Third Grade News
Good things continue to happen in third grade. Students have been performing well in math, and several students have made their AR goals in reading for the months of September and October. Science investigations using the FOSS Kit have provided great opportunities for engaging students in their learning through many hands-on experiments.
Teachers realize our successes at school depend a great deal on parental support from home. Seeing that homework is completed and setting aside time to read are often directed by parents. Thank you for your efforts and please continue that support and encouragement as the year goes along. Also thanks to all parents who attended conferences recently. Our attendance was close to 100%! Certainly communication between home and school is an important piece in education, and therefore conferences are great for making that connection. Hope to see all of you back in February.
The third grade class has been very fortunate to have some great visitors and activities over the last month. We had Access Energy visit us with a presentation about electrical safety in and around the home. They explained to the students how important it is to stay safe around power lines, power sources, and everyday electrical appliances. Access Energy brought a model home that showed many different dangerous situations with electricity: flying a kite around power lines, using electrical devices while taking a bath, or plugging too many things into an outlet. Two students were able to ‘model’ the safety gear/equipment that linemen/line women wear while working on power lines. The students were very excited and learned a lot from this presentation.
This past week, we also had University of Iowa Hospital Burn Clinic bring down their Burn Puppets. The students learned and reviewed many important details about what to do if their house was on fire through the actions of puppets. These puppets acted out several short skits on how to stop, drop, and roll, what to do if your house catches on fire, and how to treat a simple burn. After each skit, the puppets asked the students questions about important details. We ended the presentation with students being able to ask the burn nurses three questions. This, too, was a great learning experience for third grade.