Grade 3B Info., Updates, News

October 26th, 2020


  • Monday (Day 5) - Phys. Ed.
  • Tuesday (Day 1) - Music
  • Wednesday (Day 2) - RCMP Halloween Safety Presentation
  • Thursday (Day 3) - Music, Costume Parade, Classroom Celebration
  • Friday (No School) - ATA Institute Day

What Are We Learning?

  • Health - Students have been exploring making mistakes and having a growth mindset. Everyone makes mistakes. It's how we learn! What can we do when we make a mistake? How can we fix it? Remember, even superheroes make mistakes! 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 and e. Students have reviewed the beginning consonant sounds for the consonants: b, c, d, and f.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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, Carroll diagrams, and tally charts to organize data and information. Students will learn to accurately collect and record first-hand data (ie. question, choices, collect, total). 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 parts of 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 - Reflection and Composition. Students are responding to visual forms in nature to plan and complete artwork in detail (ie. Art Cards by Kids Tree Silhouettes).


  • 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?
  • Did you know that not every country uses the same tally marks? Australia, North America, Europe, and Zimbabwe all generally use the same style of tally marks that we learned in class. However, many countries such as Brazil, France, China, Spain, and Japan use different tally marks. Do some research to learn more about the different styles of tally marks. Can you show the number 7 in a different style?
  • How high can you skip count by 5s? How quickly? See if you can skip count by 5s all the way to 100. Record how long it takes you. Each day try again and see if you can get faster and faster.
  • How many examples of rocks and minerals can you find in your home? What do we use them for? Don't forget to include some of the crystals we have learned about (eg. salt, sugar, 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).
  • 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)
  • November 16th - Rock Your Mocs

Learning Videos

5 Minute Harry Potter Workout - Coach Mambru, PE at Home
Learn The Letter E | Let's Learn About The Alphabet | Phonics Song for Kids | Jack Hartmann
Counting Tally Marks 1-10 | PicTrain™
How do crystals work? - Graham Baird
Know Your Globe
How To Draw Tree Silhouette Step by Step