Having completed their Explorer Unit play productions (complete with original props, set design, and costumes) the 3rd graders at long last returned to their group sculpture projects, each based on a letter of the alphabet. At the outset of this project back in September, each team of three students had to practice the various aspects of this sculpture’s process — ideating, drawing, painting, building, measuring — and then divide up the tasks according to each’s strengths. Over time, the students have learned from one another and, for the most part, have all contributed in many ways to the development of their projects. Their challenge has been to transform their letters into objects which display their imagination and represent their interests. In the end, the 3rd graders’ three-dimensional letters will be combined — and all hung from the ceiling — to create a phrase focused on the central idea of their first unit and visually reflective of those images, ideas, thoughts, fantasies, and passions particular to these 3rd graders.