Grade 3B Info., Updates, News

June 7th, 2021

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Monday (Day 4) - Phys. Ed.
  • Tuesday (Day 5) - Phys. Ed.
  • Wednesday (Day 1) - Music
  • Thursday (Day 2) -
  • Friday (Day 3) - Music

What Are We Learning?

  • Health - Students are learning about the importance of finding balance in their lives and to take time to Sharpen the Saw - Balance is Best! Students are looking for ways that they can renew their hearts, minds, bodies, and souls. 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, idioms, onomatopoeia). 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. Comics. Students are learning how to use layout, narrative boxes, and speech bubbles to develop a comic. Students are using comics to explore elements of narrative writing such as conflict, rising action, and the difference between a developed ending and a cliffhanger. 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, simile , and metaphor 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, o, and u. Students have reviewed the beginning consonant sounds for the consonants: b, c, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, v, w, x, y, and z. Cursive Writing. Students are beginning to practice forming capitals and lowercase letters in cursive for the letters: a, b, c, and d.
  • 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 and readers theatre 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, folk tales, fables, fairy tales, fractured fairy tales, myths, tall tales, and non-fiction, etc.) and comparing and contrasting a variety of texts and media. Students have listened to oral stories from a variety of traditions and cultures, comparing and contrasting these texts with Indigenous story traditions. Strategies. Students use information from the text and from their schema to make inferences before and during reading. 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 are learning to compare and order numbers to 1000 (less than, greater than, equal to). Students have been introduced to the concept of multiples and are reviewing skip counting patterns such as skip counting by 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 10s, and 25s. Students will use the above strategies and number operations (ie. addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) to estimate and solve problems with quantities to 1000. Students are learning to use and identify fractions to represent equal parts of a whole (ie., denominator, halves, quarters, etc.). Students are learning to compare and order fractions with like denominators. Measurement. Students are exploring measuring length using mm, cm, m, and km, utilizing a variety of referents and tools (ie. ruler, tape measure). Students are using direct and indirect measurements to solve problems. 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). Students are exploring and identifying simple structures (ie. pillars, columns, arches) and geometric shapes (ie. regular and irregular polygons, triangles, quadrilaterals, triangular and rectangular prisms, and cylinders). Students are learning to identify shapes using characteristics such as sides and vertices. Students are learning to identify 3-D shapes using characteristics such as edges, vertices, and faces. Students are learning to consider the strengths and weaknesses of different materials and to choose appropriate materials to build and join structures. Hearing and Sound. Students are learning to describe and classify sounds (ie. soft, loud, pleasant, unpleasant, high, low). Student can demonstrate methods of producing and modifying sounds (ie. pitch, loudness). Students are learning about how sound travels (ie. vibration, sound waves) and how the ear allows us to hear the environment around us. Life Cycles. Students are learning to identify and classify the life cycles of animals (ie. regular vs. irregular, metamorphosis). Students are learning to identify and describe what is needed to care for animals and to apply this knowledge (ie. caterpillars, isopods). 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. Peru. Students have begun to apply their knowledge of mapping and landscapes to exploring the country of Peru. Students are exploring some of the characteristics that have shaped communities and ways of life in Peru (ie. geography, climate, environment). Students are exploring the past (ie. Inca Empire, Spanish colonialism) and present traditions and cultures of Peru, comparing and contrasting Peru's peoples and communities to Canada. India. We have completed our study of India. Please see previous newsletters for unit details.
  • Art - Depiction. Students are learning to use elements of art such as line, shape, and space to plan and complete multi-step pieces (ie. Draw Fitness Activities).

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.
  • Write a letter! Write a letter to a friend or family member. Be sure to include all of the parts of a friendly letter: the date, greeting (salutation), body, closing, and signature. Can you properly address the envelope?
  • Try it! Find a piece of cursive writing in your home that you can copy - copying is a great way to practice your cursive!
  • 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, 5s, or 10s. CHALLENGE: Can you count by 25s?
  • How many ways can you count to 36? Think about it. Can you count by 2s? 3s? 4s? 5s? 10s? If you cannot, how close can you get? Find as many ways of counting to 36 as you can or get as close to 36 as you can. When you are finished, choose a new number. Challenge yourself! Choose a number higher than 36 and choose larger and larger numbers each time you play.
  • Explore! We have used Google Maps in class to explore India and Peru. What country do you want to explore? Why not type in the famous landmarks you would want to see?
  • Create your own structures! Choose just two household items (eg. marshmallows and toothpicks, spaghetti and tape), one to build and one to join. How large of a structure can you build? Think about the structures we have studied in class. What materials worked best to build? What materials worked best to join? What shapes can be used to provide strength, stability, and support?

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).
  • June 9th - Fundraising Committee Meeting
  • June 21st - National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • June 24th - Last Day of School / Report Cards

Learning Videos

Always Be a Good Sport S4 E6
That's An Idiom
Fractions Song For Kids | 2nd Grade - 3rd Grade
Compare Fractions with the Same Denominator. Grade 3
Measuring with Centimeters
Metric System Conversions Song | Measurement by NUMBEROCK
Butterfly or Moth?
Episode 13: Isopods! Nature's Janitors
Roly Poly Facts: the arthropods that roll up into a ball | Animal Fact Files
How To Care For Isopods: Culture Setup & Breeding | Bioactive Basics #18
Sand Castle Draw Fitness - Brain Break, PE warm up