Announcing!!! Announcing!!! Goodness has been announced this week in the Goodness Fruit Stand! Take a look at some of the learning that has been taking place.
God’s Word announces “Goodness”, and the third-grade Saints in the Goodness Fruit Stand have been announcing goodness in our spiritual lives, our social lives, and our academic lives through collaboration in studying the Bible, comparing and contrasting literary works, finding answers to daily questions that require critical thinking, and working together to construct games that will solve problems in mathematics.
We are studying “Jesus in the Beginning”, and we are learning about “time lines”. It was a little confusing at first when we learned about the B.C. years (Before Christ) and counted backward up to the A.D. years (anno domini), and then began to count forward again!
The Saints will be constructing their own time lines and learning about Bible events in history, so our Bible studies and our History will sometimes overlap.
We read two short stories by one of my favorite authors, Patricia Polacco: When Lightning Comes in a Jar, and Thank you, Mr. Falker. Both books focus on a central character in a family with both trials and “mountain- top” experiences. We constructed double- bubble comparison/ contrast maps, working collaboratively to plot the elements from the books as well as the character traits of the characters. Stay tuned as we begin to explore the writing of E.B. White in the classic novel, Charlotte’s Web.
Our skills at mathematics have been “multiplying”!!! We have worked collaboratively to construct games that we can use to help us with place value. We started by “brainstorming” and coming up with things that we knew could be measured with large numbers. Our lists included: number of people in the United States, number of people in New York City, and number of cars on the highway. Then we started thinking of things that would be impossible to measure in human terms, such as: grain of sand on the beach and number of starts in the sky! We realized that only God can measure those things!
Our place value games have gone up to the hundred- thousands place so far, but some of us have extended out place value thinking into the hundred- millions!
Here are just a few pictures to give you a glimpse of our collaboration, problem solving, flexible seating, and learning game construction this week!