Third Grade: Day 177

Piano today was cancelled due to Ms. Gonzales being sick. Hopefully she’s feeling better and we can get back to lessons next week.

Today Isabel was on a roll! Everything we did, she just flew through. We did slow down for some deep explanations in math and metric conversions. It was a good day.

5-minute frenzy:


Still working on this one.

Metric system lesson:

I gave her 4 sheets to complete on her own and then afterward we went over them together. We spent a good portion of our afternoon going over metric length.


Mix of centimeters and meters.


More work with centimeter and meter.


Kilometer to meter or visa-versa.

Her biggest assignment today (besides learning the conversions) was to retell a story. That’s it.  She struggled with what to retell. After much struggling and brain freezes, she picked the story of Joseph. She told the story and I recorded (wrote) what she retold.


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Page 2.


Page 3.

She did a great job and she made sure that I wrote down exactly what she said. If I got it wrong, she would correct me before going on.

Until tomorrow…

Third Grade: Day 176

It’s our final week of school and we are both ready for the end to be here but first we need to get through this weeks worth of work.

This week’s Bible verse(s):

“My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, “Where is your God?” Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” – Psalm 42:10-11

She needs to complete the whole 42nd chapter of Psalms this week. She’s been working hard at learning it and I look forward to hearing her recite it on Friday.

This week we are beginning reading the books of Esther and 1 Peter in our Bible lessons. Both books continue to inform us of God’s planning in our lives as He plans it. In today’s reading in 1 Peter, I really loved hearing this…

“Though you have not see him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” – 1 Peter 1:8-9

This week our prayer focus is on the Chipewyan Indians. These Natives live throughout parts of Northern Canada today.

In History we continued our discussion of moving west and the invention of the steamboat (Robert Fulton) and railroad (John Bloomfield Jervis). Both of these machines played a huge roll in the expansion of our nation. We have just about wrapped up all our history lessons for the year. We conclude our year just before the Civil War breaks out. We have been through lessons about coming to the New World, building a new brand-nation (with new rules-that were unheard of at the time) called the United States of America, through the wars of 1812 and the Revolutionary War and finally the expansion of our nation with the Louisiana Purchase and the rush west for gold. Isabel finds history boring but I have enjoyed hearing the stories again about how our nation was born and about the people and things that are all new to me. It’s been great!

The dictation passage this week is:

“A gentle answer turns anger away. But mean words stir up anger. The tongues of wise people use knowledge well. But the mouths of foolish people pour out foolish words.”
– Proverbs 15:1-2

Today Isabel had to take these simple sentences from the dictation passage above and make them into two compound sentences.

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How did she do?

She also had to write a descriptive paragraph about one of the seasons (spring, summer, fall or winter). She choose fall.

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This week we begin our final book for the year, “Sarah, Plain and Tall” by Patricia MacLachlan. throughout the week she’ll have several lessons that involve the book or aspects of it.

We are continuing our reading in “Swift Rivers” by Cornelia Meigs. Today while I read I had her draw me a picture of something she “sees” from the book.

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Chris (from the book) is moving his logs down the river.

5-minute frenzy:


Working on getting through this one.
She still got more than half right. Good girl!

In other math, she worked on benchmark fractions, order fractions with like denominators and numerators, and order fractions on number lines. She struggled a bit with the benchmark fractions but after I showed her a simple explanation she fly her work!

It’s going to be a busy final week but it’ll be well worth it when we are through.

Technical Diffuculties

Due to some technical difficulties with our old server, Gino had to move our family blog to a new server. Thus creating a few technical bumps in the road with updating the blog on my desktop computer.

Don’t worry, hopefully soon we will have the issues worked out and I will be back at. When that happens watch out, because I have a whole month of blogging to add. So check back and be ready!

Until then…

Third Grade: Day 171

We are down to our final 10 days of school and to our final 3 reading books in our curriculum and have already completed several subjects for the year. Isabel is super excited for summer to begin and she’s working hard at getting all her remaining work completed each day.

This week she is continuing to learn Psalm 42. This week she is learning verse 9.

“I will say to God my Rock,
Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
oppressed by the enemy?” – Psalm 42:9

Bible lesson today was from James 2:14-26.

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I love her use of color.

She went through all her crayons and choose new colors to use instead of the traditional ones that were already in her box. She told me she needed more skin colors because their is just more color in skin than what they give you. Smart girl!

5-minute frenzy:

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Another 100% – but this was an easy one.

This week we finish up our spelling for the year. With only 5 more tests, Isabel is getting more excited for summer.



Awesome work.

The dictation passage and language arts lesson today on the comma:


The dictation passage is from Matthew 25:37-40 (NIRV)

That’s all for now, until tomorrow…

Third Grade: Day 158

With the rain continuing to come down outside, we started our day on a soggy note.

I woke early this morning with good intentions of getting an earlier start in school and was slammed in the eye from Daisy jumping onto the bed! Her head (bone) hit my left eye and the area swelled up a bit and is very tender to the touch. I am hoping that it doesn’t turn black and blue because then I don’t have to explain that one!

