This week, we focused on how to write explanations. We read some example pages from an book called 'How does it work?' and identified the features of the text. The students then wrote their own explanations of how a toy or game works. We reviewed the writing process and what students should be doing at each stage in their independent writing. We started to think about how can describe characters from our reading and use evidence from the text to support our ideas.
The students built polyhedra from written descriptions using tooth picks and modelling clay. They also found different ways of making open boxes for a cube, then two cubes, and some students went on to make nets of different shapes and sizes for a triangular pyramid. In problem-solving, we solved a problem where students had to make a table and look for a pattern:
Amit is growing a special tree in his garden. It blossoms once a year, for one month (30 days). On the first day, there is one flower. On the second day, there are two flowers, on the third day there are four flowers and on the fourth day there are eight flowers. How many flowers have blossomed after fifteen days?
Unit of Inquiry
This week, the students learnt about Newton's First and Second Laws of Motion. We thought about how seat belts and head rests in cars demonstrate the Law of Inertia and how throwing different weights of shot put illustrates Newton's Second Law. The students practised using the words force, mass and acceleration and applying explanation sentence structures to help share their thinking.
They also began building their marble runs in the Design Centre in teams of three.
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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