The 3rd graders enjoyed a day on Mt. Bachelor while studying winter ecology. During our snowshoe adventure, we learned about winter ecology at Mt. Bachelor and the geology of Central Oregon, the Deschutes National Forest watershed and the plants and animals found throughout the area. Enjoy pictures of or snowshoeing adventure!
The 3rd graders engaged in productive struggles as they learned a new hobby this month! Students were assigned the task to teach themselves a new hobby. The requirement was that this had to be something they had never done before and was entirely new for them. Each student was asked to keep a journal tracking their progress, noting struggles they encountered along the way, and how they navigated these hardships. Students were able to share their new hobbies with the class and reflect on their progress and perseverance.
Also speaking of productive struggles, the 3rd graders were recently given a math problem-solving task as part of our fractions unit. They were asked to figure out how many small post it notes it would take to cover an entire “big pad” post it note. It was amazing to watch kids go through a trial and error process while experimenting with and estimating using wholes and parts of wholes (fractions at work!). They all approached this problem differently and it was very rewarding to watch these kids embrace mistakes, share ideas, and persevere in their problem-solving efforts.
Third grade has been excelling at their Recorder Karate, as well as focusing this past week on research of an instrument in groups of two. Their research is documented on Google Slides, and they’ll present their findings after we return from Spring Break. It has been fun to assist the students with ways to utilize the technology available to us, like co-working on the same document on their own Chromebook, learning how to insert videos and change backgrounds. These students are going to be vastly prepared for their middle and high school years with knowledge of presentation skills such as these.
We also have had a good amount of students audition for our Spring Show, which is called Summer Camp this year! We’re heading out for lots of fun at Camp Runamok on June 1! Please encourage your student to hop on Canvas (click on MUSIC) from their homeroom page and listen to our songs. The more they listen at home, the more fun we get to work on in class with our choreography and movement. Please put this very special evening on your calendars now – we’ll also be celebrating Beth Basham’s Retirement that same evening.