Museum of Fine Arts
This week in class we have been discovering what it is like to "lose" a sense. When blindfolded, students lost the sense of sight and had to use their hands to read raised letters on cards. Then objects were placed in their hands and they had to describe it and tell what it is. On another day, students listened to common sounds and tried to write down what they thought the sounds were. This excersize forced them to carefully use their sense of hearing to discriminate sounds. Next week we will continue to try more of these activites to better understand that when you lose one sense, the other senses become much stronger. When we go to the Perkins School on Monday May 20th, the students will have the opportunity to see the many different adaptations created for the visually impaired to help them live independently. At Perkins, students will have a presentation from Jaimi Lard, who is blind and deaf, as well as a tour of parts of the school.
Congratulations last week to Paul on his nice job presenting his Book Buzz about Sadako And The Thousand Paper Cranes. This week, Elysia did a beautiful job presenting A Handful Of Stars.
We continued reading Look What Came From Egypt and preparing for our trip to the MFA. In our mix-it-up groups, students are in various stages of completion of their mummies, sarcophagus, and pryramids.
This week we explored different types of polygons. Students identifies right, acute, obtuse angles, vertices, and sides. They used what they had learned about parallel and perpendicular lines to make the polygons. When learning about congruent shapes, we used tracing paper to do flips, turns, and slides.
Students are working on either their biography outline or in the early phases of writing their biography report. This writing process will be somewhat similar to their research report whaen studying Japan.
In spelling, they completed unit 21 and began work on unit 22 using words spelled with air, ear, are, ere, and eir. Some concepts they worked on were consonant digraphs, categories, and synonyms.
The third grade had a great time at the MFA. Each group did a scavenger hunt for shawabtis, lotus flowers, canopic jars and other ancient artifacts. They found hieroglyphs, mummy masks, mummies, and an entire room with the belongings of a governor named Djehutynakht and his wife.
On Thursday, May 23rd at 6:00 p.m., we will be presenting our annual Spring Concert featuring performance by students in early childhood through grade five, plus our Band of Friends. The concert should last for about and hour and a quarter. Students should arrive at school by 5:45 and go directly to our classroom. This is a "dress event" for students. Dress pants and shirts with collars (no coat and tie required), dresses, skirts, and blouses, or comparable dress attire are required for this special performance. Students sitting on stage to play instruments should wear slacks or leggings.
The weeks are quickly slipping by with many end of the year activities. Please check the list below! Have a nice weekend and Happy Mother's Day.
Wednesday May 15- Portfolio and biography share after All School Meeting
Friday May 17- Blue and Grey Day
Monday May 20- Field trip to Perkins School
Thursday May 23- Spring Concert at 6:00
Monday May 27- no school in honor of Memorial Day
Tuesday June 4- Last day of school for third grade