This week, our fourth graders started partner reading. Each set of partners is reading the same book. The students will self assess their skills, set goals for themselves, and strengthen their comprehension by envisioning and predicting. As the partners read together, they try to experience the story as if it is real life. They draw on earlier parts of the text to add to the details in their mental movie. They may discuss with their partner about the characters’ traits and motivations, the setting, and the events in chronological order.
Our fourth-grade classes participate regularly in reading workshop.
This week, we reflected on books we’ve recently read to cement comprehension. Each student chose a talk bubble either explaining a “chronological retell” of the story or describing if they “paused to synthesize” while reading. Students paired up to share with one another and explained why they chose a particular type of retelling.
Our third-grade students had an exciting week! We culminated this year’s studies of Pennsylvania with a trip to Harrisburg and an interactive government iPad game.
In Harrisburg, we visited our State Capital and learned more about the functions of our three branches of government. We also went to the State Museum of Pennsylvania. The State Museum helped tie together everything we have learned this year in Social Studies. We broke up into groups for an exciting scavenger hunt. The students explored products from PA, a painting of Penn’s Treaty, Pennsylvania’s wildlife and more!
On Thursday, Dr. Julie Oltman and Dr. Hammond created an amazing interactive government game on the iPad. In small groups, third graders traveled to different businesses in downtown Bethlehem and discovered whether those businesses provide a service, maintain order or protect your rights.
It was an amazing week that wrapped up a year full of learning and hard work! Well done third grade!
Tuesday, March 26th featured a fun-filled “Evening with Third Grade.” Upon entrance to the CE Auditorium, the parents were each given a program with a number written in the top right-hand corner. They were then treated to a variety of poem recitations by both English and Spanish Immersion classes.
Everyone then moved around the room to see each student’s “Mini Museum.” Each Mini Museum was as different as the next; some students focused on math, reading, science, or social studies. Each student was able to explain how their museum displayed something they have enjoyed learning this year.
The evening ended with a Rube Goldberg machine the students collaborated to create. We drew a number, and the lucky person from the audience who held the program with that number got to pull the handle to start the machine! What an amazing finale to a wonderful night! Well done third grade!
Third-graders are combining “How to” writing with mathematics and learning about adjectives. How? By following a recipe for cranberry sauce in Ms. Falcone and Mrs. Matlock’s classes. The students measured all of the ingredients and placed them in a crock pot to cook.
The students tasted the sauce before and after adding one very important ingredient: sugar. The students recorded how it tasted, smelled and looked.
They recorded adjectives describing all of their senses. The students wrote stories using the words they recorded.
The end product will make a wonderful gift for the parents and families for the holidays!
Third grade recently visited the Peace Valley Nature Center, located in Doylestown, PA.
After choosing their new Native American names, such as “jumping kangaroo” or “sparkling unicorn”, they participated in a variety of activities as the Native Americans would in their daily life.
They used a mortar and a pestle to crush corn, a fire starter, and a hand-drill. The students also played many fun games like the Native American children. The day ended with a picnic lunch.
On October 4th and 5th, the third-grade students were off to Greenkill, located in Huguenot, NY for an overnight field trip. Upon arrival, the students unloaded their gear, headed to their very comfortable accommodations, met their naturalists, and prepared for their first activity.
The students participated in rock climbing and canoeing; investigated aquatic ecology, forest ecology, and wildlife; and learned very important survival skills. In the evening, they enjoyed singing at a campfire before heading to bed. If you ask a third grader, they’ll tell you how delicious the food was too!
Camaraderie and friendship was the focus, all while having a tremendous amount of fun!