The Doctors are in. Yes, with only 10 school days on the calendar, this teacher succumbed to drama and fantasy as a hook to help teach your child about text features. I met the class at the door after recess dressed in a lab coat and wearing a hair net, medical mask, and surgical gloves. With a heartbeat soundtrack in the background, the class suited up and got to work performing ‘surgery’ on old Scholastic Magazines to find and sort text features like headings, captions, text boxes, data and graphs, subheadings…my plan worked, and the kids were all in. Be sure to ask.
In writing, the class learned to write cinquains. I love these short poems that stress parts of speech (nouns, adjectives, verbs) and are really fun to write. After creating a good collection, your child learned to use features in Google slides to type them up in order to create a small book of cinquains.
I introduced our Economics/3rd Grade Market Day Project. Your child learned a bit about goods, services, producers, consumers, supply and demand. To reinforce these and other concepts, your child will have the opportunity to work independently or with a partner to create a good or service to sell on the 3rd grade Market Day, Monday June 10th.
As their investor, I am giving each child $500 in “Ivy-Bucks” to spend on materials, pay themselves for working, rent a shop space from me for Market Day, and to cover unexpected fates that will happen over the next week. Just like real life, problems and hurdles and little life surprises will present themselves! Your child needs to come up with an item they create at home and sell at school. They may spend only $10 on purchased supplies. Mr. Selix and I am hoping kids will find materials around the house or in nature. Absolutely no food or messy (i.e. slime) items allowed. You child will be “charged” for the estimated cost of these items. You may lend advice, but please let this be your child’s work! Need ideas? In the past, kids have made jewelry, origami items, sold rocks, painted rocks, made pencil toppers, fidgets, dog bandanas, fancy pencils, small games, fairy houses, bookmarks, crowns, paper footballs, etc.
Your child must bring a prototype to school by Wednesday. Once approved, they will need to work at home to build their inventory to sell on Market Day (June 10). On this day, students will set up a store in space they have rented from me. They will have the opportunity to sell the good or service to classmates in rooms 6 and 8, using the Ivy-Bucks I have given them. In the end, everyone will calculate costs and spending vs. income to see if their venture was successful. The best part? Your child will get to take home the treasures they purchase from their classmates.