Mini March Update!

Shalom Kitah Gimmel Families!

It was so amazing to be back at school with all of the students in Grade 3 this week after February break… although… I am quite jealous of the suntans and vacation braids!

Here are two highlights from the week along with some reminders at the bottom of the blog post!

In Science we have been learning about different types of forces. While magnetic force seemed to be the class favourite before the break, it seems like electrostatic force is now the “most fun” force in class! Check out these big smiles and crazy hair!
     

With March, comes MARCH MADNESS!! Grade 3 was excited to see that we are launching our March Madness Book Bracket again this year! Now that we are in Grade 3, we have a bit of a twist! Instead of only having other teachers come join us as guest readers… we will also have Grade 3 students become the guest readers! Today one of our students read our March Madness Book!

Which book do you think will win? Let us know in the comments!


  • If you have any feedback from last month’s transition to a General Studies Homework folder (rather than all electronic), please send me an email! (update: new BINGO board will be given next week, as this week we are celebrating purim and all things RUACH!)
  • RUACH week is starting on MONDAY. Please see this blog post for details about each theme day!
  • We are getting ready for Innovation day! I am looking for newspapers and cardboard for this year’s project! If you have any of these items, please send them to school. Thank you!

Fact vs. Opinion

This month we have been learning about the difference between facts and opinions. It’s important to learn the difference so we can become better at identifying opinions from facts when doing research online!

We started with a read aloud and workshop with our Librarian, Miss Brigitte!

Then, we spent our library period finding different non-fiction books about various topics of interest. We then started our research by looking for facts!

    

Some interesting facts we learned were…

  • You fit as many as 130 people in one large log house
  • Leonardo Da Vinci’s grandmother lived to be older than 85 years old
  • Helen Keller was deaf and blind
  • Harry Houdini’s father was a Rabbi
  • Most fish use their tails to swim

Some opinions we shared were…

  • Sharks are ugly
  • Maple syrup is yummy
  • Dogs are better than cats
  • It would be hard to be Helen Keller’s teacher

 

Do you have any fun facts or opinions that you would like to share with us? Comment below!!!


REMINDERS!
– Tomorrow is Winter Fun Day! BRING EXTRA SOCKS IN CASE YOURS GET WET!
– Our February Break begins Friday with a PD day!

JDAIM in Grade 3

As you know, this week we had a workshop with our school Social Worker, Quinn. We discussed words we are learned already (diversity and inclusion), and we learned a brand new word; allyship. Being an ally means you are a friend and supporter of all people! It does not matter if they are different from us, we are supportive and inclusive! We even played a game to show that within our Grade 3 community, we have different interests and abilities!

This morning, we had a class discussion (inspired by this year’s JOIN contest) about adults understanding inclusion.
Below is the Jamboard where we shared some of our ideas!

We also listened to this fantastic story from Miss Brigitte!

Check out her other JDAIM storytime videos here!

 

Here is more information about the JOIN contest!
Please feel free to work on a project at home to enter in the challenge!

February Homework BINGO

Hi Grade 3 Parents,

Today your child brought home a brand new purple pocket folder / duotang. This folder contains the new BINGO board as well as any printouts that are required for this month. The sheets for the month are in the pocket. As the students complete their work, they should pop it into the duotang clips. As usual, a row, column, or (new) 4 corners will earn a BINGO! Any extra tasks that are completed are bonus!

Please reach out if you have any questions!


WINTER FUN DAY IS COMING! If you haven’t yet, PLEASE COMPLETE THIS GOOGLE FORM!

 

Vroom Vroom to the Makerspace We Go!

We went on an adventure today… All the way to the OJCS Makerspace!

Mr. Ray greeted us and explained some of the different leadership roles we would be able to try out today while building. We were given a bag of materials and told to get started. He reminded us that we celebrate mistakes and failed attempts! That’s how we learn best!!

