This week in 3rd grade, we engaged in several close readings of the text, Day of Disaster, The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, 79 AD, by Lauren Tarshis. This texts asked students to imagine themselves as a visitor in Pompeii before, during, and after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Our week-long work with this text introduced students to important ways of working with informational texts as well as cycles of teaching and learning that featured a significant amount of reading, writing, and discussion. As our culminating activity, the students synthesized information learned in the text, and stepped back in time to write their own first-hand account of being a survivor during this disaster. They each crafted letters describing what the experience was like for them, drawing upon the text as needed to support the details in their letters. Enjoy these pictures of the students drafting their letters, with the Day of Disaster text close by for reference!
Currently, the 3rd graders are learning all about Ancient Rome in their classroom, so in art class we learn about Ancient Roman art, mosaics in particular. The buildings and floors of old Roman buildings are covered in mosaics of all kinds. After viewing some of these amazing pieces, the students, create their own. From meticulously cut triangle pieces put together to create a sun, to loosely placed squares creating a turtle, the students are learning patience and order as they create their own stunning mosaics. As the mosaics are being completed, we are turning our creativity to the annual collaborative piece that each class has the privilege of working on for our Celebration Gala. The 3rd graders will be playing with color, combining color and adding highlights as they create their own heart which will be combined with the other student’s hearts to create a whole piece of the art.