3B Friday Note

Dear 3B Families,

We are all about seeds this week! With great enthusiasm, the students watched to see whether the seeds they put in a petri dish would germinate with only water and sunlight. They were quick to report every change that took place! The students also created an impressive seed dispersal collage on the wall of our science area. Please take a peek if you have a minute! At Bartram’s Garden the students learned more about seeds and saw first hand how a seed pod can BURST! Lastly, the students chose one of their small moment (seed) stories to edit and publish. These pieces will be read aloud by the students at our Author Celebration on Thursday, November 12, at 9:00 a.m. to 10 a.m..

Please ask your child about all we did at Bartram’s Garden. Bartram’s Garden was founded by John Bartram, who purchased the land in 1728 and began what was to become the most varied collection of North American plants in the world. This trip connects both to our theme study of the Colonial period and to our science study of seeds and the plant cycle. Another interesting fact about Bartram’s Garden is that archaeological evidence has been found that the Garden was occupied seasonally by Native Americans as early as 3,000 BCE!


This week, ask me…

  • how seeds are dispersed 
  • what is germination? 
  • whether 4 + 4 + 4 is the same as 3 X 4, and what the product is 
  • to explain what symmetry is 
  • what is a quadrilateral? 
  • what a primary source is compared to a secondary source, when thinking about trusting information about the past 
  • if I have enjoyed listening to our read aloud, the Mysteries According to Humphrey 
  • why a great lead is so important in my writing 
  • how I have improved my writing to make it even better 
  • how my reading is going and what I look forward to reading next 
  • about playing volleyball in gym and if I am enjoying the game 
  • if I have been magnanimous in the last few days 
  • who my book buddy is! 
  • about our family circle event that took place Friday morning


Here is the upcoming field trip for the month of October: Wednesday, 10/28 Pennsbury Manor

Have a lovely weekend!

Diane and Anna