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Jan. 27 Weekly Update

Another great week in B 20! This week in our Hearing & Sound unit we found out ways to amplify sound and some methods of soundproofing. We discussed the importance of sound and explored ways we can communicate without the use of it. We also began planning our culminating project – the construction of a musical instrument! Your children have written letters to you detailing their plans and the materials they would like to gather from home over the weekend in order to make their projects in class next week. In math we continued our work with fractions, and we also reviewed the many ways to show a 3-digit number (pictures, numbers, words, blocks, pictures). We built upon our strategies for 2-digit addition to help us make the transition to adding 3-digit numbers. Very exciting was the introduction of our latest language arts theme, a nonfiction study of the Middle Ages. We are reading many books and sharing all of our background knowledge about medieval times to get us ready for our research reports and upcoming novel study.

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Jan. 13 Weekly Update

This week in math we explored equal parts of a whole in our study of fractions. We reviewed graphing and creating line plots to show a collection of data, and we also practiced refining our strategies for adding 2-digit numbers. In science we learned about how the ear works, safe listening practices, and how we measure volume. We read a few more poems in our poetry mini-unit, and tried our hand at writing an original poem based on a model. As readers, we learned about the comprehension strategy of visualizing, or creating mental images while we read. We wrapped up the week with our final inline skate session with Mrs. McQuesten and our guest instructor.

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Holiday Update

Happy holidays!  I hope that you are all enjoying your time at home with your family and friends.  I am spending a quiet holiday season at home with my family, and catching up on some sleep (and movies)!  Thank you for all of the wonderful gifts and cards your little ones brought in over the last week or two of school.  Your thoughfulness is much appreciated.  🙂

Speaking of the last week of school, even though it was a short one, we still kept busy with some fun-filled activities.  We concluded our author study of Jan Brett by reading her delightful Christmas stories and doing some special activities to coincide with them.  We made a batch of gingerbread cookies, painted with watercolor paints and crayons, made clay models, and texture-painted gingerbread men.  We wrapped up our social studies unit on traditions and quality of life in communities around the world, and we practiced our addition strategies in math.

Please check out our two new videos showcasing some of our December activities.  Happy New Year!

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Dec. 16 Weekly Update

What a busy week we had!  We continued our study of author/illustrator Jan Brett’s work by looking at how she comes up with her story ideas.  As writers, we learned that we can retell folktales and fairy tales, we can model a new story from one that another author has written, or we can carry on in a new book the story of a favourite character we previously wrote about.  It is great to see the children realize that “real authors” go through the same stages of the writing process as we do here in our classroom.  In math, we used our knowledge of estimating sums to help us add 2-digit numbers and rationalize whether or not our answer is reasonable based on our estimates.  We are currently using a 100’s chart to add, but this leads into the mental addition outcome of our grade 3 curriculum.  It’s amazing to see how quickly the students are able to make this shift into mental calculations!  In social studies, we explored our traditions and celebrations as Canadian citizens, and compared them to those of the four focus children we are studying from communities around the world.  Of course, one favourite JS McCormick tradition is our annual Christmas concert, and what a splendid job our grade 3 classes did this week at ours.  I know that none of us will get “Nuttin’ for Christmas” because we have all been so very good this year!  Three more days of fun and learning at school, and then it is time to enjoy some of our favourite family traditions at home during the holiday season.

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Oct. 21 Weekly Update

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.

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Oct. 14 Weekly Update

After our turkey feasts over the long Thanksgiving weekend, we got back into the swing of things with a busy short week. On Tuesday, local firefighters chatted with classes about fire prevention. We walked to the mall on Wednesday for Silver Cove’s “Rocktoberfest”. There were so many rocks, minerals, and gemstones to examine as a wrap-up to our Rocks and Minerals science unit. In math, we have been studying polygons and working on improving our basic addition facts. We have mastered ten and a half minutes of stamina as readers AND writers in Daily 5, and we are looking forward to adding to this time next week. We are also finishing up our Robert Munsch language arts theme, and we have really enjoyed blogging about our favourite Munsch stories.

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