Since teachers are receiving training in the third grade Project Lead the Way science curriculum, the science and social studies block has been devoted to studying the geography of Connecticut. Kids are using map skills with maps, atlases, computer models, and Google Earth to explore Connecticut. Our non-fiction reading taught us that for a tiny state, Connecticut has many varied geographical features such as rivers, lakes, mountains, and coastline.
Our word work has focused on using commas for a list (the serial comma) as well as part of speech like nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. Check out these great words kids gathered from the books they are reading:
Even though grammar doesn’t sound very exciting, Room 5 is really enjoying our hilarious Verb-Adverb game! We play by drawing one verb card and one adverb card to act out silly, mismatched combinations like “twirl sadly” and “tiptoe mysteriously” and “baby step angrily.” Using powerful words can really help kids be stronger writers and readers!