The Arts: Poetry

Weeks 3 and 4 of school we learned about poetry using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 2.

Each boy got a tiny composition book to write their poems in.

The first week, we wrote four diamantes and one cinquain.

The second week, we wrote four more poems. Adrian did not enjoy this poetry unit at all.

Science: Reptiles & Amphibians

Weeks 3 and 4 of school we learned about Egypt and Libya using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 2.

We learned about the insides of snakes.

We made a paper chain coral snake.

We made frog life cycle books.

We built a pond out of lilypads while learning facts about frogs.

Cameron drew the outline of an alligator on a roll of paper. Then we read a book about alligators and wrote down some facts about them on cards which we put on the paper alligator. Then we added Flounder and Rae (who refused to get off Fritz’s hand) because alligators eat fish and birds.

We made clothespin alligators.

Geography: Egypt & Libya

Weeks 3 and 4 of school we learned about Egypt and Libya using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 2.

We found Egypt and Libya on the big world map.

We did mapwork.

The boys each picked a video about the Nile for us to watch from a long list of short videos.

We listened to a song by a popular Egyptian singer.

We found where most of the population is in Egypt and Libya.

We learned about the Aswan Dam and compared its height to the heights of other dams around the world.

We played a memory game using Egyptian animals. Fritz and Adrian convinced their grandmother to play with them the next day. Adrian won both times. He’s got an incredible memory.

We learned about Berber rugs and compared them to traditional Navajo rugs made in this country.

The Arts: Fairy Tales

Weeks 1 and 2 of school we learned about fairy tales using Layers of Learning, year 3 unit 1.

We acted out Sleeping Beauty.

We talked about Pinocchio.

We acted out Stone Soup.

We read the fractured fairy tale The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Szieszka.

We went over the three parts of a fairy tale (good, bad, magic).

We made Beauty and the Beast into a news report.