Grade 3B Info., Updates, News

November 16th, 2020

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Monday (Day 3) - Music, Rock Your Mocs
  • Tuesday (Day 4) - Phys. Ed.
  • Wednesday (Day 5) - Phys. Ed.
  • Thursday (Day 1) - Music, Toonie Toss
  • Friday (No School) - Staff PLF #4

What Are We Learning?

  • Health - Students are reviewing Habit #2: Begin With the End in Mind. We are discussing the importance of knowing "where we are going" so that we can set goals and make a plan of action. Students will be working to create their own personal mission statements that they can use to help set goals throughout the year. 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 - Friendly Letters. Students are learning to organize their writing in the form of friendly letters (ie. heading, greeting, body, closing, signature, postscript) and postcards (ie. greeting, body/intended message, closing, signature). Students are practicing reading and responding to friendly letters and postcards. Students have learned how to write an address. Students have compared/contrasted friendly letters and postcards. Students are beginning to explore identifying the parts of a story through illustrating and retelling strategies. In their own writing, students are working on using adjectives to add elaborative details. 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 and e. Students have reviewed the beginning consonant sounds for the consonants: b, c, d, f, g, and h.
  • Reading - 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 are practicing finding key sight words within these texts. 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. Students have begun to explore the author's purpose, considering whether texts were written to entertain, inform, or persuade the reader. Students are exploring different genres and types of literature (ie. parody, riddles, 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 - Statistics and Graphing. Students are learning about data collection and how to use different attributes to sort items in a set. Students have learned how to use Venn diagrams, t-charts, Carroll diagrams, tally charts, and line plots to organize data and information. Students are practicing accurately collecting and recording first-hand data (ie. question, choices, collect, total). Students are learning to analyze and use data, charts, and tables to solve problems. Students are learning to independently select which attributes they will use as a sorting rule. 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.
  • Science - Rocks and Minerals. Students have collected a variety of rock samples and are using different attributes to sort, compare (how are they the same), and contrast (how are they different) these samples. Students are learning about the Earth's layers (crust, mantle, outer core, inner core) and how different landforms and rocks are formed (igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks). Students are learning about the attributes that geologists use to sort rocks and minerals (lustre, hardness, streak, colour, and shape) and are practicing subject specific vocabulary (shiny, metallic, glassy, silky, oily/greasy, dull, earthy). Students are learning about the Scientific Method through activities and experiments.
  • 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. 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.
  • Art - Depiction and Expression. Students are practicing using the elements of art such as shape and space with increasing skill to say something meaningful (ie. Remembrance Day artwork).

ACTIVITIES TO DO AT HOME

  • 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.
  • Did you know that printing is a fine motor skill? Practicing fine motor tasks can help you to become better at holding a pencil, balancing a book, and maintaining your posture! Try and then practice some of these fine motor tasks: set the table for dinner, fold laundry, organize your toys, cut paper, colour, play with LEGO, play Jenga, or bake cookies where you need to roll or manipulate the dough. Have fun!
  • Go on a consonant hunt! How many consonant sounds can you find in your home (eg. bed, cat, dice, friends, great, or house). Can you find any other consonant sounds (ie. j, k, l, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, v, w, x, and z)?
  • Practice your sorting skills. Collect a group of items and see how many different ways you can sort them - by size, shape, colour. How are the items the same? How are they different?
  • Create your own Line Plot or Tally Chart! First, come up with a question you would like to know the answer to (eg. What is your favourite number?). Next, decide on what choices you will share with the participants of your survey (eg. 1-5). Collect some first-hand data by asking your friends and family your question. Next, organize your data into a Line Plot or Tally Chart. Remember, one x stands for one response in a Line Plot and that Line Plots are best for recording numerical responses. Finally, analyze your data. What did you learn? What patterns do you see? What would you like to know more about?
  • Practice your skip counting using a calculator! Choose a number you would like to skip count by (eg. 2). Next, write a math sentence showing how you would skip count to the next number (ie. 2 + 2). Press the equal sign (ie. =). If you keep pressing the equal sign, the calculator will continue to skip count by that number (integer). Turn it into a game! Try and say the next number before pressing the equal sign. Challenge someone and take turns.
  • Go on a crystal hunt! What crystals do you already have in your home? Remember, salt, sugar, baking soda, snow, etc. are all examples of crystals that we use at home. See if you can compare (how are they the same) and contrast (how are they different) some of the samples you find. Can you use a Venn diagram to organize the information?

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).
  • November 20th - No School (Staff PLF #4)
  • November 23rd - No School (Day in Lieu for PTIs)
  • November 25th - School Council Meeting
  • November 27th - Term 1 Report Cards
  • December 3rd - Angel Tree Donations Due
  • December 4th - No School (Staff PLF #5)
  • December 10th - Inclusive Committee Meeting

Learning Videos

Brain BREAKs- Brain BREAKs for Kids- Dancing In Line - Lesson 1
Remembrance Day - KNB
CAF Speakers (Grades 3-6)
The Poppy Story (Early Years).
Poppies for Remembrance
Remembrance Day Virtual Art Gallery
Learn The Letter H | Let's Learn About The Alphabet | Phonics Song for Kids | Jack Hartmann
Zentangle for Kids