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Grade 3: Spring Theme Activity Handout

Spring Temperatures

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  1. Each day, record the above zero temperature on this sheet. Shade in the thermometer using different shading techniques (examples provided in the detailed handout. See link at the top). Use warm or cool colours, depending on how the temperature makes you feel. Warm colours: red, orange and yellow. Cool Colours: blue, green and purple.

  2. Fill in the time the temperature was taken.
    (*Note: Grade 3 students to the nearest five minutes.)

Geometric Gardens

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Geometric shapes have regular appearance and are often manmade. 

  1. Design a spring landscape garden using: ​

    • sidewalk chalk 

    • shapes cut out of construction paper

    • your own shapes drawn directly on paper

    • these shapes to get you started
      *Bonus: Print off the shapes. Cut out one of each and sort them based on characteristics.

       

  2. Hide various polygons inside your design (triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, heptagons and octagons). Create a list or chart with the name of each shape hidden inside and have someone else try to find and count them.​

Organic Number Line Garden

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Organic shapes are irregular and often asymmetrical and curvy. 

 

  1. Print the sheet of flower heads and a number line garden.

  2. Write a number on each flower between 0 and 1000.

  3. Place each flower in its appropriate place in the “number line garden” by drawing a stem in the garden where the number should grow. 

  4. Glue or tape the flower on top.

  5. Add any other flowers, grass, leaves or garden components you would like.

Frogs

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  1. Research the life cycle of a frog.

  2. Draw a picture of each phase and describe what happens

  3. Present your learning to a family member.

  4. Print the sheet "Leaping Lily Pads" to create number patterns in each row. *Note: Grade 3 students  - Count by forward by 1's, 2's, 5's, 10's and 100's to 1000 from various starting points and by 25's from multiples of 25. Count backward by 2's, 5's and 10's from 100 using multiples of 2, 5, and 10 as starting points. Also count backwards by 100's from any number less than or equal to 1000.

  5. Play leap frog outside. Have a starting number on the first "lily pad". Give students a value to add or subtract in order to leap from one to the next.

Ladybugs

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  1. Use the ladybug templates and colour a different number of spots in each wing. Be creative with how you make the spots. Keep the number of spots between 2 and 9. (Or paint ladybugs on rocks).

  2. Have someone hide the ladybugs in your yard or house.

  3. When you find the ladybug, multiply the number of dots together (e.g. 2 dots and 3 dots becomes 2x3 or 6). This is the "value" of the ladybug.

  4. Add up the values once all the ladybugs have been found. If you are playing against someone, the person with a higher total wins.

Plant a Seed

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  1. Paint or decorate a pot or container to plant a seed.

  2. Research the stages of plant development.

  3. Once the plant starts to grow, measure it's height each day for a week. Record it's height and the time recorded.

  4. Graph results in a bar graph choosing one type of mark making. 

  5. Try different types of seeds to compare growth.

Flower Petals

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  1. Part 1: Print this sheet and write a three digit number in the centre. Use the petals to decompose the number into hundreds, tens and ones in multiple different ways. For example, 546 could be 5 hundreds, 4 tens and 6 ones OR 5 hundreds, 3 tens and 16 ones.

  2. Part 2: Print the sheet for multiplication. Roll two dice and add their values together. Put this number in one of the inner two layers of a petal. Continue until the inner two layers of all petals have a number. Multiply the values together and write the answer at the outer edge of each petal. Use the empty space to show your work if needed.

  3. Add colour to the petals by using colours by using a variety of shading techniques. Examples provided in the detailed handout linked at the top.

Signs of Spring Photos or Sketching

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  1. Explore your yard or neighbourhood for signs of spring. Think of the different senses. What do you see, hear, smell, feel, and taste? 

  2. Take photos or make sketches of the items you find.

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Spring Temperatures
Geometric Gardens
Organic Number Line
Frogs
Ladybugs
Plant a Seed
Flower Petals
Signs of Spring
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