Book clubs are buzzing in third grade! In order to make book club the best it can be, each team co-constructed their book club rules and group norms. The expectation is that all members will come to book club meetings prepared to share their theories or build upon ideas of others. Students will have repeated opportunities to read with deep engagement during their book club sessions. Specifically, students will think about the journeys that characters follow as a predictable story mountain, learning how stories tend to go. Together with their book club members, third graders will be invited to compare and contrast characters across books, examining their traits, motivations, the way they respond to problems, and the life lessons they learn and teach. Book clubs allow readers to rise to new thinking through collaboration and the sharing of ideas.
Third graders are also traveling back in time, exploring Ancient Rome! We look forward to making our learning “come to life” during our Ancient Rome culmination on Friday, February 17th. Students will perform a play about the life of Julius Caesar followed by a Roman feast and a sharing of artifacts.
Elementary PE has been staying active and learning new skills. Before winter break all elementary classes participated in a jump rope unit. Within the jump rope unit students practiced different types of jumps and learned about the benefits of jumping rope. We are currently in the middle of our basketball unit practicing dribbling, passing and shooting.