Friday, September 28, 2012

American Royal Field Trip

That's right, TWO FIELD TRIPS in one week! On Friday, we headed to the American Royal and the Youth Rodeo!

Sheep dogs doing their thing!

This is  T. Texas Terry and he is the lasso king at the American Royal!

We learned how a cow is milked and the process the milk goes through before it get into our refrigerators.

Petting Zoo time!
 We got to see the American Royal Youth Rodeo!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

3rd Grade Bike Rodeo

Each fall, our USD 231 hosts the 3rd Grade Bike Rodeo. Students are given a free helmet, sponsored by Head Strong for Jake. The students love to get this helmet all to themselves! Each 3rd graders can bring a bike or scooter to the event, if they do not have either, we let them share with a friend.
Students went through 8 stations and end the day with a sack lunch with the entire district's 3rd Grade class. They loved it!

Safety Vehicles: We toured fire and police vehicles along with hearing from their emergency officers.

Figure 8's:  Students practiced their turns figure 8's.

Ride a Straight Line: Students ride through this station, with their wheels staying as close to the line as possible. They loved this station as they could get going as FAST as they wanted!

Hand Signals: Students learned Left Turn, Right Turn, & Stop signals. They practiced as they moved through an obstacle course with stops and turns.

Over The Shoulder: Students practice looking over their shoulder as they move on their wheels. There was a picture they called out, then numbers.
Safety Break: Students see what the EMS Bike team does and to see one of their bikes.
Obstacle Course: Students move through cones along a painted line. This was a challenge to do well on their wheels.

 Here's our 3rd Grade team: Mallory, Malinda, Jen, Erin, & Elizabeth

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Welcome to Our Insect Parade

The Insect Project is our first big project in 3rd grade. We work about 4 weeks on this project!

Each student chooses an insect to research. They must find information on the insect's description, habitat, daily life, life cycle, and other interesting facts. Students look up information in books and internet searches.

After finding the insects' life cycles (complete or incomplete metamorphosis), students made a flip book. The flip book illustrates either egg-nymph-adult or egg-larva-pupa-adult. My students worked really hard on these and I think they turned out great!

Two weeks of art were insect-themed as well. First, we made insect microscopes. Large microscopes are traced and students draw their insect close-up as if it were "under the lens". The students draw the details of their adult insect.

The second day of insect art is a cursive insect. The students fold a narrow piece of black paper in half. Starting at the folded half, students use white crayon to write their name in cursive. Students then, cut an outline around their names (keeping the fold!). After they are finished cutting, students unfold their names. This is now their insect body! They add six legs, two eyes, and two antennae. They love making their cursive insects personalized!


The students take this researched information and write a nonfiction essay about their insect. They include information about the insect's life cycle, description, habitat, and interesting facts about the insect. The students have become experts on their insect and are very proud of the work they have done!

The culmination of our Insect Project is our INSECT PARADE! The students put together a display of all their research and art on their desks. Each class moves around to the other classrooms to see each others' hard work!