3EG Update

07 May 2015

Hands on Math!

Our last couple of math concepts are very hands on, which is perfect for the end of the school year!

Geometry: Because the class was comfortable with plane figures, we made a strong focus on symmetry and congruency. The class especially enjoyed making congruent and symmetric figures on the free app Symmetry Exercises for Kids Lite. Check our the photo below to see how we turned place figures into 3D shapes!

Measurement: We started our linear measurement by reading "How Big is a Foot?" (read it online here). This is a fun story about a measurement misunderstanding and helped us understand the importance of standard measurement systems like the metric system. The class has enjoyed using their rulers to accurately measure things around the classroom.

Area and Perimeter: Linear measurement led into measuring area and perimeter. For an introduction activity, each student made a plot of farm land and we put it together to make a big class garden. We calculated how many meters of fence we would need by walking around the perimeter. We changed the shape of the garden many times and noticed that the perimeter could be different even though the area could stay the same. The class met each challenge thoughtfully and enthusiastically!

Keep practicing on IXL! I have been so impressed with the weekly updates I have been receiving from the site.

Don't forget to check out our listl.ly/ISAgrade3 lists for these math strands.

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We have been doing so much writing this spring! The students did a fantastic job on their research papers about ancient civilizations. Please check your e-mail this week for your child's research paper.

For our new unit, we will be focusing on informative, explanatory writing. We tried this out by explaining Hagelslag and how to make it.

Archeon Field Trip

Wednesday, June 3rd, 8:45am-3:30pm

1 Archeonlaan

Alphen aan den Rijn, ZH

Our final field trip of the year is coming up on June 3rd. We will be visiting Archeon, a park that shows 9,000 years in The Netherlands. Students will be able to walk through the prehistortic times of hunters and gatherers, see craftspeople from the middle ages and meet the Romans! We will leave from school at 8:40 and arrive back to school before dismissal. Students will need a packed lunch.

I hope you will consider volunteering to be in charge of a small group. The first half of the day will be self-guided. After lunch, we will meet up as a whole class to have a guided tour of the Roman settlement. Unfortunately, there are a limited number of spaces, so please let me know as soon as possible.

Find out more about Archeon: http://www.archeon.nl/index.html

Bring and Buy for Nepal

To help support those effected in the tragic earthquake in Nepal, ISA is organizing a Bring and Buy. If you would like to help, here's how:

  • Friday, May 8th: Bring toys or books you are no longer using to donate.
  • Tuesday, May 12th: Stop by the sale from 15:20-16:00. (Students will be dismissed at 15:20 so that bus students have a chance to participate if they would like.)

You can also volunteer to help sort, pice and set up on Friday and Monday. Please contact the LS office if you are available to help.

Grade 3 Concert

Fabian has arranged a recorder concert at 09:30 on Wednesday, May 20th in the theatre. All grade 3 students will perform together. We hope you can join us!

Please contact Fabian with any questions: fgalli@isa.nl

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Elizabeth Gaglio

Thank you for your support at home! I can't believe we are almost to the end of the year!