• Gadget Works!  Simple Machines and Forces & Motion

    The 3rd grade students of DC Reeves worked together to explore simple machines.  They began by forming a hypothesis and working as a group to brainstorm the types of simple machines were used to make the toy. They then used various tools to deconstruct the wind up toys to see what they could find inside.  The students discussed how all of the parts work together to form a gadget.
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     This video conference was scheduled to compliment classroom lessons being presented during a unit study on Simple Machines.  The students were able to apply their knowldege of forces and motion, simple machines, kinetic energy, potential energy, and magnets to the activity.

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  • Common Core Connection

    Comprehension and Collaboration

    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
      • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1a Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.
      • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1b Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
      • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1c Ask questions to check understanding of information presented, stay on topic, and link their comments to the remarks of others.
      • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1d Explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.