Term 3 – Week 5

May 21, 2018

After spending the last couple of weeks focusing on how our school and classrooms are organized and strategies that we can do to solve problems, we are now concentrating more on organizations and finding ones that we feel a connection to. This will hopefully inspire the students when they start preparing for their own summative project next week.

We had a really good coffee meeting on Friday, May 18. After a few words from Ms. June, we discussed what assessment looks like in the classroom and then the parents took part in an activity where they practiced self-assessing and peer-assessing, while the teachers walked around and formatively assessed how well the members of each group were collaborating with one another.

Several G7 students visited on Friday afternoon to talk about an organization/group that they have started. They did a very good job of presenting information about how many children in the world don’t get to go to school and it sparked an awareness in some of our students.

 

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Tuning In– What Makes an Organization Successful

Language Arts – Guided reading, poetry, rhyming

Math – Rounding; Time

Upcoming Events
May 29– Student-led conferences
May 30– G3 Field trip to KidZania
May 31– Character Dress-Up Day for Grade 3 (Dress up as your favorite character from a book)
June 13th– End of School Concert / Last Day of School

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Term 3 – Week 4

May 14, 2018

We had an exciting week last week in G3! We got to go see the G5 exhibition which was a good way for the students to see what will the expectations for them will be two years from now. A number of students seemed inspired by what they had seen and eagerly chatted with one another about ideas that they had for their own future exhibitions.

As part of our last UOI – How We Organize Ourselves – the second line of inquiry deals with “Strategies for problem solving within an organization”. We did team challenges last week where the students were given certain items and then they had to make something that could transport a ping pong ball the farthest. The students worked well together, but when they did have problems with communicating or taking action, they were able to step back upon reflection and figure out how they could do things in a more productive and caring manner.

Another way that we have been working together to solve challenges is by doing Mystery Skypes with other schools. Classes 3A and 3C got to participate last week and had a lot of fun asking questions and working collaboratively to find the location of the other schools.

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Tuning In– Strategies for problem solving within an organization

Language Arts – Guided reading, poetry, homophones

Math – 3D shapes; Rounding; Time

Upcoming Events

May 18– Coffee Meeting
May 15-25– MAP Testing
May 29– Student-led conferences
June 13th– End of School Concert / Last Day of School

 

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Term 3 – Week 3

May 7, 2018

This term is really passing by quickly. Only five weeks left in school, and yet the students are still engaged and eager to learn more!

This past week, we spent time learning about the 3D shapes and edges, vertices, and faces. We looked at buildings from around the world and things in our own playground so that we could realize how prevalent these shapes are in everything around us.

We’ve begun talking about our second line of inquiry – Strategies for problem-solving within an organization. This is quite helpful for the students as they often in teams and groups, and learning how to solve problems/disagreements while sharing their ideas in a productive manner is an essential skill that we need to learn before moving on to fourth grade.

We have started a new system  in the mornings where the students have begun to take ownership over their own learning, and they are the ones who are independently deciding what to work on and when. They have been extremely on-task pretty much the entire time and we have found that they are getting a lot more accomplished now that they are able to work at a pace that best suits them. We also have students who are volunteering to share their own expertise with their classmates as they try to help those who need a little bit extra help.

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Tuning In– The Purpose of Organizations

Language Arts – Guided reading, poetry, homophones

Math – 3D shapes; Rounding; Time

Upcoming Events

May 18– Coffee Meeting
May 15-25– MAP Testing
May 29– Student-led conferences
June 13th– End of School Concert / Last Day of School

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Term 3 – Week 2

For our new UOI – How We Organize Ourselves – we tuned in by trying to organize all of the teachers/staff/workers in the primary school into groups and chains of command based on their roles and responsibilities. It was very interesting to see how the different groups saw the roles of various people within our community.

Class 3B had a Mystery Skype session with a home-schooled boy. Our challenge was to try and figure out where the student (or school) is located by only asking yes/no questions. It was a lot of fun, and by working collaboratively, we were able to pinpoint his location to Moscow, Russia. It was a lot of fun and we look forward to doing it again as soon as possible.

 

 

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Tuning In– The Purpose of Organizations

Language Arts – Guided reading, poetry, homophones

Math – Adding/subtracting decimals; 3D shapes

 

 

Upcoming Events

May 15-25– MAP Testing
May 29– Student-led conferences
June 13th– End of School Concert / Last Day of School

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Term 3 – Week 1

Welcome back!

We hope that everyone had a wonderful Song Kran holiday filled with fun and excitement.

We finished up our last UOI – How the World Works – and introduced the students to our new UOI – How We Organize Ourselves.

We did two provocations last week. On Thursday, Mr. Marc, Mr. Matt, and Miss Siera did a little experiment where we just stayed in the main pod during the first 30 minutes of the day and waited to see how the students would organize themselves, and whether any students would take charge or if it would end up in mass chaos with no organization whatsoever.

Most of the students followed their normal routines at first. They sat down in a circle on the carpet and just talked with each other. One of the classes began playing quiet games  together, and most of the students began doing individual activities. Some chose to draw, some chose to leave their classes and come to the main pod to read, and quite a few of the students began doing math iPads.

For our main provocation, the students were informed that they were being left in a town with no adults (inspired by the show Kid Nation). The students had to figure out how to organize themselves and assign roles in order to make sure that their needs would be met.

This week we will be unpacking our new central idea and begin exploring the first line of inquiry.

