On Wednesday afternoon, PJA was "alive with the sound of music" as our 3rd Grade led the school in a Portland sing-a-long donning t-shirts that they screen-printed themselves!
The 3rd Graders worked diligently to learn each song, provide informational intros, practice coordinated movement, and even take part in some green screen fun! The songs and narrated videos showcased all they learned about Portland this year - its history, challenges, uniqueness, and beauty.
Since the end of March, 3rd grade has been exploring our beautiful city of Portland. In pairs, students became experts on one of the Willamette River bridges, using their creative and engineering skills to design and build a small replica. The class had the opportunity to explore several bridges by foot with an expert on their Bridge Field Trip, which brought their learning into the real world.
For poetry month in April, students created poems with a Portland theme, showcasing their passion and talents for writing, and reciting those poems in a Poetry Slam with 4th grade. They also created Sharpie and watercolor paintings of their bridges. Those works were on display at the sing-a-long.
All of the learning, exploring, and creativity came together in their wonderful performance this week. Older PJA students who participated in The Portland Play in prior years could still remember all the words to the beloved songs, creating an especially magical experience as our community raised our voices together!