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?

Rocks and Minerals

This week we started a new Science unit called Rocks and Minerals. During this unit we will be learning about;

– the rock cycle

– how to classify and identify rocks (color, lustre, texture, hardness, presence of carbonates)

– how rocks break down to become soil

– ways we use rocks and minerals

We would like to thank Mr. Nicholson for coming in to talk to us about diamond mining! His presentation was a fantastic introduction for our unit. We really enjoyed seeing the pictures that he showed us, and we are excited to learn more about how coal becomes a diamond.

On Wednesday our class also had a Rock Show to show off our rock collections. 

As you can see, we had some very interesting and unique samples to show!

Grade 3′s, do you have a favorite rock of your own?

Where do you like to hunt for rocks? Who do you go rock hunting with?

Can you describe the most unusual rock that you saw during our rock show?

Introducing Arrays

This morning we are exploring arrays in multiplication. We know that ALL multiplication facts can be shown as a rectangle with rows and columns. We also know that arrays represent two multiplication facts at once.

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What facts are represented by the array in this picture? Grade 3’s where have you seen arrays in your daily life?

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?

All Aboard!!! It’s Polar Express Day!

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This morning we all awoke to polar-like temperatures here in Central Alberta! Thankfully, the windchill was “only -38C.” so we could all make it to school. Once here, we climbed aboard the Polar Express for a fun-filled day of learning!

Many students chose to wear their jammies for the celebration. They looked great!

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We started our morning off by reading this classic story by Chris Van Allsburg. We all agreed that it is a wonderful story, with amazing word choice and incredible illustrations.

Next, we continued with a math challenge based on the Polar Express. Students worked in teams to solve a variety of problems. Great problem solving strategies, and excellent group work skills were displayed. Well done 3W!

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In Gym, we  played a couple of wild games called “Train Tag” and “Capture the Presents”.

This afternoon we sat down to watch the DVD. Students were  asked to look for similarities and differences between the book and the movie. I was very impressed by all the ideas they came up with!

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Grade 3’s, I am definitely in the Christmas spirit now! I would like to know a couple of things. First, what was your favorite part of Polar Express Day? Second, what was your favorite part of the Polar Express movie?

Ukrainian Christmas Spiders

In Social Studies, we are continuing to look at traditions and celebrations in our 4 countries of focus. Today, we discovered that in Ukraine, the spider can bring to mind thoughts of good luck, especially around the Christmas season! We spent some time reading the legend of the Christmas Spider, and then we had a chance to create some of our own special Christmas spider decorations.

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Grade 3’s, you did a fantastic job. I hope these decorations bring a wealth of good luck to your homes as well!

To Regroup…or not to Regroup. THAT is the Question!

This morning we spent some time working on our mental math skills as we played “Spot a Spider” and “Lots of Spots”. We know that mental math is a very important life skill! We also know that this can be a really tricky thing to do when addition and subtraction questions involve regrouping.

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Questions like “44+77” are becoming things that we can do in our head! Grade 3’s, what does 44+77 equal? How could you do it mentally? If you answer this question, feel free to add a new regrouping question for our next blog reader!

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?

Happy Halloween from 3W!

We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween!

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We are off to a great start on this Spooktacular school day! This morning we began with some “Rocket Math.” It was a lot of fun (and a little bit of torture) to examine the cylinder shapes, and then estimate, count and graph our rockets. We were amazed at the different number of each color in our packages.  The most challenging activity we tried, was a when we examined the concept of “60 seconds = 1 minute” during a special Rocket-style “Minute to WIn It” challenge. Of course, we FINALLY finished with devouring these tasty treats!