Although the school year has come to a close, I decided I would write one last post for my third graders to share a couple things about our final week of the Global Kindness Project. I would also like to add I was very impressed with their thoughtfulness and growth each week of the project.
The big question for Week 4 was, “How do we take action?” I wasn’t sure how we could “take action” with so little time left in the school year. Then I read a post on the Global Kindness Project Facebook page requesting help in folding 1,000 cranes for a student who had health issues. This student’s brother was on a mission to fold cranes “to honor his brother’s fighting spirit and to give his brother comfort and peace.” When I shared the with my class, they were all for helping out. On Tuesday, I brought in the origami paper, put it on the back table, and told them they were free to fold when they had time. Luckily, Connor and Sophiah had been practicing at home, and were available to mentor the others. At the end of Wednesday, they had folded 43 cranes to be mailed to Franconia Elementary School in Pennsylvania.
Although this action is small, it was very thoughtful and heartfelt! Also, if anyone is looking for a warm fuzzy feeling, watch this video. My class loved it! We watched it twice a day all week (at their request), each time with immense focus.
Yesterday, we took a few minutes to revisit past posts to remember everything that was great about being a third grader. Then, Mrs. Moore compiled our favorites into a survey so we could distinguish our top 10 favorites. This is what we found:
Geo Shows and Mystery Skypes: Skyping with Geo B and other classes around the US was a fantastic way to learn about geography not only in our country, but around the world. One of our favorites was learning about Komado Dragons!
Video Conferences: We really enjoyed learning from other people! We video conferences with The Longwood Gardens to learn about plant adaptations and George Washington Carver National Park, where we obviously learned about George Washington Carver.
Cardboard Challenge: This is a spectacular event for people of all ages. This week was so fantastic, we wrote a whole post about it!
Earthquakes!: We built structures and simulated earthquakes using Jello-O.
Poetry: We definitely consider ourselves lovers of poetry. We began the year reciting other poets poetry. Then, we wrote our own and presented them with flashcards. Here is our poetry with pictures!
Dust Bowl: We wrote our play to depict life during the the dust bowl.
It was a celebration full of Dr. Seuss! This event happened months ago, but we just discovered some old footage we think is worthy of sharing. Our class took it a step further than just reading the same author with other students in America. We actually Skyped with our friends in Missouri. We had recently participated in a Mystery Skype, and thought it would be great to reconnect with a shared read aloud. They read the first half of the book to us, then we read the last half to them! If you’d like to see a few pictures, and hear our half of the book, watch the video below.
During one of our final weeks of school, we had the chance to borrow the Arizona Giant Traveling Map from the Arizona Geographic Alliance! This map at 17 feet by 21 feet, truly is giant. You heard us right, it is a huge map you can discover great things about Arizona by walking on it! The only hitch, no shoes allowed, but being third graders we thought this aspect was pretty cool. We couldn’t wait to get our feet on it, and we had such a great time learning about maps and Arizona, we visited it three times!
Our class wasn’t the only one who had the chance to try it. Several other classes, grades 1st through 6th gave it try as well. Take a quick look at our Animoto video to see us all in action!
We definitely recommend if you live in Arizona, get your teacher to borrow the Giant Traveling Map! The learning potential is endless!
Last week our class joined the 2017 Global Kindness Project. This project, started by The Educator Collaborative, will run through the end of our school year and we have to agree, it’s a great time to remember what kindness and gratitude means to each of us!
Week 1 addressed the question, what is kindness? Each day we used Padlet to share our thoughts and reflections. We tweeted these each day using #GKP17. Here are a couple of our tweets:
We are also very excited about our connection with a class in Prague, Czech Republic! We “visited” their school using Google Earth. It looks very lush and green compared to here! The time zones are too different to Skype, but we created this video to introduce ourselves to our new friends.
Week 2 was all about gratitude! We continued using Padlet to share our thoughts and reflections. We also tweeted these hoping to help spread the word of kindness and gratitude!
Some of what we learned from our reading this week.
Earthquakes happen everyday somewhere in the world.
Earthquakes are caused when tectonic plates move.
Some earthquakes can destroy houses, bridges, and buildings.
Most earthquakes last less than 30 seconds.
Here are some thoughts after our earthquake activity.
I learned to secure the walls and floors. If you don’t then it might fall. Mine did not fall, I was a survivor. I saw some disasters and ones that weren’t disasters. I saw some with no structure and some with structure.
Today we did a project using only marshmallows and toothpicks. During this project I’ve learned roofs collapse easy, and you will need wall and floor foundations. I’ve observed that square figures work best for the structure’s foundation.
I wonder if my structure would have stayed up if I used support beams?