Intermediate SAGE

Grade 3

Units of Study

The month of January is here, and with it, we are beginning a new semester of learning. Our third grade students have been very busy in their Units of Study this past quarter! Read on to learn more about each unit and the progress we have made since last quarter!

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Third grade broadcasting students started the second quarter by developing questions to guide the research of their chosen road trip destinations. They used reliable websites to find the answers to their questions, and several students also started drafting the scripts for their shows! In addition, the students have been learning about broadcasting jobs and equipment and practicing their performance skills through participation in reader’s theatre!
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Young Architect Studio

In our study of Victorian architecture, students investigated common elements in Victorian design and analyzed the symmetry and asymmetry in structures. Then they applied their learning to create their own Victorian home designs! We studied architectural scale, and students drew scaled building plans. Finally, they matched form to function as they designed floor plans for the structures and analyzed their designs for the effective use of entrances, windows, rooms, furniture, appliances, and traffic flow within the building.
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Kids in the Kitchen - the Chemistry of Food

Students have investigated the world of food chemistry in many different ways this past quarter. After finishing their lab about the molecules found in food, they then began to create a book about their learning from their labs. As their next study, student groups made pancakes with different recipes to observe the effect that different ingredients had upon the height of pancakes. After this, students learned about acids and bases, as well as how to tell the difference between acids and bases. They conducted a lab with this using a universal indicator. Finally, they began their study of the Maillard reaction by making toffee!
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3-D Printing

This quarter students designed and printed characters that will be their main character in their digital book. Their character building parameters were to have four unique shapes and smaller than 3 inches. We learned how supports create successful prints. They used permeant makers to add color to their characters. They then took a photo of their character and added to Keynote to remove the background using Instant Alpha. They then took their new photo and added it into Book Creator where they are creating an original story using their 3D character. They are learning to produce products with multiple tools.
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Power It Up!

We continued our work this quarter with littleBits modules. The students have

used their creativity to create a prototype utilizing LEGOs and littleBits modules

and used an iPad to add to their digital portfolio.

Although the students can work on littleBits projects individually, most projects this past quarter have involved small groups. Collaboration is perhaps the most important 21st century skill, and one that is consistently mentioned as desirable for the workplace. While most of our projects 1st quarter involved lights, sounds, and switches, most of the projects this quarter expanded the range of capability by including motion and /or environmental sensors.

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Aviation class has investigated the history of flight by researching people and their contributions to the advancement of flight. Students continue to experiment with paper airplanes by adjusting the lift, weight, trust, and drag. Other tests have been completed using balloons, ping pong balls, hair dryers, and multiple other everyday items to observe the changes of the forces of flight.

How to Train Your Robot

This quarter the students were able to use creative thinking and problem solving. The students had their first design challenge which they had to identify a problem that the robot could solve or an action it could take. They then had to describe the problem or actions the robot needed to make and then write the program. Each student was able to test their program. If the program failed, the student evaluated the failure and took time to try to improve their design. The students were also Introduced to inputs (sensors). Students learned how to make the robot respond to outside stimulus (claps). In this activity they were able to program the robot to flash one of its LED lights, drive, and dance in response to clapping.

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Second quarter showed a great deal of growth in 3rd graders’ abilities to recognize the Spanish alphabet and to use the correct pronunciation of words. They also learned beginning greetings, colors, numbers, calendar, and weather phrases. These foundational skills will help us as we move into third quarter. We’ll begin working on names of classroom objects and using prepositions to locate these objects. (The pencil is under the chair.) Recognizing and responding to words and phrases are significant first steps in learning a foreign language.