Did your child leave the school super excited? Our Science class today was a Jeopardy game on the Animal unit we have been doing. We are nearing the end and the game was a review of some of the concepts learned. The students were in teams and together they answered questions to earn points. Needless to say it was a very exciting hour of the day. Many students wanted the website--Jeopardlabs.com Students can create their own jeopardy game. We didn't finish the game so will continue it tomorrow followed by our unit test.
We also watched Bill Nye's video on Birds and took notes about what information was learned.
This morning we finished learning all the letters in handwriting and now we will progress to writing sentences and doing extra practise with letters that have been forgotten and develop a consistent size. Hopefully by spring break some students will be handwriting all the time.
For math, the students were engaged in a multiplication game. Ask your child to explain it.
The Usborne Literacy Fair is
Thursday, March 22nd and Friday, March 23rd
Open Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00 and Friday from 8:00 – 12:00
We will be holding an Usborne Book Fair in conjunction with the parent-teacher conferences. Come and see Usborne’s award-winning range of entertaining and educational books for children from toddlers to teens! The range of titles includes arts, crafts, science, history, nature, music, early readers, hobbies, sports, activity kits, adventure stories, sticker books and puzzles. We have many books which complement and enrich the Alberta Curriculum. There will be over 300 books on display, including a selection from the more than 60 new titles released this year, and you will also have the chance to choose from over 1000 titles in the Usborne Catalogue. Rather than taking the books home at once, the books will be ordered and delivered to school approximately 2 weeks later. Come and browse and get to know these outstanding books.
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Your purchases will earn 25% of retail sales in free books for use in the school.
FREE BOOK DRAW!
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There is so much happening in class and the students are excited about everything: research sharing, drumming, multiplication, and Bill Nye's videos on the different groups of animals. The students will be excited to share a lot of their learning with you during student-led conferences next month.
Reminder-- Tomorrow is Pink Shirt Day. All students are encouraged to wear a pink shirt. If they do not have one they can be creative by wearing a bright color or a pink ribbon.
The Mathletics subscription for our school has expired and it is too expensive to renew. If parents want to buy their own subscription they are welcome to do so. As a grade group, we have decided to buy a Number Rumble subscription. This is another website that students can practice their math skills. We will let you know when this becomes available for you to use at home.
It was great to be back to a regular routine and get back together. We continue to work on two major projects: our animal research and Art and Writing. My goal is to have everyone done their Art and Writing project by the end of the week.
In Math, we started multiplication. In grade 3, students need to understand what it means to multiply and what it means to memorize the times tables. We talked about the 0, 1, 2, 10 and 11 times tables and the number patterns in each. In grade 3, students only need to memorize the facts up to and including 5X5, but of course we will go further if we can. Ask your child how we did mental math today because this is certainly something that can be done at home to practice.
This afternoon we continued to work on our clay elephants.
It is a rather short week so we are hoping that our two projects: Art and Writing and Research is finished this week.
It was our class' third drumming session--fun.
For math, we will have today and tomorrow to practice addition and subtraction with regrouping and the test will be on Wednesday.
This afternoon we finished our clay project of an elephant.
Wednesday afternoon: students will hand out valentines to there friends, play electronic games, and share a snack with a friend. Those that would like to bring a snack are welcome to--nothing has been organized for the whole class.
Reminder that Wednesday is our last day until Feb. 20
Many students enjoyed a tasty pizza lunch and then stayed in the classroom to do some quiet activities as it was too cold to go outside.
The final push to finish our Art and Writing project happened this morning. About 10 student have now completely finished. Ask your child at what stage they are at.
We worked on another problem this morning. Mr. Fred was putting up 24 chairs in equal rows. What are the different ways he could do this? The most solutions we discovered were 8. A similar problem could be done at home using a different number.
After gym and music we watched Bill Nye's video on Amphibians. Ask your child to tell you 3 facts they learned about this group of animals.
Book Orders due Wed. Feb. 14
Valentine exchange the afternoon of Feb. 14
After a couple of days of not being here it was great to be back. I missed this class! From all reports they were excellent and hard working.
It was a busy day. This morning after gym we did the letters Tt and Vv in handwriting.
For math, it was continued work on addition and subtraction with and without regrouping. This afternoon lots of hard work was done on our research projects. We had two students share: Hawksbill Sea turtle and the Giant Squid. Ask your child 3 facts they learned about these two animals.
Reminder-- Fun Lunch tomorrow.
Valentine celebration Wednesday, Feb. 14--everyone brings their own snack to share with a friend.
Can you believe that it is February? Looking at this month it is going to speed by. Next week is the only full school week this month--crazy!!
We continued with our Art and Writing project and we are getting close to finishing this. Two students completed it today. Our goal is to have everyone finished by the end of next week. Ask your child where they are at and do they need to bring it home to work on?
In math, we discussed a variety of subtraction fact strategies and then talked about and wrote up criteria for problem solving in student language. Continue to practice 2 digit and 3 digit subtraction questions at home where regrouping (borrowing) is necessary.
This afternoon was gym and music.
We ended our day discussing and showing different ways to show their research magazine project so that it is creative and organized.
We also talked about how the students would like to celebrate Valentine's Day. Most of the students would like to have an electronic party in the afternoon. So on that day they are welcome to bring their own device from home with parent permission. They would also like to bring their own snacks to share with a friend.