Spring Musings

Third Grade Updates

Dear Parents,

Our spring weather has been a wonderful respite; we have been enjoying lots of spontaneous recess together. Everyone seems a bit more relaxed and focused.

In reading, we are continuing our study of biographies. Students have been sampling lots of biographies and are going to choose one person to focus on next week. Our central question is, "What can you learn from this person?", which the students will answer in a small project next week.

During writing, we have spent the last week brushing up on our editing skills and working on dividing our writing into paragraphs. Next week, third graders will begin writing persuasive letters, stating a strong opinion backed by creative reasoning. Be prepared to be convinced to purchase a puppy!

In social studies, we are continuing our state study. Working together, the whole third grade will be discussing what they have learned from their individual states with other students that have studies states in their region. Next week, students will be working on either a state collage or scrapbook, in class and at home.

We are wrapping up our study of bar graphs and line plots with some challenging problem solving activities in class. Next week, we will start our fraction unit, focusing on comparing and equivalent, fractions. We will send the chapter letter home in a separate email.

In Friendship,

The Third Grade Team

Recess Fun

Bake Sale

Several 5th grade students have been inspired to help UNICEF by having a bake sale tomorrow at school. 3rd through 5th graders are invited to purchase bake sale items before or during lunch. Most items will cost $1. This is completely optional; feel free to send money with your child if you would like.

Dates to Remember

Monday, April 7 through Tuesday, April 15 - Hope Tote Donations

Teacher Annette just sent an email detailing this schoolwide service project. Third graders have been asked to donate toothbrushes and toothpaste as our contribution to the project. At the end of the collection cycle, we will work with our Pre-K buddies to combine donated items for the Hope Totes.

Tuesday, April 22 to Friday, April 25 - ERBs

All tests will be taken in the morning, so please make every effort to have your children here on time each day. There will be no homework this week, aside from a good night's sleep and a hearty breakfast.

Friday, May 2 - Field Trip to New Castle County Courthouse

Connecting to our landmark unit from the fall, third grade will visit the first national monument in the state of Delaware. We will participate in interactive programs relating to Delaware as the first state and the Underground Railroad. Before returning to school, we will have a picnic lunch, hopefully outdoors.

Tuesday, May 13 - All Day Field Trip to Brandywine Valley Association

Students will be learning about the Lenni-Lenape tribe in one program and animal adaptations in the other. Again, students will need a brown bag lunch for a picnic at the site.

Friday, May 16 - Middle School Fair

Third graders are invited to attend the fair from 12-2 that afternoon, taking part in games and activities. We will walk up to the Upper School campus that afternoon.

Tuesday, May 27 - Morning trip to the Brandywine Zoo

We will walk to the zoo in the morning for an interactive lesson on endangered animals and a guided tour of the zoo. We will stay in the area for a picnic lunch before returning to school around 1:30.

More details will follow and permissions slips will be in folders soon.