Friday, May 30, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Going Buggy...Part 3

On Friday afternoon, the first of our four Painted Lady butterflies emerged from its chrysalis. Over the long weekend, our other three butterflies were "born".
Getting ready to release our 4 Painted Lady butterflies
Our first three butterflies flew away on their own, but our last Painted Lady needed a little extra help...

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Loving the Mighty Mississippi!!!

What a beautiful day for a fieldtrip! The third graders did an exceptional job representing River Ridge as we ventured out yesterday to the National Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque.  Here are a few (ok, maybe a few more than a few) photos of our fun and educational day!  

Starting our day off and meeting our tour guide, Inga.
Meeting the 57-year old alligator on her feeding day
In the wet lab, hanging out with snails, crabs, and crawfish
Learning about animal habitats
Listening to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
Izak, Kamron, Sam & Cora dressing in civil war costumes

Dylan, Cierra & Ella checking out turtles
Camdyn, Cierra & Mia with a turtle friend
Heaven the Turtle
Cora, Kamron, & Dawson in the limestone cave
Watching a movie about riverboats
Checking out two bald eagles
Watching an injured red-tailed hawk 
Dawson & Mia pumping water to move a paddlewheel
Elijah & Lebron learning about how boats travel down the river
Loved the interactive river and water cycle exhibit
Those catfish really do get big!!!
All of us! 
Getting ready to walk along the Mississippi
Turtles sunning themselves on the river
Can you name these third graders?
What a fun day!!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Going Buggy.... Part 2

While our ants have been busy building their colony, our ladybug larvae are growing and will soon enter the pupal stage of their lives.  Meanwhile, our caterpillars are becoming chrysalides! Stay tuned....

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Going Buggy in 3S - Part 1

This week we read "Two Bad Ants" by Chris Van Allsburg, and we tried looking at the world from an ant's perspective. Having our own ant colony helped! Here's the latest view of our busy ants....

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Building the Statue of Liberty

On Friday, after spending the week reading "The Story of the Statue of Liberty", all of the third graders worked together in groups to plan and build their own Statue of Liberty.  Each group was given different building materials. Here are some scenes during construction: