Elephant Toothpaste

Sunday, January 24, 2016

I was looking through my pictures on my cell phone and realized I never posted pictures of the kiddos making Elephant Toothpaste, back on January 13th.  Elephant Toothpaste is made from mixing every day items together (3% Hydrogen Peroxide, yeast, food coloring, & dish soap).  The result is so fun to watch, IF the kiddos followed the directions.  A couple of groups did not mix the water and yeast mixture together in the correct way, so they did not pour enough of the yeast into the Hydrogen Peroxide, since their yeast was clumped in the bottom of the cup.  The yeast/water mixture should have been watery!  Either way, they had a lot of fun putting it together!  There were, however, some "not so fun" faces if their "toothpaste" did not bubble up and over the 2 liter bottle!

Quarter 2 Book Reports

Saturday, January 23, 2016

We completed presentations of Quarter 2 Book Reports on Wednesday!  I am blown away at the amount of work put into these projects.  The students were so proud to present their project and explain to the class about their book.  

Our next book report is due March 24th and the genre is Historical Fiction.  Students should look for a historical book that his fictional characters.  Almost all of them wanted to do one of the Who was....? or Where was...? books, so I told them that I would only allow 2 of them, so the first two students to return their paper with one of those books would be allowed to use them.  This way we do not have 18 presentations on the same book or close to the same book.

Here are pictures of my proud students showing their book report projects.  I cannot wait to see what they do for Quarter 3!  Just remember, that they cannot use a project that they already have used in Quarter 1 or Quarter 2.


Princess and the Pea

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Today, we took a "math break" and worked on a STEAM project.  STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.  Today's project was based on the fairy tale, Princess and the Pea.  If you are not familiar with Princess and the Pea, the story is about a Prince that is looking for a Princess to marry, but she must be a REAL princess.  One day, a young lady shows up at the castle door, claiming to be a princess, but she did not look like a "real" princess to the King and Queen.  The Queen decided to test if she was real, by placing a pea on her bed and then placed 20 mattresses and 20 quilts on top of it.  After a long nights sleep, she awoke feeling exhausted and bruised because she had slept upon something hard.  This then proved that the young lady was, in fact, a real princess.

So, today, we began with 10 sponges to represent the mattresses and quilts and a large marble and small marble to represent the pea.  Students were tasked with stacking AND balancing the sponges on the marble, without the sponges tilting or touching any sides.  Below are pictures of the students working and some of those that were successful at stacking 10 sponges.  Students had a blast with this activity, despite the fact that some became frustrated with the process.  It is not easy to balance the sponges on the marble and hope that it will stay.


Sunday, December 13, 2015

I thought I would share with you a recent blog post I wrote for www.ethicalela.com.  The founder, Dr. Sarah Donovan, asked if I would write about my decision to do away with homework and reading logs.  I have shared most of this information with you, at the beginning of the year, but you might find it useful reading to assess if your child is enjoying school more or reading for enjoyment.  

In the classroom, I am often told, by your children, that they love school this year because "it's more fun".  Although school is for learning, it should be fun to make learning more meaningful.  I am seeing the results, are you?

Math, Unit 4 - Patterns and Measurement

Friday, December 4, 2015

I am happy to say that, even with one eye, I was able to upload information on Unit 4 and type this post (no comments about grammar or spelling errors!) LOL  Please take some time to look through Unit 4 for ways to support your child's learning at home.  I look forward to hearing how successful they are with measuring!!

Sorry,Moms & Dads, I couldn't resist!!!!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Yesterday, during my awesome conferences, I made a comment or two about moving students around to help with "chattiness"  and to have new neighbors to get to know!  

Today, will perusing Facebook, I came across this image and thought it was so cute hilarious and appropriate to yesterday's conversations!  

Sorry, Parents, I couldn't resist!!

Decomposing Numbers

Friday, November 6, 2015

Yesterday, we began decomposing numbers using place value to help them understand that numbers can be decomposed in many ways to make it easier for computation.  

Students began with a card that  contained a place value problem on it.
Students used base tens blocks to build the numbers.  This process involved exchanging base tens out for hundreds, ones for tens, etc.  We spent two days working on this concept to allow students time to "dig deep" into their learning.  

Book Report #1

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

What a blast we've had the past two days presenting our first book reports!!  I am so extremely proud of how awesome the projects were.  Students put so much thought and creativity into making them amazing.  It was wonderful watching each student present and the feedback they received from their peers on their biography and project.  I look forward to seeing their second book reports on January 14th!!  

If you have any questions on the book report projects, please check out the Book Report packet on the Class Info page.  Just remember that students must select a different type of project for each book report.  They are not allowed to repeat a project.  Also, Book Report #2 is based on a realistic fiction book.  We looked at some different books today, by simply Googling "Realistic Fiction books for 3rd grade"!