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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Taking a Look at Greek Mythology

Third graders at Dallas Center Elementary have been working with their reading partners to learn more about different gods, goddesses, creatures, and other characters from Greek mythology. Reading articles from Britannica Online, students' first task was to learn about their topic and take notes, including information related to their new learning, inferences, and questions.
You can access the handout HERE.
Students also watched three stories from Greek mythology using Learn360: Daedalus & Icarus, Pandora's Box, and Jason & the Golden Fleece. Conversations related to the videos related to the way humans and gods/goddesses interact and why or how one group becomes upset or pleased with the others' actions.

Students' final project combined their learning of gods and goddesses along with their recent work with constellations. Working in groups, students brainstormed characters and items to include in an original myth that tells the story of a constellation they created.
You can access the handout HERE.
Here are some examples of students' constellation stories:

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

It's Dr. Seuss's Birthday!

At South Prairie Elementary today, teachers and students celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday with "Dress Like a Book Character" Day! Check out librarian Ms. Trent and instructional coach Mrs. White below:

Looks like they nailed it! How did your students celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday and Read Across America?