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Phoenix Hall

Teacher: Darlene Beal


Phoenix Hall is Linscott's third grade classroom. We start the year talking about ourselves and our community. The students discuss how they came to Watsonville and write "who am I?" stories. We discuss what's special about this area and make visitor pamphlets about Watsonville. Working from this introduction, we study the history of Santa Cruz County starting with the Ohlone and focusing on agriculture. As part of the Ohlone studies we go to the Natural History Museum and to Pinto Lake County Park with an Ohlone elder, who teaches us how the Ohlone used native plants and tells us stories.

We cover math, science, and language arts standards with curriculum focused on the garden, nutrition, and health. One of the favorite parts of the curriculum is Science Center Day, where students travel through four centers focused on standards-based science. Students form literature circles where they read and discuss literature. Then we have writers workshop and students write their own stories. They publish the stories in a classroom magazine.

An important part of our curriculum ties into Linscott's Community Curriculum. We have class meetings every week, where we talk about how to relate to each other, and discuss any issues that come up in the classroom. The meetings offer students a way to resolve problems, teaching them conflict resolution and community building.

Enriching Activities

  • Participate in the K'nex Robotics Program
  • Garden weekly using the Life Lab curriculum
  • Learn how to integrate technology and learn keyboarding skills
  • Do inquiry-based research and present a topic to the school
  • Have fun in literature circles with discussions and skits
  • Participate in weekly hands-on science centers
  • Go on monthly field trips
  • Do Reader's Theater presentations