Grade 3B Info., Updates, News

October 19th, 2020

IMPORTANT DATES

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

What Are We Learning?

  • Health - Students have been reviewing Habit #1: Be Proactive. We are focusing on choosing our own weather. Remember, you are in charge of you! Students have been thinking about what is in their control and building their own circles of control. What things can we not control? 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. 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. Students have reviewed the beginning consonant sounds for the consonants: b, c, and d.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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, 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).
  • 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, and legends to build and read maps.
  • Art - Depiction and Expression. Students are practicing using the elements of art (ie. line, shape, space) to develop artwork using a variety of materials (Toilet Paper Roll Monsters).

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 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 vowel hunt! How many short vowel sounds can you find in your home (eg. apple, cat, elephant, deck). How many long vowel sounds can you find in your home (eg. ate, cape, eagle, beach). Can you find any other vowel sounds (ie. i, o, u, and 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?
  • How do we use skip counting in real life? When you use money, you are often skip counting without being aware of it. For example, if we have 10 dimes, we skip count by tens to see how much we have (ie. "10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, I have 100 cents or 1 dollar"). Can you find ways to practice counting with money this week? How much do you have altogether? How many different ways can you use skip counting to help you?
  • How high can you skip count by 4s? How quickly? See if you can skip count by 4s all the way to 100. Record how long it takes you. Each day try again and see if you can get faster and faster.
  • Use a compass! Use a compass or an app on your phone to find the cardinal directions of your home. Does your kitchen face north? Is your bedroom to the east? See if you can create a map of your home.

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).
  • October 29th - Classroom Halloween Celebration.
  • October 30th - No School (Institute Day for Staff)
  • November 4-5th - Three Way Conferences (Parent Teacher Interviews)
  • November 9th - Photo Retakes
  • November 11th - No School (Remembrance Day)

Learning Videos

Brain Break - Would You Rather? Energizer Game 1
Learn The Letter D | Let's Learn About The Alphabet | Phonics Song for Kids | Jack Hartmann
Billie Eilish Parody | Good Guy | CBC Kids
Count by 5's | Exercise and Count By 5 | Count to 100 | Counting Songs | Jack Hartmann
13 Rarest Gemstones and Minerals Ever Seen
Cardinal Directions Song
How To Draw A Cartoon Frankenstein