Scientists discussed the question, “When it rains, where does the water go?” Next, small groups conducted an experiment and compared what happened when they poured water through two different earth materials: soil and gravel. They discovered that water soaks into some materials, like soil, and runs through others, like gravel. Science partners considered the quality of water and how materials found in it effect water.
Students learned that water quality or purity, determines how the water can be used: good enough to drink, suitable for washing clothes or sufficient for watering plants. As a class, we reviewed how water travels from rain to the reservoir, through the mixing basin, settling basin, how clean water is stored and cleaned in water towers then carried through pipes under city streets to buildings and homes to use in their sinks.
Third Graders have partnered with Second Graders as reading buddies! In partnerships, students take turn reading side by side. Together, they practice reading strategies and talk about the pictures. Scholars talk about favorite characters, make predictions to what they think will happen next, discuss story elements and share text to self connections. Students also have time to develop a bond with their younger reading partner as they find more common attributes. Reading buddies promotes the joy of reading while fostering friendships.
Veteran’s Day is a day to honor and remember soldiers who have served in the military for the United States. All across America, people find ways to show appreciation. In Third Grade, artists created handmade cards to express gratitude to Veterans that we know and Veterans that live locally. Students also made paper poppies to include inside their love note!
I look forward to meeting with you on Monday, November 14th for Parent Teacher Conferences! This is a time for parents to come hear about all the progress their child is making so far in Third Grade! I am excited to share the strengths and strategies your child uses in their academic and social learning! Thanks for sharing your scholar with me!