Welcome to third grade at LES. We are so excited to be back in the classroom for the 2021/2o22 school year! We spent the first few weeks of school deciding on rules and routines. We have been playing games and having discussions to get to know each other better. Our days are joyful and go by so quickly! Here are some highlights from September…
During the first week of school, we learned about why humans have different skin colors. Students thought about their own unique skin color and tried to match it by layering different shades of brown, pink, orange, and white crayon on paper. We had fun naming our skin colors. The kids came up with some very delicious and fun titles for the colors of their skin!
Students then created self-portraits inspired by the artwork of Romero Britto. I am so impressed by the third graders’ work, and even more impressed with how every student stuck with this very challenging project. The portraits hang above our classroom windows and really let visitors know who the classroom belongs to!
International Day of Peace
In art class students created pinwheels for peace. In our classroom, we memorized and rehearsed “The Democracy Song” (written by my friend, Mareba) and then performed the song for the whole school during the Peace Day celebration. Here’s the class holding their pinwheels and singing the first part of the song. They did a great job during the actual performance, but it was outdoors and hard to record the audio.
Days In School
“Days In School” is a math routine that encourages students to think deeply about number patterns, factoring, and how to have meaningful conversations about mathematics. Each day students create a model for the number of the day and figure out what “fair shares” they can make with the number. We use the acronym BRAVE to help guide our conversations: B-Build on each others ideas, R-Risk half-formed thoughts, A-Ask good questions, V-Value others’ contributions, E-Use Evidence for your claims. This is a knowledge-building activity, so each day we add a little more to our understanding of number patterns and “rules”.
Here are some pictures of models for Day 20. The kids figured out that they can count by 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, and 20. Ask your child what they decided to call numbers that have more factors than any other numbers…( :
The class has been working hard to write true stories from their own lives. They have been learning to “zoom in” on one small moment and then stretch it out by adding descriptive details, dialogue, and actions. We have been studying realistic fiction and learning writing moves from published authors. Here are some pictures of the kids during peer conferencing. They are helping each other to bring out the heart of their stories.