Since the 3rd graders chose the Great Barrier Reef for their Genius Hour project, it seems like I am constantly finding it in the news! There is lots of information about the Reef on the web, and we found a fabulous interactive simulation that really helped the students to see how different activities of humans impact a diverse group of animals directly and indirectly.
The 3rd graders also learned about to set up Algebra problems that include subtraction in the original equation, and “profiled” some of the characters in Fish in a Tree this week.
Click here to go to the Reef Simulator.
The 3rd graders were excited to have another student enter their class this week. This brings the total number to 4 in 3rd grade, which is double the number we started with at the beginning of the year!
Our new student caught on quickly to our introduction to algebra, Hands-On-Equations. The students learned a new “legal move” this week, and Daniel had no trouble picking up on the previous lessons.
The students took on the role of “Illustrator” as they continued to read and discuss Fish in a Tree, and took notes on some short videos we watched about the Great Barrier Reef for our Genius Hour research.
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