3A Weekly Note

Dear 3A Parents,

Today at The Schuylkill Center we cut, folded, and flew paper “helicopters” to help us understand how some seeds disperse by flying or gliding. We also worked in small groups to sequence pictures of the stages of the plant cycle and to discuss whether or not the cycle has a beginning. This led to a whole-group discussion that ended with us wondering: If it’s a cycle, it should just keep going without having a beginning, and yet doesn’t everything have to begin somewhere?

On Monday we will be visiting Bartram’s Garden on the Schuylkill River. The bus will leave TPS at about 9:30 a.m. and will return around 1:00 p.m. Bartram’s Garden is America's oldest living botanical garden. It features an 18th century farmstead, native plants, a wildflower meadow, and wetland. It is a combination science, art, and theme trip!

This weekend, ask your child:

  • about our Columbus lessons: the book Encounter, the short video, and the movement to change the name of the holiday to Indigenous People’s Day.
  • why Target 100 is a game of both luck and skill.
  • what it means when we say that a seed is dormant.
  • about the new typing game s/he tried.
  • what writing goal s/he decided on yesterday.
  • what our new read-aloud book is about.
  • about the Mariachi band that performed at today’s Encuentro.

Have a great weekend!

Miriam and Josh