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Inner Planets, Static Electricity, & Vertical Tape Diagrams

Hello, happy Wednesday 3rd graders! Your teachers had to go to meetings first thing this morning, but luckily Miss Gurley and Miss Malorie were here to run our morning meeting and begin our read-aloud.

In today’s Astronomy read-aloud, you learned more about our solar system. There are eight planets in our solar system: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Which planets in our solar system other than Earth have an atmosphere? Remember that an atmosphere of a planet is a blanket of gas that surrounds the planet. It holds heat and keeps the planet at a steadier temperature.

In Mrs. Day’s writing group, you discussed subject-verb agreement. You read about the planets closest to the sun (Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars) with Mrs. Meridith, and practiced your spelling words by playing Popcorn with Miss Gurley and Miss Malorie.

Next, Miss Erica was back for an Exploration Place science lesson about static electricity!

After lunch, we continued yesterday’s Mystery Science lesson. You worked with your table group to build a model of a slide with a stack of paper and then used a piece of cardboard with pennies on it as your slider. Tomorrow you will test different materials with your sliders to see which has the most and least friction.

When you returned from specials, it was time for our math rotations. You either completed a menu activity or practiced fact fluency. During our math lesson, we reviewed building tape diagrams and then created vertical tape diagrams to represent data. Everyone spent technology time on Dreambox.

We ended the day with an afternoon meeting to vote on your prize for finally getting a BINGO! We took a few suggestions and then voted. The winner was a walking field trip to Donut Bay with a picnic and fishing! We will work out the details and watch the weather to find out when we can go.

It was another great day in 3rd grade! Enjoy your extra long weekend!

PS. Don’t forget about your moon journal!

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