Also, I wanted to share this article with you about social media. We’re nearing summer where the students will have more free time. I’ve also overheard many of conversations in the classroom that start with “add me on…”, “Have you ever asked Alexa to…”, “Last night I watched on YouTube…”, etc. I am well aware that these kids are a lot of talk and are just trying to impress their friends. However, so many video games have online chat capabilities, youtube has so many commercials and side ads, and many students have access to (or their own) phone or tablet. I know you are all aware of what’s out there and are doing your part to censor just as we are doing at school. This generation has an amazing ability to figure out the ins-and-outs of technology, but I just don’t want them to grow up too fast or run into something that might be too mature for them. Thank you for all your help and support at home! https://smartsocial.com/app-guide-parents-teachers/
Happy Last Monday of April!
It is Flat Stanley time!
In 3rd grade, our Social Studies focus is on communities, specifically in The United States. We learn about different cultures found in the United States and how the country has changed over time. Starting in May, students will be researching a state of their choice and writing a report on that state. To add to the fun of state reports, we have a Flat Stanley project that allows us to learn even more about the United States!
Flat Stanley is just a small paper cutout that could easily fit in a purse, backpack, briefcase, etc, based on the book Flat Stanley. The book is about a boy who was flattened when a bulletin board fell on him. He was as thin as paper and soon realized he was able to fit in the mail and travel far and wide for very inexpensive!
I helped a past student with her project (http://3rdgrade.smsbellevue.org/flat-stanley-project/) and now do it with my class! I took pictures with an umbrella in the rain (show common weather), on the ferry (to show the Sound), at the Starbucks Roastery, with the class at school, etc. The hope is that your family member/friend will take pictures doing everyday things so we can learn about “community” and a little bit about weather, landforms, and history about the state they live in.
If you could please send me an address of a family member or friend who lives in another state that would be willing help our class learn about another state through Flat Stanley, we would greatly appreciate it! Today your child colored his/her own Flat self that I will send out to the address you provided. The Flat Stanley will include a letter from your child including what the project is, when it is due, and where to send it to.
Please respond to this email or send back the paper in your child’s homework folder with an address by Friday, April 27th!
As Flat Stanley’s and pictures are returned to school, we will share with the class!!
Let me know if you have any more questions,