We Are Connected!

This week we started to explore the idea of a global economy as part of our Social Studies curriculum. We know the difference between goods and services. We also know what resources, technology, and imports and exports are. 

To explore this further, students were asked to look for goods at home that originated in other countries. Many students were surprised how easy this task was! Once our list of “imports” was complete, we used our Chromebooks, and Google maps to plot where our objects had come from.

Here is an example from Jamie. Her map is very similar to most of the other maps that were created in our class. (Please use the scroll bars to explore it.)

Grade 3’s did you notice anything about where your objects came from? Were most of your objects from the western or eastern hemisphere? Did you find that you had some countries more than others on your list? What can we learn from this?

Together is Better

One of our favorite things to do with our Chromebooks is to collaborate. “Collaborating”  means working together to help each other learn and create.

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These students are working together to research the environment of India. They are creating a table together to record their information.

Grade 3’s, why do you like to collaborate with your classmates? What are some of the other ways  that you like to use your Chromebook to work together?

Measurement – Appropriate Units, and Exploring Perimeter

In Math we are learning about centimetres and metres. We know that there are times when centimetres are a great unit to use, and other times when metres are more appropriate.

What unit would you use to measure…

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Here are some measurement games to boost your measurement skills.

Fun Brain Measurement

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We have also been learning about perimeter. We know that perimeter is the distance around a 2-D shape. Here is an online geoboard that you can also use to explore different rectangles with the same perimeter. How many different rectangles can you make with a perimeter of 24cm?

Math Playground Geoboard

Hooking Your Reader

Writing a story can be a lot like fishing. You want to make sure you “hook” your reader right away by quickly getting them involved in the story. We will be learning about many ways to do this during our writing classes over the next couple of weeks.

To get us started, read the following paragraph from Owen’s latest story. He does a great job of adding details that quickly interest the reader and draw us in. I know that I could not wait to find out what happened next!

The Wildfire

by Owen

     It was a really hot summer in Australia. The eucalyptus trees were dry which was a bad sign, because wildfires were common. My dad and I and my 2 brothers had just got out of the business rush in Sidney. A few hours later my brother said, “We’re here!” and we jumped out of our pickup and helped my dad unload the tent, rations and sleeping bags. “Boy that ride was boring!” one of my brothers said. I looked around and caught glimpse of a warning sign with my binoculars.”Uh guys there’s a forest fire sign up there.” I said. “Whatever” my dad said.

Grade 3’s, what do you think might happen next? Do you already know who the characters are? What details do we already know that help us visualize the setting?

Bar Graphs on Our Chromebooks

Over the past couple of days we have been creating our own bar graphs using a google spreadsheet. Today our class interpreted the data they had gathered with at least 4 sentences to describe their graph.
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Grade 3s, do you prefer using your pencil or your chromebook to create your graph?  Why?
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First to Five

We are currently learning about ways to organize data in Math. This morning we played a game called “First to Five” to practice our line plot skills.

We know that a survey is a set of questions you ask people to find things out. We know that data is information that is gathered with a survey, during an experiment, or by observing.

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Grade 3’s, did you have a lucky number this morning? How does creating a line plot help you keep track of your rolls? Why is this a good way to compare number  data?

When Santa Fell to Earth by Cornelia Funke

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Our class started the novel When Santa Fell to Earth by Cornelia Funke this week. While we may only be a few chapters in,  I can already tell this book is going to be a huge hit with our class! Thank you to Sloane and Mya for writing excellent “Reader’s Response” paragraphs after listening yesterday. Here is a little sampling of what they each had to say…

When Santa Fell to Earth

We are reading When Santa Fell To Earth it is a great book so far. We are using a strategy called visualize it is an awesome strategy. The characters in this story are Nicholas Goodfellow, Ben, Will, Dean the two angels and the elfs. This story takes place when Nicholas Goodfellow was pretty young. I would recommend this to lots of other grade threes and fours.

by Sloane

We have been reading  When Santa Fell to Earth.

This book is about when Santa fell to earth. He lives in a caravan with the elves and the angels. The elves are being bad, they are swearing and sleeping and one swears in his sleep and just not doing their work. And there is a mystery that Nicolas Goodfellow is santa?

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Grade 3’s, without giving too many “spoilers”, what is YOUR favorite part of the book so far?

Counting On

This morning we explored the idea that we can use a number line to determine the difference between two numbers. We called this strategy Counting On!

Grade 3’s, check out the pictures above!  Each of these pictures is representing the question 61-27=. What do you notice???

Taking a Close Look at Canadian Culture

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In Social Studies, we have recently turned our attention to the idea of “culture.” This is a BIG idea for a Grade 3 student!  So, before we can really examine the cultures of faraway places like Peru, Tunisia, India and Ukraine, we decided it was important to spend a little time exploring the idea of Canadian culture.   To do this we used our new Chromebooks and an app called “MindMup” to create a visual representation of what Canadian culture means to each of us. As you can see, we had some similarities in our thinking AND some differences!

Grade 3’s, you did a fantastic job thinking about Canadian culture, and creating your webs! I am very excited for the unit ahead, but I’m curious, which of our four countries’ cultures are you most excited to learn about? Why?

Building – Flower Vases

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As we continue with our Testing Materials and Building Design Science Unit, our class has moved from understanding structure and design, to putting this knowledge into independent practice! 

Last week our building challenge was to make a paper vase, using only 4 pieces of paper and some tape. Our vases needed to be between 25-30 cm tall, and be able to hold up 4 top-heavy silk flowers.

After the vases were complete, most agreed that they might do some things differently if they were given the chance to build their vase again. What had started out as an “easy” task had turned out to be much more challenging than many of us expected.  Still, in the end, everyone managed to be successful with their creation!

Grade 3’s you handled this task very well! what was the most challenging part of building your vase? What did you learn about bases and stability?