Spray Park???

The weather is not looking ideal for the spray park tomorrow, but it sounds like it may not rain until later. It will not be that warm, but we may still go to the spray park. Please send the kids with what they will need. I am not at school tomorrow so I will leave the final decision up to my substitute. If it is not above 20 degrees they get cold pretty quickly and it is not all that fun! I am glad we had a great day last time!

Examining Soil With Friends

Today the students of 3Bond joined us to be soil scientists. They had to examine three samples, describe them and identify them based on what they knew about the characteristics of each kind of soil. They seemed to have fun and did a great job. It was nice to see 46 kids cooperate in the same room even though it is an afternoon in crazy June! Well done everyone!

Independent Reading Assessment:

Today, your child will bring home an independent reading assessment that we completed a couple days ago. They were expected to read the grade level text on their own and answer ten comprehension questions. You will see that I scored each question and highlighted a rating scale on the back page to indicate their level of performance. A mark of “Meeting” indicates they achieved or “met” the grade level curricular outcomes for this assessment. This reading passage is considered to be at an end grade three reading level. As a result, it can’t help us to see if your child is working beyond the grade level expectations for this time of year.  This is why you may see that your child got 10/10, but “Mastery” is not highlighted on the scale. Don’t worry, there are many other chances for your child to demonstrate reading skills beyond grade level expectations. Thanks in advance for signing and returning this learning sample. Have a great weekend everyone!

Examining Soil

Today the students enjoyed being scientists as they took a close look at a sample of soil with their partner. They recorded their observations and developed questions as they looked at the soil. There were several moments of noisy excitement (teacher word for screaming) as they found some critters living in the soil. It was nice to see them so excited about dirt!

 

Writing:

For the past four weeks the students have been working hard at planning and creating three samples of writing. After finishing each project the students self assessed and partner assessed their work using a checklist. Taking a close look at their work three times in a relatively narrow time-frame seems to have helped many students increase the quality of their writing. It was really nice to see them make progress as they worked on each sample. The students choose the sample that they felt is their best example of grade three writing for me to mark.  Over the next few days these writing packages will be sent home for you to see. The package contains three writing samples, the self/partner assessment checklists and a checklist with my comments for one of the pieces of writing.

Important Dates Reminder:

May 26- 3AB-3C Assembly at 2:15 in the gym
May 26- Crazy hair day
June 2 – Spray park in afternoon (weather permitting)
June 5 – No school for students
June 8 – Grade 3 track in morning (weather permitting)
June 9 – Spirit Day: Western wear
June 13 – Alternate track day
June 16 – Alternate spray park day
June 20- Pizza Lunch for students in library club
June 23 – Family Picnic
June 28 – Last day of classes for students

Math Unit: Data Analysis

To Parents and Adults at Home…

Our class began working on a mathematics unit on data analysis. Data analysis relates to the collection, organization, and interpretation of information.

In this unit, your child will:

  • Collect data to find information or solve a problem.
  • Organize data using tally marks, charts, lists, and line plots.
  • Construct and label line plots and bar graphs.
  • Read and interpret charts, line plots, and bar graphs.

Here are some suggestions for activities you can do with your child.

Have your child collect and organize data at home to help make an important decision. For example, he or she could collect and organize data to decide the flavour of birthday cake to bake for the next family birthday. Your child should write a question to ask family members, collect and organize the results, and decide what flavour of birthday cake to bake.

With your child, look for examples of bar graphs in newspapers, magazines, or on the Internet. Have your child share 3 things that she or he knows by looking at the bar graph.

New Health Unit: Helpful / Harmful Substances

Last week we began a helpful and harmful substance health mini-unit.

The students will:

  • learn to differentiate between medicines and harmful drugs,
  • learn about some of the bodies major organs, their function, and how to keep them healthy.
  • create a presentation about a major organ and present it to the class with their partner.
  • describing things a person can do to take good care of his or her overall health.
  • learn how tobacco can and other harmful substances can negatively affect the body.