**WEEK OF January 2nd and January 8th**

3rd Graders have been working to answer the question, "How might an oil spill affect an ecosystem and what are some materials we can use to clean it?" This week 3rd graders at Lincoln discussed the parts of an ecosystem. We turned ourselves into a model of an ecosystem and found all the connections between the different parts by connecting ourselves with pieces of string. We realized how connected the parts of an ecosystem are and how a change with one part can change the whole ecosystem. Students at Monroe, did a controlled experiment to test different materials to contain and remove oil from an oil spill. Lincoln 3rd graders will do the experiment next week.

** WEEK OF DECEMBER 18TH**

3rd Graders at Monroe learned about pH levels (acid and base) and what can happen if those levels get to high or low. Our class of Engineers received a letter from the fictional Mayor of Greentown asking them to investigate why plants and frogs were dying in the town. They used pH strips to test water and oil samples from the town and they compared their data to previous data the town provided to determine what changes were happening and try to determine why they were happening.

Note: 3rd grade G&T at Lincoln will not meet this week due to the timing of the Sing-Along. They will do this project when they return from break.

Happy Holidays to all G&T families!

Note: 3rd grade G&T at Lincoln will not meet this week due to the timing of the Sing-Along. They will do this project when they return from break.

Happy Holidays to all G&T families!

** WEEK OF DECEMBER 11th**

3rd graders learned about the work an environmental engineer does by reading a story about two children that discover an oil spill and see the work that goes into cleaning it up. By reading the story, they were able to see how the engineers went through each step of the Engineering Design Process.

** WEEK OF December 4th**

3rd Graders started their Engineering Unit by defining technology and the role of an Engineer. They looked at photos to determine if they object they were looking at was an example of technology or not. The students were able to participate in a fun challenge to practice the steps of the Engineering Design Process. They learned that Engineers start with a question and then imagine and plan a way to solve that problem. When they tested their plans, they found that they could find ways to improve their designs and that meant the Engineering Design Process started all over again! Next week we will begin to see how Environmental Engineers solve problems in the environment like cleaning up an oil spill.

** WEEK OF NOVEMBER 27TH AT Lincoln**

3rd Grade G&T students at Lincoln shared their final projects. They each researched how math is used in the career of their choice and then created a Google Slide presentation to share the information with each other.

** WEEK OF NOVEMBER 27th at Monroe**

3rd Grade G&T students at Monroe shared their final projects. They each researched how math is used in the career of their choice and then created a Google Slide presentation to share the information with each other.

** WEEK OF NOVEMBER 13TH and November 20th**

3rd Graders are working on their final independent projects. Each student will choose a career to research. The students will create a presentation with information about the careers and how people in that career use math. They will also create word problems based on the career math for their classmates to solve. Each student will have an opportunity to present his or her presentation to the class. Look back here next week for photos of final presentations!

** WEEK OF October 30th and November 6th**

We continued our exploration of the math involved in the job of a movie studio executive. This week 3rd graders learned how to make a spreadsheet and then transfer that data into a bar graph. We learned why bar graphs are useful and what information can be gained from reading them.

We learned that Net Profit is the is the Gross profit minus the amount spent/budget. 3rd graders learned that if a company is "in the red" the company spent more than they made. We practiced calculating the net profit. Next week we will begin final independent projects.

We learned that Net Profit is the is the Gross profit minus the amount spent/budget. 3rd graders learned that if a company is "in the red" the company spent more than they made. We practiced calculating the net profit. Next week we will begin final independent projects.

**WEEK OF OCTOBER 23rd**

3rd graders began exploring the job of a movie studio executive. We are learning to read a spreadsheet with all of the numbers associated with running a movie studio. This week we learned how to find an average and discussed why it is helpful to be able to find an average. For example, movies get many ratings by many different critics. If we find the average rating, we get a better idea of how the movie was rated.

**week of october 16th**

Students in Lincoln estimated how long it would take to walk around our school. Then we made a better estimate by doing 2 trials of short distances. By making logical estimations and changing those estimations as we gathered more information, we were able to make a final estimate that was very close to the actual time it took to walk around the school. Next, students transferred these skills to estimate how long it would take a dog walker to do his or her job.

**Week of october 9th**

Students in Lincoln did not meet this week due to an assembly. Students in Monroe estimated how long it would take to walk around our school. Then we made a better estimate by doing 2 trials of short distances. By making logical estimations and changing those estimations as we gathered more information, we were able to make a final estimate that was very close to the actual time it took to walk around the school. Next, students transferred these skills to estimate how long it would take a dog walker to do his or her job.

**Week of September 18th**

This week, we kicked off our math unit: Career-Based Math. We had a long and engaging discussion about what the world would be like without math. We realized that math makes the world go round and without it, the world would be chaos.

We will be using a project-based learning strategy in this unit, where we will explore and investigate the math used in various careers in mini-PBL tasks. Our first task has us choosing between a dog walker and a restaurant owner and using the same kind of math these professionals would use on a daily basis.

We will be using a project-based learning strategy in this unit, where we will explore and investigate the math used in various careers in mini-PBL tasks. Our first task has us choosing between a dog walker and a restaurant owner and using the same kind of math these professionals would use on a daily basis.