Kindness is Contagious

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Week 9 – Oct. 31-Nov.4

Some updates for this week:

Oct. 31 – Halloween Day

We will be having taking part in some Halloween themed challenges and games throughout the day.

Nov. 1st – Roots of Empathy Day

Nov. 3rd – Career Hat Day

Students are invited to wear a hat related to a career that they have some interest in.

Nov. 4th – Take Me Outside Day

We will be taking part in this challenge to get outside!

Homework for the Week:

Read for 20 minutes each night

Grade 3 Math – Complete Number of the Day sheet and (if possible) try for 3 green lights on Reflex Math!

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Respect Diversity and Kindness Matters Week (Nov. 14-18)

 

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In preparation for Respect Diversity and Kindness Matters week, I am assigning a discussion question for homework.  I am asking all students to have a short conversation with a parent/guardian/grandparent about a time that an act of kindness really mattered to them.

On the week of Nov. 14th we will be working on a piece of persuasive writing. Students will be asked to persuade the reader that ‘Kindness Matters’ based on the experiences they have discussed at home.

Thank you for your help!

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Math Lines – Addition Practice

Here is a game we love to play. It’s great for improving fact fluency. Math fact fluency is very important as we begin to discuss multiplication. Without fact fluency students experience difficulty with multiplication.

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Pumpkins at Night and what we are learning in Art this month

In Art this month we are exploring painting techniques.  Students have experimented with mixing colours on their page by layering.  Some Statements that demonstrate what students are learning include:

I can explore different painting techniques.

I can use warm and cool colours for expressive effect.

I can discuss simple compositional elements such as: horizontal line, area of emphasis, and balance.

I can recognize that a response to Art involves feelings, understandings, and knowledge.

Finally……

I can demonstrate confidence and enthusiasm toward are production!

Reading At Home (Notes on Homework)

Reading at home is one of the best ways to support your child’s learning at school.  There are many ways your child can read at home.  Student’s can ‘read to self’, or ‘read with a buddy (parent, grandparent, older sibling, or even the dog!)’, or ‘listen to reading’ (while it may seem a bit like cheating, listening to someone else read has a lot of value – and kids love it!).

After grades K-2, our focus moves away from ‘learning to read’ and toward ‘reading to learn’.  This means comprehension is a big part of what we are doing.  Here is a quick video with some tips of reading for comprehension at home:

Please take advantage of our subscription to Raz-Kids and Headsprout.  These are very valuable resources!  There is a Raz Kids app that you can download for free to read on the go!  Here is a quick video of what you can do with HeadSprout (available through your raz kids home page).

Week 6: Oct. 10-14th

Welcome to the 6th week of school!  The year is flying by.  Here is a quick look at the Science concepts we are covering over the month of October (stay tuned for more posts with other subjects!):

Science: Plants

We are learning all about plants this month.  We will be growing seeds in the classroom and collecting samples outside.  Students will be making and recording observations/predictions.  They will be estimating measurements.  Students will be identifying patterns.  We will be working with small groups and individually.

*If you have a green thumb, or any special knowledge that you would like to share, please contact me.  Also, if you have any seeds that you would like to donate we will find a way to use them!

Some I can statements for students:

I can identify and investigate life needs of plants.

I can describe how plants are affected by their growing conditions.

I can identify and describe the parts of a plant (and tell their general function).

I can observe and describe changes that occur during the life cycle of a plant.

I can describe the way in which plants are important to living things and our environment.

I can identify plant parts that provide humans with useful products.

I can describe how to prepare products made from plants.

I can describe how our supply of useful plants is replenished.