In Daily Five this week, we introduced the fourth choice; 'read to someone'. The students focused on checking for understanding when their buddy is reading. We also introduced the choice check in at the beginning of each round. Each day students have to choose 'read to self' and 'work on writing' and one other. They can choose the order in which they do these activities. Next week we will add 'listen to reading' and then the Daily Five rounds are complete.
Students are slowly adding their goals to the Cafe Menu and Six Traits display boards.
In our teacher led writing session, we began to look at the features of narrative writing. Students looked at settings, story openers and played games where they identified characters and plots.
We thought a bit more about adjectives and have been playing a game where we change parts of speech in a sentence.
We recorded the rest of the poems this week, which you can see below.
We began a new unit in Mathematics this week. The central idea is:
We can organise data in different ways to answer questions.
We did some pre-assessment activities and then began by collecting answers to the question 'Where do you like to eat?' The students thought about different ways to classify the data and what questions these data arrangements might be answering. This was quite difficult, conceptually. We came up with classifications that answered questions like, 'Do people prefer to eat inside or outside?' and 'Do people prefer to eat at home or in restaurants?'
A few students are very interested in big numbers and are challenging themselves to read big numbers. I'm not sure I could read this one...
Unit of Inquiry
We began our new unit this week by 'tuning in' to what students already know about transport, communication and sanitation systems. The students were told that the the school buses were cancelled and we had to figure out how to get the bus students home. Students worked in groups and presented their plans to the class. Most students worked out how to use Google Maps to help. They also did a sorting activity with different transport maps from around the world to look for features and characteristics. They had to use a diagram to show their current understanding of 'where does your poo go when you flush?' and looked at some addresses to see how they work.
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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