We’ve been reading and writing poetry this month in Language Arts, and wrote a variety of different types of poetry this past week. The students worked hard to make interesting word choices and tried to paint pictures in their readers’ minds. They are very proud of their variety of poems, and you can see more of your child's poetry on Seesaw
In spite of some changes that had to be made because of pandemic protocols, our class still had a very lively and fun Halloween at school. Students got to wear their costumes all day, which they found quite exciting, and we had quite an array of book characters, video game stars, conniving villains, and many other clever costumes in 3B. We enjoyed doing some artwork and Halloween-themed activities in the morning, and then this afternoon we took part in Millgrove’s virtual Halloween Parade and watched a Halloween movie. I can’t wait to hear about their Halloween weekends when I see the the students next week!
In Math this past week, we started a new unit on addition and subtraction. Your child will develop strategies for adding and subtracting whole numbers by using open number lines, addition charts, mental math, estimation, Base Ten Blocks, place-value mats, and pencil and paper.
In this unit, your child will:
Here are some suggestions for activities you can engage in with your child:
This week Miss Gartner taught us how to use colour to depict light and perspective as the students drew and painted pumpkins. After the pumpkins had dried and we cut them out, the class got to decorate them with fun Jack-o-Lantern stickers to give them some big personalities. Later that day we read the book Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie and learned about pumpkin plants and this plant’s great variety!
On our Participark walk this week, we made use of our math skills as we went on a mathematical scavenger hunt! The students had to make some increasing patterns, count and create some referents using leaves, and practice their estimation skills. We had unexpectedly beautiful weather, and we had a great time in the woods as usual!
On our walk to the Participark this week, we had the important task of collecting soil samples to examine for our Rocks and Minerals unit. We found bugs, mushrooms, plant debris, and a variety of rocks in the soil, and found many smaller components in our samples when we took a closer look back in class. Our class learned about different materials that make up soil, namely minerals, air, water, and organic material, and students enjoyed contrasting the textures, appearances, and components of the peat moss, clay, and sand that we compared in class.
We celebrated the 10th annual Take Me Outside Day this week, which is a Canadian initiative that encourages schools to extend the classroom beyond four walls and a desk to engage with natural areas. Our class has really enjoyed our time in the woods this year, and this year especially it’s lovely to take a break from the classroom and get some fresh air. The day before Take Me Outside Day, we took part in a concert by Remy Rodden who sang songs about Canada’s flora and fauna, and taught us some interesting facts about the outdoors. We joined thousands of other classes across the country and were proud to brave the chilly temperatures as true Canadians do
Last month we sent postcards to different staff members at Millgrove and over the past little while the students have been receiving their return mail with the reply from the other teachers. Today, Mr. Cherry played a trick on the teachers in 3B by returning mail to the students who had written to him with a letter and items that he knew would drive the teachers crazy: kazoos, loud clappers, and whoopee cushions. The joke was on him, however, because we returned the favour later today when we threw a very loud surprise parade in his remote teaching classroom. He was a very good sport, and we had fun pranking him back for his noisy mischief
Mrs. Barker is a grade three teacher at Millgrove School. She loves science and reading, and lives in a little brick house with Mr. Barker and her kids Jack and Ellie.