Fundraising in 3rd

Wow! Look at this amazing blanket that was made by Ms O’Hallorans class this year.  Each week they were busy knitting squares and then Emily’s Mum sewed them all together to create this amazing blanket. We think it looks a little like a Saint Brigid’s cloak.  They will donate it to the Peter McVerry trust and they hope it will keep a homeless person warm this winter.

They also held a toy sale today. They brought in unwanted toys and sold them  very cheaply to the other 3rd classes. The money they raise will also be donated to the Peter McVerry Trust.

Ms O’Halloran’s class also raised money this year for Coolmine. What are great bunch of students!

Activity based Maths in 3rd

Ms Dooley’s class have been exploring ways to make maths more active and hands-on without using their text books. The focus of these playful activities was area. The children had lots of fun and were engaged in a meaningful way. These activities also gave the children wonderful opportunities to develop mathematical language around area and engage in collaborative learning with their classmates.

Introductory Activities:

The first introductory activity was estimating and measuring the area of our tables using non-standard units. The second introductory activity was a challenge in which we had to estimate and measure which has a bigger surface area – our hand-print or our footprint.

Activity 1: Domino Area Game

In pairs, the children used dominoes to draw various sized rectangles. The pupils selected a domino from the bag and the two numbers on the domino were the length and width of the rectangle they had to draw. They used whiteboard markers and a grid for this. At the end of the game the child with the biggest surface area was the winner.

Activity 2: 36 Square Challenge

For this activity the children used both a grid and whiteboard marker alongside cubes. The aim of this game was to use the grid or cubes (or both) to make as many different rectangles as possible with an area of 36 squares. The children then challenged their partners to make rectangles with different surface areas.

Activity 3: Capture the Island Map Activity

For this game the children were required to use coordinates to plot a rectangle on a map. The pupil with the greatest total surface area of islands at the end of the game was the winner.

Activity 4: Rectangle Investigation

The children estimated and measured the surface area of various rectangles to establish which rectangle covered the greatest surface area. They then used geoboards and rubber bands to recreate these rectangles, ensuring the dimensions were accurate.

Activity 5:  Real World Area Problems

The pupils worked in pairs to read and discuss various real world word problems based on area. Before solving the word problem the children had to use their geoboards to represent the word problem using rubber bands.

Ellie wins again

You may remember  Ellie in 4th class whose  drawing was selected to decorate the cover of  Eciffo Office Catalogue at Christmas …. well she has won again ! This time  her drawing was published in a magazine called Girls Talk Art. Congratulations Ellie .

Digital Storytelling in 1st, 2nd and 3rd class

Children in 1st, 2nd and 3rd class are working on digital stories using a variety of online tools and software. They are researching, planning with storyboards and creating multimedia projects using PhotoStory and StoryBird. The children are using a mixture of technology – using PCs, tablet laptops and ipads to complete their work. Keep an eye out for their finished stories when we publish them!
See some photos of the children at work this week.

@storybird @MS_eduIRL

Cake Sale in 3rd Class

Ms. O’ Halloran’s class held a cake sale today to raise money for Coolmine Rehab Centre. Ms O’Halloran tells us that the children contribute a portion of their pocket money each week to charity. She has a jar on her desk and they pop any spare change they have into it. They have already raised over €90 but today they had a huge cake sale to add even more cash to the jar. They all brought cakes and buns in and turned the classroom into a cake shop. Other third class pupils came to buy their produce and also to take part in a raffle. Well done to everyone involved.