Mrs. Rasmussen

Room 202

Why do we round?

Today Mrs. Pride's Class of 4th graders joined our class for math. Both grades are working on the skill of rounding, so we took this understanding and worked on a project together. Look below for the details of our project!

Rounding in the real world

The work started as each third and fourth grade pair read an article about why rounding is important in the real world. They then discussed with a partner the times in their lives that rounding would be helpful. This then led to a whole class discussion.

Plan a Meal for $20

Next, the partnerships were given a challenge. Their challenge was to plan a snack or meal that they could purchase if they had $20. This challenged them to use their rounding skills to estimate the cost of their food items.

Plan a Party with $100

Once the successfully planned their first dish, they were tasked with planning a whole party. For their party they were given $100 dollars to buy all their food. Groups got very creative in the dishes they were planning on feeding to their guests.

Can you build a snowman?

As we headed into winter break, I thought the third graders needed a challenge. The challenge they were given was to build the tallest possible snowman they could with three materials:

  1. Paper
  2. Scissors
  3. Tape

The engineers went to work designing, testing, and revising their snowmen. There were many snowmen that toppled over and many groups had to show perseverance to keep working even while their designs were failing. Many groups had to change strategies multiple times in an attempt to build the tallest snowman. In the end, all groups created a free standing snowman and many added their own special flare by naming and dressing their snowman. Some groups even went so far as to create stories on how their snowman came to be. Check in with your third grader about their creation!

Float? Sink? Bob? Other?

The third grade scientists challenged their scientific brains and their discussion skills as they explored the question:

What will happen when this pumpkin gets placed in a bucket of water?

The third graders started by thinking about what they thought would happen and they backed their thinking with three reasons. They then went to a different corner of the room to discuss their thoughts with people who thought similar things. We then came together as a whole class and had a discussion about what we all thought. Some students changed their minds and all heard and agreed with information they had not thought of before. Finally, we tested the question. What happened? Well to find out you will have to check with your third grader!

The group who thought the pumpkin would float

The group who thought the PUmpkin would sink

Whole class discussion

Fun with the Visiting Author

This week the author Julie Falatko came to visit Longfellow. The students got two different opportunities to meet and learn from this expert author.

On Wednesday, she presented in front of the whole school. Here she shared her history of being an author starting when she was 5. She also talked about her journey to being a writer and her thoughts on how everyone can become an author.

Then on Thursday, the whole third grade got to meet with her in a smaller group. During this presentation she read two of her books to the group. She also talked at length about the process of making a published book. She also explained the different roles that she and the illustrator have. She saved lots of time at the end of the session for questions, so the third graders got to ask any question that they were pondering! It was a great opportunity to see the way our writing could take us in the future.

Check out the third graders work when they made letters on grid paper that showed different areas!

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Number Talks

How can you find the product of:

1 x 5

2 x 5

3 x 5

This was one of the questions the third graders explore this week. You can find their possible answers in pink and their thinking in black. Check out their thinking and study their observations and see if you agree or if you see it differently!

The Cumberland Fair

The third graders explored some parts of a rural community at the fair.

A beautiful September day was the backdrop for a great exploration of the Cumberland Fair. The third graders have been learning different communities and their place in different communities. To learn more about a rural community, all Longfellow third graders took a trip to the fair.

At the fair students were able to see model trains in action. They were able to walk through the petting zoo and see and pet a variety of sheet and goats. Some even were quite chatty and were talking with the kids. The students also got to see a variety of chickens, ducks, goats, sheep, bunnies, cows, horses and oxen up close. We walked up and down the aisles surrounded by stalls and cages full of animals that populate rural communities. The students loved looking and and petting some of this amazing animals.

The third graders also got to see some horses in the pulling competition as they pulled a sled full of cement back and forth across the stadium. It was awesome to see how strong and large these animals are. They also got to see some horses warming up for cart racing while we were eating lunch.

In addition to the animals, the third graders got to see and participate in some technology that is used on the farm. They worked on some different devices used to process corn as well as a goat and horse treadmill. You will have to ask your third grader about some of the work they may have done on the farm.

So many more experiences to share, but to get the full story you will have to ask your student! Look for more pictures in the snapshots tab.

The Lego Challenge

Learning how to communicate by creating Lego structures

Communication using specific words can be really hard for adults and can definitely be hard for third graders. To work on using precise words to communicate the third graders participated in a Lego Challenge. For this challenge they had to replicate structures made of Legos with a partner, but it wasn't that simple.

For this challenge there were two roles: eyes and hands. The role of the eyes person was to go and look at the photos of the structure they had to build. They then had to report back to the hands partner. The eyes partner had to explain how to build the structure to their partner but they could not touch or point at any Legos. The hands partner had to listen carefully and ask follow up questions so that they could build the structure accurately. This required both partners to listen and speak with precision and accuracy and it was a lot of fun. When partnerships thought they had finished one challenge they got it checked off and then were able to switch roles and try the next challenge.

The way they were able to communicate, work well together, and have fun was amazing to witness.