Sunday, January 19, 2014

Rollin Some More

One of my favorite things about teaching 1st grade was all the really fun units that drove the year.  Then I moved to second and while we still had units it just didn't have the same feel as first grade.  This year is my first year teaching a straight 3rd grade (the past couple have been blends).  I was determined to find units that would be new, fun, and include the academic stuff too.  We started with Bears....I have a bunch of pics that I need to get into a post.  We have now moved onto Forces and Motion.  Last year we did this unit in mini-form.  It is one of my favorites!  Thought I would share some of the work we have done so far.  

Some anchor charts-
A place to keep our work.
Inside our file, we keep two books.  The journal is for any writing, thinking, and ahas we have during our experiments.  The data log is for recording our experiment information.
Before we could begin our experiments, we had to set some standards so that everyone tested their ramp with the same experiments.  That way each outcome had a "fair" chance to win.
Then we did some pre-planning
And finally began our tests
For further reading on forces and motion click here or here or here.

Happy Sunday,

1 comment:

  1. Have you tried to use rollers? I had a collection of PVC 1 inch pipes cut into 12 inch rollers. Student could actually line them up and place light flat board on them and actually push or pull each other on them. They found out the rollers had to have room between them to roll. Force and Motion is a great unit!