Second, we celebrated the unveiling of the amazing expert books. I served sweet apple slices and the kids took turns reading and sharing the books. We reviewed all the work and steps that went into this project, and decided that yes, we can do hard things!
Math included examining equivalent fractions and a multiplication inventory. Your child tracked down their toughest multiplication problems and made flashcards for practice. We will use them next week and then send them home. Some of the kids who have already mastered the 0-10 multiplication facts worked independently and created their own flashcards that included the 12’s, square roots, and cubed numbers. I’m pretty sure I didn’t have any idea what a square root was in 3rd grade…
In literacy, I introduced a book set in the Great Depression era by doing a quiet gallery walk around 6 photos from the 30’s. Your child wrote down what they noticed, wondered, and thought about the old photos. Next, I read The Babe and I, a book about a boy and his family struggling during this time. The author, David Adler, is on one of my all-time favorite biography/children’s book authors. Building context made the story that much richer. Our conversation after the book included WWII, the Dustbowl, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and Japanese internment. The background knowledge and thoughtful questions of this group amaze me every day!
Next Friday, we will travel to the Guide Dogs for the Blind headquarters near Northgate. We will learn about some pretty amazing human and canine heroes. Thanks in advance to drivers Shoshana, Alissa, Jill, Margaret and Katrina!
Biography performances: your child is encouraged to wear a costume or bring props, but it’s not required. They should practice their monologue enough times this weekend that they can say it with drama and confidence. I’ve attached the grading rubric for you to check out. Please don’t let your child stress over this! It should be a fun opportunity to be in the spotlight and teach other’s about their person in history. Please reach out if you have any questions.