Earth Week

The following is a letter that was sent home last Thursday.  I’ve noticed a few left on desks over the break.  Here is an extra copy in case one didn’t make it home.

Upcoming Dates

April 28 – Class Auction

May 3 – Fine Arts Night 7:00 pm
May 15 – Bricks for Kids in-school field trip during afternoon
May 16 – Shrek musical performance at WCMS 1:30
May 19 – No school for students
May 22 – Victoria Day – no school

June 2 – Spray park in afternoon (weather permitting)
June 5 – No school for students
June 8 – Grade 3 track in morning (weather permitting)
June 13 – Alternate track day
June 16 – Alternate spray park day
June 23 – Family Picnic
June 28 – Last day of classes for students

Geometry Unit

To Parents and Adults at Home…

Your child’s class has started a mathematics unit on geometry. Geometric shapes are all around us, and mathematics can help your child recognize them. Understanding geometric form will help your child appreciate the geometry found in art, design, architecture, and nature.

In this unit, your child will:

  • Identify and name various shapes with 3 or more sides
  • Build, represent, and describe geometric objects
  • Draw and talk about 2-D shapes and 3-D objects

Encourage your child to look for geometric shapes and objects around the home and neighbourhood, and talk about them. Here are some suggestions for activities that you can do at home:

Look for geometric shapes in buildings and street signs. For example, a stop sign is the shape of an octagon, and a yield sign is the shape of a triangle.

Look around the house for geometric shapes. Talk about the shapes you find. As you do, look closely at the corners and sides of the shapes. Count the corners and sides with your child.

Look for 3-D objects around your home, such as a fridge, stove, table legs, and so on. If possible, ask your child to count the number of corners and edges. Talk about how the object’s shape is related to its purpose.

Look through magazines with your child to find as many different 2-D shapes and 3-D objects as you can find.

City Skyline Silhouettes

The students of 3M created city skyline silhouettes using watercolours and permanent marker.  Their products turned out great and are on display in the classroom. I’ve attached a photo below in case you do not get a chance to see them in the school. Click or tap on the photo to enlarge. Enjoy!

Fine Arts Night

The following letter was sent home with students that expressed interest in the Fine Arts Night.  Here is an extra copy of the letter.  The organizers have asked that the forms be returned to school as soon as possible.

Polar Bears

Your children will be bringing home their polar bear art today. Our inspiration to create these projects came from learning about the Arctic and the artwork of Eric Carle.

Inferring

The latest comprehension strategy we have been learning is inferring.

“When readers learn to infer while reading:

  • they learn to look for clues in text, in pictures, and their own knowledge that will help them to make sense of the text.
  • they are encouraged to become good “book detectives.”
  • they learn that some authors write very little text but leave clues for the reader to discover and interpret.
  • they understand that the expression “less is more” means that fewer words on the page means more thinking for the reader.
  • they are learning to fill in, their heads, what’s not written on the page.
  • they are more likely to say, “Oh, I get it now!” While they read , than “Huh? I don’t get it.” – Adrienne Gear, Reading Power

Some of the great books we have used to infer include following:

  • Ice by Arthur Geisert
  • The Giant Seed by Arthur Geisert
  • This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
  • I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
  • Carl Goes Shopping by Alexandra Day

Multiplication and Division

Your child’s class is starting a mathematics unit on multiplication and division. Multiplication and division are basic computational skills that children must eventually master in order to succeed in higher levels of mathematics. The focus of this unit is on developing an understanding of the processes of multiplication and division in order to develop strategies for multiplying and dividing whole numbers up to 5 x 5. Children will use counters, number lines, and arrays to develop their understanding.

In this unit, your child will:

  • Model multiplication and division up to 5 x 5
  • Find strategies to multiply and divide up to 5 x 5
  • Pose and solve story problems involving multiplication and division.

Encourage your child to share different strategies used to multiply and divide.

We use multiplication and division in many day-to-day situations.
Here are some suggestions for activities you can do at home:

  • Look for things that come in groups of 2, 3, 4, and 5. Create problems. For example: Bikes have 2 tires. How many tires are on 4 bikes?
  • Use a deck of playing cards, using only the 1s (Aces) to 5s. Shuffle the cards. Flip the first card. This represents the number of groups. Flip the second card. This represents the number of objects in each group. Have your child draw a picture to match the cards, and write a multiplication and division sentence to match the picture. Continue until all cards are used up.

This Week

Here are just a few reminders for this week,

  • Field trip on Wednesday morning. We will leave the school around 10:30 and return at about 1:00.
  • We will be participating in World Down Syndrome Day by wearing mismatched socks on Tuesday.
  • No classes on Thursday and Friday

Student-Led Activity Conferences

  • This is just a quick reminder that Student Led Activity Conferences are on Thursday March 16 from 3:45-7:15. I look forward to seeing you then!
  • If you wish to meet one-on-one, please contact me in the student planner or send me an email and we can set aside a time on the evening of Tuesday March 21st.  If the 21st does not work for you please let me know.