In Literacy this week, two groups began their spelling sort lists and the rest of the class worked on their personal word lists. Next week, the other three groups will get their sorts and this week's groups will work on their personal lists. As a whole class we have been practising identifying the phonemes in a word and long and short vowel sounds, as well as revising syllables.
In Daily Five, we reviewed some strategies for reading to a partner and how you can offer 'coach or time' if your partner can't read a word.
We looked at the new display board for the 'traits of writing' in preparation for identifying personal writing goals. For some students, their first goal will be in the area of 'conventions' - checking for full stops.
The students all wrote poems for two voices this week. They were very engaged and we did a spontaneous 'poetry slam' at the end of the session where everyone shared their poems. I hope to record them all reading these poems and upload them over the next two weeks.
This week, we did some individual review of skills and knowledge we've covered so far in this math unit. Then students began identifying which addition combinations up to 10+10 they know automatically and which ones they need to work on. We began by cutting up sets of cards and sorting them into categories; within 10, doubles, near doubles, 10+, 9+ and oddballs. Students are now ready to sort into 'know' or 'don't yet know'. They can then set personal goals.
Computational fluency is important as number operations become more complex. However, it is at this stage that students often become fearful of mathematics. We want to make sure students become fluent but without the anxiety associated with timed, public testing. This method allows students to identify what they need to work on, devise strategies to help themselves and work privately on their goals.
In problem-solving, we are still working on drawing a picture. Here is a sample question from this week's lesson:
A thick dowel stick has to be cut into eight pieces. Each cut takes you 30 seconds. How long will it take to cut the dowel stick into pieces?
This week, we also carried out some assessment on Mathletics.
Unit of Inquiry
This week our big focus was on creating a class charter of rights and responsibilities. Students spent some time looking through all the articles from the UN Convention on The Rights of The Child in groups to develop their understanding. They then selected and agreed on a core group of articles that could apply to our classroom. From there they identified, in pairs, students' responsibilities tied to those rights and created drama skits to illustrate them. Finally, they worked in different pairs on different rights to make posters for a shared class charter. All students had to agree to each article and sign to ratify the charter.
We also thought about the right to express ourselves in a bit more depth in relation to how we comment online. We discussed the mean comment we found on our blog and how we need to take responsibility for our words.
Finally, we talked about conflict resolution using The Conflict Corner routine and created some role plays of how we could use it in different situations in the classroom or playground.
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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