I hope everyone is enjoying the first few days of summer vacation. I just wanted to thank you for the thoughtful cards and generous gifts. Your kind words mean so much to me! We had a wonderful year in third grade and I enjoyed getting to know each and every one of you! Have a safe and fun summer!
Our class used BeeBot robots to learn more about area and perimeter. Each group had one student documenting on the iPad using an eBook creator through the Book Creator app. The Lesley team helped design the lesson in conjunction with the grade three teachers to review area and perimeter. Here’s a YouTube video to help you see the students in action: BeeBot Area and Perimeter. The students loved the lesson and they are excited to use the BeeBot for future lessons!
Below you can see a sample of the lesson’s challenges.
Lesson: Measuring Perimeter and Area in Bee Units
Challenge 1: Measuring in Units
- Using a Bee Bot robot, pipe cleaners and string, show us the size of a Bee Unit?
- Take a picture
- Add a short explanation of how you figured it out.
Challenge 2: Find the Perimeter
Do you think these shapes have the same perimeter or different?
How many Bee Units is each side of your shape(s)?
Given this information, what have you learned? What is the perimeter for each shape?
Perimeter of shape 1: ________ (Bee Units)
Perimeter of shape 2: ________ (Bee Units)
Use your BeeBot to prove your work and double check your perimeter. You can write your code on a piece of scrap paper and take a picture once your code has been tested (and works).
Challenge 3: Finding the Area
Based on what you learned about perimeter, can you predict if the area of the two shapes is the same or different?
Let’s prove your thinking. Using your Bee Unit squares, how can you figure out the area of each shape?
How many Bee Unit squares did you use (take a picture):
- Area of shape 1: ________ (Bee Units)
- Area of shape 2: ________ (Bee Units)
Let’s prove your work. Use the measurements from your perimeter challenge to calculate the area of each shape? Show your work (formula)
Did you need to use different strategy to calculate the area for each shape? If so, what strategies did you use?
Thank you to the Lesley team for their support with this lesson!
Here are the beginning of the year photos:
We have grown physically, socially, and academically! It has been a great year!
Bryan– The area and perimeter BeeBot project.
Kaan—Activities where the two third grade classes joined together.
Dante—Area and perimeter project with Mrs. Scuccimarra’s class.
Dylan—Seeing my classmates every day.
Samuel—The Unplugged Arcade.
Devan—The field trip to the Powderhouse.
Dalila—Field trip to Flatbread Company.
Rebekah—Our third grade end-of-the-year party.
Endjou—The first day of school because I was able to see what third grade was about.
Jayden—The field trip to Somerville City Hall.
Alice—Having many different interesting conversations with Mrs. Tremonte.
Iqra—Meeting my friends at the beginning of the year.
Gemini—Field Day at Conway Park.
Antonio—The area and perimeter BeeBot project.
Eric—The Peri the Perimeter Pet math project.
Calla—From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler PowerPoint project with Alice.
Tyler—The student vs. staff basketball game.
Mrs. Tremonte—Our first visit as a class to the Kennedy Makerspace.
Today our third graders had the pleasure of visiting with Mayor Curtatone at Somerville City Hall. The students learned about Somerville history and asked questions in the Aldermen’s Chambers of City Hall.
Then the children were able to visit Mayor Curtatone’s personal office. He discussed the artwork that decorated his walls, one of which was a portrait of the Powderhouse. The Mayor also spoke about the plans for the new Somerville High School.
Students (and teachers and chaperones) even received t-shirts! The t-shirts celebrate the city winning the All-America City Award in 2015.
Thank you for a wonderful visit to City Hall!
Our students have been learning about colleges and careers. Some of the essential questions we’ve discussed this week are: What is college? Why do people go to college? What are you interested in doing as you grow up? How do you want to change the world? Students have had very engaging discussions and they have asked many wonderful questions.
Yesterday we attended a career fair and after that R’s father, Mr. D, came to discuss his career in the navy. We all learned new information about the navy and submarines, and the students were so engaged that they didn’t realize it was time to go home!
Our students were able to visit the Kennedy School Makerspace/Innovation Lab today for the first time. Read more about the Makerspace, which was launched in partnership with Lesley University, by clicking here. The students were divided into four groups and each group was able to visit two out of four stations. Every student was engaged and excited. When we left their first question was, “Can we go back tomorrow?” Success!
Ms. Kristin visited our class for the first time today. She will be visiting our class every Friday for the next month to share information about healthy eating and physical activity. Today the students reviewed the six nutrients and they sorted foods based on the ChooseMyPlate.gov model . This program is sponsored by the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program.
A and her mother recently visited Hawaii. While they were on vacation, they went on the Maui Gold Pineapple Tour. Lucky for us, they brought one of the delicious Maui Gold pineapples back to Somerville to share! Almost everyone enjoyed a delicious treat and everyone learned about the history of the Maui Gold pineapple. Thank you for bringing a taste of Hawaii to the Kennedy School!
Thank you to everyone for the cards and presents! You are very thoughtful and generous, and you certainly make me feel appreciated. Thank you, thank you!
As promised, my husband brought my sons to school for a quick visit. Here are our last class pictures of the 2014-2015 school year:
Our favorite memories from the 2014-2015 school year, as quoted from our students:
The Secret Soldier 12-sided ball project
Making the “3rd Grade Memory Book” while J sang
Field trips and fun
The City Hall trip
Field trips, fun days, and popsicles
Bus ride back from Plimoth Plantation
Meeting Mrs. Tremonte in September
“Can you do this?” (interaction between two students)
Mad Minute math tests, and kindness compliments
Field trip to Plimoth Plantation on my birthday
Albion Park field trip
Our classroom fun day
No homework pass
Dance party in our classroom
Lunch room music day
It was a great year!