Grade 3B Info., Updates, News

October 5th, 2020


  • Monday (Day 1) - Music
  • Tuesday (Day 2) - Fire Drill
  • Wednesday (Day 3) - Music
  • Thursday (Day 4) - Phys. Ed.
  • Friday (Day 5) - Phys. Ed.
  • Monday (Thanksgiving) - No School

What Are We Learning?

  • Health - What classroom rules will we have? Students will come to decisions together in a variety of ways (individually, pairs, groups) until we have reached a consensus. Students are learning to problem-solve and compromise; consensus does not mean everyone has to agree with everything. It means everyone accepts the rules. What do we want our classroom to look like, sound like, and feel like? What should we be doing to positively contribute to that? 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 - Printing and Sound Review. Students are reviewing and practicing how to print both lower and upper case letters. During this time, students are quickly reviewing the sounds of each letter. Students have reviewed the letters: A, B, and C. Our long-term goal is to build upon students' skills and begin to practice cursive writing later in the school year. Journaling. Students have created response journals where they can share information, stories, and responses. These will be ongoing throughout the year.
  • Reading - 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. Students have begun to explore the author's purpose, considering whether texts were written to entertain, inform, or persuade the reader. Students will be practicing reading fluently, focusing on accuracy, rate, punctuation, and expression.
  • Math - Statistics and Graphing. Students are learning about data collection and are learning to use different attributes to sort items in a set. Students have learned how to use Venn diagrams, t-charts, and Carroll diagrams to organize what they have sorted. 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 and 3s.
  • 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, and colour) and are practicing subject specific vocabulary (shiny, metallic, glassy, silky, oily/greasy, dull, earthy).
  • 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, and labels to build and read maps.
  • Art - Depiction and Expression. Students are practicing using line, colour, and shape (ie. Orange Shirt Day artwork) to say something in a meaningful way.


  • Practice pausing and check-in with yourself; notice your heartbeat, your breath, your muscles/belly, your temperature, your energy. How are you feeling?
  • What rules do you follow at home? Which ones are important for your safety? Take some time to discuss the different rooms in your home: the kitchen, bedrooms, etc. Do different rooms have different rules? As a family, see if you can choose 3-5 rules that every member of your family can agree to follow.
  • 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?
  • Go on a consonant hunt! How many beginning consonant sounds can you find in your home (eg. big, cat, carrot). Can you find any other beginning consonant sounds (ie. d, f, g, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, v, w, x, 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?
  • Use a Venn diagram or a t-chart to sort items in your home but do not label the attributes you used. Challenge a family member. Can they figure out how you sorted those materials?
  • How do we use skip counting in real life? Go for a walk around your neighbourhood. What do you notice about the house numbers? Be sure to check both sides of the street or hallway. Are there any rule breakers?
  • How high can you skip count by 2s? How quickly? See if you can skip count by 2s all the way to 100. Record how long it takes you. Each day try again and see if you can get faster and faster.

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).
  • No School on October 12th for Thanksgiving.

Learning Videos

Frozen | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!
Learn The Letter B | Let's Learn About The Alphabet | Phonics Song For Kids | Jack Hartmann
Learn The Letter C | Let's Learn About The Alphabet | Phonics Song For Kids | Jack Hartmann
Count by 2 | Dancing 2's | Skip Counting by 2 | Count to 100 | Educational Songs | Jack Hartmann
Count by 3 | Skip Count by 3 | Skip Counting | Skip Counting Song | Jack Hartmann
Let's Learn About Rocks and Minerals | Caitie's Classroom | Science For Kids
What Is A Mineral?
The Directions Song | The North South East West Song | Scratch Garden