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Happy New Year

It is only January 7th and yet we are on day 4 of the new year together!  It was great to see so many smiling faces back in class last week.  This week we are wrapping up our Jan Brett author study.  We read many of her books in December and I’m so happy to see that the kids are still interested in her books after the break.  In this theme we have been focusing on story elements (setting, characters, problem, solution) and on comparing and contrasting stories.  The students love to find out that Jan Brett gains inspiration for many of her stories from books she read as a child.  It helps us as young writers to know that we can take a published book and change some elements to create an entirely new story that is all our own!  Here is a link to a Wallwisher we worked on before Christmas telling about our favourite Jan Brett books:

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Daily 5

We are now up to four of our five “dailies” in our Daily 5 literacy program.  Students are able to choose from Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, or Work on Writing during each of our rounds.  We have two or three rounds each morning, as well as some literacy mini-lessons on reading strategies and writing skills.  We also enjoy a teacher read-aloud each day with a book from our featured theme.  (This month, it’s Mrs. Brokenshire’s favourite – a Jan Brett author study!!)  Here is a look at our Daily 5 in action:

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Read to Someone

We introduced our third activity in our Daily 5 language arts program.  This one is called Read to Someone, and it is very popular with the class.  Here’s a look at our first time trying out this shared reading activity.

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Jan. 6 Weekly Update

Happy New Year! New year = new things to learn about! This week we began several new units of study including our second poetry mini-unit in language arts, a unit on fractions in math, and a science unit on “Hearing and Sound”. We also reviewed our anchor charts in Daily 5 literacy so that we could exercise our “muscle memories” and recall the correct ways to work independently in reading, writing, and word work activities. 14 new words were posted on the word wall over the break, and we practiced spelling them and relating them to many other words that use their spelling patterns. We were especially excited to welcome our inline skating instructor to our gym classes this week, and we look forward to having another skate time with Kenny next week. Thank you to all the families who came out to enjoy our “Family Inline Skate Night” on Friday!

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Read to Self

One of our daily literacy activities is “Read to Self”. Students choose from their collection of “good fit books” and find a quiet spot in the classroom to read independently. We are building up our stamina as readers, and currently we are at about 15 minutes! This is one of our favourite times of the day. We put on some quiet music, and just read…

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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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