The month of November has whizzed by! It was great to see all of you at our portfolio walks. I’m so proud of our kids and all that they have accomplished so far in Grade 3. A lot of learning has gone on, and we are so settled into our routines that we can maximize our time and focus our attention on our learning activities, which is great.
As you can see from the portfolios, we have wrapped up our animal life cycles unit in science, and we have moved onto a study of hearing and sound. The kids have been investigating some “driving questions” and learning how to find information that answers their questions. It’s wonderful to see them develop their critical thinking skills and learn some ways to record and organize information along the way.
Right now in social studies, we are integrating some current events with the curricular outcomes of learning about service organizations, humanitarian aid efforts, and cultures around the world. We have decided to support the Red Cross with their assistance in the Philippines following the typhoon earlier this month. Our class is organizing a school-wide fundraiser that will help to make Christmas a little brighter for our friends in the Philippines. We will share more information about this fundraiser next week, but right now your children are busy planning, researching, and creating informative posters and PowerPoint slides.
Please check out the Upcoming Events tab for some information on what’s up in the month ahead.
We had a lovely first day together. The students settled in quickly and had a lot of fun getting to know each other. They especially love the looooong recesses on the first day, so be sure to ask about that!
Here is a photo of us drinking our “Jitter Juice” to chase away those “first day” butterflies. 🙂
We brought in fresh vegetables and made a huge batch of harvest soup in our classroom!
Charlotte’s Web – Wonderful Words
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We are taking part in the “Global Read Aloud 2012”. Along with thousands of classrooms around the globe, I have been reading the novel Charlotte’s Web to the class during the month of October. A goal of the Global Read Aloud is to make connections with others around the world. We are checking in on Twitter and on the Global Read Aloud website. We will add some digital artifacts to our wiki in the next week or so. On Week 3, we made sticky notes of new vocabulary words from the story and posted them on this virtual bulletin board at Wallwisher.com. Please feel free to add a sticky to our wall!
This week we began our new L.A. Themes unit, an author study of author/illustrator Jan Brett. The students love her characters, such as Hedgie and the mischievious trolls, and they especially love her use of telling a second story in the border art surrounding the main illustrations on the page. We read many of her books together at the carpet, we listened to some on tape (yes, a cassette tape, and that was a mini-lesson of its own!), and partners worked together to read a favourite story and then make a clay model depicting the main idea. In math, we continued our work on showing 3-digit numbers in many ways, including spelling them out in words, showing the base-ten name, and sketching base-ten blocks with symbols. We also practiced estimating sums by taking both numbers to the nearest ten before adding them. In social studies, we practiced some letter-writing skills by writing a sample letter to one of the children in our textbooks that tells about aspects of our daily lives and compared it to the daily life of that child. We were excited to see that although the children of Peru, Tunisia, Ukraine, and India have many differences in how they live, they still have many, many things that are the same as us here in Canada!