Dear Parents,

To better enable you to understand what we are doing in class, and to provide you with optional, related home activities, I am sharing with you our learning objectives for the next 8 day cycle. First of all, here is an overview:

Rule Refreshing

Circle Time. New rules to help us learn. Discuss, explain, write, and draw what helps us to learn best.

Optional Home Activity: Discuss with your child how they should behave at school to best help them learn.

Reading

Biographies 02: To understand that most biographies are completely non-fiction, but that some biographies may contain elements of fiction.

Biographies 03: To understand how the time in which a person lived can affect his/her life.

Biographies 04: To understand the different types of research a person will have undertaken before writing a biography.

Biographies 05: To understand that the audience a biography is written for and how writing for an audience alters the style of a biography.

Biographies 06: To identify the most important parts of a person’s life to better understand how these events shaped the person.

Biographies 07: To identify the different ways authors choose to organise biographies.

Biographies 08: To put ourselves into the shoes of the person being written about, to better understand what life for that person would have been like.

Optional Home Activities: Read biographies! There are some on Raz Kids (although not many!), but you could also read some from either of these two websites: http://www.ducksters.com/biography/ and http://mrnussbaum.com/bio2/

Writing

Biographies 01: To make a list of who we could write a biography about, and what details and events would be included for each person.

Biographies 02: To think about what we already know about a person and what we’d need to know above them to be able to write a biography about them. To formulate research questions to find this information.

Biographies 03: To choose different people to research for potential biographies and to write/explain why we have chosen those people.

Biographies 04: To make notes about one person who we might write a biography about.

Biographies 05: To make notes about a second person who we might write a biography about.

Biographies 06: To make notes about a third person who we might write a biography about.

Biographies 07: To identify which of the notes we’ve taken are the most important events in a person’s life

Biographies 08: To choose one person, from our notes, and decide how a biography for that person would be organised.

Possible Home Activity: Could you find out about a person in your family that you’d like to write a biography about?

Math

Time 03: To count by fives and ones on the number line as a strategy to tell time to the nearest minute on the clock.

Time 04: To solve word problems involving time intervals within 1 hour by counting backward and forward using the number line and clock.

Time 05: To solve word problems involving time intervals within 1 hour by adding and subtracting on the number line.

Time 06: Extra time lesson tailored to the needs of the students.

Time 07: Extra time lesson tailored to the needs of the students.

Possible Home Activities: Can you answer these time word problems: https://www.ixl.com/math/grade-3/elapsed-time? Can you match the digital and analogue clocks: https://www.ixl.com/math/grade-3/match-analog-and-digital-clocks? If you feel that these activities are too difficult for you, or that you already know how to answer all of the questions, you could choose some of the other time activities from here: https://www.ixl.com/math/time

Weight/Mass 01: To build and decompose a kilogram to reason about the size and weight of 1 kilogram, 100 grams, 10 grams, and 1 gram.

Weight/Mass 02: To develop estimation strategies by reasoning about the weight in kilograms of a series of familiar objects to establish mental benchmark measures.

Weight/Mass 03: To solve one-step word problems involving metric weights within 100 and estimate to reason about solutions.

Possible Home Activities: Can you choose the correct measurement: https://www.ixl.com/math/grade-3/which-metric-unit-of-weight-is-appropriate? Again, there are many more activities here: https://www.ixl.com/math/measurement

Science

Mixtures 02: To be able to measure and record the weights of mixtures. New vocabulary: conservation of mass, dissolved, solution, cloudy, suspended.

Mixtures 03: To plan and carry out an investigation (recording the results/mass) as to what happens to the mass of two materials (baking soda and vinegar) when they are mixed together.

Mixtures 04: To analyse the results from the investigation (mass should be less). New vocabulary: chemical reaction, carbon dioxide.

Possible Home Activities: Which substances dissolve: http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?b=science/reversible_changes? Can changes be reversed?

Metric Measures 01: To plan a ‘metric field day/group of activities’ using metric measuring equipment and other equipment.

Metric Measures 02: To prepare for the ‘metric field day/group of activities’ by creating tables to record the data (distance, volume, etc.) that is to be gathered.

Metric Measures 03: To gather data from the ‘metric field day/group of activities’.

Metric Measures 04: To analyse the data from the ‘metric field day/group of activities’.

Possible Home Activity: Can you use your measuring skills in this game: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/shape_space/measures/play/?

Word Work

Grammar 01: Regular and irregular verbs.

Grammar 02: Past tense verbs.

Grammar 03: Past tense verbs.

Grammar 04: Past tense verbs.

Grammar 05: Past tense verbs.

Possible Home Activity: Can you find the correct past tense words: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/starship/english/games/blast_the_rocket/small_sound/standard.shtml?

As it takes a reasonable amount of time to find these activities and resources, could you please comment in the box below whether or not you find them useful? If you do, then I will continue to find them. If not, I will use this time to make improvements in other areas.

Thank you and have a nice weekend.

Excellent post! And thanks for spending time to sort out activities from relative websites, very helpful for me to support Andy at home and emphasize what he has learned in school.

Thank you for the feedback, Rachel. It’s great to know that you find this information useful!