To end our science unit on matter, we created "bean soup" mixtures.
Each group combined lima beans, pinto beans, mung beans, rice, and cornmeal. Then, the students had to come up with a way to separate the mixture. It was easy to take out the lima beans and pinto beans since they were larger than the rest of the ingredients.
Each group realized they needed some type of sifter to separate the rest of the ingredients. After sifting for awhile and testing out all different sizes, each group successfully separated their mixtures back into their original containers.
It was a fun and somewhat messy investigation!
Today in Social Studies, we celebrated Chinese New Year. The students practiced using chopsticks, ate fortune cookies, made dragon puppets, and learned about their Chinese Zodiac sign. (We all agreed that our descriptions were pretty accurate!) In math, we read the book Grandfather Tang's Story and created the animals from the story using tangram pieces. We realized that it looked like it was going to be easy, but it was actually a lot more difficult than we thought! Happy Chinese New Year! It's the year of the horse.
Today we decorated a blanket to be sent to Alaska for the upcoming Iditarod. This blanket will help the dogs who are racing.
Third graders, what questions do you have for Iditarod mushers (drivers of the dogsleds)?
Here is the blanket we'll be sending. Many students wrote "Go dogs, go!" and "Stay warm!"
Hey Third Graders!
I hope you had a great, relaxing winter break. I missed you guys!! Did you do any winter reading? What books did you read? Do you have any you'd like to recommend to the class?
I read three books over the break that I'd like to tell you about!
The first one is a historical fiction novel called Between Shades of Gray. The story takes place in Lithuania and Siberia in the 1940's during World War II. This book is written for students in grades 7 and up, so while it may not be a good fit book for you now, it is something to keep in mind later. (Especially those of you who enjoy reading about World War II.)
The second book I read was Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck. by Jeff Kinney. Johnny and his family generously donated this book to our class. I am a big fan of the WImpy Kid books and I think this book may be one of the best in the series. Hard Luck is the story of Greg and what happens to him while his best friend, Rowley, has a girlfriend. If you like the Wimpy Kid series, this book will definitely make you laugh. This book is now available in our class library.
The third book I read was Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman. This book was generously donated to our class library from Adrian and Fernando. If you enjoy reading books by Roald Dahl, then I think you'll enjoy Fortunately, the Milk. It's about a brother and sister who are waiting for their father to return home with the milk so they can eat cereal. When he comes home with the milk. he tells them a hilarious story about all the struggles he went through to get the milk home to them. This book is now available in our class library.
I just started reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Would you believe I've never seen the movie? (It's hard to believe, but it's true!) So far I love the book and I plan to watch the movie as soon as I finish!
I can't wait to hear about the books you've been reading!