Thursday, February 23, 2012

Hodgepodge Pictures

I found a few extra pictures on my camera that I haven't done anything with yet, so I thought I'd share some of the things we've been doing in class.

This one of my student's geometry zoo from my Buggy About Geometry unit where students have to create a zoo using different geometric terms.  I think out of all my geometry activities this and the "I Have Who Has" game are their two favorites.


We've also been working on our biography posters that I bought from Scholastic.  My students have LOVED every second on this project, and I have to say I always kind of want to make one myself:)


This is my class conducting a science experiment outside from my heat experiments collection.  It's always hard for me to teach my heat unit during January and February, because so many of the experiments I want to do require us to go outside and need sunny days.  However, I've gotta follow that curriculum map, so I have to be ready to go whenever we have a nice day.  Today, we learned about how different colors absorb heat.
 We made pockets out of white, black, blue, and red construction paper and place thermometers inside the pockets and let the sit outside for about 15 minutes.  (After looking at this picture, I obviously should have also shown students how to place the thermometer inside the pocket correctly.)
Students had to record the original temperature, their predictions for each color, and then the actual results after the 15 minutes.  I always like this experiment, because it is so quick and easy to prepare for, and I feel like my students get a good grasp on the content.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Branches of Government Card Sort


We finished our government unit several weeks ago, but that is one of those VERY hard concepts for my students, so I frequently feel the need to go back and review the concepts on occasion.  One of the hardest parts of this unit is identifying the roles and responsibilities of each branch of government. There are some really big words and complex concepts for third graders!  I've recently created government task cards that I plan to use to help reinforce these ideas and concepts that I'm excited to use next week.  It's the same information that they've studied, but it's just presented in a different way.  You can grab a copy by clicking on the picture:)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Measurement

We've spent the past several weeks measuring from my Shiver Me Measurement unit, and I'm ashamed to say that I have very few pictures of any of my students' finished products.  We've made pirate ships, found treasures on treasure maps, gone on scavenger hunts, and all kinds of fun things!  As always, the hardest skill for my students was using a ruler to the nearest 1/4 inch.  That took quite a bit of practice, but I think they've got it.  I think the best thing to do is to actually get students up and measuring, so that's what we did.
You can see from my anchor chart that I am not one of those teachers with amazing handwriting and artistic skills-I really do try!  As a matter of fact I tried to draw an elephant for something yesterday, and my students told me it looked like a rabbit on wheels:)



We've also learned about the difference in measurements within the same unit.  I've made a little activity to help with this skill that my students enjoyed.  It took a little modeling for them to fully understand the task, but it did help them to see the differences between the different units.  You can click on the picture for you copy if you'd like one!