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 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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