Math-Aids

If you click on the math-aids link, I believe it takes you to a screen that has a purple monster on it. I think it tries to get you to sign up for a membership. You don’t need to do that. If you hit the back button on your internet browser you should get a different screen. There is a blue tool bar on the left that you can explore. The screen you want looks like the picture below. Sorry, I can’t seem to get it to work any better than that.

Multiplication and Division:

Our class started a mathematics unit on multiplication and division. Multiplication and division are basic computational skills that children must eventually master in order to succeed in higher levels of mathematics. The focus of this unit is on developing an understanding of the processes of multiplication and division in order to develop strategies for multiplying and dividing whole numbers up to 5×5. Children will use counters, number lines, and arrays to develop their understanding.

In this unit, your child will:

  • Model multiplication and division up to 5 x 5
  • Find strategies to multiply and divide up to 5 x 5
  • Pose and solve story problems involving multiplication and division.

Encourage your child to share different strategies used to multiply and divide.

We use multiplication and division in many day-to-day situations.
Here are some suggestions for activities you can do at home:

  • Look for things that come in groups of 2, 3, 4, and 5. Create problems. For example: Bikes have 2 tires. How many tires are on 4 bikes?
  • Use a deck of playing cards, using only the 1s (Aces) to 5s. Shuffle the cards. Flip the first card. This represents the number of groups. Flip the second card. This represents the number of objects in each group. Have your child draw a picture to match the cards, and write a multiplication and division sentence to match the picture. Continue until all cards are used up.

Learning to Infer

We are working on strengthening our inferring skills.

When readers learn to infer while reading:

  • they learn to look for clues in text, in pictures, and in their own knowledge that will help them to make sense of text.
  • they are encouraged to become good “book detectives.”
  • they learn that some authors write very little text but leave clues for the reader to discover and interpret.
  • they understand that the expression “less is more” means that fewer words on the page can mean more thinking for the reader.
  • they are learning to fill in, in their heads, the what’s not written on the page.
  • they are more likely to say, “Oh, I get it now!” while they read.

SCC Hot Lunch (Update)

Our field trip and the SCC hot lunch ended up being on the same day. Thankfully, the SCC is able to accommodate this and has moved the Grade Three hot lunch to March 25th. It is important to note that the date will still show up as the 24th on the Healthy Hunger app, but grade three students will be served their lunch on the 25th.

Science

The kids are bringing home a small booklet to show you. Hopefully it helps you get a better idea of what we have been learning about during our structures and materials science unit. We are beginning our final project today. The kids will work with a partner to design a straw tower. Once our plans are complete we will have some fun building them. I will do my best to remember to post some pictures as they create their towers.

Important Dates In March

Thursday, March 5 – Choir practices resume

Friday, March 6 – Grade 3s are going skating in the afternoon

Monday, March 9 – No classes for students

Thursday, March 19 – SRC $1 Popcorn Sale

Friday, March 20
– Grade 3s are going skating
– Learning summaries go home
– Rock your socks for World Down Syndrome Day

Tuesday, March 24 – Grade three field trip to Garden EXperience.

Wednesday, March 25 –  SCC Hot lunch (Grade Three)

Thursday, March 26 – Learning conferences

Friday, March 27 – No school

Tuesday, March 31 – Learning conferences

Educational Gymnastics

For the next few weeks we will be learning some basic educational gymnastics in our physical education class time. The first skills we are reviewing is landings. We practice landing safely forward and backward on the feet and hands. This is an important skill to have for those accidental slips and falls when playing and having fun. We will also explore balances, supports, statics, locomotions, and other basic movement principles.

Structures and Materials

Over the past couple of weeks, students had the opportunity to learn about structures and materials by completing some hands-on projects. They used paper and some fasteners to build and test the strength of different shapes. They also folded paper in a variety of ways to create towers that can hold a load.

Important Dates in February:

Friday, February 3 – Book Orders due

Tuesday, February 11 – Pizza Hut hot lunch

Friday, February 14 – SRC Valentine’s Day Spirit Day – Wear RED/PINK

Monday, February 17 – Family Day (no classes)

Tuesday, February 18 – Winter Break begins

Monday, February 24 – Classes resume

Wednesday, February 26 – Pink Shirt Day

Friday, February -SRC Sports Spirit Day

Friday, March 6 – Grade 3s are going skating at the Legends Centre