In PE class, Unquowa students celebrated the Opening Ceremonies of the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang with some winter events of their own! Walking behind their torch bearer, along with the Olympic theme song set the stage for an unforgettable class. The figure skating routines were graceful and the ski jumpers were smooth at take off. Skiers cruised through the biathlon and torch relay while curlers showed great strategic maneuvers. Go Gators! Go Team USA!
Did you know that an owl can hear a mouse’s heartbeat from forty feet away? Third graders traveled to the CT Audubon for a bird identification program and learned this fact and many more. After some practice using field guides and binoculars, students headed outside to view a variety of birds at one of the Audubon’s many bird feeding stations. Tufted titmice, black-capped chickadees, downy woodpeckers and dark-eyed juncos were among the many visitors. Students hiked through the Larson Sanctuary in search of birds and signs of wildlife. The program closed with a close-up view of a barn owl and an American kestrel, two birds of prey that have been rescued by the Audubon. Thank you, Colleen Noyes, for providing our third graders with an interesting outdoor and indoor field experience!
After studying the Spanish vocabulary needed to discuss and understand the weather, Grades 3 and 4 built their very own weather stations in the Makerspace. The students enjoyed expanding on what they learned in Spanish class by going deeper into the science of weather and designing their own weather stations. Their simple construction materials included paper cups, popsicle sticks, strings of hair and more.
The third grade studied the work of James Prosek, a local naturalist, author, and water-colorist. Mr. Prosek grew up in nearby Easton with a passion for fishing. He combined his interest in painting and fishing to create a series of books cataloging an extensive range of fish species. Inspired by the work of this artist, the third grade students created exceptional watercolor paintings of fish using several different techniques and styles.
The third grade class studied the work of the Dutch painter and abstract pioneer, Piet Mondrian. We traced the evolution of his painting from impressionism to his iconic geometric primary colored abstract designs. Broadway Boogie Woogie was one of his final works inspired by the music Mondrian listened to while working. To enjoy the full Mondrian experience the class listened to Boogie Woogie while creating their designs.
It was a busy week of Thanksgiving in third grade. The week began by reading two stories about Thanksgiving. The first, Across the Wide Dark Sea was about a young boy’s experiences sailing on the Mayflower with his family. The next story was titled, The First Thanksgiving and depicted the struggles, hardships and ultimate friendships leading up to the first Thanksgiving, which students learned, lasted for three days! Following these stories, our third graders headed to the makerspace to create replicas of the Mayflower. Students carefully crafted these ships to serve as place cards on the tables of our own Unquowa School Thanksgiving Feast. Later in the week, students continued to practice writing three to five paragraph essays describing the things they are most grateful for. Students expressed gratitude for big things such as families, food, friends and school but also seemingly small or frequently overlooked things such as a smile or a cheery hello! In addition, during our mindfulness activity of a gratitude circle, students were able to express their appreciation of these things and many more with each other. Finally, dressed to impress, our students headed down to relish a traditional Thanksgiving feast created by our talented chefs. Students enjoyed coming together with classmates and teachers from across all grades before departing on the extended holiday break. At the tables, students shared handcrafted table place cards, Thanksgiving plans and of course, the delicious food. But most of all, we shared gratitude for our school and all that it offers us.