Grade 3 News

Leverett Elementary School

Weather Video

March8

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!

Weather from Karin Gravina on Vimeo.

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Biographies

March8

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.

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Moon Phases

February1

We are learning about the moon phases. We know the names of the phases: new moon, crescent, first quarter, gibbous, full moon, and last quarter, as well as the new words waxing and waning. Here we are practicing making the phases.

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The Moon

January29

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.

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Skyscrapers

January29

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:

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Weather Event Teaching Posters

January9

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…

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Weather Station

December16

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!

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Weather

November30

We started our unit on Weather. We made mini-water cycles and started learning about clouds. Ask your child what the three main types of clouds are, or try to figure them out from our pictures.

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Read-A-Thon!

November27

We had our first read-a-thon of the year. We wore our comfy clothes and snuggled into our sleeping bags for a day of reading. We read independently, with buddies, had a guest reader, and performed a reader’s theater. What a fun day!

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Teaching Posters

November18

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.

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