October 16

Growing Patterns

In our current Patterning unit, students were learning how to create growing patterns today.

After discussing what a growing pattern is and looking at some examples, we put our knowledge to work!

  • A growing or increasing pattern increases each sequence by the same amount each time

We love to build things so using either linking cubes or pattern blocks, students built their own growing patterns and then explained how it was growing.

Take a peek at some of the growing patterns the students created in class today! All students chose to grow shapes.

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October 15

Patterns in the Classroom: Scavenger Hunt

We have recently launched our Patterning Unit in math. Today, to kick things off, we learned what an ATTRIBUTE is and then went on a scavenger hunt around the classroom hunting for patterns. Tomorrow, we will have each team share more about the patterns they discovered and explain the patterns to the class.

  • An attribute is the way you describe an object such as its shape, colour, number of sides, size, direction, etc.

Where do you see patterns in the world around you?

Do you see any patterns in nature?

 

 

 

 

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October 13

Piece by Piece

On Friday, our school welcomed a Metis artist named Brenda Collins. Brenda’s mother is of the Odawa Nation and her father is French.

Classes gathered in the library to help put together a Medicine Wheel Mosaic. It is also called The Four Directions or a Healing Circle. It is intergenerational. That means that each of the 4 colours of the Healing Circle represent either the child, youth, adult, or elders.The tiles in the centre are mirror tiles and that allows us to look at ourselves and reflect on our inner feelings and thoughts.

The green tiles at the bottom of the piece represent Mother Earth and blue tiles at the top represent Father Sky. The brown tiles around the border represent the 4 sacred smudging medicines: tobacco, sweetgrass, sage, and cedar.

The finished mosaic uses more than 6500 glass square pieces that are glued down. Each staff member and student helped to make the Medicine Wheel on Friday. Brenda will take it home and add any finishing touches.

This is what the finished product will look like:

As of June of 2018, there are 72 Medicine Wheels across the region. The one that we made as a school will proudly hang in our front hallway of our school.

A big thank you to Brenda for teaching us about the Medicine Wheel!

 Take a look at the process:

 

 

 

October 13

A Boy Called Bat Vlog #2

As you know in our class, we are reading the Global Read Aloud book called A Boy Called Bat. Here is the second video from Elana K. Arnold, the author. Perhaps she has now answered some of the question you may have been thinking about.

I’ve also included a super cute baby skunk video I found on Youtube. What questions do you have about skunks?

October 11

Mathletes Among Us

Mathletics is used as part of our math learning in class and is an online math program that helps us practice our math facts, reinforces concepts, and is FUN! Mathletics is available with 24 hour access which means that students can work at their own pace, anywhere, anytime. This online math tool helps us practice computation and improves our math fluency, especially when we use LIVE Mathletics. We love competing with one another!

Parents–If you haven’t already, it is recommended that you spend a little time looking at the program with your child so that you can gain the greatest understanding of how Mathletics will benefit his or her learning.

Take a quick video tour by clicking here!

How do I earn certificates?

A certificate is awarded to a student once they have earned 1000 points in a single week. Only one certificate is awarded each week, to help encourage sustained study by the student. Points are awarded across Mathletics in a number of ways…

  • Live Mathletics – students earn one point per correct answer
  • Live Mathletics – students earn two points per correct answers on their bonus level (indicated by a gold star next to the level number)
  • Mathletics curriculum – 10 points per correct answer within individual activities
  • Mathletics curriculum – 20 points per correct answer within a “Test”

If a student earns 1000 points in one week, they earn a Bronze certificate.

If a student earns 5 bronze certificates that earns them 1 Silver certificate.

If a student earns 4 silver certificates, they will earn 1 Gold certificate!

A maximum of 1 certificate can be earned per week. This encourages students to complete a healthy amount of work each week and rewards students for every week they practice.

Points reset each Sunday.

 

 

 

Keep up the great work, Grade 3s!

