Ecosystems and Winter Word Search

Hello 3D!  I miss seeing everyone.  I will definitely be back by Monday. I’m sorry that I have been out sick for so long.  I found the following BrainPop videos that tie in nicely with our ecosystem unit of study.  Have fun learning!

Brainpop on Fossils

Brainpop on Ecosystems

BrainPop Extinction

When you finish the science videos, here are two winter word searches you can try.  Just click and drag on the word you find with your mouse. When you find all the words from the word bank on the right, the game will ask if you want to download the game, please say no. Click out of the tab and come back to my blog to try the other word search. Good luck searching!

Winter word search

Winter Wonderland word search

Bar Model Tutorials

Our class has been working hard learning about problem solving strategies.  We have become experts with addition and subtraction bar modeling with one-step and two-step problems.  Another way to learn more deeply about problem solving is to teach problem solving steps to others.  Our class made their first math tutorials on bar modeling using Screencastify.  Each student was assigned a word problem that was differentiated in the classroom.  Students worked with a partner to talk, analyze, and discuss the steps needed to solve the word problems. The written format became the script needed to later create a Google Slide to organize their thinking.  Mr. Casal worked with our class to create these Google Slides.  Once the Google Slides were completed, students learned about Screencastify to deliver their tutorial digitally.  We studied several tutorials from other teachers and speakers in order to learn how to make similar teaching videos. The students appreciated the power of knowledge that can be taught through these tutorials and wanted to be part of this digital world. Teaching a broader audience is very rewarding!

Please take a moment to view and learn from these wonderful bar model tutorials. I am so proud of our third grade students’ work and commitment. The link below will bring you to a YouTube playlist.  Have fun learning!

bar model tutorials

Climate Change on TrueFlix

We have been learning a lot about natural habitats and how organisms survive. Please do the following assignment:

  • Go to the library database on Heathcotegateway
  • Choose TrueFLix
  • Click on Ecosystems
  • Click on Climate Change and read the book
  • You can use the audio option to help understand the text better
  • Take notes and write notes using boxes and bullets

Fossils and Ecosystems

Good morning 3D! Take some time today to check out these videos about Ecosystems and Fossils. Our new science unit will talk a lot about these two scientific topics. Feel free to watch the videos (with your headphones on) and of course, read the books. Remember if you want the text read aloud, click the button on the top that says, “Read to Me.” The books are long, so you may have to visit this page again during CCT or at home. Enjoy learning new things by reading the non-fiction texts below.



Magnets and Static Electricty

We continue to explore forces.  Recently, we have been working closely with magnets and learning about static electricity.

Here are some questions to think about before watching the video below:

MAGNETS & STATIC ELECTRICITY DEFINITION Forces can be applied at a distance through magnetism and static electricity. A magnet is an object that can attract some metals like iron. Static electricity can also attract objects without touching them, but it works a bit differently. It can attract and repel due to electrical charges.

***Watch the video below from Generation Genius to learn more. Then complete the worksheet provided. You can pause the video to write down your answers. After all of this is complete you can check out the other resources below.

Magnets and Static Electricity

After the video you will understand the following concepts:

  • Forces can be applied at a distance through magnetism and static electricity.
  • The closer magnets are, the stronger the force.
  • Magnets can push or pull other magnets, depending on the poles.
  • Electromagnets can be turned on and off with electricity.
  • Static electricity can push or pull things without touching them

Here are some other resources to read or watch about magnets. Also, I know many of you enjoyed watching the nine experiments with static electricity, I included that video too. Enjoy and have fun!

Trueflix Magnets


DK Magnets– Click on the quiz

Reading Mystery Books

In our reading Mystery unit of study we are learning the different elements that are in mystery books. We used The Absent Author and The Whodunit, The Diamond Mystery as our read aloud and mentor texts. You can click on the links below to remind yourself how do mystery books go and how do you read mystery books from the beginning, middle and end of this genre?


How do mystery books go?

Mystery readers look for…

Also, we have been working on retells after each chapter using a timeline to help track and hold onto information in our reading notebooks. Last, we are practicing to write 3rd grade summaries.  Look at your chart in your notebook to remind yourself what a 3rd grade summary looks like.  Otherwise, Here is the learning progression retell/summary chart for easy access.

Please post one of  your summaries on your blog.  Here are some guidelines to help you write a successful post:

  • First write in google docs (in writing folder, name your doc “summary and the book title”) because this is a long post and will not save automatically in your blog
  • Remember to use character names, big events, problem and solution, and a lesson (who, wanted, but, so, then…)
  • Reread your summary and take out any details that are not necessary to tell (big events)
  • Proofread and edit for capitals, punctuation, and spelling
  • Copy and paste your work from google docs to your blog (command c- copy and command v- paste)
  • In your blog remember to write a few sentences to introduce what you learned about summaries before you paste it into your blog
  • Add categories and tags on your blog
  • Save draft
  • Publish when you completed your checklist above



Did you know that magnets have a force of their own? Much like the pushing and pulling we have been talking about, magnets make things move. Watch the Brainpop Jr. Video below and continue to think about magnetism as a force.

Magnets on Brainpop Jr. video

  • You can post your thoughts on the padlet link below.
  • Please include your first name, so we know who wrote each response.
  • Elaborate and provide evidence from the video (text) to support your answers.
  • As always, please look at your spelling and punctuation before completing your post.

Padlet on Magnets