Third Grade Scholars Take Learning Outside of the Classroom
by Mr. Timberlake
Last October, scholars visited the Wakefield Estate in Milton, MA to explore Science outdoors. Keeping and organizing a Science notebook is something all third graders know how to do. We use Science pens because Scientists do not use pencils. In Mr. Timberlake’s class we call mistakes “lucky mistakes” because we know we can all learn from them. At the Wakefield Estate, Scholars discussed seed dispersal and looked at the different structures of plants and seeds. We also enjoyed the silence of a nature walk and reflected on the sounds we heard and the sounds we did not hear. This field experience was connected to our Structures of Life Science Unit. Scholars also had the opportunity to plant tulip and daffodil bulbs. Well, Spring has sprung in Massachusetts! On Thursday, May 19th the third grade scholars will visit the Wakefield Estate once again. We want to see how our tulip and daffodil bulbs are doing. In addition, scholars will take part in a ponding activity and note the changes in the natural environment around them. To make this field trip possible we need the help of families. We are looking for 4-5 chaperones. Please contact Mr. Timberlake if you are able to help.
In Reader’s Workshop, third grade scholars have been exploring the genre of Biography. We have read books about Harriet Quimby, William Rudolph, and Langston Hughes. As we explore new biographies, we use the reading comprehension strategy of questioning / wondering to further our understandings. In preparation for a class field trip to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, we will be previewing biographical information about John F. Kennedy’s life. This field trip will take place on Friday, May 27th. To make this field trip possible, we need at least three chaperones. Please contact Mr. Timberlake if you are available.
Third grade scholars will be completing the Math MCAS on Wednesday, May 17th. Weekend homework will be geared towards test -taking strategies. Please continue to work with your child.
June field trips:
Monday June 6th 10:00 – 1:30 PM. Making History on the Common at the Boston Common. Here scholars will look at a Fishweir, participate in Native American dancing, see the ox and sheep that once roamed the Common, play games that youngsters enjoyed in the 18th century, and meet re-enactors of the Civil War.
Thursday, June 23rd ALL DAY. We will be traveling on the MBTA to the New England Aquarium where we will embark on the Union School’s very first Whale Watch!
Please contact Mr. Timberlake if you are available to chaperone for these field experiences.