Grade 3 was very busy before vacation tying up some loose ends in various subjects so that we would be ready to delve into other new and exciting topics upon our return to school. One topic, in particular, that many of the students have been looking foward to is multiplication---so here we are: Ready and rearing to go with multiplication facts!
At this point, I like to remind parents that one key part to truly mastering multiplication is through memorization of facts! This is something that you can do even while in the car or whenever you have a bit of free time! As we get a little further into the multiplication chapter, we will also begin with Rocket Math in the classroom to help speed up our accuracy with facts.
We have completed our chapter on Rock and Minerals in science, and we are now ready to learn all about the different states and properties of matter. This chapter will lead us into changes in matter, such as the difference between chemical and physical changes. Before vacation, the students got a taste (literally) of matter changing from one state to another. As a class, students saw how salt, when added to ice, helps to melt the ice, while also making the temperature become cold enough to change a baggie of milk, sugar, and vanilla extract into icecream (ok, it was more like frozen yogurt consistency...but still tasty!).
In S.S. we completed our chapter on 4 Native American tribes and up next is a Chapter about a few different explorers and reasons behind their explorations.
Here are a few pictures I have been meaning to post. They actually serve as a nice reminder of some of the fun things we have been able to so so far this year.....the Colombus play...a reminder to the school to maintain an Attitude of Gratitude always.....and our fond farewell to Miss Davidson and Mr. Clarkin!