Park Specialists' Newsletter
Third Grade Edition - Second Trimester
Second Trimester Recap
For your viewing pleasure, a short video montage of the school-wide Reading Celebration lyceum is available below. This event took a lot of planning and preparation on behalf of some of our Specialists. Watch and enjoy!
From Park's Art Instructor - Ms. Kirchoff
Time Flies! Second Trimester is complete! This trimester in art we talked about illustrator Charley Harper and created Charley Harper-inspired winter cardinals. In January we learned all about Vincent Van Gogh and we got lost inside his painting The Starry Night. We talked about line and color and created swirling skies just like Van Gogh. Although Van Gogh used heavy layers of oil paint, our third graders stuck with oil pastels and watercolor paints! After our Starry Nights, we discussed an abstract artist named Piet Mondrian. Mondrian used line, shape, and color in his paintings. Can your third grader name the type of lines, shapes and colors Mondrian used in his artwork? I hope so because we create a “Mondrian” collage and a “Not Mondrian” collage using A LOT of construction paper. Thank you to the janitors for cleaning up the mess we left behind! We are currently looking at Op artists named M.C. Escher and Bridget Riley and creating some Op Art with shapes. Hopefully these will trick your eyes, just like an OPtical Illusion!
I have started to select student artwork for the Elementary Art Show in May. Keep a look out for information in the months to come! Also, I will be choosing a few students to help paint the Third Grade Musical backdrops! If your son or daughter is chosen, information will be sent home soon.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call or email me!
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Art in Progress
Students were busy framing the groundwork, or lines, for their Mondrian collage.
Art on Display
Students crafted their own beautiful versions of Starry Nights, the famed painting by Vincent Van Gogh.
Art in Progress
This student started drawing shapes for her Op artwork.
From Park's Librarian - Ms. Shadis
“I know how to look up answers to many different types of questions.”
Third grade spent most of second trimester learning strategies for finding answers. Students became particularly good at logging in to Destiny Quest, where they found books, placed them on hold and renewed them. We explored Brittanica (online encyclopedia) and Read and Write Gold, which reads any computerized text out loud and supports writing by predicting words when typing.
Quick links to these resources can be found at www.isd423.org
- Select Park Elementary.
- Select For Students.
- Select Library.
Read Across America
Park culminated its I Love to Read/Read Across America celebration with a special parent guest reader during library time. Click here to see the photo album of students posing with the guest and book! Students also participated in other festivities such as: Guess the Seuss Silhouette, daily dress-up days, and attending the grand finale of a special lyceum presented by staff of If I Ran the Circus. Preceding the performance was a special appearance by the Cat-in-the-Hat to announce the favorite book award winners. Here are the top five that garnered the most votes from third grade students:
"My Weird School" series
"Fly Guy" series
Author Dr. Seuss
"Percy Jackson" series
"Geronimo Stilto" series
Nonfiction (variety of topics)
For Suess-fun you can enjoy at home, check out http://www.seussville.com/
E-books are available via desktop computer as well as iPad, KindleFire, and Nook Tablet.
Both websites require the following: Username: park423. Password: login
Students can listen to books while following along with the text at a variety of levels. Check it out!
Have you read a book to your child lately?
From Park's Technology Integration Instructor - Mr. Durheim
From Park's Phy Ed Educators - Mrs. Hahn & Mrs. Mueller
Units covered during second trimester:
*Basketball *Cooperatives- large and small group activities
*Multicultural games * Jumping activities- ropes and Chinese jump ropes
*Table tennis * Juggling
Watch the video excerpt below of third graders as they work on their coordination and cooperation while using Chinese jump ropes!
Walk for Hunger:
In December, our students participated in the “Walk for Hunger Food Shelf Drive”. This event combined wellness and community service for our students. We donated 2768 pounds of food to the food shelf. Thanks to all the families that donated and helped make this event a success!
Healthy Living Steps
See below for simple steps that make a real difference in children’s lives by helping build healthy habits for life.
- Keep fresh fruit in a bowl within your child’s reach to grab as a quick snack.
- Take a walk with your family after dinner.
- Plan a menu for the week. Get children involved in the planning and cooking.
- Turn off the TV during meals and share some family time.
For more information, go to: www.letsmove.gov
From Park's Music Teachers - Ms. Hauth & Mrs. Hoeft
This trimester we continued our efforts to develop an awareness of pitch matching and use of the singing voice. We encouraged pitch matching through the use of hand signs and echo singing of the intervals Do, Re, Mi, and So. A fun song which included these intervals was There Was a Pig, a Christmas song from England. The students enjoyed acting out the planting and harvesting motions, adding the Orff instruments, then performing the whole piece for their classroom teacher. Students also practiced teamwork and cooperation as they worked in small groups to create a melody using Do, Re, Mi, and So. After creating their melody, students practiced singing, playing, and performing it for the class. We have recently begun adding other notes in the music scale, including the pitch La. Students learned a fun song about Music Street called Do-Re-Mi from the musical Sound of Music.
Work on the third grade musical, Pinocchio, has commenced! Third graders will perform for the public on May 7 and 8. You will be receiving information shortly after spring break about your child’s part and the date their class is performing. The students have begun singing the songs and have been practicing their dancing and acting skills as they participate in auditions. Every child will have a special part in the show.
From Park's Science Specialists - Mrs. Kucera & Mrs. Mueller
In the Science Lab we have been learning all year about energy. We finished up our focus on energy with sound energy. Tuning forks, long gongs, boomwhackers, and 3-way telephone lines were some of the activities that kept us busy and excited about learning about sound. Check out the video below to hear a simple song that some of our fifth graders were able to play while exploring sound with the boomwhackers! Students also explored pitch by changing a variety of variables such as length, tension, and thickness.
After learning about sound energy, we switched gears and started learning about matter. The following questions were posed to students: What is matter? What 3 main states do we find matter on Earth? How can we change matter? How do we measure matter? Students started answering all of these questions while exploring matter in a variety of experiments. Students measured matter in many ways: mass in grams and kilograms, volume in liters and milliters, length in centimeters and meters, and temperature in degrees Celsius. Who knew how much matter, matters?!