In Daily Five, students are working on embedding routines and behaviours. We are practising I-PICK (how to choose a good fit book) and building our stamina to read independently in our 'Read to Self' time. We have reviewed the reading strategies of 'check for understanding' and 'back up and reread', set up writing notebooks and word work notebooks. Students have begun identifying misspelt words from their own writing that they can practise in word work time and begun lists of ideas for independent writing.
In teacher-led writing, we have looked at the organisation of persuasive letters. Students need to identify what they want and why, then outline their reasons with supporting examples.
We have practised reading some poems aloud and I am reading the novel 'Frindle' by Andrew Clements to the class.
In mathematics, we are working on this central idea:
The base 10 place value system is used to represent numbers and number relationships.
The lines of inquiry are:
Students have thought about which strategies they use to add and subtract mentally. Together, we have been looking at the strategies of adding by place (first photo) and adding one number in parts (second photo). Both strategies require a secure understanding of place value. Students have also been solving some word problems.
Unit of Inquiry
We have begun our 'Who We Are' Unit of Inquiry. Our central idea is:
With rights come responsibilities.
As an initial provocation, I told the students that I would be cancelling all break and lunch times in order to get more work done. The students had to write a letter persuading me not to. Interestingly, no one said it was unfair or a violation of their rights! We then spent time looking at a gallery of photos of children from around the world. In some photos, the children were carrying weapons or working or clearly homeless. Students wrote questions and comments next to the photos. Next, we imagined that we were going on a space mission to live on a new planet and thought about what we might need to bring with us. Students sorted a set of cards into what they needed and what they didn't need. We will use this a way of talking about needs, wants and rights. From there, we will explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
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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