Third and fifth grade explored the world of story telling through the lens’ of other cultures. Students learned about the dances of the Irish, the colorful mighty dragon of the Chinese, the hieroglyphics of the Ancient Egyptians, the gods and goddess of the Grecian, and the songs of the Native Americans. Applying this new found knowledge the students worked in groups to tell their own story using the methods of the culture they researched. Ms. Hamlett and I are extremely proud of our students. They have a deeper understanding of other cultures, why stories are so important to sharing traditions, and why knowing your own heritage and story is important for future generations.
To conclude our project a friend of Ms. Hamlett joined us. The inspiring Garteh Laffely shared is award winning Native American Flute skills with the SJV community. He connected culture to community through his own story. We were happy to honest Gareth and hope to have other interactions with him in the future.
Check out the talent of our students and of Gareth!
Third graders have been working on mastering our multiplication facts since October!! We are almost there. We have been using this great multiplication mash-up to help us learn those facts. Join in, sing, and dance along with McCarthy Math Academy’s great multiplication mash-up at https://youtu.be/EgjCLhoI9Mk!
“Culture is the intersection of people and life itself. It how we deal with life, love, death, birth, disappointment… all of that is expressed in culture.” -Unknown
As third grade explored the many cultures that make up our world and even our own classroom, we discovered the beauty the knits each of us together. We built bridges of understanding, we celebrated the uniqueness of others, and we developed a deeper understanding of ourselves.
We concluded with a meal together. We had food that represented our heritage. Irish Stew, Churros, empanadas, vegetable fried rice, Irish Soda Bread, Tres Leches Cakes, fruits, vegetables, and Irish cupcakes were all at the Third grade cultural food day feast!
We have begun our fairy tale unit in third grade! We will be discussing the normal concepts of fairy tales like: elements of a fairy tale, adaptation, and fractured fairy tales. In addition to this, we will also relate our science unit through STEM to the fairy tales!
Yesterday, students built Cinderella’s castle using pattern blocks!
Please let me know what you are bringing for cultural food day on May 10th!
Several parents have signed up for some yummy food like:
-Irish Beef Stew
Please feel free to bring anything that represents your family’s culture! PBJ sandwiches counts!
May 4th the students crown Mary! Please come with flowers for that day. They can be from your flower bed at home!!
Pizza is being provided for lunch for all students!! Activities will begin at 12:00. Third grade must bring their P.E. clothes to change into after adoration.
We have four more weeks of school! We still have learning to do. Please help your children remember that they still have learning to do. We will begin our Fairy Tale Unit next week! There will be no more Imagine IT stories and vocabulary.
Believing that each child is a gift from God to be cherished, guided, and protected, the mission of St. John Vianney Catholic School is to assist families and the Church in their responsibility of forming educated Christians who lovingly serve God in this life, so as to be with Him forever in the next.