In early May, third and fourth graders were challenged to use a map to record plants growing in the Unquowa Garden. They identified over 40 varieties of vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs. Students enjoyed smelling herbs in our “tea” garden by rubbing their fingers on the leaves of lemon balm, chocolate mint and lavender. Come tour our garden. There are raised beds of sugar snap peas, purple pac choi, Easter egg radishes and yellow wax beans. In addition, there are many varieties of flowers including snapdragons, sunflowers, nasturtium and French marigolds.
The third graders continue their exploration of ancient civilizations. This time, they found themselves immersed in the myths, legends, and storytelling of the Ancient Greeks. Third graders found out, that even for gods and Titans, all actions have consequences. They discovered how the Greeks thought the universe came into being, and which gods and goddesses were thought to preside over the world from atop Mount Olympus.
As part of our “Reading Rewards” program in third grade, our students recently earned an extra “bubble fun” recess. It was a perfect breezy day to run around with bubble wands and watch the bubbles dance around the field. Our Prek-3 friends were happy to join in the fun too. Congratulations to our third grade class on another month of daily reading!
The third and fourth graders traveled to the Fairfield History Museum to learn about the origins of the town where they attend school. They examined life of the Native Americans and early settlers of Fairfield, comparing their lives to our modern day ones. Technology is the most evident marker of change over time. The third and fourth graders examined how much technology has changed in a few years from when their parents were growing up to now. They examined how far phones, cameras, and radios have come in a few short years. They were amazed at similarities between their own lives and those of the people that came before them.
In third grade science, students were asked why people add vinegar when they color eggs. After posing some interesting responses, students learned that the vinegar provides an acid, just as orange juice, lemon juice or even aspirin would. The acid works with the calcium carbonate of the egg shell to create more surface area to absorb the food coloring. We learned that to get the most vibrant eggs (without deteriorating the egg shell) we must find just the right mixture or pH level in a water and acid solution. Many beautiful, vibrant eggs were created in the process.
Did you know that it is possible to create a short play without actually writing anything down? Third graders are currently working on this exciting process in drama class. We recently chose a simple topic – friendship – and brainstormed ways in which we can be good friends. For example, if a classmate is feeling sad, how do we cheer them up? Or if there is a new student in school, how can we make him or her feel welcome? Students acted out these scenarios and had some great input, such as taking a friend out for ice cream. From there, students came up with scenes about specific activities they enjoy doing with friends. They acted these scenes out for the class and many of those scenes will become incorporated into our short play!