Sam, Odemar and Carmella made this presentation about Lesser Pandas to share in assembly to raise awareness. This was student initiated action; they did it completely independently. Unfortunately, I cannot upload the original slideshow with all the clever animations but hope you enjoy.
We continued with our spelling sorts and personal reading and writing goals in Daily Five. We practised inferring and using evidence to support our inferences from photographs and identified the features of a recount to add to our text type wall display. All students practised using the editing prompt sheet to edit their Unit of Inquiry writing.
This week, the students created explanations of their new multiplication strategy using the Explain Everything app on the iPads. We then went on to look at different strategies for division. We can use our understanding of different models of multiplication to solve division problems. We are focusing on understanding division as repeated subtraction, not just sharing a large number into equal groups. Below you can see some plans made by students for their explanations.
Unit of Inquiry
This was the final week of 'where we are in place and time'. In Performing Arts, the students turned their work on household inventions into scripts for our class assembly. In class, they did some very structured research into life before their household inventions. They had to focus on specific group work skills during the process, as you can see in the photo instructions. By the end of the week, the students had turned their findings into a short report. They also worked on flowcharts showing the consequences of the two inventions they had focused on during the unit. The students extended their thinking beyond one immediate consequence by asking the question "So what?" each time they drew a box in the flowchart.
This week we had two morning of ISA assessments and three way conferences on Friday. Here are the highlights from Wednesday and Thursday:
Literacy: We continued with building our wall display of different text types and worked on strategies to improve our editing skills. We also tried turning a section of play script into narrative and thought about what we need to include to create a mental image in the reader' s mind.
Mathematics: The students used a bank of video tutorials to explore new strategies for multiplication. Next they will create their own video explanation.
Unit of Inquiry: As a class, the students identified four significant modern inventions used in the house. In groups, they are developing skits to show the positive and negative impact of these inventions on people's lives. Ms Marnie will work with the students on their drama and performance skills and in class we will continue with research and focus on the group work skills we need for this task.
This week was Literacy Week so we enjoyed hearing stories in Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and English, had a great visit from the author Dave Lowe and, of course, dressed as our favourite book characters for parade on Friday.
We continued with new spelling sorts and our usual Daily Five routines, and started to review the structure of different text types to make a wall display.
We continued with some work on multiplication this week. We reviewed patterns in the multiplication tables and thought about how we can know if a number is a multiple of 2,5,10,3 or 6. We also used cubes to build arrays and therefore find factors of numbers. Mr Gallagher came to teach us how to use the app Explain Everything. Next week the students will identify a strategy they would like to learn and use online videos as tutorials. They will then go on to create their own Explain Everything video to explain their strategy.
Unit of Inquiry
This week we looked at the interviews students carried out about how people in their family's lives have been changed by inventions. Most people chose the Internet, mobile or smartphones, the computer or cars.
The students worked in groups to represent these changes in a flowchart and to try to speculate on the further consequences of these changes.
The students also asked to have a day without electricity on Friday. It was hot and dark but the worst thing was having no wifi!
Singapore Tyler Print Institute
We enjoyed learning about the different processes for printing on our field trip this week, and taking part in a silk screen printing workshop.
This was a very short week.
In Literacy, we focused on some new spelling patterns and reviewing our writing goals.
In Mathematics, we added the multiples of 3 and 6 to our 100 charts and looked for patterns. We worked out how we could know if any number was a multiple of 2, 5, 10, 3 or 6.
In Unit of Inquiry, we watched the TV show 'Electric Dreams The 1970s' and thought about how modern technological inventions might have changed the lives of people in our families. Some of the students used the blue building blocks in their own at play time to create a 1970s house with a twin tub washing machine and a record player.
We also enjoyed the Lion Dance on Friday afternoon.
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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