Grade 3B Info., Updates, News

January 25th, 2021


  • Monday (Day 3) - Music, APPLE Schools Presentations
  • Tuesday (Day 4) - Phys. Ed., Thought Exchange Survey Deadline
  • Wednesday (Day 5) - Phys. Ed., Family Literacy Day
  • Thursday (Day 1) - Music, Bell Let's Talk Day (Wear Blue)
  • Friday (No School) - Staff PLF #8

What Are We Learning?

  • Health - Students are exploring and practicing a variety of movement and breathing strategies that can be used to positively improve their physical and mental health. Students are discussing the importance of mental health to their overall health. Students are learning about resources and supports available to support their mental health. 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). 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. 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, and cinquain 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, and i. Students have reviewed the beginning consonant sounds for the consonants: b, c, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, m, and n.
  • 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 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, fables, fairy tales, etc.) and comparing and contrasting a variety of texts and media. 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 have been introduced to the concept of multiples and are reviewing skip counting patterns such as skip counting by 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s. 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, etc.). 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 begun exploring important Indian figures and symbols (ie. the flag, Gandhi). Students have compared and contrasted India's colonial history with Canada's colonial history - making connections to residential schooling in Canada.
  • Art - Depiction. Student are using the elements of line and shape to develop their own artwork (ie. Pop Art Hearts).


  • 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 15 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.
  • Continue to practice your printing at home with some of these fun home activities such as: writing jokes, writing letters to family, making homemade cards, writing out favourite song lyrics, and making lists (eg. things to pack, groceries, etc.).
  • Review your vowels and have a brain break at the same time! Write a list of words that you can observe around your home (eg. table, hat, dog, etc.). Say each word, one word at a time. Do a fun action (eg. karate chop, star jump, etc.) for each vowel you hear. Read each word slowly; did you miss any vowel sounds the first time? Are there any vowels that you could not hear?
  • 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, or 5s.
  • Where was chess invented? No one knows for sure, however, there are some historians that believe it was probably invented in India more than a thousand years ago. Learn to play chess or another ancient and popular Indian board game, Pachisi. Learn together as a family and challenge each other to a tournament. What other games do you like to play as a family? Do you know the history of these games?
  • Structures at home? Your home is full of different examples of structures. Many items that we use everyday are structures. For example: doors, door hinges, tables, chairs, curtains, etc. Go on a structures hunt! Write a list of the structures you find. What form does each structure have (ie. shape - what does they look like)? What function does each structure have (ie. solution - what problems do they solve)? Can you identify if any are experiencing tension or compression?

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).
  • February 3rd - World Read Aloud Day
  • February 8th - Joint Networks Meeting (6:00 pm)
  • February 10th-11th - Parent Teacher Interviews
  • February 11th - Classroom Valentine's Celebration
  • February 15th - No School (Family Day)
  • February 16th - Valentine's Cards Go Home
  • February 17th - Fundraising Committee Meeting (6:30 pm)
  • February 17th - School Council Meeting (7:30 pm)
  • February 18th - Inclusion Advisory Committee Meeting (7:30 pm)
  • February 19th - Pink Shirt Day
  • February 22-26th - No School (Teacher's Convention)

Learning Videos

WORLD WORKOUT! Move Like Famous Landmarks! Fitness for kids!
Place Value Song For Kids | Ones, Tens, & Hundreds | 1st - 3rd Grade
Learn The Letter N | Let's Learn About The Alphabet | Phonics Song for Kids | Jack Hartmann
Quotation Marks song from Grammaropolis - "Quote Me!"
What's an Engineer? Crash Course Kids #12.1
Animal Architects: Structures That Shelter, House, and Feed Animals
Bill Nye the Science Guy - S01E14 Structures
Geography of India for Ancient World History by Instructomania
Gandhi - Human Rights Activist | Mini Bio | Biography