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Tuning In– How We Organize Ourselves

Language Arts – Guided reading, contractions, homophones

Math – Decimals

 

 

Upcoming Events


Tuesday May 1st 
– Labor Day (school closed)
Thursday May 3rd – Coffee Meeting
May 15-25– MAP Testing
June 13th– End of School Concert / Last Day of School

 

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Artigras!

This was a very exciting and artistic/cultural week. During Artigras, we try to remind the students how much fun and rewarding art can be, whether it’s singing, or making a volcano, or even break-dancing while a crowd of students clap and cheer in appreciation.

As part of Artigras week, we wanted to explore different styles of art. The popsicle stick painting that all of the students contributed to was based upon The Great Wave of Kanagawa by ‎Katsushika Hokusai. The students had to carefully analyze how their tiny sliver of the painting had to be done in order to join together with the sixty-three other ones to form the final painting. We think they did an amazing job.

Some students also had the opportunity to experience silk-screen painting, which – while a bit time consuming – seemed to be really enjoyable and it turned our really well. The rest of the students will hopefully get to participate and do their own silk screen paintings after we return from the Songkran break.

We spent some time working collaboratively as we papier-mâchéd a volcano and then painted it for the Artigras final assembly on Friday. It was a great tie-in to our second line of inquiryWays that the Earth Changes – and the students worked really hard to make sure that it was ready on time.

On Thursday, we were extremely fortunate to be introduced to a wide range of cultures from around the world by our caring parents who volunteered their free time to share with us the food, information, art, and cultures from places around the world. The students really enjoyed using their passport map as a guide to visit every single station, and a number of students chose to spend most of their lunch hour as well, enjoying the food and the culturally-rich atmosphere.

On Friday, the students showed off their individual talents as they did busking for their schoolmates and parents during the last period of the day. Our students are such talented risk-takers, and they were performing in order to collect and raise money for a worthy charity.

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Preparing for our summative assessment

Language Arts – Guided reading, alphabetizing, non-fiction text features

Math – Division strategies, fractions

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Term 2 – Week 10 – Finding Out

Students were busy last week finding out more about the interrelated components of the earth. They used their research skills to identify important information from videos and non-fiction texts about the structure of the earth. All of their findings were organized in their own journals, where they included detailed diagrams and written observations. Later, groups shared with other teams to discuss their findings and questions.

After researching about the interrelated components of the Earth, the students used their artistic skills to paint their own Earth in order to share what they had learned.

 

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – finding out– Reasons for Earth’s continuous change

Language Arts – Guided reading, alphabetizing, non-fiction text features

Math – Division strategies, fractions

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Term 2 – Week 9 – Provocation

Last week students were shocked to find that a natural disaster had struck our classrooms. Chairs, tables and supplies were scattered about the room and it was our job to figure out exactly what went wrong.  In small teams, our young scientists used picture clues and guiding questions to make connections to what they know about natural disasters and how they impact humans and the natural world.

Later in the week, students used information gathered from our provocation to unpack the central idea. First, groups analyzed the meaning of our lines of inquiry and then matched a key concept to each, explaining how this concept would help us further explore. Next, groups generated a list of big ideas that may fit into our new unit, which they later used to formulate their own central idea. This engagement allowed students to see the connectivity of big ideas in our unit of inquiry as well as challenge their thinking skills and work collaboratively.

The students did independent inquiries using various sources to find out more about our first line of inquiry – the interrelated components of the Earth.

On Thursday, we visited Channel 3 and Virgin radio stations to learn more about how digital media is created. The students had a lot of fun and seemed to learn a lot about the work that actually goes into creating and producing content for television and radio.

Each week, G3 visits our buddies in EY to read to them and to spend time with them. It’s a good chance for us to remember that we can be good role models and help teach those who are younger than us. This week, EY1 taught class 3B about how to make a special drink using a flower and lime juice.

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Tuning-in– The interrelated components of the Earth

Language Arts – Guided reading, reading comprehension strategies

Math – Multiplication and division word problems, introduction to fractions

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Term 2 – Week 8 – Summative Week

G3 students have been working tirelessly to finish their creative stories this past week. Following the writing process, we first organized our ideas using a Story Mountain map to help identify the important parts of our story. Afterwards, students took their ideas and created their first draft of writing, which they attempted to revise and edit when completed. With a few teacher suggestions, students chose a way they wished to publish their final copy. Some students used digital tools to present their work, while others preferred the old fashioned way and a few used a combination of both. All in all, we are amazed at their creativity and commitment to their stories!

The G3 students have also been creating their own websites in which they can showcase all of the digital work that they did throughout the entire Unit. Ask them to share with you what they’ve created so far, as all of them are quite impressive.

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Tuning-in– The interrelated components of the Earth

Language Arts – Guided reading, reading comprehension strategies

Math – Multiplication and division word problems, introduction to fractions

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G3 Residential Trip

We are so proud of our G3 students during last week’s Residential Trip. Everyone displayed curiosity, enthusiasm and were incredible risk-takers. Although we had lots of adventures on this trip such as swinging down a zip-line in the trees to investigating a farm and the steps that go into planting plants, it was really the moments laughing and spending time with each other that many of us will remember. We grew stronger as a community, strengthening friendships, and forging new ones.

To check out photos of our trip, follow the link below:

 

This week we will be finishing up our ‘How We Express Ourselves Unit’. The students are working hard at building their own personal websites which wills showcase all of the new things that they have learned over the past few weeks.

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Making Conclusions – How has our thinking changed?

Language Arts – Narrative writing- revision and editing techniques

Math – Area and perimeter revision, multiplication and division

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