We wrapped up our Weather Unit with a weather broadcast video about extreme weather. After researching an extreme weather event, students chose a background to fit their weather, wrote a script, dressed the part, and acted as weather broadcasters. Oh what actors we have!
Grade 3 students read many biographies during the month of January. Each student then chose one person to study. After using at least two resources, students typed their information, found pictures, and created a news article about their famous person. Take a look at the finished product.
We kicked off our Night Sky unit with a study of the moon. Students read a book about the moon with a partner. Then they designed a mini-poster answering a key question about their moon topic. After posters were finished, students gave each other feedback- warm and cool post its. It was great practice giving positive feedback and hearing constructive criticism.
We survived the skyscraper challenge! Students needed to design and test a skyscraper using paper, craft sticks, and tape. It needed to be at least 18 inches tall, and able to withstand the wind for 10-15 seconds. After many attempts, revisions, and discussions, students were able to come up with a model of their own design that worked. Here are the results:
We are wrapping up our weather unit with a study of extreme weather. Students partnered up and researched one type of extreme weather. They focused on defining the weather, what the causes were, effects of the weather, safety tips, and interesting facts. Our topics included: Thunderstorms, Drought, Heat Wave, Big Freeze, Tornado, Hurricane, Flood and Blizzard. Now they are using this information to create a live weather report. Stay tuned…
We made a mini-weather station. First, we made homemade thermometers and tested them using cold and hot water. Then we broke into small groups and made a barometer, wind vane, anemometer, and rain gauge. We are recording daily observations using our knowledge of clouds, temperature, and wind to guide us. Onto extreme weather next!
We wrapped up our rocks and minerals unit by creating teaching posters about what we learned. We had topics of: What is a Rock?, Sedimentary Rocks, Metamorphic Rocks, Igneous Rocks, Fossils, Volcanoes, and Layers of the Earth. Each pair of students focused on key concepts to “teach”, and then supported their ideas with photos and pictures. Next, we shared. They are on display in the front hall.