For the past three weeks, the students have been working hard at planning and creating three samples of writing. After finishing each project the students self-assessed their work using a checklist. Taking a close look at their work seems to have helped many students increase the quality of their writing. It was really nice to see them make progress as they worked on each sample. The students’ best sample of writing was chosen for me to mark. Over the next several days, these writing packages will be sent home for you to see. The package contains three writing samples, the self-assessment checklists, and a checklist with my comments for one of the pieces of writing. Please sign and return the stamped writing checklist and keep the writing samples at home.

Independent Reading Assessment

Tomorrow, your child will bring home an independent reading assessment that we completed last week. They were expected to read the grade level text on their own and answer ten comprehension questions. You will see that I highlighted a rating scale on the back page to indicate their level of performance. A mark of “Meeting” indicates they achieved or “met” the grade level curricular outcomes for this assessment. This reading passage is considered to be at an end grade three reading level. As a result, it can’t help us to see if your child is working beyond the grade level expectations for this time of year.  This is why you may see that your child got 10/10, but “Mastery” is not highlighted on the scale. Don’t worry, there are many other chances for your child to demonstrate reading skills beyond grade level expectations. Thanks in advance for signing and returning this learning sample.

Upcoming dates

June 8 – Grade 3 track in morning (weather permitting)
June 8 – Pizza lunch
June 9 – Spirit Day: Western wear
June 16 – Spray park day (weather permitting)
June 23 – Family Picnic
June 28 – Last day of classes for students

Spray Park

Tomorrow’s weather forecast is currently calling for a 60% chance showers in the afternoon.  However, this is Saskatchewan and the weather doesn’t always listen to the forecasters.  If the weather allows, we are still planning on heading to the spray park tomorrow afternoon.  Please send your child to school with a swimsuit, towel, and sunscreen.

Math Unit: Data Analysis

To Parents and Adults at Home…

Our class began working on a mathematics unit on data analysis. Data analysis relates to the collection, organization, and interpretation of information.

In this unit, your child will:

  • Collect data to find information or solve a problem.
  • Organize data using tally marks, charts, lists, and line plots.
  • Construct and label line plots and bar graphs.
  • Read and interpret charts, line plots, and bar graphs.

Here are some suggestions for activities you can do with your child.

Have your child collect and organize data at home to help make an important decision. For example, he or she could collect and organize data to decide the flavour of birthday cake to bake for the next family birthday. Your child should write a question to ask family members, collect and organize the results, and decide what flavour of birthday cake to bake.

With your child, look for examples of bar graphs in newspapers, magazines, or on the Internet. Have your child share 3 things that she or he knows by looking at the bar graph.

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

I have added a few more days onto the list

May 1 – Last day to order pizza lunches
May 3 – Fine Arts Night 7:00 pm
May 9 – Grades 2 & 3 Pizza Lunch
May 15 – Bricks for Kids in-school field trip during afternoon
May 16 – Shrek musical performance at WCMS 1:30
May 17 – Bike Rodeo 9:30 am
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 8 – Pizza lunch
June 9 – Spirit Day: Western wear
June 13 – Alternate track day
June 16 – 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.