This week, we reviewed the importance of choosing 'good fit' books so that we can finish them. We looked at how to write a book review as a way of using the reading strategies we've worked on over the year such as summarising and identifying the author's purpose. We looked at complex sentences that use the connectives 'when', 'if', 'because', and 'although'. The students will need to use these to explain their thinking in our unit work. The students continued to work on box plans for their writing.
This week, we worked with patterns blocks (hexagons, trapezoids, rhombuses and triangles) as fraction models. The students found different ways of making one whole and writing corresponding equations, then how to find equivalents of a half, two thirds and five sixths. They played a game where they applied their developing understanding of equivalent fractions and reviewed finding fractions of a number.
Unit of Inquiry
We began our unit of inquiry on forces this week. We began with the question 'What makes things move, stay still, speed up or slow down?' We tried moving a student sitting on a chair and thought about the direction of our pushes and pulls. The students then carried out a series of five short activities in groups. They dropped a feather and a marble into water, dropped a 'parachute' and a small ball off the stage, moved things around with magnets, threw bean bags into a hoop and rolled balls across different surfaces. They wrote down their initial thoughts and observations on how and why the objects were moving. They recorded their thinking on video to look at later in the unit and see how their thinking has changed.
This week the students made bird houses in the Design Room with Mr Gallagher as part of thinking about Earth Day. It was a good opportunity to practise some transdisciplinary skills such as group work in a different context. And, of course, who doesn't like using a saw and glue gun?
We reviewed the box plan and the editing prompt in our writing work this week and continued with our usual routines and spelling sorts.
We continued with work on fractions this week. Students worked on finding fractions of a number. We played some games to reinforce the concepts covered so far and found ways to share seven brownies between four people. The students have been identifying multiplication facts they need to work on memorising and setting themselves goals.
Unit of Inquiry
This week we finished our 'sharing the planet' unit. We played a sharing game which mimicked the way countries have to share renewable resources like fish or rivers. The students did a lot of good thinking about how everyone could get what they need.
The students reviewed all the knowledge content from the unit so far and made slideshows with their water usage data from home.
We answered the last two big student questions from this unit: 'Where did water on Earth come from?' and 'What is the richest country in the world and what is their water access like?'
Next week we will begin our new unit; 'how the world works'. The central idea is:
Understanding forces helps us to use them.
The students continued with their usual routines, thought about how to make a persuasive poster and practised writing sentences again using speech punctuation and descriptive language.
The students continued with cutting up 'wholes' into different sets of fractions. They practised removing one piece of a set, stating the remaining fraction and writing it as a number sentence.
For example: 1 - 1/8=7/8
They then tried making a 'whole' in different ways and writing it as an addition sentence, e.g.
1/2 + 2/8 +1/4 = 1
You can see some examples in the photos.
Unit of Inquiry
This week the students focused on planning how to collect data about one aspect of water usage at home and also designed posters persuading people at school to save water.
Students continued with new spelling sorts and worked on their individual goals in reading and writing. We practised punctuating speech again and adding adverbs and adverbial phrases along with precise verbs to create a clear mental image for the reader. Students worked on the skill of finding the main idea and summarising using the 'headlines' routine in our Unit of Inquiry work. Miss Amin came and gave us a lesson on using the 'box plan' strategy to plan our writing and the students all practised by writing about their spring break.
We began a new unit on fractions this week. Our central idea is:
Fractions and decimals are ways of describing equal parts of a whole.
We did a pre-assessment to find out what students already knew and then began thinking about how to share out paper brownies between different numbers of people.
In problem-solving, we worked on describing a pattern using a diagram and a table and then trying to describe the rule for the pattern.
Unit of Inquiry
This week, we looked at our water usage and built a bar chart. We built a cubic metre out of metre sticks and tried to visualise how much water we are using, and began listing the ways we think we are using water. We will go on to estimate how much each thing (e.g. toilet, washing machine) uses.
We looked at four case studies of places where people do not have good access to clean water and why. The students had to use their group work skills to come up with a 'headline' describing the situation. You can see these below.
Newater Field Trip
Guest edited by Carmella and Tudor
Today our class went on a field trip to NEWater. We made rain plants, which was fun and we watched videos about saving water.We had fun and will always try to save water everyday!!!
We have learned a lot and have had fun there was a little game area to play water games and learn about water.
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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