Sunday, December 21, 2014

Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays from Mrs. Smith's Third Grade! We hope that you have a wonderful holiday and a great vacation!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Button Up! Science by VEEP

Written by Alanah, Shelby, and Mrs. Smith

Laura MacLachlan, an educator with VEEP (Vermont Energy Education Program) came to visit our 3rd grades to teach us about energy.  She came to visit us for 2 days and worked with us to do 2 experiments that allowed us to explore heat and insulation.  

On Monday, we did an experiment with mittens.  First, we tried the mittens on and talked about what they were made out of.  Next, we made predictions on which mitten would get the warmest.  Most of us predicted that the mitten made with leather and fleece would be the warmest .  Next, we put thermometers in the mittens and left them for a while.  Finally, we looked at our results.  

Our results showed that some mittens got a little warmer and some got a little colder, but they changed by no more than 1 degree.  We learned that the mittens did not make heat.  It turns out that our bodies make heat.  So why do we wear mittens if they don’t make heat?  We wear mittens because they keep the heat our body makes in so we stay warm.

On Wednesday, we continued our experiments with insulating heat by using houses.  Ms. McLachlan brought 4 different houses with her.  The blue house had no insulation. It did have a round chimney and sealed windows and doors.  The red house did not have insulation.  It had a square hole for a round chimney.  The windows and doors had gaps.  The yellow house had insulation.  It had a round chimney hole.  It had 2 sealed windows and a sealed door.  The green house had insulation.  It had a square chimney hole for a round chimney.  The windows had gaps and the door had gaps.  

First, we explored the houses.  Next, we made a chart with things that we noticed.  Then, we predicted which house would get the warmest.  After, we poured hot water in the chimneys and put thermometers in a hole in the house.  We left the houses for a while.  Finally, we looked at our results.  Our results showed that the yellow house was the warmest and the red house was the coldest.  We learned that the more insulated the house is, the more heat stays in.

So what is next for 3rd grade?  We have learned that humans can survive different environments by insulating their houses and bodies.  We are going to take what we know about this and learn about how some animals can survive in certain environments and why.

Check out some of our pictures!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday News

Happy Halloween!

Our class has been hard at work this past week.  We recently started our unit on measurement and have practicing measuring to the nearest quarter inch.  We have also been plotting our measurement data on line plots.  Measuring to the quarter inch is a tricky skill, but we are catching on fast.  We will begin working on finding area and perimeter next week.

For the past few weeks, we have been joining Mrs. Dobart's class to learn all about Proctor history.  Did you know that the Abenaki Indians lived here over 400 years ago? Proctor use to be called Sutherland Falls because the first settler was John Sutherland. He settled here specifically because of the falls, which allowed him to build mills. We also learned that Proctor's downtown has changed drastically over time. Ask your child to tell you more about our interesting history.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spartan Student Update

Back in November, Spartan Race challenged its racers to complete 30 burpees for 30 days.  Our class enthusiastically accepted this challenge; however, the challenge for us was not to simply do 30 burpees every day for 30 days.  We have discussed what being a Spartan means to us and it goes beyond the physical challenges.  This challenge included challenging our brains, not just our bodies.  As we completed our burpees, we graphed them in sets of 10.  When we were finished we were asked how many burpees we each did and how many our entire class did.  Here is how we completed this portion of our challenge:

1.  If you did 30 burpees for 30 days, how many burpees would you do in all?  

2.  We have 11 students and 1 teacher in our classroom.  If we all did 30 burpees for 30 days, how many burpees would we do altogether?  


Friday, January 31, 2014

Burpee Completion!

Today we successfully completed Spartan Race's 30 Burpees for 30 Days challenge.  We broke up our burpees so we could count by 10 throughout the day and then we carefully graphed each set of 10 done.  Through doing this challenge we learned lots.  We learned a lot about persevering.  Did you know that when you persevere with something, there is some type of reward at the end? When persevering in school, we get smarter and we earn good grades on our report cards.  By persevering with burpees, we gained stronger and healthier bodies.  As a special reward, we also got some Spartan Race shirts.  Thanks Mr. DeSena and Mr. Weinberg.  That was a fun surprise.

In addition to learning about persevering, we learned that we could do math with our burpees.  We learned to graph our burpees and we learned how to use the graph to answer questions about the data.  We were asked two questions:

1.  If you did 30 burpees for 30 days, how many burpees would you do in all?  
2.  We have 11 students and 1 teacher in our classroom.  If we all did 30 burpees for 30 days, how many burpees would we do altogether?  

Can you figure it out?

Check back next week to find out our answers and the strategies we used to solve the problems.  


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