In math, your child practiced measuring to the nearest quarter inch by measuring a Beanie Baby and creating an instructional Seesaw measurement video. We hope that you are impressed by your child’s understanding of measurement, length, width, height, and their technological prowess. Earlier in the week, your child also found some creative ways to measure the weight and capacity of their little friend using standard and non-standard units of measure. Be sure to ask. We are studying the attributes of polygons, and the second math activity was to create a ChatterKid video to explain the attributes of a classroom item. What an authentic and fun way to practice using math vocabulary!
You can help at home by pointing out geometric shapes you see and encouraging your child to use math terms such as parallel, vertex, angle (acute, right, obtuse), triangle, quadrilateral, pentagon, etc…)
We wrapped up the National Landmark reports in class. The paragraph you will see is the result of book and online research. Your child used Google Docs to type the report, and along the way learned to control font sizes, change line spacing, to use bold, tabs to indent, to insert images, add a border, and respond to online teacher comments and edits. Whew! These fantastic mini-reports will be hanging on the windows behind the landmark models, which are due this coming Friday morning. Please stop by the following week if you can!
Reading was absolutely the thing this week. On Monday, our class met with our 1st grade buddies to read together. On Thursday, we spent time reading and encouraging Mrs. Butler’s kindergarten class as they practiced for a big reading event. Emma brought in a wonderful book about Maya Lin, the young designer of the Vietnam War Memorial which we really enjoyed reading. We finished The One and Only Ivan, read a companion informational text about his life, and watched a short movie featuring Ivan and his people. But wait, that’s not all! On Friday, we met local historical fiction author Ellen Klages (Out of Left Field) who inspired us with her book talk about women in baseball and being a writer.
Next week, we will launch our new IB science unit of study, chat via video with a classroom 2 time zones away, learn about area and perimeter, explore the 3 branches of government, and do a little Lego coding. Doesn’t 3rd grade sound fun?