Third grade students have been learning about scientific models. They used a hard boiled egg to represent the Earth and its layers. They created an Earth of modeling clay and will color the various layers in the cutout. On Wednesday afternoon, they used Starburst candies to create sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rock models. Then, after letting the igneous rock cool, they applied weathering and erosion to get the rock to decompose into sediment. A big thank you goes to Mrs. Thompson for helping teach Starburst science!
In math, students have been using a triple beam balance and measuring the mass of found objects, including rocks. They are learning the difference between mass and weight. Also, they are learning how to tell time to the nearest minute on analogue clocks, as well as elapsed time.
Meanwhile, the book Everest by Gordon Korman is being read aloud, as it relates to our plate tectonics, mountain building and finding the answer to our science inquiry: Why are there fossils of marine animals found on the top of Mount Everest?