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. Read more...
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
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. Read more...
The little boys built a zoo while the two older children completed a truncated version of this activity. There are more ideas here.
The little boys also drew animals and then added cages.
We went driving up and down our town’s Mulberry Street today to see what we could find. Unfortunately there were no marching bands or elephants! Before we went, we tried writing our own tall tales.
As I was out walking I saw a big blue ball. But it couldn’t be a big blue ball. It was a round blue whale. And to think that I saw it on Eldred Street!
Challenge: Using a pipecleaner and a puff, can you make a clover to keep the speck safe? Be sure it’s firmly attached! What will you use for the speck?
A person’s a person no matter how small!
Some additional links:
Crafts, Books, and a Movie
Dr. Seuss Teaches Peace
Make a Pink Clover
Reading to Kids
A Person’s a Person No Mater How Small
Michael reading McElligot’s Pool from Your Favorite Suess, a Random House Treasury
Our own funny fish:
Starfish (Do you see the stars?)
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! Read more...
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!
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. Read more...