The third-grade class participates in multiple theme-day activities over the
course of the school year, as a way to foster interest and implement rewards for positive classroom behavior. As the class is responsible for choosing age-appropriate themes that will spark interest in curriculum, we have touched upon various topics in past years, including camping, Legos, baking, good manners, pets, and most recently—jungles/rainforests.
The recent “Jungle Day” began with the story of God creating the Earth, which we deemed the very first non-fiction jungle story (snake pancakes were included). In math, we went on a “Jungle Adventure” which led the children to explore the differences between needs and wants, while planning their packing lists and adding up the total cost of their “safari excursion”. This proved challenging to some with only $2,00O to spend, many needs to be met, and tempting wants available. We also read from a grouping of rainforest books, researched jungle animals, and made a class mural of the animals that reside within wet, highly-forested areas. Follow-up lessons will include a
environments and will continue to learn about both physical and behavioral adaptations that help animals survive in the wild. Science in third grade is both engaging and memorable!