A reminder that tomorrow is the Grade 3 Learning Comes Alive (original notice was sent in an SIS e-mail). In class, the students will be showing you their first ‘on-demand’ piece of writing, from September 1st. They will also show you their most recent ‘on demand’ piece of writing, from today. ‘On demand’ means that the students completed the pieces of writing by themselves, with no help. Hopefully you will be able to see the progress that your child has made! In addition to this, they will also be showing you their ‘published’ piece of writing. This is a piece of writing which they have had direct help with. Learning Comes Alive starts in Grade 3 at 9:40am and will finish before 10:30am.
In the Grade 3 corridor, stuck to the fire door, you will see a black sheet of paper with three headings, and a basket of sticky notes and pens on a nearby table. These are for you to use to give the Grade 3 team feedback.
If you have anymore cardboard at home, please help SIS by bringing it to school. We have a cardboard challenge this weekend but don’t yet have enough cardboard!
We are continuing our work with non-fiction texts. This week, the students are finding the main idea in a text, along with its supporting ideas. Today, we read a text about frogs. This was a long text yet it had one main point, that frogs live on every continent other than Antarctica. We then drew out the supporting points, namely that frogs can survive in harsh and dry desert climates, as well as in wet ponds and swamps. When your child is reading a non-fiction book at home, you could ask them “what is the main point in this text?” and “what are the supporting points?”
Tomorrow, which is when we share our writing during Learning Comes Alive, will be our last lesson on ‘Crafting True Stories’. Once the new unit has started, I will give you more information about it and how you can support with this studying at home.
We are studying time, particularly the measurement of time. For the rest of this week, we will be studying lessons 6 and 7 of Module 2, Topic B: https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-3-mathematics-module-2-topic-b-lesson-6 We will continue following the order of these lessons as the weeks progress. Please note that if you want your child to do extra work at home, there are optional homework sheets to match each lesson on the above link.
We are currently studying an engineering unit. So far, the students have made carts out of clips, circular discs, popsicle sticks, straws and sticky tape. Some of these carts worked well and others did not! The ones that didn’t work failed because the wheels wouldn’t spin. This led us onto a discussion of what a ‘bearing’ is and how it helps things to spin.
For the next part of this unit, we will be refining our cart designs with a ‘distance challenge’. The students must design a cart that can travel as far as possible. The carts will start on a slope and roll down towards flat ground. We will then measure how far the carts have travelled. The equipment we are using is not exactly the same but is quite similar to this: