We continued our work on narratives this week by thinking more about planning. We 'boxed up' a familiar picture book story, identifying the key events and elements of the story. Students then worked in groups to talk through ideas for a story where the transport system fails. Developing ideas for writing is sometimes difficult and verbalising or roleplaying is helpful. It was interesting that although all groups included characters, setting, a problem and resolution, the characters were not driving the action. This will be something to work on next.
In Daily Five, students continued working on individual goals for reading, writing and spelling. The students are getting good at identifying what their goals are before starting work. We continued to work on creating a picture in our minds when we are reading, and how identifying new words can help with this.
In our problem-solving lesson this week, we continued with "guess-check-improve". This time, we tried this problem:
I have fifteen cards numbered 1-15. I put down seven of them on the table in a row.
The numbers on the first two cards add to 15.
The numbers on the second two cards add to 20.
The numbers on the first two cards add to 23.
The numbers on the first two cards add to 16.
The numbers on the first two cards add to 18.
The numbers on the first two cards add to 21.
What are my cards?
Most of the students solved this very quickly. Ask you child to explain how they did this.
In our data handling work, we focused on interpreting bar graphs with two comparative columns per category and then on reading and creating pictograms, choosing an appropriate key. As well as the technical aspects of using different representations of data, we are continuing to look at what the most important messages are that we can see in the data.
Unit of Inquiry
The students had a lesson on website research with Mrs Grant in the library on Tuesday and went on to complete their slideshows about public transport in Singapore. We watched a local TV programme called City on The Move about the development of the MRT system. There are five episodes in this series, available to watch on Toggle catch-up, if the students are interested in following this up.
We then moved on to sanitation. We had a quick look at the toilets to see all the pipes and flush systems (carefully checking there was no one in there!) and did a 'picture inquiry' into a flowchart of the used water network.
On Friday, we had a visit from Chloe and Jeremy from the World Toilet Organisation. They shared with us the history of sanitation in Singapore, from kampong toilets to the night soil bucket system through to the Deep Tunnel Sewerage System of today.
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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