Our theme is "Traveling Through Time."
Come travel through time with John Sczieska’s Time Warp Trio series and uncover the adventures of Joe, Fred, and Sam. We begin the summer with The Knights of the Kitchen Table. We soon discover how our young sleuths end up in Medieval Times. As students read the story, they explore the elements of a mystery, develop new vocabulary, expand literacy skills such as inferencing, summarizing and visualizing, and participate in literature discussions. We explore mathematical concepts that are integrated with our theme. Students work with the Sir Cumference book series and use geometry to make shields.
Then students travel back in time with The Not-So-Jolly Roger, and help our young sleuths escape from Blackbeard and his band of pirates. Mathematical activities can include using coordinate grids to make treasure maps and using volume to see how much booty our treasure chests can hold. Past summer's activities have included the design of a Middle Ages board game and a treasure map, a treasure hunt, creating and singing a sea shanty, and writing a time traveling tale.
Third graders develop descriptive writing skills, as they read and write poetry, short stories, biographies, daily journal entries, or comic strips. Original story creations take students through the entire writing process as they brainstorm, map, draft, edit and publish their final works. Skills are reinforced while students express themselves in small and whole group activities. Using the Words are Categorical series of books, they study parts of speech in a fun way and apply them to their writing.
Using manipulatives, group discussions, computation, problem solving and games like solving the daily “What if? number with clues to find the answer to the mysterious puzzle, students further develop their understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of one and two-digit numbers. A summer long project has included students gathering, organizing and displaying data. Geometry and fractions are introduced through individual and group projects.
Instructor: Elizabeth Schulcz '12, Crossroads Summer Faculty
Course #: 113
Section 1: 6/25-7/27/2018 M-F 8:30-11:30 $1250
Section 2: 6/25-7/13/2018 M-F 8:30-11:30 $750
School is closed Wednesday, July 4.