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.
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RECYCLE, REUSE, RUBBISH?
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.
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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...
SHOW AND TELL
Find out more from your third grader.
A SPECTACULAR EXIT
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,