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Measuring Time!

Measuring Time!

Estimating and measuring time is an important skill to have!  The 3Js practiced that today using pendulum timers they made.  As a class we came up with several different tasks to complete.  They estimated how many pendulum swings each would take, then actually measured them and ranked them from fastest to slowest.  Finally student groups … Continue reading

Layers of Soil Experiment!

Layers of Soil Experiment!

This week the 3Js were studying about the components of soil samples as well as how soil settles in layers in the earth.  On Monday students had a mini-lesson and learned more about this concept, then collected materials for an experiment to show the layers.  Today we analyzed and discussed our experiment. Check out our video … Continue reading

#GlobalMakerDay!

The IREC 1Ts and 3Js teamed up today to take part in the #GlobalMakerDay challenge.  Students chose to create an obstacle course made primarily of cardboard OR to make an image using inspirational words.  Because the students were split between the two classrooms, Ms.J and Mrs.Taylor decided to keep everyone connected via Google Hangouts on Air.  Take … Continue reading

Growing Crystals!

Growing Crystals!

The 3Js were chemists today: they grew their own magnesium sulfate crystals! Because we’ve been learning about rocks and minerals in science, they dug deeper into learning about crystal formation and shapes. Each student closely followed directions to make their  own crystals, then documented their results.  Take a look at the slideshow and kid cam of … Continue reading

Digital Stories!

Digital Stories!

Well, the 3Js have proven to be over-achievers! Students independently wrote “super short, funny stories” using the memory writing strategy we learned about a little while ago.  Our focus was to add more details as well as adjectives and adverbs into their writing. The final product, however, was to be in the form of a digital … Continue reading

Helping with Reading Strategies!

Helping with Reading Strategies!

The 3Js had reading buddies with the 1Ts again today.  We’ve been working on practicing and using our own reading strategies, such as flipping the sound, cross-checking and checks for understanding, but we helped our grade 1 buddies with using picture cues and looking closely at letters and letters sounds. Half of the classes read … Continue reading

Types of Rocks in 3J!

Types of Rocks in 3J!

We have been learning about rocks and minerals in science class, and today we dug deeper into the three types of rocks and the rock cycle.  Students each got to look at samples of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, and compared them with other students’ samples.  After  our class lesson and conversations, students logged into … Continue reading

Everyone Has the Right to be Happy!

Everyone Has the Right to be Happy!

In Social Studies, the 3Js have started learning about our RIGHTS.  Last week we discussed how we all have the right to learn.  Today we talked about how everyone has the right to be happy.  After reading How Full Is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer, we brainstormed different ways we can fill each other’s … Continue reading

3J Leadership Awards!

3J Leadership Awards!

Today two grade 3J students received IREC Leadership Awards! Nathan got an award for showing leadership when putting first things first.  He is one of the first students to listen to and follow directions, and is well on his way to being a classroom leader in 3J.  Way to go, Nathan! Dannika was recognized for … Continue reading

Our 3J Digital Superheroes!

In class today, we began reviewing our 7 Habits of Digital Citizenship.  Habit #1 is Be Proactive.  After watching a video titled “Super Digital Citizen” (Common Sense Education), students discussed examples and non-examples the characters showed of being proactive online.  Then we created our own superheroes to illustrate our understanding of what makes a good digital … Continue reading