Grade 3B Info., Updates, News

September 28th, 2020

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Monday (Day 2)
  • Tuesday (Day 3) - Music, Orange Shirt Day
  • Wednesday (Day 4) - Phys. Ed., Picture Day
  • Thursday (Day 5) - Phys. Ed.
  • Friday (PLF #3) - 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. For example, students have reviewed the letter A which has a short sound (act, cat, etc.) and a long sound (April, bake, etc.). 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 and t-charts 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.
  • 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) 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 - Composition and Expression. Students are planning and completing multi-step, detailed pieces (eg. self-portraits) while learning to use a variety of materials (eg. pastels) with increasing skill.

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?
  • Begin each day by choosing your own "weather." Begin with a positive affirmation that your repeat to yourself to prepare for the day (eg. I am awesome! Today is going to be great!). What are you looking forward to doing today?
  • 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 vowel hunt! How many short a sounds can you find in your home (eg. apple, cat, etc.). How many long a sounds can you find in your home (eg. April, cake, etc.). Can you find any other vowel sounds (ie. a, e, i, o, u, y)?
  • 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?

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).
  • Orange Shirt Day will be held on September 29th.
  • Picture Day will be held on September 30th.
  • No school on October 2nd. It is a Profession Learning Friday (PLF) for staff.

Learning Videos

KIDS MEDITATION - BUTTERFLY BODY SCAN
Letter A | Alphabet Song for Kids | Let's Learn About The Alphabet | Phonics Song | Jack Hartmann
Count by 2 | Dancing 2's | Skip Counting by 2 | Count to 100 | Educational Songs | Jack Hartmann
The Counting by Twos Song | Counting Songs | Scratch Garden
Structure Of The Earth | The Dr. Binocs Show | Educational Videos For Kids
How To Draw A Self Portrait: For Kids!
Just Dance 2015 - What Does The Fox Say?