This week, we finished setting up the spelling groups. Everyone now has word lists and has accessed the Spelling City website and found their words. We are continuing to practise our Phoneme Fingers every day where we count out the sounds in words and identify the long and short vowels. We also listen for syllables.
The syllables helped us when we reviewed haiku poems in our teacher-led writing session. Students read through some haiku and identified the features, then we all began a shared haiku together which students finished in pairs. Some students are writing lots of different poems independently in the Daily Five writing time. We have recorded about half the poems for two voices, which you can see here. The rest will be uploaded next week.
Students have been practising the addition combinations they identified last week.
We learnt a new game this week called Close to 100. Students choose six digit cards from a deck and have to make two two digit numbers that total 100. Their score for each round is the difference between their total and 100. The winner is the one with the lowest score after four rounds. This game helps build estimation skills and encourages students to apply what they know about tens and units. Students were encouraged to find their own level of challenge. Many chose to play 'Close to 1000' or Close to 10,000'.
Unit of Inquiry
Our focus this week was a short activity that allowed students to show their understanding of the connection between rights and responsibilities. They chose two articles from the Convention on The Rights of the Child and wrote about who was responsible for upholding those rights and whether children had any responsibilities in respect of those rights. They also watched some short films from UNICEF illustrating some of the rights and did another matching activity. We also did our first reflection on the electronic portfolios.
Next week we will begin our next unit: How We Organise Ourselves. The central idea is 'Successful cities must support the needs of individuals and societies'.
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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