May 2-4 Welcome back from the long weekend!
This week, we begin our final reading unit of the year, focused on book clubs. Students will be in book clubs, sharing what they’ve read and what they think about. Specifically, this week students will be analysing how the main characters respond in different situations.
Topic B introduces an exploration of geometry. Students build on Grade 2 ideas about polygons and their properties, specifically developing and expanding their knowledge of quadrilaterals. They explore the attributes of quadrilaterals and classify examples into various categories, including recognizing the characteristics of polygons (3.G.1). Students draw polygons based on their attributes, producing sketches from descriptions like, “This shape has two long sides that are parallel, two short sides, and no right angles.”
Students next use tangrams to compose and decompose shapes. They reason about the relationships between shapes and between attributes. For example, students understand that quadrilaterals can be decomposed into triangles, and recognize that the two smallest triangles in a tangram puzzle can be put together to form a parallelogram, a square, and a medium triangle.
Students are starting a new unit of inquiry this week. They will be learning more about how people collaborate to create systems to organize society. We begin this learning journey by understanding more about the rights and responsibilities of ourselves and others. The word “system” will be explored and students will be gathering information of how people create systems.
I was lucky enough to attend a storytelling workshop at level 5 over the long weekend. I learned great strategies that I plan to use over the next few weeks in class and getting kids to write and share their own stories. We’re going to end the writing unit with more of choice. Now that students have learned different genre’s of writing, they get to explore one they feel most passionate about.