STEM in Math

For Problem Solving Friday this week in math, students were engineers! They worked in partners to build a tower out of 12 straws and 12 inches of tape and have it stand as tall as possible. Students began by talking about and sketching a plan for their tower. When they got their materials, partners worked together […]

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Stone Fox Board Games

Throughout our Stone Fox unit, students learned how to plan and write summaries in order to share about what they’ve read in a way that’s organized, detailed, and meaningful. At the end of the unit, students worked in book clubs to create board games as a visual summary of the book.   In each square […]

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Publishing Party

This week, students finished publishing their personal narrative stories. Throughout this unit, students learned and applied strategies for strong story writing such as using dialogue, including sensory details, creating a “hook” in the beginning, and much more. After starting several stories and practicing these strategies, students chose one story to take through the writing process. […]

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Villa Pumpkins!

Last May, third graders planted pumpkins in the Villa Garden. This October, current third graders harvested these pumpkins. Some have been kept in our classroom and some were decorated and displayed in the garden by Garden Club. After serving their decorative purpose throughout the Halloween season, we used the pumpkins to make pie and roasted seeds. In […]

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Speaking Skills for Conferences

Students worked hard this week to prepare for conferences. This week, they learned about speaking skills for giving presentations. We talked about keeping their scripts low so listeners could see their faces, reading clearly and fluently, and giving eye contact to the listeners while reading. In partners, they practiced these presentation speaking skills and I noticed many […]

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Measurement in Math

In math, we’re applying what we know about rounding, addition, and subtraction to measurement. This week, students worked in math partnerships to measure liquid volume (in milliliters), weight (in grams), length (in centimeters), and time (in hours and minutes). After taking measurements, they rounded them to the nearest ten using a vertical number line. This […]

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Book Clubs

This week, we began our Stone Fox reading unit. In book clubs, students have the opportunity to read and discuss the story together. We’ve been practicing speaking in complete sentences, building on one another’s ideas, and being thoughtful listeners.

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Gardening in the First Weeks

This week, students got familiar with the garden and outdoor routines. They found quiet sit spots in the garden to make observations using their senses.       Then we were able to explore the garden and find food ready for harvest. Students collected summer squash, swiss chard, carrots, tomatoes, and corn!       Students helped prepare […]

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Pollinators Day

Pollinator Day was the culmination of a three month long project based learning unit in third grade. During the unit, students were introduced to pollination and pollinators.  Next generation science standards were integrated into lesson plans.  Students studied the life cycle and traits of a particular pollinator and how the animal’s traits provided an advantage the environment. Third graders care for the […]

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Stewardship with Buddies

This week, third graders joined their sixth grade buddies in removing invasive plants from a section of the lake trail. Last year, conifers were planted on the side of the trail, and this year we took out weeds to allow these small trees to grow into large, healthy trees that will replace older native trees in […]

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