Grade Three Update

Grade 3 classes have been busy learning and having fun in school. We took an up-close look at worms and discovered how great they are for the soil. We had no idea they worked so hard for us to make the soil healthy. Worms are amazing! We even discovered worm castings (worm poop) all over the fields.

One rainy day a few weeks ago, the students and I ventured out to the schoolyard to see if we could find worms. In a matter of minutes, our containers were full of soil and worms. In the classroom, we observed the worms and held them. I am proud to say that with encouragement from the students, I handled three worms without fainting.

 

In class, we read a story about worm composting, and we were inspired to try worm composting for ourselves. We have big plans to compost some of our lunch waste and use the compost for Morah Ada’s plants and some plants we hope to grow over the winter. Wish us luck!

We are also learning about plants and how they grow. We have experimented with kidney beans, and some plants have started growing. It seems many of the students do have green thumbs after all.

 

In Math, we have focused on adding and subtracting two and three-digit numbers with regrouping. Some students have even challenged themselves with four-digit numbers. Subtraction is causing some frustration at the moment. I always love a challenge! I will find a way to have the students loving subtraction this year. Right now, we are looking at adding and subtracting money and making the connection to the work we did with regrouping. Multiplication and division will be our focus for the next few weeks. Many students have been asking to do multiplication and division since the beginning of the year.

We have been reading all kinds of fiction and non-fiction material in class each day. The students seem to be very interested in non-fiction material about anything science-related. They loved learning as much as they could on soil and plants; I sometimes even found them reading more on soil and worms in their free time (this is a teacher’s dream). The students have completed their first Star Reading assessment of the year. These assessments will allow me to personalize instruction for each student and even further improve their reading skills this year. The students are working on their writing skills through the use of journals, paragraph writing, and creative writing. Everyone is trying their best to use proper punctuation.

                                                                       Global Connections

The Grade Three classes have been connecting some global connections over the last few weeks. We have met with students in Tel Aviv to talk about life in Israel and Canada. We talked about how we are learning in school with masks, and how they are at home doing distance learning once again. This week we will meet with them again to see some of the students’ favourite places in Israel; we will share our favourite places in Canada. We really hope to continue the connection with our Israeli friends throughout the school year.

 

We took part in the Digcit Summit 2020 and talked about digital citizenship. The students shared how they worked on being good citizens in Grade Two and plans to continue the work in Grade Three. They did a great job presenting during the live stream event despite an initial technical glitch. We hope we inspired other students around the world to become good digital citizens as well. Who knows, this could be the start of their public speaking careers.

 

We also took part in Global Maker Day this past week. The children took on the STEM challenge of building a functional object with recyclable materials. The students were so excited to design and build. There was a buzz in the class; no one seemed to mind that the challenge needed to be independent due to covid. I overheard some students talking about how they want to be inventors when they grow up. They took the challenge seriously and were so proud to share their objects with the class. There were water bottle holders, robots that held school supplies, and even a greiger for Purim. We just wished there were more hours in the school day so we could have taken part in some more challenges.

                                                 Social Studies Research Workshop

The students were so happy to see Brigitte, our librarian, for a virtual research workshop this past week. For Social Studies, the students will be researching a city in Ontario. Brigitte taught us how to find information using books and the internet. The students remembered all they had learned with Brigitte last year with regards to using keywords to search for information.

This year we went to step further and learned to use indexes and tables of contents in books and how to find specific information on the internet as well. The fun part of this project is that the students will be writing a news report about their Ontario city. We hope to become real reporters and film a news show all about Ontario. Brigitte gave us some pointers on how to be kid reporters as well.

English Homework

English homework has been sent home in a red duo-tang today. Many of the students were really excited to get their homework today and they want to do it all tonight. I told the children they weren’t allowed to stay up until midnight to do homework. 🙂 Please send me a quick email if you have any questions or concerns. The homework should be returned to school next Wednesday.

