November 23

Snow Much Fun!

We had SNOW much fun today during gym class. We gathered in groups of 4 and had a friendly competition to see which group could build the biggest snow mound. We had a time limit and then the students had to judge the winner but couldn’t vote for themselves. What fantastic packing snow! It was rolling up just like a carpet revealing the bright green grass beneath.

We went from this last Friday…

To this today…

 

Get outside, no matter the weather!

November 18

Beans = Excitement

Who knew growing beans would cause such excitement and interest in our class?

As part of our plants and soil unit, we decided to plant some bean seeds! We planted 3 bean seeds each and have kept them by our classroom window. Mrs. Sullivan has been keeping the paper towel damp using a spray bottle. We did not use any soil.

Check out this video so you can try it at home, too!

We have been looking at our plants with a scientist’s eye by recording our observations on a regular basis. We are so excited when we can see the beans growing taller each day! We are nearing the end of taking care of our plants at school. They will be coming home soon where students will chat with their parents about whether they will plant them in soil or not.

Our next steps? We’ll combine science with math and will be measuring our plants. We will answer questions such as:

  • What is the average height of our tallest plants?
  • What is the average height of each student’s plant?
  • Why did some beans fare better than others?

Students have recently began presenting their AMAZING plant research projects. They researched quite a variety of plants. Here’s a few…

  • The Acacia Tree
  • Venus Fly Trap
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Lavender
  • Cactus
  • Hyperion Tree

If you could have your very own garden,

what plant would definitely be in there and why?

November 12

What is a Peacemaker?

In early November each year, students will learn about the importance of Remembrance Day, what it means and its significance.

Also at this time of year, we learn about peace and the difference between a peacemaker and peacebreaker. Today, each student wrote a paragraph about an instance when he or she was a peacemaker themselves. Some students shared that they helped put dishes away without being asked. Another student shared that they helped friends come to a resolution, thus avoiding an argument. There were many wonderful examples!

We also watched the video below and stopped at various points to discuss what was happening and understand how the man’s acts of kindness had a ripple effect on those around him.

Kindness is contagious!

How does it make you feel to do an act of kindness for someone else?

What does it mean “Kindness is contagious”?

November 2

It’s Snowvember Today!

We came back to school today in a different month and with an extra hour of sleep under out belts.

Something else was different today…we had snow on the ground!

Needless to say, we had a lot of fun playing outside today.

It doesn’t seem like the white stuff is going to last as temperatures are expected to rise later this week.

What are you looking forward to this winter?

 

November 1

Día de los Muertos

This year, The Day of the Dead is celebrated on Monday Nov. 2nd. We learned about this cultural celebration and how it is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and elsewhere associated with the Catholic celebrations of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.


We learned that the festivities are colourful and joyful and celebrate the life of loved ones who have already passed away. Many Mexican families will place candles, photos, food offerings, and more at the grave sites of their loved ones. Many people dress up as skeletons, attend parades, gather in prayer, and enjoy plenty of music and dancing.

 

Last week, we created our own versions of the Calavera which means “skull.” We used a paper plate, markers, colourful stickers and flowers. Check out our artwork!

Feliz Día de los Muertos!

October 20

Problem-Solving in Math

Problem Solving

To first tackle a word problem, such as our recent pumpkin problem, students must learn how to READ and understand the problem. We are learning how to highlight or underline important information–identifying what we know and what we need to find out.

Check out some pictures of partnerships solving a word problem.

Here, a student acts as a spokesperson for his group and shares how his partner and himself worked through the problem.


Students As Coaches

Before our first Math Test, students worked with a partner to help each other prepare and review. They used their whiteboards and markers to ask each other questions and coach one another if someone was stuck. Peer coaching helps to build skills and confidence and nurtures learning. Plus, it’s fun!

 

October 20

Flashlight Friday…why not?

We LOVE reading in our class. We are always eager to squeeze in any extra time to read. Last Friday, we held our first Flashlight Friday where students brought in a flashlight and found a quiet spot to read in the class. The lights went out and the blinds were closed. You couldn’t hear a pin drop. They were amazing readers.

Check out our quick video of what it looked like 🙂

Our first Flashlight Friday was such a success, we’ll definitely do more!

October 3

It’s October! What Have We Been Up To?

So, what’s it been like in Grade 3 lately? There’s A LOT of things that go on during the day in our Grade 3 classroom. This includes reading, math games, investigating dirt, playing outdoor games…we are always moving and thinking!

I must say that the students have been so wonderful in learning the new safety protocols so quickly and have demonstrated such resilience! Impressive!

Keep up the super work, Grade 3s! And parents–thank YOU for all your support and encouraging words.