Grade 3B Info., Updates, News

April 19th, 2021


  • Monday (Day 3) - Music, School Science Fair
  • Tuesday (Day 4) - Phys. Ed.
  • Wednesday (Day 5) - Phys. Ed., Yoga Guest Speaker, Words in Motion Celebration
  • Thursday (Day 1) - Music, Earth Day
  • Friday (No School) - Staff PLF #10

What Are We Learning?

  • Health - Students are learning the importance of being organized and how they can use planning and organization to create and achieve goals. Students are reviewing Habit #3 - Put First Things First. We know that there is a place for everything and that we can and should put everything in its place. Students are learning to identify their "Big Rocks" and to prioritize their goals. Students participate in a daily Soft Start to get comfortable and ready for the day. Students have daily Mindfulness practice to relax and refocus their minds and bodies.
  • Writing - Writing Mechanics. Students are learning to construct complete sentences (ie. subject, predicate, correct capitalization, end punctuation). Students are learning about dialogue (ie. indirect and direct quotations) and to use quotation marks. Students are learning to identify and use different parts of speech (ie. nouns, verbs, adjectives). Students are learning to recognize examples of figurative language (ie. similes, metaphors). Friendly Letters. Students are learning to organize their writing in the form of friendly letters, postcards, etc. Students have learned to write an address. Narrative Writing. Students are beginning to explore identifying the parts of a story through illustrating and retelling strategies. Students are working on writing narratives with interesting beginnings. Students are working on adding elaborative detail to their writing. Comics. Students are learning how to use layout, narrative boxes, and speech bubbles to develop a comic. Students are using comics to explore elements of narrative writing such as conflict, rising action, and the difference between a developed ending and a cliffhanger. Poetic Writing. Students are exploring some of the characteristics of poetry (ie. rhythm, structure, syllables, rhyme. etc.) and have read and written: haikus, acrostic, concrete poems, rhyming couplets, cinquain, simile , and metaphor poems). Journaling. Students have created response journals where they can share information, stories, and responses. These will be ongoing throughout the year. Phonemic Awareness & Printing. Students have reviewed the short/long sounds for the vowels: a, e, i, o, and u. Students have reviewed the beginning consonant sounds for the consonants: b, c, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, v, w, x, y, and z. Cursive Writing. Students are beginning to practice forming capitals and lowercase letters in cursive.
  • Reading - Fluency. Students are working on developing fluent reading, focusing on: accuracy, punctuation, rate, and expression. To practice, students practice reading a text aloud multiple times, each time becoming more and more fluid, to a peer. Students have also completed choral reading and readers theatre activities. Students practice finding key sight words within these texts. Independent Reading. Students have a daily routine of reading each morning (SQUIRT) and are starting to build reading stamina. Students are able to borrow 5-6 classroom library books weekly to be read at school. During SQUIRT (Sustained, Quiet, Uninterrupted, Independent Reading) students will be tracking their progress and setting personal reading goals. Purpose. Students have begun to explore the author's purpose, considering whether texts were written to entertain, inform, or persuade the reader. Genre Studies. Students are exploring different genres and types of literature (ie. parody, riddles, poetry, folk tales, fables, fairy tales, non-fiction, etc.) and comparing and contrasting a variety of texts and media. Strategies. Students use information from the text and from their schema to make inferences before and during reading. Students are sharing their love of reading (eg. favourite books, authors, genres, etc.) with their classmates through a variety of activities.
  • Math - Numbers to 1000. Students are reviewing previously learned place-value concepts and organizational structures. Students are learning to represent numbers in a variety of ways (ie. base-10 models, place-value charts, words, expanded, and standard form). Students are learning to compare and order numbers to 1000 (less than, greater than, equal to). Students have been introduced to the concept of multiples and are reviewing skip counting patterns such as skip counting by 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 10s, and 25s. Students will use the above strategies and number operations (ie. addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) to estimate and solve problems with quantities to 1000. Students are learning to use and identify fractions to represent equal parts of a whole (ie. numerator, denominator, halves, quarters, etc.). Statistics and Graphing. We have completed our study of Statistics and Graphing. Please see previous newsletters for unit details.
  • Science - Building & Testing Materials. Students are exploring the concept of engineering. Students are learning to identify the form and function of a variety of artificial and natural structures. Students are studying subject specific vocabulary (ie. tension, compression, strength, stability). Students are exploring and identifying simple structures (ie. pillars, columns, arches) and geometric shapes (ie. regular and irregular polygons, triangles, quadrilaterals, triangular and rectangular prisms, and cylinders). Students are learning to identify shapes using characteristics such as sides and vertices. Students are learning to identify 3-D shapes using characteristics such as edges, vertices, and faces. Students are learning to consider the strengths and weaknesses of different materials and to choose appropriate materials to build and join structures. Students are learning about the Scientific Method through activities and experiments. Rocks and Minerals. We have completed our study of Rocks and Minerals. Please see previous newsletters for unit details.
  • Social Studies - Landforms and Mapping. Students have begun exploring different landforms. Vocabulary: prairie/plain, mountain, lake, valley, river/stream, ocean, peninsula, island, forest, desert, glacier, tundra, hills, plateau, cape). Students are practicing using the cardinal (north, east, south, west) and intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, northwest), titles, labels, legends, latitude, and longitude to build and read maps and globes. India. Students have begun to apply their knowledge of mapping and landscapes to exploring the country of India. Students have explored important Indian figures and symbols (ie. the flag, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Taj Mahal). Students have compared and contrasted India's colonial history with Canada's colonial history - making connections to residential schooling in Canada. Students have begun exploring India's climate and weather (ie. seasons, monsoons, droughts). Students have begun to apply their knowledge of natural resources to identify key resources found and used in India's industries and communities, comparing and contrasting India's resources and communities with Canada. Students are comparing/contrasting aspects of India's culture and traditions (ie. religion, celebrations and festivals, food, yoga, and dance) with Canada.
  • Art - Depiction and Composition. Students are learning to use elements of art such as line, shape, colour, and space to plan and complete multi-step, detailed pieces (ie. Cubism Self Portraits).


