This week, Third Grade students became teachers! After a week of researching a state in either the northeast or southeast, each student taught the rest of the class about their chosen state. Students chose a variety of ways to present their information, including 3D maps, PowerPoints, trifold boards, and iMovies. Each student was able to present their information clearly to the rest of the class, sharing the important information about their state. Third Graders were impressed by a fact filled song about Vermont sung to the tune of “Eye of the Tiger”! Many students also brought in an important food from their state to share with the class! After the presentations, we got to enjoy several different kinds of pie, delicious cheesecake, some bbq, homemade clam chowder, tamales, cornbread, and pepperoni rolls. Students loved sharing the importance of their food and it’s deliciousness!
With one state completed, Third Graders have turned their focus west. Students have now selected a second state to research from the midwest, southwest, or west side of our country. Using the same process, students will independently research their second state and choose a different method of presentation to share with the class next week. It seems likely that there will be more songs inspired by the hit of “The State of Vermont” and definitely more delicious food to share. This project is a fun way to end the year while still learning and growing.
Along with their independent research, Third Graders are exploring the United States in other ways during centers. Through puzzles and games, books and iPad research, students have been getting to know the country they live in. Each day, Third Graders completed a map of the US, identifying where each state is using the correct abbreviation. They are also loving singing the song “Fifty Nifty United States”. This catchy song gets stuck in the head for a long time. It also helps students remember all of the states… for years to come!