Skip Counting and Patterns Galore

Another busy week of math has left the students singing counting songs and looking for patterns all around them.

We start math each day with skip counting. So far we have worked on counting by 10’s, 5’s, and 2’s. The grade threes are also learning their 3’s and 4’s. We thought you might enjoy listening to a couple of our skip counting songs. The songs come from Ron Brown’s Skip Counting CD. They really get the numbers stuck in your head!

This week we began exploring increasing patterns. We worked with partners to make our own growth patterns. In the video below you can see some of the great patterns we came up with.

Geometry Fun

In math we have been studying 2D shapes and 3D solids. This week we had fun building skeletons for different prisms and pyramids. We had to work in teams and decide how many edges and vertices each solid had so that we would know how many straws and balls of clay we would need.

Which solids were the easiest to build? Which were the most challenging?

Did any of the solids have the same number of vertices and edges?

Measurement Fun

Today we started a new unit in math. Our measurement unit began with exploration of non-standard measurement. After we got into partners, we had to choose what we were going to measure and what unit we would use. Then we made an estimate and measured to see how close we had gotten. We found a lot of fun things to measure (even Mrs. Watson)!

Can you think of a time that you used non-standard measurement?

Summer Fun: Week 5

Last week I finished reading two great books. The first was The Maze Of Bones which is the first book in the 39 Clues series. The second book I read was The Doll People. This is one of the books that one of the classes we Skyped with recommended. I really enjoyed both of these books and have the second book in each series on order at the library. What books have you read this summer?

This week’s Reading Rockets ideas: Become a publisher
• Make your own joke book. Collect jokes and riddles from your family and friends.
• Cut out pictures from an old magazine or catalog. Write a story about them.
• Create a rebus story (a story that uses pictures to represent words). Write a short story, and then substitute pictures (that you draw or cut out) for some of the words.
• Start a round-robin story. Write the beginning, then ask friends to add to it until it has an ending.

Click on the picture below to make plastic milk. There are all sorts of great experiments you can try at Joey Green’s Mad Scientist Experiments.

This week try a new game from Add, subtract, and multiply numbers fast in Math Popper. The objective of the game is to pop the balloons with the correct answer before time runs out!

Click the link below to see a great video about chimps using tools!

Summer Fun: Week 4

I can’t believe how quickly the summer is flying by! I just got home from a great trip down island and now it is swimming lesson time for Brooklynn. A big thank you to Sophie for leaving a comment on the blog last week! I hope everyone is having lots of fun 🙂

This week’s Reading Rockets ideas: Enjoy the great outdoors
• Pick wildflowers and press them between the pages of a heavy book until the end of summer.
• Plan a backyard camping trip with a friend. List all the things you will need to survive.
• Plan a family ‘booknic’ at your favorite outdoor spot, such as the beach, a park, or the woods. Pack lunch and plenty to read.
• Collect shells at the beach or rocks along a trail. Use a nature guide to identify them.
• Find something small enough to put in your pocket. Write or tell a story about it.
• Look for shapes and designs in the clouds. Draw them.
• Word game! Make a list of words to describe fireworks.

Click on the picture below to make a yummy treat!

Click on the picture below to practice adding single-and-double-digit numbers together while shooting spaceships trying to invade Earth. Hurry before it’s too late and the aliens land!

Click the link below to see a great video about fishy disguises!

Geometry Fun!

Today we used straws and plasticine to build polygons and 3D solids. The students worked in teams to complete each challenge. They had a lot of fun and showed that they know a lot about geometry!

Geometry Fun! on PhotoPeach