  • Practice pausing and check-in with yourself; notice your heartbeat, your breath, your muscles/belly, your temperature, your energy. How are you feeling?
  • Read, read, read! Students should read a minimum of 20 minutes every night.
  • Start keeping a journal/diary at home. What was your favourite part of today? What do you want to remember? How are you feeling? Draw a picture to illustrate your writing.
  • Create your own comic book! Remember what Dav Pilkey shared with us - inspiration can come from anywhere. Find a who (a person, place, or thing) and a what (an action or activity) and then write your own comic book story about it. Remember, comics use pictures and words to tell the story.
  • Cursive Hunt! Find a piece or pieces of writing in your home that are written in cursive. Can you read it? What letters do you recognize? What do you notice about how the letters are formed? Now, challenge yourself. See if you can rewrite difficult or interesting words in cursive writing using the examples to guide you.
  • Practice your skip counting by sorting and counting a collection. Gather some small objects (eg. buttons, coins, rocks, popcorn seeds, beads, etc.). First, count the objects by 10. Count out ten of the objects to make one collection. Next, continue counting by collections of ten until all the objects are gone. Use skip counting to find the total number of the objects. Can you skip count by other numbers to verify your answer? Try counting by collections of 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, or 10s. CHALLENGE: Can you count by 25s?
  • Fractions Hunt! Count the rooms in your home. Can you write some fraction facts about them? For example: one-half of the rooms have windows, one-third of the rooms have pillows in them, etc. Keep exploring fractions while driving in the car! Mark the passing of time with fractions. For example, "We are one-third of the way there," "It will take us 20 minutes to get to the library, in how many minutes will we be half-way there?"
  • We have learned that yoga originated in India over 5000 years ago. There are many different types of yoga and yoga is believed to have many different health benefits. So, do some yoga! Complete a Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure or a Yoga With Adriene video at home (both on Youtube). Which poses are your favourites?
  • Shape hunt! Now that we have learned to recognize different polygons by their characteristics such as sides and vertices, how many shapes can you find in your home? Triangles? Quadrilaterals (ie. squares, rectangles, rhombuses, parallelograms, trapezoids, etc.)? Can you find any pentagons, hexagons, or heptagons? CHALLENGE - Can you find any octagons, nonagons, or even decagons?
  • Create your own structures! Choose just two household items (eg. marshmallows and toothpicks, spaghetti and tape), one to build and one to join. How large of a structure can you build? Think about the structures we have studied in class. What materials worked best to build? What materials worked best to join? What shapes can be used to provide strength, stability, and support?

Don't forget...

  • Complete the AHS Daily Checklist before school each day.
  • Return all forms and take-home folders promptly.
  • Students are able to purchase books through Scholastic Book Clubs to earn points for our classroom (Class Code - RC171346).
  • April 21st- 3 Sisters Yoga (Guest Speaker)
  • April 21st- Words in Motion Poetry Virtual Celebration
  • April 22nd- Earth Day
  • April 22nd- Inclusion Committee Meeting (7:30 pm)
  • April 23rd- No School (Staff PLF #10)
  • April 26-May 7th- DancePlay at Christina Gordon
  • April 28th- School Council Meeting (7:30 pm)
  • April 30th- 3 Sisters Yoga (Guest Speaker)
  • April 30th- Autism Awareness Day
  • April 30th- Growing Smiles Fundraiser Deadline
  • May 5th- 3 Sisters Yoga (Guest Speaker)
  • May 3-7th- Math Week
  • May 5th- World Math Day
  • May 7-8th- Wood Buffalo Regional Science Fair
  • June 24th- Last Day of School

Learning Videos

Shoe Balance Fitness Challenge (Classroom Brain Break)
The Nysmith School: 2nd Grade - Reader's Theatre Workshop
Fractions! | Mini Math Movies | Scratch Garden
Give Me Half! by Stuart J. Murphy
3D Shapes Song | Shapes for kids | The Singing Walrus
Yoga For Kids Growth And Height | Yoga in Hindi | Yoga For Life