Friday, November 13, 2015

Abbott's Amazing Journal

Hi 3rd Grade Families, here is our weekly blog from this week's bloggers: Julius and Wyatt.

We had an exciting week with lots of science investigations and all sorts of classroom volunteers. Here are a few updates of what's been going on:

Math: Function Machines Input/Outputs. You put a number into a function machine and it come out different. For example, if the rule is plus five, and you start with an input of five, it comes out ten.

Mr. Gross's math challenges: Brain Bashers.  These are a 4x4 array with numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4, which represent the height of skyscrapers. Each row and column can have each number one time, and the numbers on the outside edge tell how many building you can see from that spot. Check out our previous blog post about math challenges to learn more!

Writing: Writing Journal Covers.  We made some pictures on the writing journal cover that assists in writing a story to get the creativity flowing. Most of us have finished our discovery drafts, and have started (or finished!) typing them into Google Docs. Now we've started editing them with Mr. Abbott.

Typing.  On we were practicing J, F, and the space bar to help us get more efficient at typing. We used our Google accounts to log in, and it will remember our progress!

Reading:  Characters. You can figure out what the character is by the objects they are carrying and other characters reactions. We're finishing up our read-alouds The Tiger Rising and Because of Winn-Dixie.

Science:  Erosion of Mountains.  This week Mother Nature (Mr. Abbott) eroded 3 mountains (piles of sand) with 3 different forces of nature; wind (a straw), water (a spray bottle), and ice (an ice cube). Witness the power of the science brain!

Rock Cycle. We had a volunteer, Ms. Anne, come in and share amazing samples and information about the rock cycle with us. She's not a Rock Hound, she's a Pebble Pup! We saw igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. She also brought really neat fossils and crystals and a rock that floats! Thank you, Ms. Anne!

Crystals. We grew crystals in our room with Epsom salt and warm water, it took about 2 weeks for them to form. Today we observed them and brought them home. The warm solution represented magma and the crystals represent minerals in the Earth.

Volcanoes.  Volcanoes produce more than one thing that work in nature.  For example: Magma rolls over the earth and ash clouds form over the mountain.

Junior Achievement

Mrs. Gawtrycame back for our second session of Junior Achievement. We talked about money and loans and how people Ina. City or town use money. It was fun!

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