We began the year by exploring what makes a third grade student successful. This is our "Recipe for Success in Third Grade" unit. Over the course of the first week, I read seven books to the children and we discussed the theme of each. Each book's theme represented something that would help the children be successful during this school year. The following is a list of the book's and their themes:
Pigsty- Be neat and responsible
Chrysanthemum- Be kind
The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken- Work cooperatively
The Cactus Flower Bakery- Be a good friend
Ruby the Copycat- Be yourself
The Rainbow Fish- Be willing to share
The Greedy Triangle-Try new things
Since then, we've started into all our academic subjects except Social Studies, which is set to begin next week. We've talked about capitalization, characterization, theme, and sequencing in Language Arts, multiplication, ordering numbers, greater and less than, and reviewing past concepts in math, and soil, weathering, erosion, and deposition in science! We've been busy!
Of course, this is a brief recap; there have been MANY other things we have been learning about getting along with each other and about making our learning environment the best it can be. I'm looking forward to the weeks ahead with your children!