Language Arts

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One thing I love about third grade is that it’s the year we start a more focused study of English grammar. Up until now, it’s all been rather subconscious. We’ve written nouns in blue and verbs in red and modeled the importance of beginning sentences with capital letters and ending with punctuation, but we haven’t been explicit up until this point.

We started the year with the Creation story. Adam naming the animals was the perfect place to begin with nouns. And the wild beasts gave us a good place to begin with verbs. From there, we used describing words, adverbs and adjectives.

From the archives

Peter Piper, Betty Botter, Sally and her sea shells- tongue twisters
are just as fun to say as they are difficult! They are helpful in
speech therapy, for people who are trying to get rid of an accent, and
for children who are just getting to know the letters and their
sounds.
Here are some of my favorites:

Six sick slick slim sycamore saplings.

Toy boat. Toy boat. Toy boat.

She sells sea shells by the sea shore.
The shells she sells are surely seashells.
So if she sells shells on the seashore,
I’m sure she sells seashore shells.

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March 2 is Dr. Seuss’s birthday!
We’ll be celebrating in a Suessical way.

Visiting Seussville.com might be fun.
And of course there will be green eggs and ham for everyone.

And who doesn’t love the cat in the hat?
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!

We might make a pink clover or maybe a fish,
Or pink ink for a yink served up on a dish.

To celebrate Seuss Day, we could bake a cake
There are so many projects for us to make!

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We’ve been visited by a dear little friend this month- the grammar witch! She’s helping us sort out how to write letters, capitalization, and sentence fragments. I hope to have more details about the grammar witch as she continues to take Katie Grace on adventures through the English language. Next stop– punctuation potions!

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Michael just wrapped up a main lesson block on American folk tales. While folk tales are often covered in the Waldorf curriculum in fifth grade, I decided to use a non-Waldorf resource for teaching this block. I’d heard a lot about Moving Beyond the Page, and decided to try it out. Because we’re also hitting American geography pretty hard, I decided to go with American Tall Tales and Legends.