Grade 3B Info., Updates, News

December 14th, 2020


  • Monday (Day 5) - Phys. Ed., Red/Green Day, CG Christmas Virtual Sing-Along (6:30 pm)
  • Tuesday (Day 1) - Music, Holiday Sweater Day
  • Wednesday (Day 2) - Holiday Hat Day
  • Thursday (Day 3) - Music, Pyjama Day, Classroom Reward Day
  • Friday (No School) - Staff PLF #6

What Are We Learning?

  • Health - Students have been learning a series of line dances by "Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio" meant to build social awareness, confidence, and self-esteem through the practice of social dance. Students are taught the vocabulary of various contemporary social dances and each class introduces new steps as well as reinforcing what has been previously learned through practice and repetition. Students are currently working through the Week 2 set of virtual lessons. 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. Students are working on writing narratives with interesting beginnings. Students are working on using adjectives to add elaborative details to their writing. Students are exploring some of the characteristics of poetry (ie. rhythm, structure, syllables, etc.) and have read and written: haikus, acrostic, and concrete 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, and l.
  • 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, poetry, 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, line plots, and bar graphs to organize data and information. Students are practicing accurately collecting and recording first-hand data (ie. question, choices, collect, display). 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 impacts of weathering and erosion on the rock cycle and the formation of fossils. 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, intrusive, extrusive, lava, magma, sediments, conglomerate, layers). 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. Students have begun to apply their knowledge of landscapes to exploring the country of India.
  • Art - Reflection and Depiction. Students are responding to visual forms in nature while using the elements of shape and space to develop their own artwork (ie. door decorating, collaborative Christmas tree).


  • 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!
  • Review your consonants and practice your rhyming at the same time! Choose a CVC word (consonant-vowel-consonant) such as dog. Notice that this word ends with -og. The consonant /d/ is the initial consonant sound. How many other words can you find that end in -og. Use your consonants (ie. b, c, f, etc.). How many rhyming words can you find (ie. bog, cog, fog, etc.)? Choose a new CVC word and try again!
  • 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?
  • Go on a bar graph hunt! Can you find an example of a bar graphs within your home? Where can you look? A newspaper, magazine, brochure, etc.? Where do we see and use bar graphs in real life? Read the title, x-axis labels, y-axis labels, and use the interval to examine the data of any bar graphs you locate. What did you discover?
  • 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.
  • Use Google Maps! Can you find your house on a map? Use the Google Maps app to find your address. Next, get directions to Christina Gordon Public School (106 Parsons Creek Drive). What is the quickest route you would need to take to get from your house to the school? Is that the route you usually take? Why or why not? Can you give someone else directions to get from your house to the school? Write out the steps you would share with them in order and be as specific as you can.
  • Rocks at home? Your home is full of different examples of rocks and minerals. Many items that we use everyday are made of rocks and minerals. For example: door hinges are made with steel, lights are made with glass, and mirrors are made with quartz. Go on a rock hunt... in your home! Visit different rooms (eg. bathroom, kitchen, etc.). Write a list of the rocks you find. Can you identify if any are igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic rocks?

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).
  • December 14-17th - Spirit Week
  • December 17th - 12 Days of Giving Food Bank Drive Items Due
  • December 18th - No School (Staff PLF #6)
  • December 19th-January 3rd - Winter Break
  • January 4th-8th - Online Learning (Please connect to Seesaw)
  • January 13th - Fundraising Committee Meeting (6:30 pm)
  • January 15th - No School (Staff PLF #7)
  • January 21st - Inclusive Committee Meeting (7:30 pm)
  • February 10th-11th - Parent Teacher Interviews

Learning Videos

5 Minute Pokemon Yoga Workout - Coach Mambru, PE @ Home
Learn The Letter L | Let's Learn About The Alphabet | Phonics Song for Kids | Jack Hartmann
Poetry Cafe (December 2020)
Bill nye rock cycle
THE ROCK CYCLE SONG | Science Music Video
Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Trees - Christmas Crafts for Kids
The Element of Color