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Third Grade

We'll wrap up the school year in June with an all-time favorite. We'll also get some hands on experience with using items in the Library Makerspace area.  
In May, we collaborated with our Spanish Teacher, Senora Hines and read Cinco DeMouse-O.  We decorated craft stick clackers and learned a really cool version of the Mexican Hat Dance.  This month, we also read a story about imaginary friends and created lost posters for imaginary "Peanuts" characters that we made on a Peanuts Website.  Students used lots of detail to create their "lost" posters for these missing friends.  
April was National Poetry Month. Third graders read, Nanette's Baguette by Mo WIllems and created their own silly rhymes using rhyming dictionaries both in print and online.  In addition, we read The Garbage Barge and discussed new ways to use recycled items.  
March will focus on favorite picture books from all over the world for our celebration of "Read Across America".  Third Graders will participate in our IditaREAD Challenge.  The Iditarod Trail is about 850 miles this year so let's see if we can read 850 books by the end of the month!  Special prizes will be given out to all of those students who participate.  Author Terry Lynn Johnson will help us kick off our challenge with a Virtual Author Visit on March 3rd.  She'll talk about her book, Sled Dog School and tell us all about her experiences being a musher.  Third graders will also begin listening to the Newbery Award winning chapter book, My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett.  Keep your eye on Block 7 in Google Classroom for more exciting events all month long.  
January is our month of CODE!  We will concentrate on pairing awesome Children's Picture books with CODING resources.  Students will learn all about Margaret Hamilton by listening to "Margaret and the Moon" by Dean Robbins.  They'll use the ever popular "Kodable" program to review the basics of coding.  Students will have access to this program for the rest of the school year and can work on the activities at their leisure.  

We'll also talk about the Caldecott Medal this month and take a look at some Caldecott nominees for this year's award.  Students will engage in the "Mock Caldecott Awards" and choose a book they think should win the medal this year. I wonder which book will get the most votes???

In February, we'll read the Caldecott Medal winner for 2021.  We will also read some previous Caldecott winners along with other favorite picture books.  Students will practice typing skills by utilizing the program "Keyboarding Without Tears".  They will have access to this program for the duration of the school year as well. There is also an incredible Black History Month Choice Board for students to work on anytime they wish.  In December, we completed a whole school virtual stick together poster.  This month, we'll start work on another...keep an eye out in Google Classroom for more information.