The 3rd graders have been engaged with rigorous reading! We have been immersed in strategies for reading nonfiction texts. One important idea we learned in regards to reading narrative nonfiction is the importance of tuning into key details that connect to the main “thread” running through the story. This was pretty sophisticated stuff, but we were able to make this visible by connecting key details in a shared text by using pieces of yarn as the “thread.” As you can see from the picture, the 3rd graders discovered that there were two “threads” running through the biography of Ezra Jack Keats.
Character education is an integral part of creating a culture of compassion, empathy and kindness. Last week in 3rd grade, we began focusing on forgiveness and managing emotions. Next week, we will talk more about breath and body, and ways we can calm down before taking action. You will see you child come home on Monday with their glitter jar. Be sure to ask them about it! For more information on empathy education in the classrooms, click here.
The areas we will focus on in the coming weeks include: *Attention *Breath and Body *Caring *Depending on Other People *Emotions *Forgiveness. In addition, the 3rd graders will continue noticing acts of kindness from their peers and add links (of kindness) to our kindness chain. Our hope is to have the chain circle the classroom with kindness!