In the month of February we'll be learning and practicing how to write in cursive, and the class has been very eager to show off their handwriting skills! We've been working on a letter or two a day, and now that we have a repertoire of several letters they've really enjoyed putting the letters together to write words. The cursive letters are looking very neat and fancy in 3B so far!
This month in Social Studies we’ll be learning about the country of Peru! Peru is the third largest country in South America, and the class will get to learn about the Amazon rain forest, Machu Picchu, llamas, the Inca, and lots more about the culture and land in Peru. 3B is gradually becoming a class of full-fledged global citizens!
It’s been an exciting week in 3B as we started the culminating project of our building unit: building bridges! We’ve learned about different types of bridges and explored the design and construction of the Walterdale Bridge in Edmonton. The students are working on a challenge from the City of Edmonton to build a model bridge for a self-driving vehicle, using only glue and 150 popsicle sticks. So far they’ve constructed the beams and deck of their bridges, and next week we’ll be doing some railing and truss work. We have our very own model self-driving vehicle that the bridge will need to support, and a model of the river bank of the North Saskatchewan River. There will definitely be some great contenders for the Edmonton Self-Driving Vehicle Bridge!
This week we learned about Asian elephants in India and how they are a part of the Indian landscape and culture, along with some problems with their survival. Today we made art inspired by elephants and how they were traditionally decorated in Indian culture. The students did some lovely work--you can see your child's elephant art piece on Seesaw, and watch the videos below to learn more about elephants (the second video isn't from India, but it's too amusing not to share).
The class was happy to visit the Participark today, especially because we were curious to check out the effects of the snow squall on the trees (which seemed mostly minimal)!
3B has been hard at work this week building model playgrounds! One of the outcomes for this unit is that students will use a variety of materials and techniques to design, construct, and test structures that are intended to serve as models of particular living things, objects, or buildings. Students had to carefully consider materials, aesthetics, and function as they built, and the result was many creative and fun playgrounds! You can take a look below at some of the playgrounds that were built in our class.
We’ve spent a lot of time this month researching and digging deeper into our learning about India! The students have really enjoyed learning about Indian culture and ways of life, and have been particularly intrigued by traditional games of India (we have many students who have ambitions to try bull surfing if they ever travel to India one day). The class put their knowledge to work as they planned their very own markets that incorporated Indian traditions, goods, services, and resources.
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.