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 built 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 unit!
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!
The 3rd quarter was full of many fun learning experiences!
This quarter students worked on several engaging cross-curricular projects.
Famous Americans Projects
Researching the lives of famous Americans
Creating digital timelines showing the most important events of a famous American’s life
Some of the final products
Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils Projects
Investigating the properties of minerals
Research and collaboration
Students investigated and made fossils
We made it to the 100th Day of School! Students celebrated by dressing like they were 100 years old!
Students celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday by dressing as their favorite characters