Hot Stuff Science Unit

We just wrapped up a unit on heat in science class. First students investigated why some objects on the playground felt hotter than other objects. Then students experimented with different colors of paper in the sun. They put black and white paper around their hands and tested which one got hotter. They wrote down their observations. We also used thermometers to test the temperature difference under black and white paper in the sun and in the shade.

Later, students were challenged to build a solar oven that could cook a s’more. We went over the rules of the challenge and then started the engineering design process. Students imagined and planned before they started building their solar oven.

 

 

 

 

Then students build their solar oven. We took it outside and tested it with a piece of chocolate to see how it worked. Some students realized they needed to make some changes to their design to make it more effective.

After making improvements to their designs, we took the solar ovens outside again the next day. Students made their s’mores and then ate them! Yum!

Ask your student what they learned about heat and solar energy from this fun task!

1st Quarter 2016

I’m sorry this post is a little bit late, but I don’t think it’s ever too late to look back at all the fun and learning of the year.

Besides the state standards for third grade, we also focus on 21st century skills in my classroom such as collaboration and appropriate technology use. Here are some examples of students using technology and working collaboratively. Visit our class website or Seesaw to see some of the finished products!

My students have also been forming great relationships with their kindergarten reading buddies in Mrs. King’s class. They read together at least once a month, and Mrs. King’s class has visited our class to see our finished projects.

After learning about Ancient Greece in Social Studies, we moved on to studying heat in Science. Mrs. Mauney, our student teacher, conducted multiple experiments as students investigated how thermal energy moves. In these pictures, students are collecting data on how solar radiation and different colors affect temperature.

Finally, we began a Pollution Solution Project-Based Learning Unit. As our entry event, students collected data on the litter and pollution on our school campus. This trash bag contains all the litter they found on the playground!

3rd Quarter Review

The 3rd quarter was full of many fun learning experiences!

Projects

This quarter students worked on several engaging cross-curricular projects.

Famous Americans Projects 

Collaboration

Collaboration

Researching the lives of famous Americans

Researching the lives of famous Americans

Creating digital timelines showing the most important events of a famous American's life

Creating digital timelines showing the most important events of a famous American’s life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the final products

Some of the final products

Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils Projects

Investigating the properties of minerals

Investigating the properties of minerals

Research and collaboration

Research and collaboration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students investigated and made fossils

Students investigated and made fossils

100th Day of School
We made it to the 100th Day of School! Students celebrated by dressing like they were 100 years old!

We made it to the 100th Day of School! Students celebrated by dressing like they were 100 years old!

Read Across America Day
Students celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday by dressing as their favorite characters

Students celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday by dressing as their favorite characters

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2nd Quarter in Review

The second grading period was full of lots of fun learning experiences for our students.

Career Day 2015 was a lot of fun. Students learned about jobs such as…

…Energy Careers with Georgia Power

…Dr. Scholl explained what it is like to be a veterinarian
IMG_0569…an exciting job as a flight nurse on a helicopter
IMG_0551…even a career in helping others be healthy like the ladies from Anytime Fitness demonstrated
IMG_0553-ANIMATIONIn science we studied Georgia habitats and plant and animal adaptations. Students did a great job on their research projects and presentations. Here are some examples:

Students have had many opportunities to work collaboratively with technology devices.

 

In December UGA football player and author Malcolm Mitchell came to Holsenbeck and read his book to our school.

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We ended the semester with a holiday party including crafts and yummy food.

We’ve had a great first half of the year! I know the rest of the year will be just as wonderful!