Nov 01

October Projects

Check out these AMAZING projects done in our class!

Oct 15

Can You Believe It’s Already October?!

October is here and we have been in school for a month already! Wow, time has flown! Well let me update you on what we have been doing in class.

In science, we practiced using the scientific method to conduct experiments! We learned that to be a scientist you must follow these steps:

  1. Ask a question
  2. Create a hypothesis (An if…then statement)
  3. Perform an experiment (don’t forget to repeat the experiment several times to make sure your results are accurate!)
  4. Collect data and analyze the results
  5. Make a conclusion

The experiment we performed was to see how many drops of water a penny could hold on its surface. Ask your child if they remember how many drops could fit before it spilled! Someone in our class then asked an awesome question – what would happen if we used quarters? So we tried that too! Ask your child if they can tell you what happened! It was quite surprising!

 

In social studies we learned about the type of government we have here in the United States during the first couple weeks of school. More recently we have been learning all about geography. We have been talking about the continents and oceans, maps and globes, grid maps, and the compass rose with north, south, east and west, as well as northwest, southwest, northeast and southeast.

Check out these pictures of our classmates exploring some maps!:

 

In reading we have been practicing to get ready for our small groups. The students have worked really hard these past few weeks to build up their STAMINA for reading, writing, and listening to reading. A great resource available to your child at home if you have internet is Raz-Kids! It is finally up and running. The teacher username is: vhume and each child knows their password. We have also talked about why author’s write books, story elements (like setting, main character, problem and solution), synonyms and antonyms, and nonfiction text features (including table of contents, captions, and bold type). We have also been learning a prefix or suffix a week. So far we have learned:

un- means not

-s/-es means more than one

pre- means before

-ing means its happening right now

-ed means it happened in the past

-er/-or/-ar means a person who

See if your child can come up with some words with these prefixes and suffixes and tell you what they mean!

 

In math we have practiced adding and subtracting up to 4-digit numbers, worked on patterns and graphing, and are now into place value. In third grade, students are expected to be able to read, write and expand 6-digit numbers.

Standard form: 497,206

Expanded form: 400,000 + 90,000 + 7,000 + 200 + 6

Written form: Four hundred ninety-seven thousand, two hundred six

Below is a chart of each digit value for each place.

Hundred Thousands Ten Thousands Thousands Hundreds Tens Ones
100,000

200,000

300,000

400,000

500,000

600,000

700,000

800,000

900,000

10,000

20,000

30,000

40,000

50,000

60,000

70,000

80,000

90,000

1,000

2,000

3,000

4,000

5,000

6,000

7,000

8,000

9,000

100

200

300

400

500

600

700

800

900

10

20

30

40

50

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80

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Sep 03

Back to School

Welcome back! I am excited to start a new school year and all of Donahoe staff are “WILD about Learning!”

May 10

SOLs

Can you believe it?! SOLs are already here! Your child has been working hard to get ready. Important information about these tests were included in your child’s report card folder, so make sure to read it carefully! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me! Here is our testing schedule:

Tuesday, May 17: Reading Day 1
Thursday, May 19: Reading Day 2

Tuesday, May 24: Math Day 1
Thursday, May 26: Math Day 2

 

Things you can do to help at home:

  • Review reading and math tests in student binders.
  • Review math morning work from the year in their morning work folders.
  • Use content notebooks to review key concepts.
  • Make sure your child is going to bed early and eating a good breakfast.

 

Review Websites: 

http://guest.portaportal.com/giles3rdgrade

http://education.jlab.org/solquiz/

http://www.virginiasol.com

http://aplusmath.com

http://www.mhschool.com/math/2002/student/factdash/popup.html

http://www.quia.com/quiz/740527.html

http://coolmath4kids.com

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/practice_items/index.shtml

http://guest.portaportal.com/thirdgradesol

 

Check out these pictures from our SOL pep rally last week to get our students pumped for their SOLs!

Apr 21

Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum

We had some creative writing after we read the book, “Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum” by Meghan McCarthy. We used sequencing and descriptive writing to tell exactly how to blow a bubble. Check out the awesome work done by these great writers!

Apr 12

Monticello!

What a great day to visit the home of Thomas Jefferson! The rain held out, and we learned so many different things about our third president.

Apr 03

Spring Break!?!

We made it to Spring Break!

