12
Feb

Third Grade Update

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Wondering what we’ve doing in third grade lately?  Here’s a little look:

Language Arts:

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We are still using Daily 6-Trait Writing.  Hailey is working on organizing thoughts, and how to group similar ideas and details together.

Bible:

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I ordered the next Old Testament Overview from Grapevine because Hailey has enjoyed it so much.  We are now working on Part 2- Joseph to the Promised Land.

Geography:

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We use Daily Geography Practice.  It is supposed to be done every day, but we only do it once a week and get everything done in one day because it’s pretty simple.  It’s been great for learning how to read maps, but we definitely need to add some more.

Health:

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Hailey learned in health how nutrients travel through your body.  We used red water and a celery stick to show how nutrients can travel.

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The leaves turned all red even though they were never in the water.

Science:

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Hailey has been learning about the scientific method, why science is important, and why we do experiments.  I’m using this Intro to Science Unit.

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Hailey has been practicing using the scientific method by doing some experiments.  In this experiment she put 4 different colored M&Ms into a bowl of lukewarm water.

Then we observed:

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It’s nice to do some fun, simple experiments while learning the scientific method!

So, there is a little look at just a few of the things Hailey has been working on.  I need to remember to take more pictures of what Hailey is working on so I can do third grade posts more often.

06
Feb

Preschool- Letter A

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A couple of weeks ago Hunter told me he was ready to start doing school again.  So, I thought I’d put together some letter A activities to see how it went before I started doing lots of planning.  We spent 2 weeks on the letter A and every day he was asking me for more work to do.

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Hunter colored a letter A crown from Sing With Me Through the ABCs.

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He made a letter a door hanger from Sing With Me Through the ABCs that hung up on his door all week.

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He also colored a letter A paper from Sing With Me Through the ABCs.

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He made this cute A wand from Sing With Me Through the ABCs.

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He used water colors to paint this paper from Sing With Me Through the ABCs.

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Hunter used a foam letter to stamp As onto a piece of paper.

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He made the letter A craft from the Animal ABCs.  He cut out the alligators with some help.

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Hunter kept asking for more to do, so I found this cute letter A coloring page at Just Color.

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We played hide and seek with the foam letter A- I hid the letter and Hunter had to find it.

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Hunter stamped letter As and glued foam letter As onto this paper from Confessions of a Homeschooler.

Other stuff:

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He practiced his colors with this alligator paper from the Animal ABCs.

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Hunter worked on some gears.

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He entertained Harper with the gears while I worked with Hailey on her school work.

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He did some building.

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We worked on patterns- I made the orange and purple one and then he made the yellow and purple one.

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He played with Play-Doh.

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He built a “flying car” with his Legos.

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He played with his Legos with Harper.

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He read books with Harper.

Hunter had a great couple of weeks working on the letter A.  I am hoping his enthusiasm continues.
We also did a unit on The Snowy Day which I am going to be posting soon.

29
Jan

Scientific Method

Hailey loves to do science experiments and she would gladly do one every day if I would let her.  I don’t want her to do experiments just for the sake of doing experiments (although that is fun too!) so I have been trying to help her see the purpose behind experimenting.  I started teaching Hailey about the scientific method and how that works with experimenting.  I found a really easy experiment to try to help her understand the scientific method.  We went through all of the steps as we did the experiment.

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We had three glasses of water- one cold water, one room temperature water, and one hot water.  Then we had three effervescent tablets.  We asked questions, formed a hypothesis, observed what happened, got results, came up with a conclusion, and finally shared what we learned.

Hailey’s hypothesis was that the tablet would dissolve fastest in the hot water.  So, then we put the tablets in to test it out to see what would happen.  The tablet in the hot water dissolved the fastest, within just seconds it was gone.  The cold water took the longest.  It was a fun way to put the scientific method into practice!

23
Jan

Contraction Review

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Hailey needed a little contraction review, so here are some of the fun activities we did to review:

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We played a matching game.  First she turned over a blue card, which had the contraction on it.  Then she turned over a pink card and purple card, trying to find the words that made up the contraction.

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The person with the most matches won.  Hailey really liked this game and requested to play it several times.

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We made these, which are a great visual of contractions and how the first word always stays the same.

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Here’s a look at one of the finished papers.  (Inspiration credit: Pinterest)

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As a fun wrap up to our contraction review we did word surgery, using an idea I found at Buzzing About Second Grade.  Hailey (and Hunter too :-) ) dressed up as surgeons to perform surgery.

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Hailey getting ready to do surgery.

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The surgeon at work.

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Stitching up her patient (using a band aid as the apostrophe).

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She performed several successful surgeries and really loved the activity!

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