Weekly math quiz!

Guess who’s back!? Our weekly math quiz! (YEEEEYYY!) After our holiday month of October and CAT-4 testing, we will get back into our routine of math quiz Thursday. Math homework will be set the week before (Last week’s homework: data management will be the focus of this Thursday’s quiz) I will always set a homework linked to the focus and extra work can be requested.

Please find below extra practise. Paper copies are available from Miss M.

Fun times this week in Grade 3

Where are these weeks going? I cannot believe we are in November and there is snow! The week began with a completion of our Science celery experiment. This experiment look at celery cell makeup and how water is soaked up through the celery plant and what would happen if a ‘foreign’ addition to the water (food colouring). The plant was left for 1 week to soak up the water and dye and then dissect the plant to investigate what was happening inside.

We then had a class workshop with Brigitte looking at the Rings of Responsibility we all have when online. Students needed to think about how and what they responsible for in their lives, in their community and in the wider world.


Finally, we are coming to the end of our data management unit in Math. We are not re-capping our skills of collecting data and tallying, representing our data in a graph of our choice then we will present the data showing the conclusions we have reached. Exciting times for all those budding data analysts in the class!



General Studies homework – Due date November 20th

Good Morning Grade 3 and Grade 3 parents,

Following the success of last week’s student choice homework and amazing inspiration from Morah Lianna, I will be continuing this format of putting all instructions and links to sheets on the blog so students have control and responsibility over what they choose for homework.

This week there will be a choice of:

Pre learning* social studies task – click here to see the instructions and worksheet. (*pre learning simply means gathering information before in class learning begins)

Math homework – Click here for grade 3 level task and click here for challenge task

Language Arts – complete a  book review. You can use the review sheet found here or you can add the review directly to the library website. Click here to a full guide to writing a review on the library website.

Any issues or questions, please write a comment below or email me directly.


Miss M

Grade 3 Science investigators!

This week has been busy with scientific experiments (amongst other things!) We are almost finished our plants module and are ready to jump right into soil investigations (You would be amazed at home interesting and intriguing soil can be!) We will also be starting to look into structures and beginning to build.

We started with examining our  bean seed to see if they had sprouted or not – our guiding question was ‘Do seeds need soil to germinate?’. Some students had beans that had sprouted and some not yet. We questioned why that could have happened, answers ranged from how much light, how much water even the quality of the bean. We used magnifying lenses to inspect the seed and what had sprouted.


Students then replanted their bean sprout to see what happens next. They have the responsibility of keeping their plant alive and ensuring it has everything it needs. Once our beans have produced stalk, we will begin our Structures module and get ready to build a self sufficient watering device (get ready for the post about bringing in as many clean recycled items as you can… your garbage recycling team will be happy… The corner of my classroom… not so much!)


The next experiment involved looking into the stalk make up of a celery plant. The celery plant is different to other plants and we looked in to how its stem and cell make up was different. The experiment used our knowledge of a plants water needs. We added food colouring to the water and will be documenting what happens to the stem and the leaves.


Our food colouring has reached the edges of the Celery plant!

General Studies Homework (November 6th 2019) Due November 13th 2019

There will be no set homework this week due to the CAT-4 testing.

I will post optional homework below. Choose one task:

Recapping multiplication in a fun and different way – click here!

Challenge yourself with word problems – Click here!

Find an topic you are interested in and read about it for 20 minutes. Make some notes and share with me next week.

Create a review of a book you have read (this will go towards the reading challenge!) – Click here for a scaffold of a review!

All students will receive a hard copy of the homework they choose. If additional is wanted/needed click the links above.

*Reading is not a set piece of homework as it is expected at at least 20 minutes of reading is ENJOYED per night.

Any issues or questions about homework, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Miss M (f.mellenthin@theojcs.ca)

Scholastic Reading Club


Order Due Date – November 19th 2019

Dear Grade 3 parents,

This month’s Scholastic Reading Club flyers are now available! Please take a few moments to explore the selection together and let your child help choose books he or she is excited to read. When children choose their own books to read for pleasure, they enjoy reading more and spend more time doing it!
Scholastic Reading Club flyers are made for you and your child to shop for books your child will love to read. Each month, the flyers are filled with trusted, excellent quality children’s books that are just right for your child’s reading level and interests.
Plus your order helps our classroom earn FREE books and resources!

Once you’ve made your selections, there are two ways to order:
Submit your order to me and pay by credit card or PayPal online at www.scholastic.ca/canadaclubs Your online order will be sent to me automatically.
Return the paper order form to me with a cheque made out to Scholastic Canada.

Please submit your order to me by November 19th 2019

Thank you for supporting your child’s reading success both at home and in the classroom!

Miss Mellenthin
PS: Please let me know if your order includes a gift for your child, and I will contact you when it arrives!

Our week in Grade 3!

Hello Grade 3 and Grade 3 parents,

It has been a few weeks since I posted an update of what been happening the Grade 3 classroom. So we started the week as Scientists…by Wednesday we were Data analysts and by Friday we were Google Docs experts (almost!)

Our current science module on Plants is ‘growing’ well! We investigated what happens to plants outside in the Fall season. We took our clipboards and magnifying glasses to the school garden and used our knowledge on photosynthesis to see why some plants were slowly turning into compost.

After, we started out bean plant experiment, our guiding question was ‘Do plants need soil to sprout?’. New scientific vocabulary was introduced when we built a hypothesis and added our procedure. We are currently documenting out bean growth and will update you on whether our hypothesis was correct.

We started a new module in Math : Data management. Building on our Math homework of looking into the language of math, we were introduced to new words such as; classify and interpret. We will be learning about collecting data and how to display the data through; Venn diagrams, Tally, pictograms, bar charts and double bar charts. Eventually we will bring our data to a conclusion and interpret what it means.

Structured Word Inquiry is in full flow in our classroom. We have been sorting and classifying prefix, base and suffix to build new and old words alike. We have also started our etymology research into where the prefix, base and suffix have originated from.

Our blogging challenge this week is linked to images online and what we can and cannot use with and without permission. Sites such as unsplash are excellent because copyright permission has been given and we are free to use. We also received our login  details to our school google accounts. We will be starting to explore google docs and google slides. We will be continuing our ‘personal interest projects’ but in a google doc so you can view from home all the amazing work.

November is also going to be our Grade 3 Kindness Month. We will be continuing to speak about kindness and what small things we can do to help each other out and brightening each others days as the greyness of November sets in! Watch this space for how Grade 3 will spread kindness throughout OJCS!

Blogging Challenge Week 2

Week 2 of the Blogging Challenge came with the focus of commenting. As a class, we discussed what a comment is, why is commenting important (or is it not important?), what comment can give (to the author of the blog), what is it’s purpose?

We also looked into the negative aspects of commenting and opened up a conversation around ‘trolling’. This part of the commenting learning curve will be re-visited through our digital footprint workshop with Miss Brigitte.

Here are the Grade 3’s in action, creating their first written comments on the class paper blogs. The next step for the class will be to review the comments as we open up the next part of the conversation around quality comments and the creation of our class commenting rules: