We are working on retelling stories this week. Using Robert Munsch’s story, The Paperbag Princess, students are retelling the beginning, the middle, and the end of the story. We are working on recognizing story elements. We are also reading books by Roald Dahl and identifying techniques that writers use to engage us in their stories. We are also creating our own goals as readers and writers.
I can identify the beginning, the middle, and the end of a story.
I can retell the events of a story.
I can identify juicy (Roald Dahl) words.
We are working on identifying and defining structures. We are learning more about what structures are, the materials used, how they are joined together, and their stability (“form follows function”). We will be looking at man-made (chairs, buildings, etc. ) and natural structures (trees, spider webs, our bodies etc.)
I can identify a structure.
I am beginning to identify materials used to create a structure.
I am beginning to identify how the structure is held together.
We continue to discuss and look at our roles/rights and responsibilities. We have been discussing how we should feel at school and have done some brief work about residential schools with respect to Orange shirt day. We read the story, When We Were Alone, and used this to guide our discussion. We are creating a whole school art display to showcase this work.
We have started learning about the Habits of Happy Kids (Sean Covey). Each habit is demonstrated through story. We have started with the first habit: Be Proactive, You’re In Charge. This habit is about being responsible for our own actions. In the story, the character is bored, bored, bored. He goes around to his mom, his sister, and his friends and asks them to find something for him to do. He doesn’t want to do the things they are doing. At the end of the story, he learns that he is responsible for creating his own fun. He finds something that he enjoys doing (fixing a broken radio) and he gives it to his friend who is sick to enjoy.
I can be proactive at school by…
With Ms. Fraser, students are working on perimeter and identifying how to measure the perimeter in a variety of ways. We are also working on problem solving strategies (reading the problem, highlighting/circling key information, choosing a strategy to try, and checking our work). We also continue to work our addition strategies (making 10, doubles, counting on from the larger number) and practicing our basic facts. We've been enjoying Math Game Fridays where we visit the other grade 3 classrooms and learn math games to practice our basic facts.
Have a wonderful week,
October 9- picture day
October 11- no school for students (Teacher Professional Development Day)
October 14- no school for students (Thanksgiving Day)
October 17- fun lunch
October 22- popcorn day
October 29- retakes (pictures)