# 3B Friends

## Fairytale Analizers, Graphing Experts and Mindfulness Explorers…

on April 19, 2019

Literacy

As readers this week, we began by categorizing the fairy tale stories that we are reading by identifying elements of a fairy tale (use of magic, types of characters, etc.). We continued to study the sequence that fairy tales often follow (opening, introduce the setting, introduce the characters, the problem, the solution, the ending, the lesson) and by then ‘mapping’ out the most important parts of the story. Below we are making a real life bar graph of how many books contain a lesson or moral and how many contain magic or not.

In regards as to the elements of a fairy tale, these are the elements that we have been identifying:

As writers last week, we immersed ourselves in Fairy Tales, becoming more familiar with their commonalities.  As we moved forward this week, we chose a Fairy Tale to adapt, by putting our own creative spin on a story already familiar to us.  We will story tell and act out as we draft!

Math Workshop

As mathematicians, we wrapped up our work with generating and analyzing different types of data by drawing scaled picture graphs and scaled bar graphs. Next week week we will launch our final module in math.

We will receive intensive practice with word problems, as well as hands-on investigational experiences with geometry and perimeter. We will solve word problems, classify shapes based on their attributes, learn what a tessellation is, study perimeter and area, and end with a review of Grade 3 fundamental skills.

Parents- see the information below to understand what your child will be learning in math over the next few weeks:

UOI-  How the World Works

Central Idea: Scientists and engineers plan investigations to understand the forces and interactions in the world

This week, we practiced the qualities of a scientist by doing two different simple investigations. We will make observations and  measurements of an object’s motion in order to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.  The investigations will include creating a paper/recyclable airplane and measuring how far it flies, and also having a balloon travel across the classroom using a straw and string. It should be a fun week. As your kids what the qualities of a scientist are!

Parents! We need you! Many students have been excited about this lesson because their parents are also scientists, designers and engineers. We would love to hear about your experiences as a designer, scientist or engineer! If you are willing to come and talk to our class for about 20 minutes, please do let me know! Thank you in advance

~Ms. Edwards

Mindfullness

In recent years, researchers are validating the critical importance of a child’s healthy emotional well-being in school and home. We are taking small steps in 3B to help us calm down, focus better and be more mindful of ourselves and others. We enjoyed a few quiet minutes of mindful relaxing and meditation after recess this week. We will continue to practice different ways to reset our minds to learning.