This week, we read some 'poems for two voices' and looked for patterns in what we could see and hear. We thought about rhythm, rhyme and how the lines are laid out on the page. Next week we will be writing our own poems for two voices.
We also thought more about 'tuning in to interesting words' when we are reading. Sometimes students identify interesting words that they don't know the meaning of. So we have been looking at how we can use clues from the context and our prior knowledge to work out the meaning of unknown words. We focused on adjectives and set up a display where we can collect new or interesting adjectives.
Next week there will be a spelling focus. Half the class will start their sorts from Words Their Way and half the class will work on their personal word lists.
The students have been writing a lot in Daily Five time and are always very keen to share what they've written with the class. It's important for them to have autonomy over their writing and feel there is a real purpose and audience for their it.
In math this week we solved some problems from the Capture Five game and looked at making and reading very big numbers, up to nine digits. We read 'How Big is A Million?', a picture book that seeks to give children some simple benchmarks for grasping the enormity of millions and billions.
We looked at Singapore currency and practised making different amounts with coins and notes/bills. We wondered how we could 'make' amounts that are not multiples of five or ten, for example $0.68. We realised we have to round these numbers and practised doing this.
We also all learnt to play a shopping board game and most students had a go at spending an imaginary $500 on the Toys R Us website, keeping track of their total and working out the change.
In our problem-solving lesson, we continued with the strategy of 'draw a picture'. Hers is the problem we all tried together to begin with:
The children built a log playhouse in a square shape. They used eight vertical posts on each side of the house. How many posts did they use altogether?
Unit of Inquiry
We have continued to work on the connection between rights and responsibilities, identifying which adults uphold children's rights. Students identified which rights are infringed upon by the haze, who is responsible for upholding those rights and how, and what we as individuals can do about the haze. Students made posters to show their understanding.
We collected some questions students have raised about rights and sorted them into groups. We thought about how to formulate good questions.
We read about Malala and the right of girls to get an education and about a child soldier in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
We are now thinking about how children have the responsibility to respect other people's rights and what that might look like in our classroom. We will be building a class charter of rights and responsibilities and working on strategies for conflict resolution.
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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