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Monthly Archives: October 2014

We have had a great week in third grade this week! Check out what we have done:

Math: We worked with the concept of liquid volume and discussed the terms Liter and Milliliter. I was so impressed by how many students made the connection that milliliters and Liters are for liquid volume what grams and Kilograms are for weight. We have some smart mathematicians in this room. We also worked to make our own beakers this week by measuring 100 mL at a time into a 2 liter bottle and creating a vertical number line on the side. Each tick mark represented 100 mL and we discovered that 10 of those would equal 1000 mL or 1 L. Look at the kids in action.










We also took the mid-module assessment today to check in and see how our progress through this unit was going. We have been working hard so I expect to see great results.

Language Arts:

We began reading the book Sarah Plain and Tall this week and are using it to jump into our next unit “Stories Inspired by the Sea”. We have been journaling about our reading and using the book to discuss new vocabulary words like Hearthstones, Shingles, and Bonnet. The students are really enjoying the book and are anxious to keep reading.

We also started “Book Hooks” this week. I am choosing books that I think the students will love and reading them just a section of the book. My intention is to get them interested in the book so that they will want to read it on their own. This will help the students to break out of their comfort zones and read new genres and new authors. Today’s book hook was my all time favorite book…ask your child what it was!

Social Studies:

Did you know that Pickerington become a city in 1991? Your kids do! We are studying the history of Pickerington and have worked to create a timeline of important historical events in Pickerington. We will use this next week as we discuss some of the history of the city we live in. Ask your child what Pickerington was first named!

Next week:

Math: Estimating Measurements
Language Arts: Finish Sarah Plain and Tall. There will be no Spelling this week.
Social Studies: Pickerington History

Also next week is the Fall Festival (Wednesday) all students will need a packed lunch this day and will need to dress in layers to be outside at Hickory Lakes.

We will be completing Stanford testing next week as well as the following week. These tests will provide the us with data about how our students are doing in the areas of Reading, Language and Math.

As always if you have questions don’t hesitate to ask! Enjoy your weekends!


Happy Friday Families!

I wanted to reach out and see if anyone was available to volunteer for the fall festival next Wednesday. It is a fun morning full of games, fall activities, and smiley children. It is a great opportunity for us to Sharpen our Saws together, especially in the busy month of October. As of right now no one has signed up to be with our class for the Fall Festival. If you are available and would like to volunteer please consider signing up. You can do so by clicking the link below.


Yesterday in math we worked with the concept of capacity. We discussed liquid volume and how we measure it using units called Liters and Milliliters. But just how big is a Liter? How big is a Milliliter? These were the questions we set out to answer.

We started with this:


I told the students that this was one Liter of water (dyed purple… This is Pickerington after all!). We compared the Liter to things like a glass, bowl, bathtub and swimming pool so we could get an idea of how much a Liter was.

We then decomposed (divided) our Liter into 10 plastic cups. We discussed how our Liter was now divided equally between the ten cups, and that each cup had 100mL in it. We then counted by 100’s to discover that 1,000mL = 1 L.

Here is what that looked like:


So what would happen if we decomposed 100 mL into ten plastic cups? That was our next question. We divided the 100mL into the 10 cups and discovered that we would end up with 10mL in each cup. Here is what that looked like:


Can we go any smaller? We then wanted to decompose our 10mL into the 10 cups. We used a dropper to measure out 1mL into each of our 10 cups, and this is what we ended up with.


We moved from Liters to Milliliters during the course of the class, discussing each time how we were dividing by 10. We ended up with 1mL and discovered that it would take 1,000mL to make a Liter.


Heritage’s Annual Fall Festival is Wednesday October 15. This is a fun event for the students every year and our wonderful PTO has worked to make sure it happens again this year. Permission slips went home on Friday, each child will need a permission slip in order to attend fall festival. If you did not receive one please let me know and I will get you a new copy. The slips and the $5.00 fee will need to be returned to school no later than October 13th.

Our fabulous PTO can not make fall festival happen without help. If you are able to volunteer your time that day they are looking for volunteers. Please click the link below to sign up to help with this fun day!


Today in math we experimented with the concepts of grams and kilograms. Important concepts included:
1) A gram weighs about the same as a paperclip
2) A kilogram weighs about the same as a gallon size bag of rice
3) There are 1000 grams in a kilogram
4) Grams and Kilograms are similar to our place value system as they both work in units of 10.

The students where tasked with finding objects in the room that weighed about: 1 gram, 10 grams, 100 grams, and 1 kilogram. They then weighed the objects using the balance scales to find their actual weights. It was a fun, hands on activity and was a great way to wrap up our afternoon. Things to ask your child:

1) What was something that weighed about __________. (1 gram, 10 grams, 100 grams, 1 kilogram)

2) Which was the hardest to weigh? Why was it?

3) Which was the easiest to weigh? Why was it?

4) What are some things in our house that weigh ____________? (1 gram, 10 grams, 100 grams, 1 kilogram)

Take a look at the pictures below, it was a fun day!