What a fun day we had! We enjoyed a visit from Kids' Chess. It was wonderful to have Chess presentations tailored to the needs of our Target students, especially because chess meets several of our Gifted Standards!
Stations: We worked on a new kind of logic puzzle called a "Directive Detective". It uses convergent thinking combined with math to solve a quotation. We also worked on Divergent thinking with an activity involving Flexibility and Fluency. Our final activity was vocabulary building with Weighty Words.
Mathematical Thinking: We combined our math time with our Focus Study in some Egyptian Math. The kids learned to do addition using Egyptian symbols for numbers through a million. Look for Egyptian Math Subtraction next week.
Novel Study: We read a bit more of our novel. The main characters had a narrow escape from being discovered in the museum. Ask your child how they managed to remain undetected.
HW: First in Math (I'll be handing out Awards next week!), Ch
Things are definitely looking up in our Third Grade Class! It's been a big transition adding 10 kids to a class of 9 students, but we are finally beginning to gel as a group. I'm very excited about this!
We spent our day working on many types of thinking and other skills.
Stations: We stretched our brains with an Olympic theme this week. First, we had to use convergent thinking in coming up with Olympic related things in different categories beginning with the letters GREAT. Next we got creative with our inventions of a new Olympic Event. We'll take a few moments and share these next time. Can't wait for you to see the AMAZING ideas here!
Novel Study: We learned some new words and got an EXTREMELY interesting clue about the mysterious Angel statue. We also discussed our "thick" questions from our homework assignment. Great job on your questions!
Focus Study: Things are getting pretty mysterious for Audrey Aims too! She was challenged by Isis to recreate a section of the Book of the Dead, in order to put Osirus back together. Can Audrey do it? Maybe with our help! First we'll need to learn about the Book and also the really important stuff like: What's a scroll?, How do we make papyrus?, and How do we write in hieroglyphics? Looks like we're going to be super busy trying to prepare to help Audrey.
Algebraic Thinking: Great news! Our returning students did very well on a challenging problem solving activity. Good work! Our new students worked through Lesson 3 in Hands-On-Equations. That means that we're all ready to join together for math next time. I have something extra special planned!
HW: First in Math, Check out the Target Glog-Third Grade for important facts about ancient Egypt.
We had a VERY busy day in Target this week! Since we are still getting our 10 new members of the class up to speed, we're taking time to go over Target procedures and expectations. One important note, please make sure to sign your child's assignment sheet each week. Bringing the Target binder is SO important because we have ongoing work that is stored in the binder. If your child doesn't have it, they have trouble completing some of the classwork, especially research!
Stations: We stretched our convergent thinking skills with some logic puzzles. The kids are getting better at solving them each week! Then we moved on to divergent thinking with a transformation. I can't wait to take a look at their creative ideas!
Algebraic Thinking: Our returning students continued their math thinking and problem solving by working on an Exemplar to challenge their algebraic skills. The new students learned "Legal Moves" this week. Algebra is almost easy now!
Focus Study: We continued our unit--"Audrey Aims-Art Conservator" with some research about art conservation and the Michael C. Carlos Museum. Check out the Target Glog for a fun "Online Odyssey" at the Museum website.
HW: First In Math, Chapter 5 (section 5) of the bookmark for Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
My favorite 3rd Grade memories are reading really good books and camping overnight with the Girl Scouts.