I hope that you have found time to enjoy and connect with family this weekend. Things in the Abbott household have been a little chaotic, as we work through allergic reactions and try to make normal. Wow, what a weekend!
I would like to apologize for the relative lack of updates over the last few weeks. November has been a blur of activity from the power outage to conferences and now through Thanksgiving. During all of this, it's been busy times in Room 103 at Yarmouth Elementary School, so here are NINE videos showing what we've been up to! Thanks for your patience!
(Apologies if these are out of chronological order. November has been a bit wild!)
(Post-finishing-additional-apology: there's LOTS of great video here! I hope you enjoy and share with your family! Enjoy!)
We turned our attention to multiplication. In particular, the notion of Perfect Squares: multiplication arrays that have the same two factors. From these facts we will later explore "on-off" facts that are one factor away from perfect squares.
We also investigated the world of fossils with Guest Lecturer Deb Landry. Together with Mrs. Wetmore's class we looked at fossils and where they fit into the history of the Earth, proving that the Earth has changed (drastically) over time.
Don't think it's all work at YES! To get up and move we've spend lots of time "GoNoodling" our bodies into new and fun poses. So far we've maxed out TWO characters, including Bart Reynolds, and are now working on our third. Beep Boop!
We also found time to do a classroom-swap with Ms. Frame around Halloween. While Ms. Frame did a Halloween Breakout, Mr. Abbott did our first HexaFlexagon training of the year. We started with "simple" tri-hexaflexagons, but hope to move into hexa-hexaflexagons before long. Ask your mathemagician about the Tuckerman Traverse!
We're also big on Growth Mindset and Grit in third grade. We won't all be jugglers by the end of the year, but we will have all tried our hands at it! Soon we'll be collaborating more with Mrs. Ney's class and Mr. Arno, who are both much better than I am!
With the help of our volunteers Mr. Hayes, Dr. Advani, and Dr. MacVane, we were able to have an amazing day of Math Explorations! Lots of work on area, which we will explore more in the future.
We've also spent some time looking at subtraction and addition through expanded place value. Remember how you learned to carry and borrow and all of those fancy algorithms? Well, we're just taking it step by step to show how those things work, hopefully deepening our understanding of place value and mathematical thinking as a whole.
Another way to work on place value understanding is by playing a game called "Shuffle to 100." See if your Mathemagician can explain to you the strategy behind this deceptively simple add-to-100 game.
And finally, a little quiet introspection as we say "Thank You" for all the amazing things we might otherwise take for granted. I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving Weekend, and I look forward to seeing you soon in YES or around town!