In each of these types we learn a lesson or a moral. 

Fractions have been a HUGE topic in math. We have partitioned them into equal pieces, named fractional parts, placed them onto number lines, compare them, and even had to find their equivalence. We loved it all but found that comparing them is very difficult. 

We also had the Rotary Club come to visit our classrooms. They came and brought us new dictionaries. each student got one of their very own. We have been using them to work on our center and spelling work. Thank you Rotary Club! Please see our article in the newspaper!! Thank you again Mrs. Hawman!


Local Rotarians Encourage Learning with Dictionaries

  Apache Junction, AZ, November 6, 2014 – On Thursday, November 6, 2014, members of the Rotary Club of Superstition Mountain, Apache Junction/Gold Canyon distributed dictionaries to approximately 400 third grade students in the Apache Junction Unified School District and Avalon Academy. Sharon Stinard, who has spearheaded the program for the last two years, explained that the Rotary Club #1256, District 5510 has been performing this service to the community for about four years. “The impact on students won’t be known for years to come,” stated Stinard, “but we hope that the dictionaries will open a whole new world of words for students and enhance their love of learning through the experience of having their very own dictionary.” Twelve Rotarians participated as presenters, while others sorted and prepared the books for distribution.

 About Rotary

Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotarians contribute their time, energy and passion to sustainable, long-term projects in local communities across the globe. Projects focus on important issues like peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development.


Superstition Mountain Elementary teacher Elizabeth Liversedge commented, “We are very excited for our dictionaries. My class loved having [Rotary] visit! They have already used their dictionaries to find the definitions to their spelling words.”


Name an equivalent fraction to 3/6. 




Fraction time

This week we have been learning about fractions. The third graders have learned that all fractions need to be divided into equal pieces. Each of the students worked on splitting up different shapes into equal pieces and coloring in a specific fraction of them. They also know what each part of a fraction is called. The numerator is the number on top of a fraction and a denominator is the number on the bottom. We also learned how to name different fractions such as 1/2 is one half, and 1/6 is one sixth. 

What does the numerator represent? What does the denominator represent?


Gearing up for benchmark #1

The  third graders in Mrs. Liversedge’s class have been filling their brains getting ready for the first benchmark. We have spent the week working on syllables in reading. They have been breaking words apart and determining how many syllables they have. They have also worked on where to correctly place commas in a sentence if it contains a date or an address in it. Possessive nouns, dialog, and capitals in a title were also a part of their studies this week. 

In math, we worked on multiplying single digit numbers by 10 and multiples of ten. They are also knowledgeable about the properties of multiplication and division. If you see a third grader, ask them what the identity property of multiplication means.

So, if you are going to multiply 80 x 3, is it the same as multiplying  3 x 8 x 10? Solve and explain your answer. 


We have learned a lot so far

This year has been jammed packed with lots of learning so far. Today we made a list of all of the things we have learned so far. The students helped come up with list. 

The students are very excited about all of the learning they have done in math, reading and science. We are working on becoming solid on our procedures and expectations. In our classroom we are working on accountable talk. This lets us properly and respectfully agree, disagree, and add information during classroom discussions. We are also working on being able to prove and expain our answers. They are very excited to continue learning and making progress. 


In math, we have learned how to add and subtract to 1,000. Students were reminded how to borrow and carry over. They then moved into learning the process of multiplication. We learned how to make equal groups, how to use a number line to multiply, and how to use repeated addition to find the product. We learned the process of division as well. We now know that you can find the quotient by using repeated subtraction, a number line, and fair sharing/equal groups. Currently, we are working on using these skills to both solve and create word problems using multiplication and division. 

In reading, we have talked about idioms and literal/non-literal language. We have also learned prefixes and suffixes. Currently we are working on using organization features to find information in a text. 

What are you learning about in your classroom? 


Summer break is coming to an end….

Summer break is coming to a screeching halt! As I have spend a few days in my classroom changing some things around and getting ready for a new set of smiling faces, I am getting excited about a new year and a new group of third graders. August 5th, here we come!

Over break, my family and I took some time this summer to take a few vacations and spend time with family. We visited San Diego, CA and spent some time at Sea World and the beach. My son was in awe with all of the fish and animals. It was definitely nice to escape the heat for a few days. 


I also took a week to travel back to Utah to visit some family. On our drive there, we stopped at the Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona to take in a portion of its beauty. 



What did you do over summer break?