Some of us figured out right away that the goal was to build a car… and some of us needed to work with the materials first. After 5 minutes of building, Mr. Ray showed us a short clip of a video to help us assemble the wheels.

We worked together, problem solved, and built cars!

    

“When I was making the car, the elastic band didn’t work… but it was still really really fun!”

   

“The hardest thing was when we put the elastic on the bottom because it kept falling off. I’m not sure how we will fix it, but I know we can figure it out!”


  

“I liked being the Lead Mechanic because I really enjoyed building stuff.”

Stay tuned for next week when we race the cars!

New Year, New BINGO Board

Welcome Back!

Today was a day of New Year activities. We had a class discussion about what we want more of and less of in 2023. The students suggested more sleep in 2023… so feel free to bump up those bed times! We also started one of my favourite activities today; UNLOCK THE NEW YEAR! (a 10-challenge long Math activity). As we complete the challenges, we get closer and closer to unlocking the New Year!
 

With the new year and a new month… we have a new BINGO board!

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As always, please reach out if you have any questions!

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Same me… always loving the Bitmojis!

REMINDER: We will have a special PJ Day this Friday (January 13th) to make up for the missed one on our snow day in December! Please make sure your child wears a pair, and brings a pair to donate to the Pyjama Patrol!

Oh Chanukah, Math-manukah

This week we took our problem solving skills and applied them to a series of Chanukah themed Math problems!

We worked on 4 different problems;

Morah Lianna made latkes for her friends and family. She fried up 72 latkes for her 18 students in 3A and all of the 35 teachers at OJCS. How many did she have left after 3A and all the teachers ate their latkes?

Morah Lianna was collecting gelt to play dreidels with. She collected 80 chocolate coins, but while she was on recess duty, Mrs. Cleveland ate 17 of them and Ms. Beswick came to take 25 of them. How many chocolate coins did Morah Lianna have left?

Morah Lianna and Cooper were getting ready to light the Chanukiah. She had 28 candles ready for the holiday, but Cooper accidentally ate 6 candles and broke 4 more. How many candles did Morah Lianna have left?

Morah Lianna was making Chanukah gift bags. She made 8 bags in total. Each bag will have 2 dreidels, 2 sufganiyot, and 5 chocolate coins. How many dreidels does Morah Lianna need to buy? How many sufganiyot does Morah Lianna need to buy? How many chocolate coins does she need to buy? What if she wanted to make 10 gift bags in total, instead of 8?

The students worked in small groups to answer their problem.

   

Then they all shared their thinking and reasoning in order to learn from each other! We even worked as a class to correct some of the errors we made with our Math operations (#NorthStarAlert! We Learn Better Together)

Stay tuned for next week’s Chanukah related Math problem!

Chanukah Rehearsal Time!

Hi Grade 3 Students!

Please practice the lyrics for the SONG we are SINGING at the Family Chanukah Celebration!
Here is the video with the song and I have the lyrics that you should practice typed out below.

Chorus 1: 
Tonight is Hanukkah
Got everything we need
A frying pan, some oil
And a latke recipe
Let’s celebrate our ancestry
We’ve got ooh, ooh, ooh The latke recipe

Chorus 2:
Tonight is Hanukkah
Got everything we need
A frying pan, some oil
For your latke recipe
Let’s celebrate our victory
We’ve got ooh, ooh, ooh The latke recipe

Chorus 3:
Tonight is Hanukkah
Got everything we need
A frying pan, some oil
For your latke recipe
Let’s celebrate our ancestry
We’ve got ooh, ooh, ooh The latke recipe

Slow Part:
Two thousand years
Of joyous celebration
A single jar
That burned for eight days
The food we eat
As part of our tradition
Keeps that flame alive!

Chorus 4:
Tonight is Hanukkah
Got everything we need
Good friends and family here to try
Our latke recipe
Best served with applesauce, you see
We’ve got ooh, ooh, ooh The latke recipe

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