Thursday, December 7, 2017

Unit 3 Science Review

This week in science we have been reviewing all of our Unit 3 concepts from the past few weeks. We focused on states of matter, how heating and cooling changes matter, properties of matter and mixtures and solutions. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week, the kids moved through 6 different stations to practice in each of these areas.

One of their first stations was Matter Around the Room. The went around the room and found different task cards with different questions about states of matter on them. Once they figured out the answer, they wrote it down on their record sheet and moved to the next question. There were 20 different questions the kids had to find in various spots all over the room.

They also created and separated their own mixtures using various substances, cups, measuring cups and spoons, funnels and magnets. The iron filings were a class favorite! Last week, we mixed them with salt and watched how they could be separated. Most of the kids couldn't wait to try it this week!

In addition to making their own mixtures, the kids used beans and water to create either a mixture or solution (they had to determine which it was), then video a partner while asking several questions about their mixture or solution.

They also sorted different items in a t-chart based on whether they were a mixture or a solution. There were 9 different items they had to sort. Once they got their t-chart finished, they chose 1 item from the mixture category and 1 item from the solution category and wrote a sentence justifying their choice.

At another station, the kids did a unit 3 review with question about everything we have been talking about in unit 3. There were questions in 2 different formats: matching, true or false, and fill in the blank.

Their 6th and final station of the review was a unit 3 vocabulary puzzle. I took most of the vocabulary words we studies in unit 3 this cycle and put the words along with the definitions onto little triangles. The kids had to find the vocabulary word and definition that matched up together to finish their puzzle. If they were successful, their puzzle was in the shape of a triangle with the perimeter of the puzzle being completely blank. Some of the kids worked with a partner while others chose to work by themselves. We have a lot of little wordsmiths! Some kids even wanted to create their own puzzle! {If your child is one of them, I have inserted a link to the blank puzzles down at the bottom}

Here are some of the different activities we used in class for our unit 3 review:

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We will have our Science Unit 3 assessment next Tuesday, December 12. The listed resources would be great to continue to practice at home with your child before our test!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Weekly Snapshots

Snapshots are now ready to be downloaded in PDF form from our blog page! Click {here} or head on over to the "Weekly Snapshots" page to view and download snapshots from each week as they are emailed out!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Snapshot for December 4

Here is this week's snapshot if  you are unable to get the e-mails. You can download the pdf file by clicking beneath the snapshot picture the below. All snapshots will be available in pdf form on the "Weekly Snapshots" page {here} once they are sent out and posted!

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 Week of: December 4, 2017

Dear Parents,

Just a reminder that the last day of tutoring for the semester will be tomorrow.
Here is a snapshot of our learning this week in math and science.
THIS WEEK IN MATH:
In math this week we are continuing to review multiplication and division with a focus on problem solving.
Our Unit Assessment over Multiplication and Division will be on Monday, December 11.
Be looking for the Unit 3 & 4 Review that will be sent home for your child to practice questions that are similar to those they will be faced with on this assessment.
**Showing Work: Please double check to make sure your child is showing their work on their math homework.
Students have gotten much better at showing work on classroom assignments, but a reminder from home will help to reinforce that justifying our answers is an expectation.
Math Resources to Help at Home
Division Math Practice – In this drag racing game, your child can practice division facts while racing against the computer or other players.

Students in third grade must master their multiplication facts with automaticity.  This means they are to recall these facts quickly.  Each Tuesday, we have a two minute test over the facts we have studied for the previous week.  A note was sent home before the break to explain this.  Tomorrow’s timed multiplication test will be over 3s and 6s through the twelfth multiple. Next Tuesday, we will have our timed multiplication test over 4s and 8s. Letters will be sent home this week in take home folders about next week’s 2 minute timed test.
SKILL PRACTICE WEBSITES
Free Training Tutorial - Division - This link will take you to the division page. If you would like to practice other skills with your child, you can find a snippet of choices below!

Regrouping is definitely a skill that needs to be reviewed often in addition and subtraction.  Many of our students are showing a need for this.  Under Subtraction, there is a two-digit with regrouping basketball game that would be a great practice if your child wants to strengthen this skill.
That Quiz  - Under Integers, click Arithmetic.  Adjust length, level, and time as needed.  Click the box for multiplication to let your child practice their facts.
Multiplication – Lots of free and entertaining games to practice multiplication facts.
Education Galaxy – Use the skills practice section for math to practice multiplication facts.
Turtle Diary Division Games - Use these games to practice division and multiplication facts. Change the topics or grade level to review different skills, or bump up to a more challenging level! A snippet of where to find the selection bar is below.

THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE:
In science this week, we are reviewing everything we have learning in Unit 3. This includes states of matter, heating and cooling and how this affects matter’s physical state, physical properties to describe matter, as well as mixtures and solutions.  Students will be participating in lab investigations to help them learn this content during hands on experiences. We will be having our Unit 3 Science Assessment next Tuesday, December 12. Practice questions were sent home as homework this week.
RESOURCES FOR PRACTICE
ABCYa! States of Matter - A nice review of many of the definitions and content knowledge regarding states of matter.
Study Jams - Properties of Matter - Properties of Matter
Study Jams - Solids, Liquids & Gases – Solids, Liquids, & Gases
Education Galaxy – On the top right, have your child go up one level on the drop down menu.  Then go to My Study Plan and choose science.  Practice Properties of Matter and Mixtures & Solutions.
Ready Hub – Go to Flocabulary and watch the Mixtures and Compounds video that has been assigned.  This is above level, but your child is welcome to practice the questions and read and respond if they would like to further their understanding.
Discovery Education – There is a large supply of video, interactive learning, questions, and an interactive glossary for vocabulary that is always helpful for whatever we are learning in science.  All content in this resource is searchable.
Thank you so much for your dedication to helping your child learn.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Snapshot for November 27

Here is this week's snapshot if  you are unable to get the e-mails. You can download the pdf file by clicking beneath the snapshot picture the below. All snapshots will be available in pdf form on the "Weekly Snapshots" page {here} once they are sent out and posted!

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 Week of: November 27, 2017

Dear Parents,

Here is a snapshot of our learning this week in math and science.

THIS WEEK IN MATH:
In math this week we are continuing our study of multiplication and division and focusing on problem solving using multiplication facts to solve division problems. Students will use these multiplication and division skills to solve one and two step word problems.  We will be working on input output tables with multiplication and division relationships as well.
Here are some resources that were previously sent home in take home folders.  Hopefully the clickable links will prove to be easier to use.
Math Resources to Help at Home
Division Math Practice – In this drag racing game, your child can practice division facts while racing against the computer or other players.

Students in third grade must master their multiplication facts with automaticity.  This means they are to recall these facts quickly.  Each Tuesday, we have a two minute test over the facts we have studied for the previous week.  A note was sent home before the break to explain this.  Tomorrow’s timed multiplication test will be over 0s, 1s, and 2s through the twelfth multiple.
Some great websites to practice multiplication facts are:
www.thatquiz.org  - Under Integers, click Arithmetic.  Adjust length, level, and time as needed.  Click the box for multiplication to let your child practice their facts.
www.multiplication.com – Lots of free and entertaining games to practice multiplication facts.
http://educationgalaxy.com – Use the skills practice section for math to practice multiplication facts.

THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE:
In science this week, we are learning about mixtures and solutions.  We will also be reviewing states of matter as well as physical properties to describe matter.  Your child will be participating in lab investigations to help them learn this content during a hands on experience.
Science Resources to Help at Home
http://educationgalaxy.com – On the top right, have your child go up one level on the drop down menu.  Then go to My Study Plan and choose science.  Practice Properties of Matter and Mixtures & Solutions.
Ready Hub – Go to Flocabulary and watch the Mixtures and Compounds video that has been assigned.  This is above level, but your child is welcome to practice the questions and read and respond if they would like to further their understanding.
Discovery Education – There is a large supply of video, interactive learning, questions, and an interactive glossary for vocabulary that is always helpful for whatever we are learning in science.  All content in this resource is searchable.

Thank you so much for your dedication to helping your child learn.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Living Wax Calendar

Below is the Living Wax calendar that Mrs. Castle has edited. I know there were a few questions about due dates and what all was happening. So that I don't tell you the incorrect information and you can view and access the calendar, I have uploaded it and made it available to download.

Monday, September 18, 2017

College Day!

Tomorrow, September 19, is college day! We are encouraging students to wear their favorite college shirt to school tomorrow! I'll be sporting my Texas Tech Red Raider wear tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Place Value

The beginning of this school year has FLOWN by! I haven't forgotten to upload photos, it's just taken me a while to get them edited! Here are some of the things your kiddos have been working on the first couple weeks of school ...

The first day of school, we took a place value pre-test. The kids had 10 questions at their desks, and 10 questions that they had to find around the room.

We practiced place value in lots of different ways, but one of the most fun was the dice game we played. The kids each got 3 dice and 1 note card that they folded into thirds. Then, they worked with their shoulder partners to make a place value board that went from the ones place the to the hundred thousands place. They rolled their dice, and used the 6 dice to make a number that was either the greatest or least out of those dice based on what I called out. They showed AWESOME teamwork skills!

Week 2, we started math stations! Thursday and Friday the kids switched to 4 different stations. Each of their stations was 20 minutes each.

At my table, we did a 5 question quick check, then played a coin and amount matching game. The kids looked at the amounts that were on the table, and matched the mixed coin cards that were in their hands to the amounts. If they were right, they got another one.

At another station, the kids split their time in half between computers and matching addition and subtraction sentences.

At a third station, the kids worked on an independent place value assessment. Since we've been practicing using our cubby boxes as offices, they put them up all the time.

We've gotta take some breaks! Blazer Fresh is my FAVORITE GoNoodle channel. You can sign up for a free GoNoodle account at home! Go {here} to check it out, or in the "Learning At Home" tab at the top of the page.

Keep practicing those place values up to the hundred thousands place and mixed money! Practice makes perfect! Math Playground has some games that are sorted by grade and topic.

Here are a few money and place value games:

See ya next week for more math class work and stations!