Friday, October 19, 2018

Crafty Stuff

Greetings! 

Spirit Week! 

Well, some days were more spirited than others... 

Traditional Day
... but each was heartwarming. 

Formal Day

The girls instantly struck a glamorous pose!

Counting Strategically 

What looked like a daunting challenge became rather simple with the right point of view. 


See the parking lot as an array?? That changed everything! And count two of three color categories and subtract that sum from the overall amount to get the third value. Whoa! One of our mathematicians discovered and shared that strategy. 


Next, we graphed the numbers. 



And the kids chose the scale. 


Think Now

Our daily Think Now provocations included thoughts on ego, jealousy, perspective, and mistakes.




Thought Provoking Stories

Ask about them. 


Feather-light

We made our second type of glider using straws to mimic the hollow bones of birds. 




Scissors, rulers, glue, tape, pencils, paper or any crafty supplies and the kids get lost in discovery. I recommend plenty of this stuff for home. 


Nestling 

We watched a male weaver bird make a nest on YouTube. You can see him here.


Then the kids gave it a shot. 



Not even using the bird's beak method helped. 


Nature stumped us and intrigued us and settled our minds in the process. 



Quarter One Done

Today was the last day of Quarter 1. Report cards will be sent home Nov. 1 and Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Nov. 2. Shortly, an email will be sent to you with a link to our online booking system. 

For now, it's fall break. 

Go have fun!!
Don



Friday, October 12, 2018

2018's Brilliant Bird Shacks


Greetings!


BIRDY SHACKS

We will keep most shacks in the garden as long as the weather allows.  They're relaxing somehow

                        
                                   Kadi










Adam

Aurel

Carlene
Jeanne

Eva

Lala
Ismail



Wanyue
Liam


Penda
Rebecca


Noah

Nelia




















SALTY TALK



Ms. Noa, a PhD candidate and salt expert from Spain, came by class to help us start a social studies/science unit on... NaCl. 





Salt from near Timbuktu



Later, we applied some of our learning and tried "solar evaporation." 


In just one hour we evaporated a salt water solution back to solid salt crystals. Thank you, Malian sunshine!






GOOD FITS
Clearly these shoes do not fit the kids. However, they were a perfect metaphor for choosing books that fit the reader's ability. 




You know as well as I do that third graders often make overly ambitious book choices. Books that are too challenging or too easy will not help a reader improve.




Voracious reading at the appropriate level will help our third graders become skilled and competent readers with expansive vocabulary knowledge.  Inappropriate books will not. Please be on the lookout at home for books that do not fit. A quick check is simply asking your child to read a portion of text and then ask the meaning of or retell what was read. 

GOOD FIT PROOF!  



Nothing like the fit of Nike Free.







I got second place, twice! My long streak as 3rd grade champ is over. Congratulations Carlene and Jeanne.

ASK ABOUT THESE BOOKS

  
The kids compared these two delightful characters, so their recall should be rich and entertaining.


In our class discussion, the books helped us examine punishment, individuality, conformity and trust. So, don't let a picture book fool you. They can often be philosophically meaningful in a super accessible way.  


Have fun,
Don