Sunday, November 23, 2014

Visiting South America at East Chester

December the 10th, we will visit Mrs. Stacey's classroom and learn about South America.  Check out the links below and see what you can learn.

Can you identify on a map major countries of the continent? Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, and Peru, Argentina

Can you identify major physical features of the continent?  
     Rivers - Amazon
     Mountains - Andes
     Bodies of Water - Straits of Magellan, Lake Titicaca Landforms - Caribbean Islands, Galapagos Islands  Just find South America and click on the countries.

Visiting Africa at East Chester

We will be visiting Mrs. Jill's class December 10th.  Her class will be teaching us about Africa.  Check out the links below to learn more before we enter her classroom.

Can you identify major countries of the continent?  Egypt, Kenya, Libya, and South Africa
Can you identify major physical features of the continent...
     Rivers – Congo, Niger, Nile
     Mountains – Kilimanjaro, Mt. Kenya, Atlas Mountains
     Desert – Sahara
     Bodies of Water – Indian Ocean, Lake Victoria, Southern Ocean
     Landforms – Cape of Good Hope

Visiting Central America at East Chester

Mrs. Hudson's class will be teaching us about Central America on December 11th.  Look to see what countries are within this part of the world.  Learn more so you are prepared to listen and ask questions.

Visiting Europe at East Chester

We will be visiting Europe on December 3rd which is a Wednesday.  Mrs. Murphy's class will be teaching us about this continent.  Check out the links below and be prepared to enjoy Europe.

Can you identify the major countries of the continent?  France, Italy, Germany, Russia, Spain, and United Kingdom

Can you identify major physical features of the continent?  Mountains – Alps, Gibraltar
Bodies of Water - Arctic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea

Visiting Australia at East Chester

We will be listening to Mrs. Becky's Class teach about Australia on Wednesday, December 3rd.  Check out the links below to learn some before we visit the continent.  Can you identify the Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand, Ayers Rock, and Tasmania?

3.OA.5, The Properties of Multiplication

This is a link that has tons of activities and games that will help with this standard.

This is a link that will lead you through a multiplication process that will help with this standard.

This is Mr. Elementary Math's Blog.  He talks about the Properties and explains them.  This is a terrific resource for us as we learn about the commutative, associative and distributive properties in multiplication.

This is a 6th grade video on the distributive property but it is good.

This is from our favorite math site - Cool Math.
Distributive Property
Associative Property
Commutative Property

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Lunar New Year Story: Nian, The Beast

Asian Art Museum Storyteller, Leta Bushyhead, tells a Lunar New Year story about Nian, the best, with artworks in the museum's collection!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ms. Sloan's Last Day...

We have loved having Ms. Sloan in our classroom.  She is a education major from Freed-Hardeman and is going to be a fabulous teacher!  We wish her the best as she student teaches next semester!  We love Ms. Sloan.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Trying out some Korean Culture!

Today, Jared and Sasha Gott came to visit our classroom.  Sasha spoke Korean and then taught us some words.  We played a Korean game like Sorry with Jared.  We made Korean food and drank Korean tea with Sasha.  It was a great day to learn about culture!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Fall Party...Finally!!

I am finally getting pictures from Fall Party on the blog.  Enjoy looking.  We had so much fun with Cecily's mom Dr. Davis and the students from Freed-Hardeman University.  It was a terrific science filled party!

Who is your teacher in this picture?

Can you find Mrs. Belinda?  Do you know who she is in this picture?  Your comment below will be worth 1 homework!  Write a complete sentence!!

Veterans Day 2014

So proud of Cecily, Colston, Cecily, Cadence, Aleecia and Kady who spoke at the Veterans Day program.  It was a terrific day at East Chester.  I will have to say that our class was so respectful and so kind during the entire program.  Impressive 3rd graders!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Innate and Learned Behavior - How do they know that?

This is an excellent video about learned and innate behaviors!  What do you think the difference is between the two?

What are inherited and adapted traits? Check out this site and see what you think!


What is competition?  We all like to compete in some area of our lives but the competition I am talking about is for land or food or other vital requirements to live.  

The definition of competition reads the struggle among organisms, both of the same and of different species, for food, space, and other vital requirements.

Now make a comment and answer 'what is competition?'...

Scientific Studies: Labels

These websites are going to be used during Enrichment to discuss scientific names!

The sequence of classification categories can be remembered by memorizing: King Phillip, Come Out For Goodness Sake!  


This site takes you to tons of sites that will help with this learning!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Vocabulary for 3.OA.3

3.OA.3 Vocabulary

An EQUATION is a number sentence with two sides that are equal.
An equation says that two things are equal. It will have an equals sign "=" like this:
That equation says: what is on the left (x + 2) 
is equal to what is on the right (6)

A SYMBOL is a picture that is used in place of a number or words.
A pattern or image used instead of words.

Another example: "+" is the symbol for "plus"

An UNKNOWN is a number you are trying to find in an equation.
The letter "x" is often used in algebra to mean a value that is not yet known. 

It is called a "variable" or sometimes an "unknown".

In x + 2 = 7, x is a variable, but we can work out its value if we try!

A variable doesn't have to be "x", it could be "y", "w" or any letter or symbol.

PARTITIONING is when you split something up into equal parts or shares.  This is a great website to explain partitioning!  Partitioning with division.

IXL has great practice for this standard.  LearnZillion has terrific lessons on this standard.  Khan Academy is also a great resource!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Angel Island: An Asian Pacific American Heritage Activity

Angel Island: Angel Island: An Asian Pacific American Heritage Activity

Students get a unique firsthand account of what it was like for a young girl to move from a small village in China to the United States in the 1930s.

We are going to read through her story during computer on Wednesday, November 5th.

Meet these Asian Pacific Americans who have made a difference
Click on Meet these Asian Pacific Americans who have made a difference.

Who is Duke Kahanamoku?  (Anna, Colston)
Who is Dr. Feng Shan Ho? (Cheyanne, Matt)
Who is Dalip Singh Saund? (Hunter B., Dakota)
Who are the Chinese Rail Builders? (Colston, Hunter M.)
Who is Steven Chu? (Breyona, Elisha)
Who is Yo-Yo Ma? (April, Lillie Kate)
Who is Maya Lin? (Tavey, Hayden D.)
Who is Amy Tan? (Will, Haydn)
Who is Jerry Yang? (Colston)
Who is Michelle Kwan? (Cecily, Anna)

Write down your question.  Answer the question.  Be prepared to tell the class about your answer.  We will also be writing about these answers!