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Third Graders Grow as Researchers

Third graders  at Rea View have been working within an integrated unit of study to grow as readers and writers of informational text.  Classes chose various areas of focus for the informational text unit with connections to their social studies and science curriculum.   Mrs. Fountain's and Mrs. Bleakley's classes linked their study to the history and culture of ancient Egypt.  Students worked hard to read just-right non-fiction texts, gather interesting ancient Egyptian facts, research various aspects of Ancient Egyptian life, and write a guide-book to ancient Egypt.  This integrated adventure is aligned with the new Common Core Standards for English Language Arts, which emphasizes reading comprehension within informational texts and writing informational text to convey ideas clearly.  Sean and Jaden, students from Mrs. Bleakley's class, shared that the most memorable part of their learning included information about mummies and the mummifcation process.  Annabeth reported that learning about the pyrmaids was a highlight for her.  Connor shared that he found the role of pets in ancient Egyptian culture to be very interesting to him.  As a culmination to their learning and impressive form of illustration, the students created large murals which are displayed for the entire school community to enjoy.  Students have been so immersed in this project that they would choose to continue their work instead of going to recess! 
 

Written by: Jill Sledd
Posted: Jan 22, 2013 by Jill Sledd

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