The third graders have been learning about force and motion in various ways. Today we performed 2 different experiments around force and motion. The first was with a small catapult. We launched a pom-pom off a catapult, two trials having the catapult halfway down and two trials having the catapult all the way down. We measured how far the catapult launched the pom-pom each time. The second experiment was with a pulley and a scale. We used a pulley system to fill a jar with marbles and weigh different amounts of marbles inside the jar. We observed the pulley and noticed the changes as we added more marbles.
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Class 1-204B and Class 3-205E got together to celebrate through the use of the book Green Eggs and Ham. First, the third graders took turns reading the book out loud under the ELMO projector. Then, each student made a page for a big class book about things they would eat in silly places. Finally, we made a green eggs snack. The two classes mixed together and divided into 4 groups. Each group made vanilla pudding and dyed it green. They mixed it up, served it out, and put a vanilla wafer cookie in the middle to make it look like a big green egg. We had a great time celebrating withe Green Eggs and Ham!
Class 3-205E took a trip to The Museum of Natural History to visit a special exhibit about the five senses. Here we looked at our senses in a very interactive ways. We saw how different color light effects what we see, we put together puzzles using light and touch, we smelled various smells and what saw factors change the scent, we walked through a wavy room and saw if the lines made us feel differently as we walked, and touched various textures to see the differences. Here we are exploring our senses!
We have been working very hard in Class 3-205E to write persuasive speeches. We started out learning how to persuade someone, finding a problem that needed fixing or something very important. From there we learned various techniques to persuade our reader into believing that our problem needed solving or our idea was important. After all the hard work of revising, editing, and publishing we celebrated our work with a publishing party! The best part was we made our publishing party like an assembly, standing behind a podium to make our speeches!
As a part of our science curriculum the third graders have been studying energy. After learning about electricity the students worked together to make a circuit. Each set of partners received a Christmas light. Then they had to choose from various other materials, such as tin foil, tape, scissors, and glue, to build a working circuit and make their Christmas light light up. Once they thought they had made a working circuit they tried to attach it to a battery to see if their circuit worked. Check out some of our original circuits and see if we made our lights work!