Sunday, February 16, 2014

Another Peek into My Week

Sorry it's been a while, friends!  Usually my immune system holds up pretty well, but this year is a completely different story.  I cannot seem to get well, which is taking a toll on my energy levels.  Regardless, the show must go on, so here is a peek at what we've been doing and what we will be doing this week :)

Thanks again, Jennifer, for the opportunity to link up!

Last week, we spent our time identifying and plotting fractions on a number line.  My students did very well with this concept and absolutely loved this around the room activity.

I used sentence strips to create number lines representing halves, thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths, sevenths, eights, ninths, tenths, and twelfths.  After laminating the sentence strips and taping them in different locations around the room, I wrote corresponding fractions on clothespins and handed each student 4-5 pins each.  The goal was to go around and find exactly which number line, and where, their clothespins belonged.  I challenged students to do this silently and to constantly check the work of others.  If students observed that a fraction was placed incorrectly, they had permission to remove the clothespin and find its correct placement.

Again, my kiddos really enjoyed this activity, and it is now a great addition to a math workshop station.  Here are a few pictures of the activity in action!

As for this week, we will be diving into equivalent fractions.  On Monday and Tuesday, I plan to do explorations with fraction bars.  I found this AMAZING activity from Math Coach's Corner that I will be using during my formal observation on Tuesday.  This activity incorporates so many standards for mathematical practice. Click the image below to visit Donna's blog and to download her amazing freebie!

At the end of the week, I will be spiraling what we've learned about fractions so far this year.  Since the third grade fraction unit is so intense, I created a test-prep task card pack for my students to use in small groups and math stations.  There are 52 task cards with the answers on the back for easy self-check.  An Around the Room activity is also included, which will be what my class will be doing Friday before our test!  Click the image below to check it out.

In science we are finally jumping into our force and motion unit!  I really enjoy this unit because my kids get a chance to work in groups to explore concepts of motion.  They also get to use ramps, jeeps, and sheep!  Who wouldn't enjoy this unit?!  

I use the Picture Perfect Science lesson, Sheep in a Jeep to kick of force and motion, and I will continue to use this lesson for many years to come!  Check out their website and resources, here.  I will definitely be posting pictures throughout the week :)


  1. Hi Maegan! Found you through a comment you left on another blog! I am always looking for fellow 3rd grade teachers to follow!

    Kate :)
    McDee's Busy Bees

  2. I've had a tough time with illness too this winter. Spring has to arrive sometime, right? Those fraction activities look like lots of fun! Fractions are so hard for kids.

    Thanks for linking up!