A Visit from the Medicine River Wildlife Centre

We had some extra special guests to our classroom today! Erin Young, and Otis the Great Horned Owl visited us from the Medicine River Wildlife Centre.

During their visit, we learned all about the Centre, and the work it does for wildlife rehabilitation.  We saw photos of a variety of animals who have been helped by their organization. We also learned about what to do, and what NOT to do if we encounter an injured or orphaned wild animal. 

Perhaps the most important thing for students to take away from Erin and Otis’ visit, is their powerful message about respecting our environment and the animals in it.

Thank you so much to all the families who sent in a donation for the Wildlife Centre. We were able to present Erin with $207.00 today!

Grade 3’s, Otis was definitely a big hit! What did you LEARN today  from Erin and Otis?

If you are interested in learning more, CLICK HERE for more information about the Centre.

 

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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?

Music Monday

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Today we celebrated “Music Monday” at our school. We were treated to performances by the IREC choir, the IRJC choir and the IRJC band. Thank you to Mrs. Holoboff for organizing and leading this special afternoon! 

Grade 3’s, what are some of your favorite types of music? Do you have a favorite singer, band or song? Please leave a comment and remember proper commenting guidelines. (Capital letters, complete sentences and punctuation)

 

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?

Happy Easter!

We all know that Ukraine is having some difficult times. This week, with Easter on it’s way, our class focused on the positive and spent some time learning about traditional Ukrainian pysanky. Next, we decorated some eggs with a mixture of traditional Ukrainian symbols, and our own creative designs. Here are a few of our creations!

 

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Happy Easter!

C.A.R.E. Presentation

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Today our class was fortunate to have a visit from Jan Underwood from C.A.R.E. (Central Alberta Refugee Effort). Jan talked to us about life in India. During her presentation, Jan showed us a PowerPoint, then she had some artifacts for us to see. She even brought some clothes for a few lucky volunteers to try on. We really enjoyed her presentation!

Grade 3’s, what did you learn from Jan? What was your favorite part of the presentation?

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

We just wrapped up our teacher-led novel study of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It was a huge hit!  Please have a look at our google presentation about the novel.

(Warning! Parts of the presentation may include spoilers!)

Peruvian Textile Weaving

Our class has learned about Peruvian textile weaving as part of our Social Studies curriculum. This traditional art form may have originated with the Incas, and has been passed down from generation to generation in the high mountain villages of Peru. We have learned from www.incas.org that “In places like the mountain community of Chinchero, most girls and some boys learn to weave at six or seven years old. From an early age they have fun playing with their mothers’ spindle and yarns, and experimenting on their own until they learn to spin fine yarn. Then they start weaving narrow ribbons called jakimas (pronounced “hakimas”). Often older sisters, brothers or adults help the children learn to make their first narrow backstrap “looms” starting with twenty or thirty threads.”

One thing is for certain. We now know that weaving is not only fun, but it also takes a great deal of skill, and stamina.  Check out our finished projects!

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Social Skills – Playing a Game!

Playing a game can be a lot of fun! Sometimes we might have a chance to play with our friends during an indoor recess, sometimes we might play with our family at home. At other times, our teachers ask us to play a game at school so that we have a fun way to practice the things we are learning.

Unfortunately, games don’t always go the way we want them to. Playing should be fun, but instead it can turn into frustration and hurt feelings if the game players don’t all follow the simple steps that our class came up with.

1. Be sure you know the rules.

2. Decide who starts the game. (rock, paper, scissors or largest role, etc.)

3. Remember to wait your turn.

4. When the game is over, say something nice to the other person. (Remember to help clean up.)

Our class has spent some time practicing this important social skill, and we have developed some video role plays showing these steps in action.   Here is a sampling of our work. 

Great job Grade 3’s! Role playing and videoing can be challenging. One thing is for sure – you certainly have some great game playing skills!

Please feel free to comment and let us know how your “Game Playing” homework goes this weekend. I can’t wait to read about the games you choose to play!

Ears, they’re not just for earrings!

We are busy learning about hearing and sound in Science. Our class now knows;

– how sounds are made

–  how different vibrations create different pitches

– how human voices work

– how our ears hear sounds, and how our ears help us balance

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We will be examining safe hearing levels over the next couple of weeks, and comparing our hearing to that of different animals.

Grade 3’s can you think of any examples of places or times when sounds may be TOO LOUD? What can you do when you are exposed to loud sounds to protect your hearing?