Saturday, September 14, 2019

More Boredom Please


Imagination, the kids' lacked a definition for the concept, so we worked on it. 

To tease out our understanding, we read several imaginative stories. 

Malik Had a House (found on RAZ-Kids) helped us understand one particular value of imagination. In the story, a family loses their home during an economic downturn. Our third graders were saddened by this story of Malik, his brother Sean, and the boys' hardworking mom. They were saddened thanks to an ability to imagine the feelings in the story and so empathize with the situation.  

The benefits of a healthy imagination are now at peril do to the steady stream of distractions today's kids face. I suggest you read this article from the World Economic Forum and learn a simple way to nurture an imaginative third grade mind. 

Click here for the article

And through writing, reading, and discussions, we'll continue to use our imaginations in class. 


Plastic has been added to the four everyday substances (i.e. water, salt, sugar, cotton) we explore in science and social studies. We've learned a lot so far but this game may be the most memorable for the moment. 

Click here to play

We're currently making drinking straws out of papyrus stems. This coming week we'll bake millet spoons. One objective is to learn hands-on natural alternatives to single-use plastics. 

To be continued...

Find out more from your third grader.


Farewell, friend! We'll miss you. 


All third graders performed a RAZ-Kids reading assessments Friday. We'll do additional reading assessments this coming week, but flight checks will happen monthly and keep us on course for fourth grade readiness.  



We're working on place value and expanded forms in math so if you'd like to do IXL this weekend or in the coming days, choose 3rd grade math section B - 1 through 9. 

That's all for now. 

See you soon,

Friday, September 6, 2019

The Banana



Thursday's assembly went well. Our message was based on Pasi Sahlberg's book Let the Children Play, which suggests overly supervised children do not develop the social skills or emotional fortitude needed for real life now or later. 

Post-assembly goofiness and sadly minus our other pal from Sweden
Here is a video of the presentation slides and... 

...the short film we used to introduce our topic...


...and a link to a larger view of the film::


We traveled to some upper grades to see what the kids' academic futures will look like. It's always a humbling and exciting excursion. 


We got online with RAZ-Kids to demonstrate how easy it is to do a "Flight Check." This is a recorded reading assessment that together individual students and I can review. When students hear themselves read, they better understand the feedback I offer. Like a picture, audio is worth a thousand words. 

Everyone has a flight check waiting in RAZ-Kids. If it is convenient to log-in at home this weekend, please do so. Thanks. 


Once a week the kids spend time with our librarian and use the opportunity to checkout books. But if there are books overdue (i.e. not returned on time) checkouts are not allowed. 

Please be sure school library books are returned to school. 


Here's everyone's favorite day, Free-play Tuesdays! and a look in the Maker Space.


Plogging is an idea from Sweden that mashes jogging with picking up litter. It's also a fun way to break up the learning day and be helpful at the same time. 


Ask your child about these stories and help deepen her or his understanding by doing so. Let's make these book reviews a weekly habit, in addition to books you talk about at home. 

That's all for now. 

Enjoy your weekend!