Students in third grade continued their unit on Cinderella. After looking at the story from the aspect of different cultures, we then turned to humor reading such versions as Cinderella Bigfoot and Bigfoot Cinderella...two VERY different stories despite their similar titles. We also addressed point of view in writing and by far, the favorite book was Seriously, Cinderella is SO Annoying a version told from the point of view of the "wicked" stepmother...was she really wicked or was Cinderella truly just annoying?
Third grade students have begun a unit on folk tales and fairy tales with a focus on Cinderella. The original Cinderella story was read and students discussed how it differed from the more popular Disney version that they knew. A discussion about folk tales and fairy tales took place and students were fascinated to find out that many different countries have their own version of the Cinderella story. We will be looking at several of these in the weeks ahead as part of this unit. The first Cinderella story we read came from China and was titled Yeh-Shen. There were some definite similarities between the original Cinderella story we had read and Yeh-Shen but there were some marked differences as well.
During the month of March, third grade students focused on a bit of technology and tied this technology into illustrating and the Caldecott award winning book The Adventures of Beekle: an Unimaginary Friend. During our Caldecott study students had learned that illustrators use all different kinds of techniques to create their pictures. For our unit we focused on drawing by hand and then trying to create that same drawing on the computer using the program "Paint." Some students found it easier to draw by hand, others preferred drawing with the computer and still others were very skilled at BOTH methods. Both their original, hand drawn picture and their computer drawn picture were presented side by side in a PowerPoint presentation. We definitely have some future illustrators here at BCS. Check out the great work Emily V. did on both her hand drawn and her computer drawn imaginary creature.
Third grade students completed their Caldecott unit and voted for their favorites out of the books they had evaluated. The actual 2015 winner WAS one they had looked at but not their top vote getter.
With holidays and snow days, January has gotten off to a slow start!
Students in third grade have formed small groups and begun to evaluate several pictures books published in 2014 that could be possible contenders for the 2015 Caldecott medal. In their groups they are looking through books and using criteria they learned to decide which of the 10 books should win the award. They are discussing such things as...
Are they able to tell the story by JUST looking at the pictures? Do the pictures help tell the story? Some great discussion have been going on among the groups and I'm anxious to see which books they select as their Caldecott winner and Caldecott honors.
Third graders had an opportunity to attend the book fair in December. We began learning about the Caldecott medal which is awarded each year for outstanding illustrations in a book. Students learned about some of the criteria used in the judging and looked at two very different past medal winners. They compared/contrasted the illustrations in the two books and had great conversations about how each book deserved to win despite how different the illustrations were from one another.
During November the third graders finished their non-fiction treasure hunt project and continued to learn more about the non-fiction section of the library. They got more practice using Destiny to look for books in the library and enjoyed a Thanksgiving story.
grade students were introduced to our automated library circulation
system called Destiny. They were shown how to log into the library
computers in order to access Destiny as well as how to search for books
in our collection. Students have also been learning how to read the
records in Destiny and locate a book in the library once they find it on
the computer. They are becoming much more independent library users. Using what they have learned about the non-fiction section, Dewey decimal system and using Destiny to search for books, third graders took part in a "treasure hunt" combining these resources to solve clues and locate non-fiction books.
Third grade students started the year off with some fun stories about the library. The first was called The Library Pages and the other was The Library Gingerbread Man. The first book focused on library etiquette and some organizational themes (would we shelve books by size or color or do we shelve them some other way?) and the second book focused on how books are arranged in the non-fiction area. A big focus in third grade is learning about the Dewey decimal system and how to find books more quickly and easily in the library. Students continued their Dewey studies with the books Do You Know Dewey, What Marion Taught Willis and Bob the Alien Discovers the Dewey Decimal System. Students seemed surprised to learn that the numbers on the spines of the books actually stood for specific subject areas. They are finding it easier to locate non-fiction books they are interested in now that they realize books are grouped by subject.