Lots of great learning has been packed into these past couple of weeks. The excitement is also definitely building in our classroom as Halloween approaches and some exciting activities special to Grade Three students only are on the horizon in November. Read below for more details on "Swim To Survive", choral performance with "Rag and Bone" Puppet Theatre, and our Ottawa 67's field trip. Wheeew......it is a busy but fun time ahead!!!
How can you help?
Please revisit the words on the word wall list. Have your child explain the meaning or significance to the activities in our class.
Practice addition and subtraction facts with your child. Mental math activities while driving in the car is a great way to to sharpen these skills. Present your child with a number......then ask for 10 more.....10 less.....round the number to the nearest 100...etc......
In English, we have been reading through short stories and examining "cause and effect relationships. The boys and girls have so far been exposed to tasks in whole group, small group and in pair share format. Next week, the activities will be independent with a strong focus on finding evidence in the story using signal words and phrases. These activities will definitely improve and further develop critical thinking skills.
Along with our reading activities, the students will be writing a Haiku poem about Halloween. A Haiku poem is a 17 syllable poem that is very short in nature but requires the use of strong adjectives to create imagery. Should be lots of fun!!
Continue to review word wall words at home with your child. Our goal is to have the children spell these words correctly while writing. Reading each night is absolutely essential. A reminder of some questions to use with your child to initiate a discussion about what he or she has read:
- Which character do you like the best, why?
- Does the setting of this book remind you of somewhere you have been?
- What was your favourite part of the book? Why was it your favourite part?
- Have you read any books by the same author, are there connections you can make?
- What do you think is going to happen next?
- What do you think the author is trying to tell you? How do you know?
As well, every second Friday we have been joining with Mrs. Kelly's Grade Three class to explore a variety of STEM activities together. The tasks are "hands on" and they challenge the students to work collaboratively, be creative, and think outside the box. Last week's challenge was the pumpkin catapult. It caused a great deal of excitement and the "productive chatter" we heard from as each group moved through the planning and testing stages was amazing!!!
2. The Grade Three students have been invited to be the chorus in a drama production at Centrepointe Theatre. The performance is called "Zoom" and it will be held on Thursday, November 22nd. The children will be singing three songs A letter has been sent home providing information and specific details. Please ensure you keep the note handy for future reference.
3. Book Orders: Just a gentle reminder....if ordering books no cash can be sent through the mail. Please make cheque payable to Scholastic Canada Ltd. The next book order is due November 2nd.
4. Popcorn days are on Friday. The children can purchase popcorn for $2.
5. Halloween is just around the corner! As in previous years, children are most welcome to wear their Halloween costume.....Masks are not permitted and lightly prepared makeup or none at all is recommended.
6. Highlighters: the children are now in the habit of highlighting their directions as they read them. Please send in a yellow pencil crayon, crayon or highlighter with your child if you haven't done so all ready. Thank you!
7. Progress Reports will go home on Tuesday October 30th. Parent Teacher Interviews will be held Thursday, November 15th. Please book your interview online. The online booking will be available on November 6th. I look forward to chatting with you.
8. Take Me Outside Day will be held this coming Wednesday, October 24th. St. Luke students will be outside at different times through out the day for a full hour taking advantage of the great outdoors......getting unplugged.....and getting ourselves moving!!
8. A big congratulations goes out to Bemnet, Connor, and Freya!! They are our CGE award winners for Community.