In reading we focused on sequencing and summarizing. When your child is reading, be sure to ask questions about what happened before or after a certain event to see if they can remember what order the story happened. For summarizing, there are different ways depending if the story is fiction or nonfiction. If it is fiction we think about someone, wanted, but, so, then to organize the ideas in the story. If it is nonfiction we use the main idea and important supporting details. This is especially easy when we are able to use the title and headings!

In math we concentrated on fractions. Third graders have to be able to name fractions, compare fractions with unlike denominators, find fractions of a group, and add and subtract fractions with like denominators. This is a difficult skill and we worked hard over the past several weeks to be able to get a better understanding of fractions.

In science we have been studying Earth cycles. This includes the water cycle, day and night, the seasons, tides and the phases of the moon.

The water cycle includes:
– Evaporation –> when water is heated and turns into a gas called water vapor
– Condensation –> when water vapor cools and turns back into a liquid forming droplets (usually seen as a cloud, but sometimes as dew)
– Precipitation –> when liquid water is too heavy to stay in a cloud and falls back to the Earth’s surface as rain, sleet, hail or snow
– Collection –> when water gathers into streams, rivers, lakes or oceans

Day and night are caused by the ROTATION of the Earth on its axis. This spinning causes day and night and this cycle lasts 24 hours, or 1 day.

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The seasons are caused by the tilt of the Earth on its axis and the REVOLUTION around the sun. This cycle lasts 365 days, or 12 months, or 1 year.

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Tides are caused by the gravitational pull of the moon on the Earth. We have 4 tides each day – 2 high tides and 2 low tides.

 

The phases of the moon are caused by the revolution of the moon around the Earth and the reflection of the sun’s light. When the moon is between the sun and the Earth we cannot see any reflection and this is called the new moon. As the moon revolves around the Earth we then see the first quarter. When the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun, we see the whole reflection and this is called the full moon. As the moon makes its way back around we see the last quarter moon. This cycle lasts about a month, or 28 days.

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Apr 01

Biography Projects!

Check out the awesome work the students did to show what they know about a famous American!

Mar 12

MSIC Lesson

This week we were lucky to enjoy a Math Science Innovation Center lesson that was brought to our classroom! This was a measurement and engineering lesson. Students practiced measuring with a ruler – with should ALWAYS start on the 0, even if there is no zero written on the ruler. Then the students worked together to engineer a chair for their animal, taking into account the unique features of their creature. Check out their work in the slideshow below!

Feb 29

End of February Update

The third nine weeks is half-way through and we have continued to work hard!

In reading we have been working on making inferences and drawing conclusions. This means using what we know and our experiences to make a good guess about what is going on in a story or passage. We have also started working with syllables and how to break words apart. A syllable is a unit of a word, and each syllable must have one vowel sound. When we break words apart we can use some simple rules to help us decide where to break the word apart. Here are the examples we use in class!:
– VC/CV = rab/bit (two consonants between two vowels)
– VC/V = cam/el (one consonant between two vowels with a short vowel sound!)
– V/CV = ti/ger (one consonant between two vowels with a long vowel sound!)
– /Cle = tur/tle (consonant + le is usually its own syllable)
– VCC/CV = aard/vark (three consonants between two vowels)
– VC/CCV = dol/phin (three consonants between two vowels)
– prefix = un/tie
– suffix = sad/ly
– compound words = sun/shine

In math we worked on 2 digit by 1 digit multiplication. There are two strategies your child can use to solve these problems. They may use the standard method or the box method (both are illustrated below).

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We just finished working with money. Third graders are required to be able to count coins and dollars up to $5.00, compare money and make change up to $5.00. A strategy that we have been using in class to practice this skill is using touch points for each coin. See if your child can tell you how many touch points each coin gets.

At the beginning of the month, we studied simple machines. There are six simple machines that help make work easier to lowering the amount of force required. They are the lever, pulley, wedge, wheel and axle, inclined plane and screw. Student worked hard all month to create their own simple machines at home! Check out their creations in my previous post. A cool website to practice finding simple machines around the house is EdHeads. Click here to check it out!

In social studies we have been learning about many different famous Americans. In class we created a symbol to represent each person. We tried to come up with a symbol to remind us of why they are important. See if your child can remember the symbols for each person. Our next project will be to choose and present about one of these people. We will also be learning about four explorers who were early discoverers of the Americas.