The class enjoyed the pleasant weather today and set to work building a quinzee during our PE time. You can watch the video below to learn more strategies for building a strong and safe quinzee!
This week in Social Studies we are working on researching international organizations and their role in the context of our global community. Global citizenship includes working to make our world a better place. There are many international organizations that work towards this goal in different ways. Some organizations focus on human rights, children, our environment, wildlife, and more. The students are working in groups to create a presentation about an international organization, and their work so far has been informative, thoughtful, and entertaining!
This week in PE we've been playing some cooperative games and trying out centres in the gym (not rotating centres this year because of sanitization protocols). The students especially enjoyed group juggling and scooters this week. Of course, they highly enjoyed playing hide and seek in the woods as usual on our weekly Participark walk!
This week we started our new Science unit on Testing Materials and Designs! Miss Gartner is getting the students all set up as contractors, and we’re feeling very ready to tackle this new mission in 3B since we got a business license and our own individual contractor pencils!
In this unit, students will study the materials and designs used in construction tasks. They will compare paper, clay, cardboard, styrofoam, and other available materials to see which are the strongest—which ones resist bending, crushing, or tearing—and which are the most easily shaped and joined. They will test different shapes and thicknesses to find out what makes a structure strong and stable and to find out how much material is needed. Students will learn that many factors are considered the materials and designs are selected and that different tasks may require different materials and designs.
In the coming weeks, students will learn to:
In Social Studies, we have been continuing to talk about four countries from unique regions of the world:
In grade three, we learn about measuring height in centimetres (and metres) and we also learn about the life cycles of plants (and animals). To get started on these learning outcomes, this week we got some plants in our classroom. We will be tracking the growth of these plants over time and observing changes as their life cycles progress. The students especially enjoyed naming their plants, and we are curious to see how the plants grow in the weeks ahead!
We celebrated Diwali in our class today, which is one of the most celebrated festivals in India! It is a Hindu holiday that is usually observed for five days, and we learned about some of the traditions and activities that make Diwali special. We made our own paper versions of rangoli and cleaned our classroom because many Indians believe that the Goddess Lakshmi only steps inside if your home is clean. We played cards, enjoyed some sweets, and enjoyed lunch with some special lights (because Diwali is the festival of lights). You can watch the videos below to learn more about Diwali!
To remember the important sacrifices of our soldiers this Remembrance Day, our class made magnified red poppies that would have come from Flanders Fields. We made these flowers in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe, who we learned about last week in Art. Georgia O’Keeffe is famous for her magnified, detailed approach to portraying flowers. You can watch the videos below to learn more about Georgia O'Keeffe and her flower art, and to see Millgrove's virtual Remembrance Day Ceremony for this year.
As part of our learning on Global Citizenship this month, our class created a Diversity Quilt to celebrate the many unique cultures, traditions, languages, and heritages represented in our class. The quilt squares included images as diverse as Ghanaian traditions, family Christmas rituals, and students’ French linguistic backgrounds. You can see the quilt above, and watch the video below for Mom Fox’s book Whoever You Are about the many things that are unique, and also many that are unifying to each global citizen.
In reading for the next couple of months we’ll be shifting our focus to reading non-fiction texts! Our unit will be all about reading to learn, grasping main ideas, and accessing text structures. So far we’ve worked on previewing our books, identifying the main idea, extracting key points, and becoming experts so we can teach our peers about a topic. We read a lot about frogs this week, and so we drew frogs this week after becoming experts on the differences between frogs and toads. The students have really enjoyed choosing topics to read about and teaching their peers about what they’ve learned, and I’ve learned lots about interesting animals, vehicles, and many other topics already!
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.