One of our new routines this year is our daily math stations. In addition to some whole group lessons, students are paired up with a partner for several weeks and each day they do an activity from one of our math tubs. Each tub focuses on one specific skill (for example, addition, patterning, or measurement) and contains up to three games for students to choose from based on their interest or ability. One or two sets of partners meet with me during each round for some small-group instruction or assessments. This group is great with the stations routine, and we are able to work on one activity for up to twenty minutes!
Here is a look at our math stations and why we do them every day. 🙂
We are into the final few weeks of Grade 3! I am thrilled to be back with the class full time as of today, but we will miss Mrs. Rogers. She did a fantastic job while she was here and we are very grateful to have had her here with us. 🙂
This week we will write our last two PATs. We will do our reading test on Tuesday and then we are onto math on Thursday. A good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast will be all we need to prepare for these exams because we are READY!
We have a few field trips and swim dates in June, so please be sure to check out the “Upcoming Dates” tab above. You can also look at some of the new Wallwisher (now called Padlet) digital walls that we have built in the last couple of weeks. We did some walls featuring the environments of the four countries we’ve been learning about in social studies, and coming up soon we will create walls that tell about the five animal kingdoms with Mrs. McQuesten in science.
Last week, we had the privilege of having a great Artist in Residency program in our school – Les Bucherons. (Click on the link above for more information on Les Bucherons.) We began the four-day program with a short presentation from M. Gilbert and M. Ian on Monday morning. Then, each class met with one of the artists for a half-hour period on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Thursday we came together in the gym for the “grande finale”, a wonderful performance for everyone to enjoy! The students did a great job learning their songs and dances. Our class learned the round dance, and performed it beautifully. Here are a few photos I managed to snap:
(Sorry for the blurry quality!)
September is all about getting to know one another and building a classroom community. An important aspect of our classroom culture is that each student is able to work independently on tasks that are geared to his or her own learning style and ability. So, we work very hard to build up our stamina for how long we can read, write, or do a math task with focus and purpose. When students are able to maintain their engagement in an activity, I am able to meet with individuals or small groups to work on personal learning goals. I can meet with your child to work on his or her specific writing goal, or I can coach a small group through a math mini-lesson on place value. Ask your child about “Read to Self”, “Work on Writing”, or “Math by Myself” to find out more about what we have been practicing the first two weeks of school. The time we are spending on practicing our independent work routines now is laying the groundwork for a lot of learning in the months to come.
Week 1 has already wrapped up and we are settling into our classroom and into our routines. This week the students had the chance to meet with most of the teachers with whom they will be spending time this year. I teach all language arts, math, and social studies classes, as well as some art which is integrated into these curricular areas. Mrs. McQuesten teaches science, health, and phys ed, Mrs. Wessner does an extended period of art each week, and Mrs. Gustafson is back as our music teacher for one period per week. In addition, our class will meet with Mrs. Pickett in the Learning Commons for some library/literacy time, and Mr. Ratzlaff has the opportunity to see our class twice weekly for some tech activities that we co-plan to complement our classroom activities.
I am looking forward to meeting with you at our upcoming Parent Contact week later this month. More information will be forthcoming in the near future, but until then, take care and have a wonderful early-September weekend!
How much excitement can a netted cage full of caterpillars generate? A lot! Every morning the students run into the classroom to check on the progress of our caterpillars. Several have now gone into the chrysalis stage and the children love watching the remaining caterpillars make their way to the top of the cage to attach themselves and begin their metamorphosis.
This week we switched gears into “test prep mode” in anticipation of our upcoming provincial achievement tests. Students had the chance to see some sample reading and math PATs, and to learn some strategies that will help them with the multiple-choice format. Through our guided practice, they have come to realize just how much they really do know, and they tell me they are ready for the tests next Tuesday and Thursday! I am proud of how far they have come this year, and I know they will do their best.
Two and a half weeks to go! Here’s hoping the weather comes around again, and we have sunny days for our field trips and Fun in the Sun day. Enjoy your weekend, everyone. 🙂
Well, we completed our fairy tale lands! Students did a good job working together in their groups to create one finished product. We have also just wrapped up our fairy tale theme in language arts. This was a popular unit, and the students enjoyed the original tales as much as the funny fractured ones. Most of the children have also finished writing their own fractured tales; ask your child what she/he wrote about.
We are moving into our final units of study in both science and social studies. We will be learning about animal life cycles in science, and we have a couple of field trips lined up to gain some firsthand knowledge of the life cycles of insects and birds. (Check the Upcoming Dates tab for more info on our field trips.) Right now in our classroom, we have a netted cage full of tiny caterpillars, and over the next few weeks we will watch their amazing metamorphosis into painted lady butterflies! In social studies, we will be looking at our role as global citizens, and find out what organizations are out there that support children in need around the world.
In math we are about to move into reviewing the many concepts we have covered throughout the year, with a major focus on 3-digit addition and subtraction, and problem-solving strategies. We are still very busy in class, and working hard every day!