This week in Daily Five, we began our new spelling groups and all reviewed using Spelling City. This is a useful resource to practise at home. We practised how to begin retelling a story by summarising the main idea at the beginning. "This story is about.." We practised doing this with the video we watched for our Unit of Inquiry. We also began to identify features of a play script and how it looks different from a story. We used the play that students are working on with Ms Marnie in Performing Arts. In writing, we reviewed our writing goals and discussed how to plan non-fiction slideshows as lots of students are choosing to make these for their 'work on writing'.
This week we continued to work on multiplication strategies. We also practised skip counting in multiples of ten to help with 2 digit multiplication and started to look for patterns in multiples of 2s, 5s, and 10s on a 100 square. Our other focus this week was tessellation. The students selected an Escher tessellation that they liked at the exhibition and explained what shapes were tessellating and how. You can see this in their ongoing 2D shape slideshows.
Unit of Inquiry
This week we tried to put the students' research into the light bulb, steam train and spinning jenny into the context of industrialisation. We watched the Pandemonium segment of the London Olympic Opening Ceremony (available on YouTube) and identified what was changing as rural life was replaced by factories. We also watched Horrible Histories Victorian Work Song (available on Vimeo) and thought about how children used to work in factories. The students imagined the perspectives of a factory owner and a child working in the factory.
Escher's World of Wonder
The Escher exhibition was very engaging for the students, with lots of hands-on activities to explore some of the mathematical concepts in his work.
This week, we had a whole class spelling focus on the past tense 'ed' ending for verbs, and talked about the importance of suffixes and prefixes in English. We also worked on building complex sentences. Students had to combine clauses in a game using 'before', 'after', 'when' and 'although'. We thought about how to begin a retell or summary of a book by stating the main idea. The students wrote thank you letters to Grade Eleven for their visit last week and continued with their personal goal based work in Daily Five.
This week we began a new unit on multiplication and division. We thought about things that come in equal groups and used this to talk about the three parts of a multiplication sentence:
The students then practised solving some multiplication word problems and reflected on the strategies they know and prefer to use:
We will be working on different strategies, getting the students to extend their understanding and range of multiplication. We will also be learning about patterns in multiples and arrays as a model for multiplication.
Unit of Inquiry
The students worked in groups this week to find out about the steam train, the spinning jenny and the light bulb. They identified the changes these inventions had brought to the world. Next week, we will look at some aspects of industrialisation and look for connections between the inventions of the time.
In Daily Five this week, we reviewed the choices available to students (read to self, work on writing, word work, listen to reading and read to someone) and the behaviour expectations that go with them. We looked at how to make complex sentences that can help us explain the changes in The Lorax, which we read as part of our Unit of Inquiry work. The students made sentences like 'Before the invention of the thneed, the bar-ba-loots ate truffalo fruits.'
The students also wrote letters from the Once-ler to the Lorax. This allowed them to show an understanding of perspective and empathy as well as to practise some letter-wrting conventions and their handwriting.
This week was a review week. We compared how tall different teachers are to practise finding the difference (subtraction) and did some problem-solving activities. The students also practised reading a bus schedule and working out elapsed time.
Unit of Inquiry
This week we started our new unit: Where we are in place and time.
The central idea is 'Inventions have changed the world'.
To get the students thinking about how an invention can change the world around it, we read The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. The students thought about what the world in the story was like before and after the invention of the thneed. To help understand the concept of perspective, we used the technique of hotseating, where one person pretends to be a character and the others ask questions. Then the students filled in speeech bubbles about how the characters in the story felt and created some roleplays.
Finally, the students examined pictures of a compass, a printing press, a light bulb, a steam train and a spinning jenny and wrote down statements and questions about life before and after the invention. Next week they will carry out some research into these inventions.
High School Visit
We were excited on Wednesday when the Grade 11 music class came to show us their instruments and answer questions as a follow up to our information reports.
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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