Friday, May 26, 2017

The Soft Part of the Grass


Greetings!

Interesting fact from our lively class: The five girls all have 'L' in their names. Gotta love that coincidence. And as is expected with our transitory nature,  international kids break for summer early or move on for good. 

We'll miss you Gaby!


Giving was our discussion topic this week. We used Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree to immerse our thinking.  Ask your child about the boy and the tree, love, happiness, and generosity. 

The arc of life? 

Big preparations are at hand for robotic hands. 










Few things say spring like a baby tortoise.

Daring eyes for some reason. 

When boredom strikes at home, build a house. 

Setting a self-initiated example. Super cool!

Africa Day Extravaganza!

Tight set from the pros.


We might all aspire to what one writer shared today: 

This weekend... "I'll take my kittens to play on the soft part of the grass." - Michelle



May we all find the soft part of the grass,
Don

Friday, May 19, 2017

Hide and Go Seek

Greetings! 

What a whirlwind week! 

Sherry Turkle's Reclaiming Conversation provided a scrumptious quote to savor over our week. 


Reoccurring Thought 

Mr. River's Origami Club continued to soar. 


Simple Joy

In math we did a scavenger hunt for fractions. You could do the same at home. For example, we asked what portion of lights in the hallway are safety lights? What portion of large water bottles are in use? Whatever you try, be sure to get the number simplified. 


Penciling it out


Our weekly homeroom talk used Dr. Seuss' Bartholomew and the Oobleck to exercise thoughts on the nature of greed and desire, the nature of authority (with a nod to the French Revolution), the environment, and responsibility. 
Sideways Reflection


Sticky Ideas
Royal Thoughts


And of course we made oobleck!


Oob-ick!
More Simple Joy
String Theory

Elusive Matter

Sommelier ou Barista









Science brought a scavenger hunt ahead of planet research. 


Shady Characters

The Ole Underslide Hide

Shortcut 

Shady Dude










Expect to hear about robots soon. 

Great news! We will have a learning retreat (i.e. field trip) to Kangaba on Tuesday June 6. At the retreat, along with 4th and 5th grade, we will conduct team building activities and have discussions about strategies for summer learning. More information was sent home with your child.   

That's all for now. 

Enjoy your weekend,
Don

Friday, May 12, 2017

Simply Gourdeous

Greetings! 

If you could not visit today for a parent teacher conference, please be in touch and we will figure something out. No problem. 


One of the week's special events came in a homeroom discussion about values. What do you value that you may need to let go of and reassess its importance? That was the basic idea. To free our minds for thinking, we used South Indian monkey traps. 


Curious Gourds

Your child can explain how the traps work and signify letting go, stepping back and rethinking individual values. Each student wrote a personal example, so ask what was in your third grader's proverbial monkey trap. 


We discussed blues music in social studies and made (sorry) music makers out of straws. 


Flautists
Bell of the Horn











The chocolateous cake ever! Whoa... Hurray for birthdays! Super helpful Mr. Lamessi joined in! 

Gaby's Delicious Day

Four weeks more and third grade is over.  It all passed too fast. 

Enjoy your weekend! 

Don



Friday, May 5, 2017

Responsible Responsibilities

Greetings! 

Friday, May 12, will be parent teacher meetings. You should have received a booking notification. Please contact me if that has not happened or other arrangements are needed. Together we will look at recent MAP scores and classroom assessments, and review your third grader's 2016/2017 experience.

Inventive Timeline (and face or two)
Today we crashed middle school's Invention Convention with a display of our own. 'Everyday Inventions' will tangibly help us develop historical perspectives of time.

Sharing Discovery



Skeptics?

Wonderers
Stinky Stylist


The week's philosophical discussion concerned roles and responsibilities. What are our roles in life and what responsibilities might come with them? That was the basic idea. We even stumbled upon a useful phrase Be responsible for your responsibilities. 

Four Heads Are Better...
Skilling the Audience
Sid Fleischman's marvelous book The Whipping Boy and its film adaptation helped to establish our talks. 







We finally mounted our much anticipated seed signs. A touch of Bali in Mali? Nah. We'd need more plants for a Bali feel. Pretty cool as it is for now.

The Spark
Yeah, more plants.











Our ace NY correspondent returned with a full report. Easy Peabody Award. 

Brooklyn



Last thing: If your child has a flight check pending in RAZ-Kids, please allow him or her 15 minutes for a solo flight check. The recorded reading could inform our parent teacher discussion. 

Enjoy your weekend! 
Don