Students continued with their Daily Five goals this week. We focused on inferring meaning from a persuasive poster, using evidence to support our ideas and practised our scientific writing in Unit of Inquiry. We reviewed the importance of choosing good fit books and making sure we finish books so we can practise and explain our strategies. We identified some good verbs in the book My Hamster is a Spy that create an image in the reader's mind, such as 'glare' 'sigh' and 'gape'.
The students continued working on telling a story from temperature line graphs . From the shape of the graph, we can say if it's getting hotter, colder or staying the same. The students found differences between temperatures, including the difference between some negative and positive temperatures. We went on to start describing a repeating pattern and looking for ways to predict a pattern. In problem-solving, we applied our multiplication and division strategies and what we know about multiples to solve this problem:
Mike designed a machine to cut cookies. It seemed to be working well but, after making a big batch, he realised that the eighth cookie is always the wrong shape and can’t be sold. Out of a batch of 112 cookies, how many can he sell?
Unit of Inquiry
This week, we continued to think about evaporation and condensation and watched what happened to a bottle of water after we took it out of the freezer. The students thought that the frozen bottle was heavier than a liquid bottle so we weighed them and found they were the same. They had some interesting theories about why people had thought either ice or water was heavier.
We boiled a kettle and saw the steam condense in the air, and we were able to capture some on a whiteboard and see it turn back into liquid. This led to some students asking what would happen if we heated up apple juice or Coke so they used their scientific thinking to design ways to test this and write up a plan.
We looked at a video about the water cycle and read a couple of books about it. This generated a lot of questions for us to inquire into.
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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