Our Last Week Before we Zip Up and Zoom Out!

June3, 2018
by Michelle Stodola

Hi Parents,

As we begin to wrap up the year next week I just want to say that it was an absolute blessing to be able to work with your kids these last three years. They are superb individuals and I know that each of them have grown so much over the time that I’ve worked with them -academically, socially, and religiously – and I am so proud of all of them! I cannot wait to see what their future holds! Some quick reminders this week: Tuesday we go on a field trip to the Children’s Museum in Appleton. Please have your child bring a cold lunch that day. Also on Wednesday we are helping out in our parish garden and then having field day outside all afternoon. Please have your child wear old, comfortable clothes and perhaps bring a second set that they can change into at the end of the day in case they get really wet from field day. Otherwise it’s a lot of cleaning and packing up this week so I won’t be writing another weekly update for this school year but I will be adding some pictures to the blog documenting our weekly adventures 🙂

We didn’t have a regular knight time this week, but instead we enjoyed the story Dog of the Sea and Waves and had the opportunity to free write on a picture prompt. We then started work on a memory book of our likes and interests in third grade and what were some of our favorite events, memories, and stories. On Friday we got together with the second graders to practice our fluency, creativity, and cooperative skills as we put on plays for one another to enjoy. The kiddos did awesome and their plays were delightful.

I’m sure that they have told you that we completed A LOT of science this week and had a lot of fun while doing it! We first finished up our motion and design unit by creating vehicles with propellers and we analyzed the effects of the vehicles movement when we placed the propeller on it. We then completed a few STEM challenges in small groups -building the highest tower using only note cards and building the strongest bridge using popsicle sticks and tape. It was quite a challenge figuring out how to best fold the cards, how long of a base their structure should have, and how to keep trying even when things don’t work the way we want or when the structure falls down suddenly during construction. The kiddos had great perseverance in continuing to try even though their time was dwindling and their structure wasn’t working out as they originally planned. Great job engineers!

In health we reviewed what it means to be healthy and how we can live healthy lives. We then talked about how to stay safe over the summer and what we can do when someone gets injured while playing outside, riding our bike, etc. We also talked about how we can avoid accidents by wearing safety helmets, tying our shoes, cleaning up messes around the house so no one trips, and following our parents rules because they set them to keep us safe. Hopefully you all have a fun-filled and safe summer!

In religion we prayed the Rosary for Rosary Day on Tuesday and reviewed the parts of the rosary together. We also completed a few kindness activities where we wrote compliments to each other and favorite memories with each other to remind each other how much each of use means to one another. We then did an activity where I had the kiddos write complimentary characteristics of one another on a paper plate like kind, helpful, athletic, thoughtful, etc. We then got into pairs and called each other mean names that we may have heard others say to us and told each other how bad they were at math, kickball, etc. I know it sounds bad but stay with me 🙂  As we did it we squished out some toothpaste onto their paper plate as a symbol of how our words effect others. When their entire toothpaste  bottles were empty, I then gave them toothpicks to pick up the toothpaste with and put back into their bottles with as they apologized to each other for telling them they stunk at math, that they were not allowed to play with them at recess, etc….but they quickly realized that it was really easy to shoot the toothpaste out, but wasn’t so easy putting it back in. We learned that it’s very easy to get angry or be mean to one another and say something without thinking and that it was also really easy to apologize. However, just because you apologize doesn’t mean the words/actions won’t be forgotten which is why our paper plates were so messy from the toothpaste. We learned that our words really mean a lot to others and that we should think before we speak. I know that they are all great kiddos and would never do this to one another, but hopefully they can remember this lesson  as they get older and remember to only use kind, caring words that build others up.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend,

Shelly Stodola

Third Grade

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