We have created a strong community of learners in 3rd grade. We have formed reading and writing partnerships during our workshops. Your child’s reading and writing partners will be by their side, supporting them as they work toward their self-selected goals. If you peek into the class, you may see your child sharing their thinking about their book with their partner, or sitting side by side, sharing their writing and their plans for future writing. Learning is a social act and our peers help to lift the level of our thinking, and support us in accomplishing our goals. As readers this week, we focused on Author’s Purpose by noticing the details authors include in their stories. In reading partnerships, third graders considered and shared their thinking by asking, “Why did the author make this happen?” or “Why did the author write this part this way?” Asking and considering these types of questions allows the reader to understand the story more deeply. As we say in third grade, reading is thinking, and there is a lot of thinking going on!
Art with Mrs. Santucci
Putting color theory into practice can be a challenge, but the 3rd graders tackled the challenge with engaging results. Choosing complementary colors, and a basic shape, the students learned how to change the value of a color and had a ball mixing paint to fill in their shape. Moving from color to line, the next challenge presented was to create a collage landscape using a different line pattern for each section-foreground, middle ground, and background. This project involved detailed application of design, an overlay of paint, careful glueing and an eye for composition. They have just finished, and the result shows the time and work they put in. Next on the journey of creative exploration in art class….clay and 3D design!