A great start to the year in Grade Three

We are happy to report that our first few weeks back in the classroom have been amazing. The children are wearing their masks and keeping their distance. We are so happy to be back in the classroom!

Our first days in school we worked on measurement and metres. This gave us the opportunity to go outside and measure with metres and specifically getting comfortable with 2 metres for social distancing.  We started off the year learning all about soil. Did you know there are different types of soil and lots of animals that live in the soil? Our great big schoolyard has been the perfect spot to dig and examine the soil. Yes, we even found some worms and snails.

Next week we will be observing real live worms in the classroom and starting our own worm compost in each class. I am so happy that I have so many worm handlers in the class. It has been a long time since I held a real live worm. The students promised to help handle the worms. Now I  just have to get brave enough to do it. Stay tuned!

 

Grade 3 investigates…

Keeping in mind the current times in which we live, in Social Studies Grade 3 delved into the impact humans have on the earth. Looking at the cause and effect of Fossil fuels, deforestation, and air pollution. Here are a few examples of the work produced…

Keep checking in on our blog as the Grade 3 students use the information they have researched and become News reporters! WATCH THIS SPACE!

Sharing is Caring! Grade 3 showcase what they are proud of…

Each week in Grade 3 we get together and share something we are proud of. This is been a constant in our physical classroom since September (TBH – Our class were/are always creating awesome things to be proud of so it became a daily/hourly thing!!!)

Today – I scheduled in time to share again…and boy was I proud! This will most certainly be something we will continue in our online class until the school year finishes. Not only does it bring us closer in a time when we have to be apart but I get to showcase all of the amazing things we are doing!

So today, we had an impressive rendition of the Harry Potter theme tune! Awesome work, Noa-Tili!

Katara and Meadow shared some super cool shortcuts and tools in Chrome Music Lab and Songmaker. A site they use in Music lessons.

A ROCKIN’ presentation about Crystal growing – Thanks Emma!

Linked to Rock – KitKat created an amazing Blog post on Rocks and Minerals. Check it out!

An excellent blog post about Minecraft!

We had a wonderful stop motion presentation showing his seedling adventures then a Quacky adventure…Saving the ducks!

Another awesome blog post about Kittens and Cats! Great work KitKat and Katara!

Each week, any and all grade 3 will be able to share and showcase what they are proud of! I encourage you to make a take a look, make a comment, and share something you are proud of!

MISSM!

General studies homework Due March 18th 2020

Good Morning!

(I am posting this early as I am not in school tomorrow morning! Homework sheets will be handed out tomorrow.)

Here is a link to the multiplication homework this week.

2 times tables

5 and 10 times tables

If you would like to challenge yourself:

3 and 9 times table (coming soon – a student video showing an awesome trick to help with 9s)

Multiplication word problems 

Language Arts – In our Poetry Unit we have just looked into making Haiku poems. Try making your own at home. You will present it in class!

Any questions, please ask!

Miss M

 

 

Blogger of the Week – King Papar

              I am the blogger of the week: I am King Papar! Welcome to the grade 3 blog!

We are in General studies. We do reading, math and finishing our structures.

We were excited about Innovation day.

Here we are finishing our province projects. They’re outside our classroom:

Here we are during math.  We worked on Tangram challenges

 

Here we are during the gym . I got my assistant bloggers to help me create this because I was playing,

Here we are in Hebrew.

Here is computer time:

Here we are with the Shimshinim:

Thank you for reading my blog. Please leave a comment!

King Papar!

General Studies Homework Due March 11th 2020

Good Morning Grade 3,

All students will receive a multiplication strategy booklet this week to practise Arrays, Colour-block square tables, skip counting and number lines. These are all useful strategies when practising multiplication. As we are starting out multiplication and Division unit in Math (which will last until the end of March) this booklet will help when you get stuck.

You can also use an interactive tool such as YouTube and listen to multiplication raps and I will set multiplication tasks on Knowledgehook.

Thanks,

Miss M