Baseball, guide dogs, and the Red Cross. How All-American can we get? This week, third grade celebrated the opening week of baseball by dedicating a full day to our nation’s favorite pastime. As baseball fans ourselves, Mr. Selix and I were tickled to see all the baseball spirit wear! While it might have looked like all fun and games, Mr. Selix and I designed this day to integrate math, reading, fluency practice, geography, social studies, art, and yes…some fun, too! Your child played baseball multiplication in small groups and deciphered graphs full of baseball stats. The “Who’s on First” skits were performed in front of every classroom, your child learned how baseballs and bats are made, and learned a bunch about the women’s professional baseball league of the 40’s. Yes, there really was such a thing before women were officially banned from playing professional baseball in 1954. Curiously, that ban is still in effect…
Both classes gathered in room 8 to watch the documentary, Pick of the Litter which was filmed at the Guide Dogs for the Blind facility we visited last week. We learned more about all the wonderful people who take part in raising and training the puppies who might become guide dogs. Of the 5 pup litter featured in the movie, only 2 graduated to work with their new blind owners. There were lots of feelings in the room as we watched Patriot, Primrose, and Potomac become “career change” dogs!
On Friday, we had a visit from the American Red Cross who talked to the class about being prepared for events like fire and earthquakes. Be sure to ask your child what to do in case of a house fire (get low, get out, call 911) or what to do in case of an earthquake (duck, cover and hold). The ladies asked each child to share what they learned with you and to make a family plan in case of emergency. Where are the best exits from each room of the house? Where are the best places to duck, cover and hold in each room? Where should the family meet? After spring break, I will have your child decorate a pillowcase donated by the Red Cross and Disney that they can use to pack supplies and special items in the event of an evacuation warning where they would have a little more time to get out. I’ll send more info home with the pillowcases.
Check your child’s backpack for the Unit 5 math test, the Awesome Room 8 kids rocked it!
Thank you to the families who welcomed stick insects into their homes this week. I sent a care sheet home with the children who brought home these fun pets. I think we have our herd down to a manageable size now, and I’ll let you know if we get another crop of babies.