October 5

Thanksgiving is Upon Us

Today was a day filled with excitement, hard work, and fun! We started off with our first ever Flashlight Friday. Who doesn’t like reading in the dark with a flashlight and a good book, right? Our next one will be near the end of the month. Stay tuned.

At 10:45, we gathered outside to move our bodies. It was a chilly morning, but spirits were high and we were ready to embrace our first annual Turkey Trot at our school. Our principal, Mr. C, dressed in a funky chicken costume, ran with us and cheered everyone on. I’m so proud of each one of you for completing the race and having a positive attitude. Awesome!

Finally, the afternoon was our Turkey Bingo event. Bingo cards in hand, we enjoyed playing along, hoping to win a prize or even a turkey! We even danced to The Bird Dance to stretch our legs. It was a lot of fun.

I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I hope you have lots of family time together. This is a weekend when we come together to show gratitude for many things and one of the things that I am grateful for is the opportunity to teach students as special as all of you! See you Tuesday!

 

 

 

October 4

What Does Learning Look Like?

Learning is thinking, doing, playing, sharing, questioning, listening, exploring, and so much more! The photos above show our class doing many of these things. Learning can be so much fun!

 

 

October 4

Global Read Aloud

A Boy Called Bat is the Global Read Aloud selection for primary students this year. Every division has a different selection.

Around the world, classrooms read the book and share in the experience with others. My students are definitely enjoying the read aloud and are exploring things such as character traits, what motivates the characters, making connections to the text, predicting, and so much more. Reading aloud to children is one of my favourite things to do!

If you’ve never heard of A Boy Called Bat, it’s written by Elana K. Arnold and tells the story of a boy whose nickname is Bat (which stands for Bixby Alexander Tam). Bat is a boy with autism whose experiences and challenges at school and at home are shared. His mom is a vet. One day, she brings home a baby skunk who she needs to take care of for a short while until she hands it over to the animal shelter. Bat falls in love with the skunk and he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.

When building my classroom library and choosing books to read aloud, it is important that I have books that show diversity and that my library reaches a wide range of students. I’m delighted to add A Boy Called Bat to our classroom library!

 

What is a favourite book a teacher has read out loud to you?

October 2

Do Mountains Last Forever?

Do mountains last forever? This was the questions students in our class have been investigating over the last 2 days.

Students explored how solid rock breaks apart into smaller pieces through a process called weathering. We learned terms like ‘root wedging’ and ‘ice wedging’ and how the cracks in rocks allows for seeds and water to get trapped inside, eventually causing the crack to widen and crack the rock into smaller pieces.

Students modeled the process of weathering that occurs when rocks tumble and crash into each other using sugar cubes in a container. Each group of students shook a container of sugar cubes approximately 200 times and more!

We hypothesized what we thought our sugar cubes would look like after shaking the containers. We drew pictures and recorded observations as we worked through many trials of shaking. We took turns with our partner so we both had turns shaking the sugar cubes.

Take a look at what happened after the sugar cubes were taken out of the container! (One of the sugar cubes was left out as a comparison). Do you notice how the edges of the sugar cube became smoothed out and the cube turned into a sphere?

This is what happens when rocks tumble down hills and mountains. With wet weather and when you add friction, rocks eventually will break down into smaller pieces and may show smoother surfaces at the bottoms of mountains. See below.

What do you wonder about rocks? Have you ever found a really smooth rock and wondered how it became smooth? What is the most interesting rock you’ve found?

October 1

Word Study in Full Swing

In our class, we have started our Word Study program. Based on a diagnostic spelling test each student did in September, several Word Study groups were established.

Students are given a new sort each Monday where they learn about different aspects and features of the words they received. Throughout the week, students are asked to complete various activities from their ‘Homework Menu’ to practice using their words in different ways, and on Friday, we will have a spelling assessment.

I encourage you to ask your child to talk about their word study words with you!