This week we did a lot of writing in different contexts; the students finished off writing about life before the inventions they'd studied, they wrote reflective recounts for their portfolios based on our new unit provocation and they did some procedural writing about an evaporation investigation. In all cases, the focus was on planning properly and then using our new editing prompt to go back and find errors. Students also continued with their personal writing in Daily Five. In reading, we focused on identifying good adjectives and we practised generating adjectives that evoke the senses to create a mental image for the reader.
This week the students continued to work on division strategies, then we began a short unit of inquiry about describing change. Our central idea is:
Graphs and charts can tell a story about how something is changing.
We have been looking at line graphs in the context of temperature and climate. Interpreting and creating line graphs was quite challenging so we will continue with this next week before looking at how we can describe how patterns are changing.
Unit of Inquiry
We began our unit sharing the planet this week with some activities to activate prior knowledge and assess what students already know, as well as to provoke questions.
When the student came into class on Tuesday, there were different amounts of water of varying quality on the four tables. We told the students this was their drinking water for the day. This provoked discussions about fairness of access, having enough water or having dirty water and what you could do about this. We thought about our water access in Singapore.
We also created some puddles outside and drew chalk circles around them. We used this to find out what students know about evaporation and the water cycle and to practise some scientific thinking; hypothesising and then recording what we had done.
We are a Grade 3 class in Singapore. We hope you enjoy sharing our learning journey with us this year. Our class teacher is Ms. Vicky and our Teacher's Assistant is Ms. Noreen.
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