October was a very busy month for the students in Room 24. We have steadily learned to work well together on various tasks that require teamwork. Through role play and other activities, students have learned to effectively use their judgement when dealing with adverse situations at school and at home. Our class is working on a presentation about Peace in preparation for the Remembrance Day Assembly, which will take place in the morning of November 11th in the auditorium. More details to come.
Many of the students are using their agenda books effectively. Parents, please continue to read and sign your child’s agenda book nightly so that you are aware of what your son/daughter is required to complete at home. There have been some students that have sought extra help during recesses and after school. Students are welcome to come to me during those times for extra help with daily work or weekly assignments. Demonstrating a positive attitude towards learning is the first step in becoming successful. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize Elaine and Jeanna for being our recipients for the Responsibility Award for the month of October. Congratulations!!
We are currently studying the features of recounts during our Language periods. By also analyzing decriptive paragraphs and reading responses, students are learning to write with more complexity and depth by writing their own recounts and journal entries. Reading a variety of genres including non-fiction texts, such as informational books and biographies, improves reading ability. Selections from our Virtual Library are also acceptable. Reading nightly for about 20 minutes as well as completing Reading Response Journals helps to solidify understanding of text. Writing skills steadily improve too as students practise writing detailed sentences that expand on relevant ideas.
In Math class, we have worked diligently on solving problems using various addition and subtraction strategies. Most students have been completing math homework on a regular basis. The Grade 3s are working hard with their math partners as well as processing the strategies of their peers during our Math Congress sessions. We will be focusing on Patterning in the weeks to come.
Our Social Studies unit on Early Settlers was a success. Student are well underway with their culminating task involving the comparisons among life as an early settler child, an early First Nation child, and a child of today. Please talk to your children about the Learning Goals and Criteria for Success regarding this task. With any task, it is important for students to understand how their learning connects with their own lives and the world today. Students will be learning how to think critically and ask meaningful questions throughout the year in connection with what they are studying.
Since we will be doing more work using technology, it is recommended that students have access to a computer at home. Students have now familiarized themselves with Google Docs, Google Classroom and Google Presentation. Well done, Grade 3s! As you know parents, some of our assignments this year will be completed and submitted online.
In Science, our unit on Structures has inspired many in-class experiments that explore scientific concepts related to stability and structures. By applying their knowledge to new and different situations, students get to learn what makes a structure strong and stable, that natural and human-made structures are everywhere, and why learning about structures is important.
Please note that on Tuesday November 29, our class will be going on a trip to Hillside Outdoor Education Centre where students will become Land Use Planners for the day. This trip will help to introduce our future unit on People and Environments. There will be an opportunity where students can go for a short hike as well as visit the rural Hamlet of Whitevale.
Just a reminder to families that I will be meeting with parents to discuss the progress of your child on the evening of Thursday November 17 and the morning of Friday November 18. More details to come.