Third Grade News
What has been happening in third grade? Throughout this school year, third graders have studied the past presidents and the election process. Students were able to watch segments of the inauguration on January 20 with kid-friendly explanations incorporated throughout the programming. Students also learned about the tradition that a newly elected President “sits” for a formal Presidential portrait which is placed in the White House during that President’s term and then becomes part of the National Portrait Gallery. Each third grader drew their portrait of President Joe Biden and displayed them in the 3-4 wing.
To culminate this area of study, the students participated in a STEM project on President’s Day based on Mount Rushmore. Students first watched a video on Mount Rushmore and then each group of 3 students was challenged to create the tallest and/or widest freestanding Mount Rushmore. The materials used were 3 feet of tape, 25 straws, and cutouts of the Mount Rushmore Presidents. After a planning period, students were given 20 minutes to complete the task. Four groups were successful in constructing a freestanding replica. Two groups were identified as “winners” making either the tallest or widest model, and they were awarded certificates.