This week in Daily Five, we talked about what to do with the interesting new words students are recording in their word collectors. We practised using a dictionary to find the meaning of new words and talked about trying to use them to expand our vocabulary.
We talked about the reading strategy 'Infer and support with evidence' by thinking about how we infer meaning in our everyday lives and use clues to work out what's going on. We need to explicitly identify the evidence for our inferences.
In our teacher-led writing, we reviewed plans for a 'system failure' story, focussing on keeping the action to one day and making the main character encounter and resolve a problem. Students wrote individual box plans.
We did a short assessment of our problem solving strategies this week. We also continued with our data handling work. Students made double bar graphs on squared paper to represent how students in Grade 3.1 and 3.2 travel to school to develop the technical skills of representing data. They constructed single question surveys for their classmates that would yield specific data categories. This process involved collecting, recording, organising and interpreting data. The students used Google sheets to make graphs to represent their data and saved them in their portfolios. Each time we read or represent data we focus on identifying the most significant things we notice in the data.
Unit of Inquiry
This week, students worked on sorting out what they had understood from last Friday's World Toilet Organisation visit. They used the thinking routine 'chalk talk'. Each group had a paper with three photos from the slideshow; they had to write down comments and questions. Then they rotated around the six papers, reading previous comments and adding to them. Then the class had to sequence the papers chronologically to tell the story of sanitation. Finally, students wrote individual recounts in their books.
Students also looked at flowcharts of the used water system from the PUB website, practised 'telling' the flowchart, then wrote it as an explanation in their books.
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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