Grade 3B Info., Updates, News

February 8th, 2021

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Monday (Day 2) -
  • Tuesday (Day 3) - Music
  • Wednesday (Day 4) - Phys. Ed., Jill Heinerth Presentation, Parent Teacher Interviews
  • Thursday (Day 5) - Phys. Ed., Parent Teacher Interviews
  • Friday (No School) - PLF #8
  • Monday (No School) - Family Day

What Are We Learning?

  • Health - Students are learning to identify and examine their individual skills and assets and how their individual contributions can have a positive influence upon the school and our classroom community. 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 - Writing Mechanics. Students are learning to construct complete sentences (ie. subject, predicate, correct capitalization, end punctuation). Students are learning about dialogue (ie. indirect and direct quotations) and to use quotation marks. Students are learning to identify and use different parts of speech (ie. nouns, verbs, adjectives). Students are learning to recognize examples of figurative language (ie. similes, metaphors). Friendly Letters. Students are learning to organize their writing in the form of friendly letters, postcards, etc. Students have learned to write an address. Narrative Writing. 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 adding elaborative detail to their writing. Poetic Writing. Students are exploring some of the characteristics of poetry (ie. rhythm, structure, syllables, rhyme. etc.) and have read and written: haikus, acrostic, concrete poems, rhyming couplets, cinquain, and simile 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, i, and o. Students have reviewed the beginning consonant sounds for the consonants: b, c, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, m, n, and p.
  • Reading - Fluency. 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 practice finding key sight words within these texts. Independent Reading. 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. Purpose. Students have begun to explore the author's purpose, considering whether texts were written to entertain, inform, or persuade the reader. Genre Studies. Students are exploring different genres and types of literature (ie. parody, riddles, poetry, fables, fairy tales, non-fiction, 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 - Numbers to 1000. Students are reviewing previously learned place-value concepts and organizational structures. Students are learning to represent numbers in a variety of ways (ie. base-10 models, place-value charts, words, expanded, and standard form). 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. Statistics and Graphing. We have completed our study of Statistics and Graphing. Please see previous newsletters for unit details.
  • Science - Building & Testing Materials. Students are exploring the concept of engineering. Students are learning to identify the form and function of a variety of artificial and natural structures. Students are studying subject specific vocabulary (ie. tension, compression, strength, stability, etc.). Students are exploring and identifying simple structures (ie. pillars, columns) and geometric shapes (ie. triangular and rectangular prisms, cylinders). Students are learning about the Scientific Method through activities and experiments. Rocks and Minerals. We have completed our study of Rocks and Minerals. Please see previous newsletters for unit details.
  • 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, hills, plateau, cape. 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. India. Students have begun to apply their knowledge of mapping and landscapes to exploring the country of India. Students have explored important Indian figures and symbols (ie. the flag, Gandhi, Mother Teresa). Students have compared and contrasted India's colonial history with Canada's colonial history - making connections to residential schooling in Canada. Students have begun exploring India's climate and weather.
  • Art - Composition. Student are learning to plan and complete multi-step, detailed projects and pieces of art (ie. Love Bugs).

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 20 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.
  • Continue to practice your printing at home with some of these fun home activities such as: writing jokes, writing letters to family, making homemade cards, writing out favourite song lyrics, and making lists (eg. things to pack, groceries, etc.).
  • Review your consonants and have a brain break at the same time! Write a list of words that you can observe around your home (eg. table, hat, dog, etc.). Say each word, one word at a time. Do a fun action (eg. karate chop, star jump, etc.) for each consonant you hear. Read each word slowly; did you miss any consonants sounds the first time? Are there any consonants that you could not hear?
  • 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. CHALLENGE: Can you count by 25s?
  • Find it, say it, write it, expand it! Go on a number hunt. Search your home for as many numbers as you can find. Practice saying the numbers aloud, writing the numbers in words, and expanding the numbers you find into expanded form.
  • Who is important to you? In our study of India we have learned about Gandhi and Mother Teresa and how they were important to the people of India. Who is important to you? Why are they important? What are some interesting facts about them? Create a small biography page for this person that answers the above questions. Draw a small picture of this person to complete the biography.
  • Structures at home? Your home is full of different examples of structures. Many items that we use everyday are structures. For example: doors, door hinges, tables, chairs, curtains, etc. Go on a structures hunt! Write a list of the structures you find. What form does each structure have (ie. shape - what does they look like)? What function does each structure have (ie. solution - what problems do they solve)? Can you identify if any are experiencing tension or compression?
  • Study different buildings and see if you are able to identify how different needs are being met. For example, "How are houses for people different from a dog house?" "How are those different from a garage or a shed?" "What things will their building need; a wide doorway to get in, a chair to sit on, 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).
  • February 8th - Joint Networks Meeting (6:00 pm)
  • February 10th-11th - Parent Teacher Interviews
  • February 11th - Valentine's Cards Deadline
  • February 12th - No School (Staff PLF #8)
  • February 15th - No School (Family Day)
  • February 16th - Classroom Valentine's Celebration (Cards Go Home)
  • February 17th - Fundraising Committee Meeting (6:30 pm)
  • February 17th - School Council Meeting (7:30 pm)
  • February 18th - ECDP/Kindergarten Parent Teacher Interviews (9:00 am-3:00 pm)
  • February 18th - Inclusion Advisory Committee Meeting (7:30 pm)
  • February 19th - Pink Shirt Day
  • February 22-26th - No School (Teacher's Convention)
  • March 4th-5th - Virtual ECDP Open House
  • March 18th-19th - Virtual Kindergarten Open House
  • March 19th - No School for ECDP/Kindergarten (due to Open House)

Learning Videos

Brain Break - Yoga Freeze Dance + HIIT Cardio Workout (Brain Breaks)
Counting for Kids | Big Numbers | Million Billion Trillion | Educational Videos for Kids | Math
The Big Numbers Song
Learn The Letter P | Let's Learn About The Alphabet | Phonics Song for Kids | Jack Hartmann
Weather vs. Climate: Crash Course Kids #28.1