In Daily Five we launched Work on Writing so students are building their stamina to write independently; to generate ideas for writing and then to plan and write a draft.
We looked at the strategy 'Tune into interesting words' and the students have all begun small notebooks called Word Collectors. They can note any words they find interesting in their Read to Self time and use these words later in Word Work time. They can also choose to add these words to their spelling list, along with words from their writing.
We also established a routine for visiting the library to exchange books and logged into RAZ Kids to get ready for the Listen to Reading part of Daily Five.
In our problem-solving lesson this week we focused on the strategy of 'Draw a Picture'. Here is one of the problems we worked on together.
Cowboy Cleon is lost in the desert. He started out yesterday riding from Saddlesore to Sidekick, a distance of 100 kilometres. 15 km back, he passed a sign facing the other way that read “22 km to Saddlesore.” How far is he from Sidekick?
Students have been working on counting up from a 2 digit number to 100 or from a 3 digit number to 1000 mentally, using a number line as a visual prompt.
Students worked on word problems involving adding and subtraction mentally and we learnt two new games to practise adding and subtracting.
In Capture Five, students are dealt 5 addition/subtraction cards which they use to move around a 100 chart to capture counters. It involves strategy and negotiation. The other game was Collect 200, where students roll two dice, add the total and collect 'ones'. They need to exchange the ones for 'tens' as their collection grows.
Unit of Inquiry
In UOI this week, we have worked hard to define what rights are. We sorted things as needs or wants and then decided rights are things that everyone needs. Students worked in pairs to illustrate different children's rights and the rest of the class had to guess which right was illustrated.
We discussed what being responsible means and made lists of how we can show responsibility. We then began to think about who is responsible for upholding children's rights.
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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