Grade 3B Info., Updates, News

November 2nd, 2020


  • Monday (Day 4) - Phys. Ed.
  • Tuesday (Day 5) - Phys. Ed.
  • Wednesday (Day 1) - Music, Parent-Teacher Interviews (5:00-8:00 pm)
  • Thursday (Day 2) - Parent-Teacher Interviews (4:00-7:00 pm)
  • Friday (Day 3) - Music

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 have helped create Classroom Leadership Roles that are helping us create the type of classroom we want to be in. Students will collaborate and create a Classroom MIssion Statement that represents this classroom and to inspire and motivate us 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 a friendly letter (ie. heading, greeting, body, closing, signature, postscript). Students are practicing reading and responding to friendly letters. 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, and f.
  • 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 are also practicing finding key sight words within these texts. Students have a daily routine of reading each afternoon 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 of literature (ie. parody) and comparing and contrasting a variety of texts and media.
  • 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 will be 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 line and colour through a variety of materials (eg. pastels) with increasing skill (ie. Haunted Houses).


  • 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.
  • Practice your printing skills. Find a piece of writing around your home (ie. a book, advertisement, recipe, etc.) that you can copy down onto a piece of paper. How neatly can you print what you are copying? Try printing with other materials. Can you print neatly with sidewalk chalk, paint, shaving cream, etc.? Be creative and have fun!
  • Go on a consonant hunt! How many consonant sounds can you find in your home (eg. bed, cat, dice, or friends). Can you find any other consonant sounds (ie. g, h, 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?
  • Did you know that not every country uses the same tally marks? Australia, North America, Europe, and Zimbabwe all generally use the same style of tally marks that we learned in class. However, many countries such as Brazil, France, China, Spain, and Japan use different tally marks. Do some research to learn more about the different styles of tally marks. Can you show the number 7 in a different style?
  • How high can you skip count by 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s? How quickly? See if you can skip count by 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s all the way to 100. Record how long it takes you. Which number is easiest for you to skip count with? Which number is the hardest for you to skip count with? Practice the number you find the most challenging each day.
  • Do you have any maps in your home? In your car? Do you have a globe? What about Google Maps on your phone or tablet? Explore some of these maps. What can you learn from them? Can you find examples of how these maps use titles, labels, legends, etc.

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 9th - Photo Retakes
  • November 10th - Virtual Remembrance Day Assembly
  • November 11th - No School (Remembrance Day)
  • November 16th - Rock Your Mocs
  • November 20th - No School (Staff PLF #4)
  • November 23rd - No School (Day in Lieu for PTIs)
  • November 27th - Term #1 Report Cards

Learning Videos

Would You Rather? HALLOWEEN! - Get Kids Moving
Learn The Letter F | Let's Learn About The Alphabet | Phonics Song for Kids | Jack Hartmann
"Displaying And interpreting Data" Educational Video
How To Draw A Haunted House