Tracy Hewitt

3rd Grade Collegiate Leader

States of Matter


We are studying the 3 states of matter in Science- solid, liquid, and gas.

We are discussing the properties of these three states of matter that are observable and measurable.

Today, students made plates to represent each of the states. They used marshmellows to represent the molecules in each of the states. They described the state of matter and named some properties.

Ask your champion which state of matter they explored today!

Here we are working on the project:

Here are some of the final products:

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Holiday Fun!


We have had some fun activities in class to get ready for the holidays.

We had a Thanksgiving feast with our book buddies! It was a blast.

We made ornaments for a little tree to give to people that are in the hospital or without family for the holidays. Students were creative, excited, and engaged in the project.

I feel we have had a really positive week leading up to break, filled with activities that benefit our school community and outside community.

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We Voted!


Today, we voted for mayor of Asheville.

We learned about the platforms of each candidate, registered to vote, and voted in “voting booths”. They got “future voter” stickers when they finished voting.

The students were excited and engaged. I will let everyone know who won once we find out the results from the real election.

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Discovery Place!


Discovery Place was such a blast!

Here are some pictures to prove it:

We explored the museum, went to an imax on the Amazon Rainforest, and took a class on states of matter (our next Science unit).

Students LOVED the part of the museum called “cool things”. In this area, they got to lie on a bed of nails, experience virtual reality, play tug of war, and many other interactive activities.

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Perimeter and Area


We just started a new unit of perimeter and area!

Yesterday, we discussed measurement. We walked around the room, measuring objects to find things that are a centimeter, a foot, an inch, and a meter/ yard (they were pretty excited about the meter sticks!).

Champions got creative, and found out that most of their calves were about a foot, that their fingernails are about a centimeter and that their thumbs are about an inch.

Going forward, we will be measuring objects in the room to find their perimeter. Next week we will start area.

This is a fun and interactive unit. The excitement shows on their faces when I hand them rulers and let them explore our classroom. I love giving my students opportunities to apply what they know to the real world, and to make sense of math with things they can relate to.

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A Few Highlights


This week we have worked on:


Word Problems!

Students worked with partners to answer 2 step word problems that I posted around the room. They are challenging, but fun!



Skeleton Posters

Students worked in small groups to create a skeleton poster. The posters include information about the skeletal and muscular systems, skin, and more! They will be hanging in the hallways by Halloween!

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Guest Speaker on Skeletal System


We had a guest speaker visit us today- Brent Myers! We were so lucky to have him speak to the whole grade level about bones and muscles. We are currently studying human body systems. It was a fun, engaging, and educational morning.

Some highlights:

  • We learned about nerves in the spinal chord
  • We saw how reflexes work
  • We watched as he shined a light in Carter’s eye, and some of us got to see his pupils dilate

  • Thank you Mr. Myers!
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Culture Presentations


Champions did an AMAZING job with their culture projects.

Thank you for supporting them with this! I could tell that they were really excited to share what they did, and to hear what their classmates explored and learned about the culture they studied.

Each student showed and explained their project to the class. We ate some amazing food, and even wrote our names in hieroglyphics!

Here are some pictures of the event:

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Character Bags


We made character bags to demonstrate character traits from our class read aloud “The Stories Julian Tells” by Ann Cameron.

Students picked objects to represent one of the three main characters from the story (Julian, Huey, Dad).

They also picked adjectives to describe these characters that went along with the objects.


Object: Catalog, Julian is imaginative because he told his little brother that cats come out of a catalog and help in the garden.



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Presenting Brer Rabbit to our Book Buddies


What a fun and busy week!

On Wednesday, we presented our play “Brer Rabbit” to our book buddies!

The students worked hard getting props ready and practicing their lines. It was a great chance for them to practice speaking in front of people and brush up on those fluency skills. Fluency is the ability to read at a good rate and accurately.




They had a lot of fun! It was great to watch them shine.

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