The engineers of Room 8 were faced with a problem this week. The high winds of hurricanes and tornados have destroyed homes around the world, so we began to wonder how can homes be designed so they are stronger? We looked at this question from many angles, and after building paper houses with some very clever modifications, the kids used paper fans to simulate extreme weather and winds. Your child had only a couple pieces of tape, 6 toothpicks, 4 paperclips, and a sheet of blank paper to work with. Were they able to find some solutions? You bet! Imagine reinforced walls, roofs strongly secured to walls, clever braces, wind shields, and even outer walls to protect the inner building. This was our first foray into the engineering method, we will do more in the spring.
Thank you Geoff Flint, (meteorologist, CEO of customweather.com, and Old Mill dad) for presenting to both 3rd grade classes. He shared incredible images and videos, explained the science behind many weather events and patiently answered many, many weather questions. What a treat for us to have a true weather expert share his knowledge!
In math, we are in fraction land! A fun fraction scavenger hunt/mystery picture coloring activity got the kids up out of their seats and learning to identify fractions. Some math vocabulary your child should be able to use includes: numerator, denominator, equivalent, partition, whole, part. 1/4th of the family likes pickles, try to eat ¾ of a cookie. This can be really abstract for kids unless we help make connections the concrete.
Thank you to Geoff Flint, meteorologist, and CEO of Customweather.com (and Old Mill dad) spent an hour with both 3rd grade classes. He talked about weather patterns, extreme weather, and the impact weather has on us AND the impact humans are having on weather. We loved having an expert to answer so many weather questions. Thanks, Geoff!
The expert books are in, organized, and recently bound. This is a BIG project, and I am so proud of your children! Next week, we will have a small celebration as I pass back the finished books to read and share. Thank you for your support and encouragement at home!
People are awesome. This week, we read biographies of Anne Frank and Harry Houdini. The kids didn’t quite understand how a magician/escape artist can fool an audience, so I showed a short video in which David Copperfield’s famous disappearing Statue of Liberty trick was revealed. Fun!
On Tuesday, your child selected a person in history to study, checked out books fro our library. The early week was spent taking notes like mad, and on Friday your child began writing a monologue in the first person. We will wrap this up midweek, and then your child will have about a week to commit their monologue to memory for a 1-2 minute presentation. (notecards ok in a pinch) Costumes and props are encouraged, and I will record the presentation for posterity. The children signed up for their performance date (March 26, 27, 28) and I will post a schedule on Seesaw next week.