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Happy Spring Break!

The calendar says it is spring, our spring break has arrived, and now we just need the weather to catch up! I hope everyone has a wonderful break and we return in April to a much drier playground. 🙂

It was great to see all of you at our portfolio walks earlier this month. You can see firsthand just how much your child has grown academically over the past few months. We are now into our final term of Grade 3, and looking forward to starting some new units after the break.

Since our last update we have:

– practiced the reading comprehension strategies of self-questioning and summarizing, as well as the fluency skill of reading in phrases with pauses at the punctuation marks
– explored the use of descriptive verbs, adverbs, and adjectives in our writing
– learned about the different environments of Peru, Tunisia, Ukraine, and India
– brainstormed ways that people are influenced by their environment and how they affect their environment
– created and compared increasing patterns
– read a medieval times novel and completed a novel study unit

Enjoy your final week of March!


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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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Dec. 2 Weekly Update

It has been a few weeks since our last weekly update. Flu bugs (even for me) and portfolio preparations have taken up a bit of my blogging time, but we have continued to be very busy in our classroom! Following our November break we dug into our research on dinosaurs and wrote some fact-filled reports. Students used a variety of media and print sources for their research: online websites, nonfiction books, and our classroom bulletin board display. We then transitioned into our first novel study by reading the first two books in the Dinosaur Cove series and doing a novel study booklet for the second book. We tied this into our Daily 5 work on “schema”, which is accessing all of our background knowledge to make connections to new text. The next time you sit down to read a new book with your child, please ask what his or her schema is for the book. As writers, we have learned how to focus on one main idea and add supporting details, and we are now focusing on effectively organizing those ideas and details. In math, we have been building up our skills with number concepts through the use of base-ten blocks. We reviewed 2-digit numbers and we are now transferring that knowledge to 3-digit place value. We are also working on pre-algebra skills by finding the “mystery number” in a variety of equations, again with the use of manipulatives to help us visualize our thinking. We wrapped up our mapping unit in social studies (check out your child’s wonderful treasure map in the portfolio!), and we are now exploring the lives of four children from different communities around the world.

Thank you to all of the parents who came in to chat about your child’s progress and to celebrate their achievements in their portfolio. I am looking forward to seeing the rest of you in the week ahead.

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