“I learned that I can do really hard things!” “I learned that I like to be on stage.” “I learned that I have a really good memory and I could have talked much longer.” These are a few comments from the Room 8 biography actors. Be sure to check in with your child to find out what they learned about themselves during our American Hero biography unit. The performances were impressive, informational, and…adorable! I am proud of the courage each child mustered to get in front of the audience, and I am proud of all the efforts behind the camera and in the audience. We worked as a team to set up the lights, camera, and stage props. Each child was reviewed by 2 peers and myself, and then was asked to review two classmates as well. I am so proud of your children! They will do a similar activity in 4th grade, and then again in middle school. This activity in 3rd certainly builds a strong foundation for those upcoming challenges.
Math was a blast this week. Your child learned to break apart multiplication problems into “friendlier” problems by using helper facts. For example, 6 x 9 can be broken into two easier problems; 6x4 and 6 x 5. The products of the two problems are then added together. Next, your child learned to multiply 2- and 3-digit numbers using partial products. An example is 6 x 154 is broken into 6 x 100, 6 x 50, and 6 x 4 and then the products are added together. This may sound complicated, but it is the actual math behind the traditional multiplication algorithm we all grew up with, and makes a lot of sense to the children. You should have seen how excited the kids were to multiply such big numbers! Be sure to ask for a demo if you haven’t seen this in action yet.
We combined reading and science this week as we read The Trees of Kenya, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, and Water Princess. All stories are set in drought-stricken Africa, and each story features a young person who takes action to initiate change in their community. We watched the Netflix movie trailer for The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind to set the stage. The actual movie is rated PG, but might be interesting to watch as a family. If you do, please let me know what you think.
To get ready for our visit to the Guide Dogs for the Blind, your child first jotted down everything they knew and everything they wondered about blindness. Next, the kids “tried out” being blind by holding various pieces of laminated paper over their eyes. Some were foggy, some were blackened, and some were spotty. Wow! Next, I pulled out some braille books and we talked about ways a blind person might navigate through the world. Naturally, this filled us with even more questions! The trip to GDB was wonderful. We toured the facility, saw puppies and working dogs, and learned about the amazing work done here. Thank you Alissa, Jill, Ben, Margaret, Katrina and Pam for excellent chaperoning!