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I wrote out Isabel’s Bible verse for the week for her to study and practice this week.
She’s doing very well at learning the Psalm.

Spelling test:

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She would have missed 2 words today but corrected
“acknowledgment” just before handing her paper in.
Great job!

5-minute frenzy:

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Such good practice for her.
She stumbles one day on a multiple and other multiple the next.

Bible lesson:

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Put on the full armor of God.
Love the crosses that she added.

Bean and Corn science:

Today we are wrapping up all our experiments and studies on our bean and corn science. Tomorrow we complete the final assignment.

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Isabel’s beans grew tall and thin.
While her corn was short and thin.

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Studying hard and getting her data gathered for graphing.

These 2 leaves (next 2 photos) she smeared with petroleum jelly (2 weeks ago) on the underside and upper side of the leaves to see which side had the stomata. Stomata, it’s nose so to speak, are the tiny openings in leaves that allow it to breathe air.

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The stomata on this leaf are on the underside of the leaf.
The leaf is just beginning to look sickly because it’s “nose” as been plugged.

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This leaf she smeared with jelly on the upper side of the leaf.
This leave is bigger, green, slimy (from the jelly) and thriving!

The result is clear when looking at both photos that the stomata are located on the underside of the bean leaf plant. What a awesome experiment!

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This leaf was wrapped in aluminum foil for 2 weeks.
It is still green but much smaller in size compared to other leaves on the plant.

Isabel’s prediction 2 weeks ago was that it would be yellow from lack of photosynthesis.

Third Grade: Day 156

We started late this morning but we were able to get all the work completed just before 5 p.m.

We are down to our final 5/6 weeks of schooling! It’s been a great and adventurous year.

We will continue throughout the summer with piano lessons and the Lego® class and we’ll be picking up 2 other classes as well. We are also going to be looking into swimming lessons too.

This week we add another verse to our memorization of Psalm 42. This week’s Bible verse:

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.” – Psalm 42:5

The Indian prayer focus this week is the California Indians. Not a band of one large tribe but several different smaller tribes that got along and traded together.

  • Yurok
  • Chumash
  • Miwok
  • Pomo
  • Hupa
  • Yahi
  • Wintun and
  • Yokuts

Spelling test:

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She was bummed she missed “acknowledge” she tried out several different
spellings (on scratch paper) before settling on this one. So close.

We are starting our final week of beans/corn.

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“Jack” is thriving; while her corn has died.
Isabel’s theory is that “Jack” has sucked the life right out of the corn.

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Placing blue colored dye on the stem of 1 bean plant and 1 corn plant.
The study is to see how the plant growth will increase and change the dots on the plants. Or will they stay the same? We will come back to this study on Friday.

New reading material:

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Isabel will begin reading this one this week.
Marguerite Henry is becoming a favorite author of ours.

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We began reading this one several weeks ago and will be finishing it this week.
I have loved hearing this story about a man a lot like Job.

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I will begin reading this one aloud this week.

Third Grade: Day 142

Tuesday is our busy commute day. We drive here and there and everywhere! It’s our get out and mingle day! It’s our electives day!

In the classroom:


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Needs some work but she still did a good job.

5-minute frenzy:

She gets flustered when there are 11 and 12 multiples on the page. So we will be doing this one sheet until she can fill in more of the page.

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Great job.

Beans and corn science:

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These seeds were set aside from yesterday’s studies.
They are doing well.

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The plant nursery seedlings are doing well also.

We are just beginning to see the tap root on some of the beans.

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Weighing 1 of each bean and corn seed, to see how much it has grown in size from a dry seed.

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Completing her assignment for the day.

This week’s Language arts assignments are to make newspaper articles about the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Today’s assignment was to write an article that will inform the public about the expedition.

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Her completed announcement piece.

Third Grade: Day 139

Whoa! It’s Thursday already! Where did the week go? I’m still trying to figure that one out.

We had a super fast day and we were completed with all our work by 1 p.m.

In the classroom:

Our spelling test today was given orally while Isabel was doing the dishes. I would give her the word and she would then have to spell it back to me. She did a great job and only missed one!

In Language arts, Isabel’s assignment was to write a “cinquain” poem. A “cinquain” poem is a short unrhymed poem of 22 syllables – 5 lines of  2, 4, 6, 8 and 2 syllables.

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Isabel’s cinquain poem.
Love it!

She was very discouraged at the beginning of the assignment. She just didn’t get it and was having trouble choosing a subject. After some help and discussion, she slowly started working it all out in her head. When her “light-bulb” moment goes on, there is no stopping her!

In math she worked on her computer lessons for an hour. Afterward, we did a 5-minute frenzy!

I had told her the next time she did one, I would do one too. She was excited and nervous at the same time but she did a awesome job.

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My frenzy paper I didn’t get completed.
My brain froze!

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Isabel almost finished her frenzy and watching her work today she did an awesome job!

In science:

We played a bean map game!

The assignment; pick a bean and draw a detailed picture of the pattern of your bean. Isabel went first and couldn’t find her bean. I found it after just 2 minutes (she was disappointed that I found it so fast).

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Looking closely at the pattern of those beans!

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Her bean pattern that she drew.