Mathematicians will wrap up their work with generating and analyzing different types of data by drawing scaled picture graphs and scaled bar graphs. Then, students will get intensive practice with word problems, as well as hands-on investigation experiences with geometry and perimeter. Students 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.
Readers will begin this week by categorizing the fairy tale stories that they are reading by identifying elements of a fairy tale (use of magic, types of characters, etc.). They will continue by studying 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.
As writers last week, we immersed ourselves in Fairy Tales, becoming more familiar with their commonalities. As we move forward this week, we will choose 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!
This week, students will discover qualities of a scientist by doing two different simple investigations. Students will make observations and or measurements of an object’s motion 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!
We are launching a new literacy unit this week! Readers will begin immersing themselves in fairy tales as well as “fractured” fairy tales, which are twists on our classical tales. Readers will read many familiar and new fairy tales and discuss the story elements specific to fairy tales. We will have guest readers, including Mrs. Kummerlin and Mr. Sheppard read us their favorite fairy tales.
Writers will use their knowledge and understanding about Fairy Tales to write adapted versions. This week they will explore many Fairy Tales and inquire into the specific writing elements of Fairy Tales. We encourage you to share with your child your knowledge about Fairy Tales in your own culture.
This week is an exciting one! Students will design a model to support an egg being dropped off the building. We will focus on the design process and thinking like an engineer. Students will use qualities such as observing, collecting data, making predictions and testing prototypes. It’s great fun and the kids learn a lot through the process.
We are starting a new unit this week! The central idea is “Scientists plan investigations to understand the forces and interactions in the world.” Our tentative lines of inquiry are; qualities of a scientist, balanced and unbalanced forces, the observable and measurable patterns. Our first provocation will be on Wednesday, so please ask your child questions about their experience.
In Module 6, we build on Grade 2 concepts about data, graphing, and line plots. We focus on generating and analyzing different types of data. By the end of the module, students are working with a mixture of scaled picture graphs, bar graphs, and line plots to problem solve using categorical and measurement data.
This week Mathematicians begin with collecting data and creating a bar graph. They will learn how to understand a table and create a bar graph from that information.
Readers this week will wrap up their current study with their research book clubs. They will practice reading like a non-fiction narrator, review non-fiction note taking and text structures as well as formulate questions with their partners and teams.
We have been hard at work on our “Saving the Planet” unit where kids have inquired into different endangered animals. Some groups have decided to raise money as part of action to helping save the planet. Other groups have decided on different actions, which is okay.
On Tuesday, March 19th from 8:00-8:30, some students will have a bake sale to raise money for the WWF (World Wide Fund) for endangered animals. We will also have a donation jar on this day for students/parents to donate to the animals.
We’d like to come together as a class on this day and bake as much as we can to sell at the sale! Please post below what you and your child will prepare for the bake sale. If your child has chosen a different action, you can choose to not send something to sell, or you can send in some baked goods that they will donate to the other groups to sell.
Here are a list of the kids that have chosen to do a bake sale for fundraising and the animal they are raising money for. But remember, your child doesn’t have to be on the list for you to bake something and send it in to sell. The money we raise will go to the endangered animals.
William, Jocelyn- Mountain Gorilla
Madeline, Andy, Thomas, Ann- Red Panda
Eden, Jamie- Whale Shark
Ian, Isabel- South China Tiger
Kailin, Diya- Sea Turtles
Jay, Chloe- Giant Pandas