Grade 3B Info., Updates, News

November 9th, 2020


  • Monday (Day 4) - Phys. Ed., Photo Retakes, School Council Exec. Meeting
  • Tuesday (Day 5) - Phys. Ed., Virtual Remembrance Day Assembly
  • Wednesday (No School) - Remembrance Day
  • Thursday (Day 1) - Music, Inclusion Advisory Committee Meeting
  • Friday (Day 2) - Classroom Reward Day

What Are We Learning?

  • Health - Students are reviewing Habit #2: Begin With the End in Mind. We are discussing the importance of knowing "where we are going" so that we can set goals and make a plan of action. Students have helped to create a classroom Mission Statement: "Students in Grade 3,/ Do what they should do,/ They respect others, nice they will be,/ They think win-win, and let them be true./ Grade 3 students don't talk too much,/ They always include and thank one another/ They tidy up the things they touch/ They concentrate like no other." Next students will be working to create their own personal mission statements that they can use to help set goals throughout the year. 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. In their own writing, students are working on using adjectives to add elaborative details. 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 and e. Students have reviewed the beginning consonant sounds for the consonants: b, c, d, f, and g.
  • 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 have also completed choral reading activities. Students are practicing finding key sight words within these texts. 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. 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 and media. Students are sharing their love of reading (eg. favourite books, authors, genres, etc.) with their classmates through a variety of activities.
  • Math - Statistics and Graphing. Students are learning about data collection and how to use different attributes to sort items in a set. Students have learned how to use Venn diagrams, t-charts, Carroll diagrams, tally charts, and line plots to organize data and information. Students are practicing accurately collecting and recording first-hand data (ie. question, choices, collect, total). Students will be learning to analyze and use data, charts, and tables to solve problems. 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). Students are learning about the Scientific Method through activities and experiments.
  • 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, legends, latitude, and longitude to build and read maps and globes.
  • Art - Depiction and Expression. Students are practicing using the elements of art such as line and colour through a variety of materials (eg. pastels) with increasing skill (ie. Haunted Houses).


  • 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 consonant hunt! How many consonant sounds can you find in your home (eg. bed, cat, dice, friends, or great). Can you find any other consonant sounds (ie. h, j, k, l, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, v, w, x, and 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?
  • Create your own Line Plot or Tally Chart! First, come up with a question you would like to know the answer to (eg. What is your favourite meal?). Next, decide on what choices you will share with the participants of your survey (eg. Macaroni and Cheese, Pizza, Tacos, Other). Don't forget to include the choices such as none or other so that everyone can answer your question! Collect some first-hand data by asking your friends and family your question. Next, organize your data into a Line Plot or Tally Chart. Remember, one x stands for one response in a Line Plot and that Line Plots are best for recording numerical responses. Finally, analyze your data. What did you learn? What patterns do you see? What would you like to know more about?
  • How high can you skip count by 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s? How quickly? See if you can skip count by 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s all the way to 100. Record how long it takes you. Which number is easiest for you to skip count with? Which number is the hardest for you to skip count with? Practice the number you find the most challenging each day.
  • Go on a crystal hunt! What crystals do you already have in your home? Remember, salt, sugar, baking soda, snow, etc. are all examples of crystals that we use at home. See if you can compare (how are they the same) and contrast (how are they different) some of the samples you find. Can you use a Venn diagram to organize the information?

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).
  • November 11th - No School (Remembrance Day)
  • November 16th - Rock Your Mocs
  • November 19th - Classroom Toonie Toss for United Way
  • November 20th - No School (Staff PLF #4)
  • November 23rd - No School (Day in Lieu for PTIs)
  • November 27th - Term #1 Report Cards

Learning Videos

Norris the Baby Seahorse | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!
7 Habits Leader In Me Song - Yes I'm A Leader
All About Archaeology | Nat Geo Kids Archaeology Playlist
The Mohs Scale of Hardness Explained