Students in third grade learned about plants and their parts. We created plant models, experimented with celery and turned the stems and leaves various colors, and observed a bean sprout in a plastic bag. Through scientific inquiry students learned that adding CocaCola pop to a plant in place of water not only harms the plant, but also attracts far too many fruit flies!!! Once our fruit fly problem was corrected, we concluded our unit with a plant picnic where students brought in particular fruits and vegetables. Students identified the part of the plant we would be eating, added the name of the plant to the chart and tasted it! Students were very adventurous and tried many new fruits and vegetables that they had never tried before. Many had discovered a new and healthy snack that could be added to their diet!
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As an introduction to the school year and a way to get students to observe and appreciate what can be found in nature we went outside and explored our beautiful courtyard and surrounding gardens. Students were given cameras in small groups and asked to snap photographs of things they either found beautiful or interesting. They then chose their favorite photo, and wrote a paragraph explaining why they took this picture and why it was their favorite. Their favorite photographs are hanging in the hallway near the science room. Some photographs students have taken are also shown below. Click on the picture to see who the photographer is and what they have named their photograph.
We found lots of worms while we were planting and that's a GOOD thing! Worms are essential in gardens because they keep the soil soft and full of nutrients which are good for your plants. Don't squish those worms, just let them do their job!! Click on the picture to the left to take you to the yuckiest site on the internet to learn more about earthworms!
Students in third grade completed their animal classification unit. During this chapter they learned that animals can be classified in many ways. One of the ways we classified animals is by looking closely at their traits. Some animals are vertebrates and some are invertebrates. Some of the activities that they participated in were constructing model backbones, observing and drawing live animals from land lab, capturing and identifying schoolyard invertebrates, observing various fossils, making animal prints and coloring jellyfish chalk pictures.
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Students are learning about animal adaptations. They recently finished a bird beak investigation where they had to choose the best "beak" to pick up a food! Check out the photos below:
Click on the fish to play "Build a Fish" adaptation game!!
(additional words to know)
Click the picture to Build your own Food Webs.
Food Chain Games
Click on the picture to play Sunny Meadows Food Chain Simulator
Third graders are learning about the Earth's Crust. They are exploring rocks, minerals, fossils and soil. During this chapter they will perform a mineral scratch test, identify rocks by observing their properties, make casts out of clay, make compost and investigate what lives in soil.
Click on the picture to play a "rock identification" game.
Click on this picture to test your knowledge of minerals or learn some new facts about them.
Click on this picture and it will take you to the website Engineering Interact where you can find a game related to forces and motion. You need to click on the game "Brave the Rides with Parkworld Plot" underneath Forces and Motion. The game will guide you through an amusement park and you need to find the unsafe ride before it is too late using your knowledge of forces and motion. Good luck!!