This week in math we continued our work on geometry. We know all about polygons (2D shapes), so that is helping us to explore 3D solids. We also made “fact family triangles” to examine the relationship between adding and subtracting. Try rolling two dice or flipping two cards and then have your child show you the two addition and two subtraction sentences that can be made from your numbers.
We added two new elements to our Daily 5 literacy program: “Word Work” (a word wall spelling practice task), and “sticker stories” (a writing format). Both of these were met with a lot of enthusiasm, so be sure to ask your child for details!
Now that we have wrapped up our science unit, we have moved on to a unit in social studies. For the next few weeks we will be learning all about mapping. Students will be introduced to the parts of a map, understanding relative location, hemispheres on the globe, and the continents and oceans. This will prepare us for our study of communities around the world.
A special activity this week was our presentation on Friday for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. A speaker from Central Alberta Refugee Effort (CARE) spoke to all of the grade 3 classes and showed a slideshow about Diwali celebrations in India. Your child can tell you all about making diyas, coloring rangolis, and the significance of henna tattoos. The actual date of Diwali this year is on October 26th, so check back next week for a new Smilebox showcasing some of our fun with Diwali celebrations.