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OPS At Home Learning: 3rd Grade

Grade level resources

Social Studies

Recommended minutes per day: 20 minutes

Activities:

  • Listen to this read aloud of Roxaboxen.  Go outside and collect rocks, sticks, leaves, etc with permission of an adult.  Use your imagination to create a small-town.  Be sure to include things like homes, stores, roads, etc. 
  • Draw a picture of what it would be like to visit a beach or draw a picture of what it would look like to visit the mountains.  Write three things you would like to do while visiting. 
  • Write a poem about living in Omaha, Nebraska. 
  • Make a list of things you want to do before starting back to school. 
  • Read this book Let's Have a Picnic then go out and have a picnic with your some adult members of your household. 

 

Resources:

Epic! Books

Use classroom code or create a free account; Read books about being a good citizen, city officials, and much more! 

Math

Recommended minutes per day: 30 minutes

15 minutes of math activities (choose one below)

10 minutes of Khan Academy (see suggested grade level starting point)

5 minutes of XtraMath

Activities:

  • Choose 4 digits (0-9). Write the largest number you can make with those digits. Write the smallest number you can make with those digits. Subtract the smaller number from the larger number. What is the difference? Add the smaller number and the larger number together. What is the sum? 
  • Choose 5 packaged food items from your kitchen (cereal, bread, crackers, cheese, milk, rice, can of beans, cookies...) Write down the number of calories per serving from the label. List the foods in order from the least to greatest by the calories. 
  • Keep track of how many hours you sleep at night for a week. You can keep track of whole hours only or you can also track any fractional parts of an hour.  For example:  Monday I slept 7 ½ hours. Tuesday 7 ¾ hours.  Create a graph to show how much time you slept each day. 
  • Show all the ways you can think about the equation 6 x 7 = 42 (picture, array, number line, word problem, distributive property, etc.). 
  • Play a multiplication game. Draw a 3 x 3 grid (like a tic-tac-toe box). Write a digit in each box (0-9). You can repeat, but you can't use all the digits. You choose which ones to use. Find two pennies or two pieces of cereal or two Legos. Anything to toss on the board. Take turns with a friend tossing the two coins and multiplying the numbers they land on. The product is your score for the round-write it down. Add up your points after each round. The winner has the highest total after 10 rounds. 
  • Using some square crackers or objects from your house (Saltines, Cheez-its, Triscuits, Wheat Thins, or others) cover a rectangular sheet of paper, any size, with the crackers. The crackers should touch each other and the edges of the paper. How many crackers did it take to cover the paper? This is the area of the paper in square crackers. What happens if you use a different size of paper? What happens if you use a different size cracker? What multiplication sentence could you use to describe your cracker array? 
  • I have a piece of fabric that I cut into 12 smaller pieces. I gave 2/12 of the fabric to my mom, 3/12 of the fabric to my sister and 4/12  to my brother. I am saving the rest. Draw a picture to show my fabric. Label the picture and write 3 statements to compare the fractions. 
  • Play a game of Race to 100. You will need 2 dice and a paper and pencil. The goal of this game is to be the first player to get to 100 without going over. With a partner, roll 2 dice. Decide which number will represent the tens place and which will represent the ones place. For example if I roll a 4 and 2 I can make the number 42 or the number 24. Add your numbers from roll to roll. Take turns. If you can't use your numbers (because you would go over 100) you lose your turn. Challenge:  Roll 3 dice and race to 1000.  
  • The number of the day is 48. Write down all the ways to show the number 48.  (add, subtract, multiply, divide, draw a picture, base ten blocks and any other way you think of). 

Resources:

 

Click Sign up to create a free parent account and have your child begin 3rd Grade Multiplication. 

XtraMath

Click Sign up for a free account. It is important to focus on thinking strategies instead of speed when helping students develop fluency.

Language Arts / Reading

Recommended minutes per day: 45 minutes

20 minutes Self-Selected Independent Reading

15 minutes Reading Activities (choose one below)

10 minutes Daily Journal Writing:  Create a daily writing journal. Write about anything you want. You can also journal about your daily learning:

o   What did you enjoy the most about your day?

o   Why did you enjoy this moment?

  • What did you learn?

Activities:

  • Write an acrostic poem using the words SUMMERTIME.  

  • Help plan a meal. What is something that you could help an adult in your home make? 

  • If you could only live off of your favorite snack, what would it be and why? 

  • Learn a new hobby that includes physical activity. 

  • Learn a new dance and perform it your parent/guardian.     

Resources:

Storyline Online Developed by The Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Storyline Online features accomplished actors and actresses reading some of their favorite children’s books

ReadWorks Create a free account to access authentic and engaging texts to read

Science

Recommended minutes per day: 20 minutes

 

Activities:

  • Draw a plant, label its essential parts and tell someone in your family what each part does. Record your sharing. 
  • Research facts about your favorite animal. Write five facts and include a detailed illustration of your animal in its habitat. 
  • Draw a diagram of a circuit that includes a wire, a battery, and a light bulb. 
  • Choose an animal from your ecosystem and create a food web showing the transfer of energy between organisms. 

Resources:

These websites provide interactive learning opportunities, virtual field trips, and videos for your students:

PBS Learning Science

Mystery Science

Exploratorium

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