Week May 25th to 29th

Important Dates

  • Friday, May 26th: Everything was due back to the library. Conduct a BOOK hunt!
    Tuesday, May 30th: Yuen Ng Holiday – no school
    Wednesday, May 31st: $40 for G3 End of Year Celebration
    Monday, June 5th: 3B End of Year Party – 11:10 to 12:55 in the classroom. Parents are welcome!
  • Tuesday, June 6th: G3 End of Year Celebration – Students wear PE uniforms
    Thursday, June 8: Free DDD, Last Day with Students

Grade 3 End of Year Celebration (Whole Grade)

 

 

Dear Grade 3 Parents,

Can you believe the end of the year is just around the corner? It seems like this year has just flown by with all of the exciting experiences we’ve had in Grade 3!

To celebrate a successful year, we’re organizing a day full of fun activities on Tuesday, June 6 at school for all Grade 3 students. This is a separate event from our in class celebrations. We have more than enough support for the activities, so parent volunteers will not be needed.

All students will be going to Chinese in the morning and to any specialists they have scheduled during the day. All students should wear their PE uniforms as it will be an active day and we want to ensure that everyone is comfortable.

We’d like to make this day a special event so, we’re asking that each student bring in $40 for a pizza lunch and delicious snacks. Please send the $40 to school with your child by Wednesday, May 31.

Thank you again for all of your support this year!

All the best,

The Grade 3 Team

EBooks Summer Reading!

The library is closing down! Okay, it’s not closing down but it’s shutting its doors over the summer but you can keep reading all summer long. How you might ask. Check out Ms Williams blog post about how you can access great books throughout the long, hot summer.

Gr.4 1:1 Laptop Programme Explained

Below you will find a link to the Gr.4 1:1 Laptop Programme explaining the purchasing procedures.

G4 1:1 Laptop Explained Link

Week May 15th to 19th

Important Dates:

Friday, May 19th: Last day to check out books
Friday, May 26th: Dress Down Day (DDD) Theme TBA & Everything is due back to the library

Defining Systems:

Students work in groups to define the concept of systems. Their definitions all included the idea that systems are made of a set of things working together to achieve a set goal. There was debate over whether or not cooperation was needed for a system to work, whether systems were given a structure by humans or provided a structure that we fall into. They are now tuning into the concept of ‘ethics’.

Persuasive Writing:

3Bs have been working on trying to convince and persuade their audience on a variety of topics. They are learning to provide support and evidence with details for each of their reasons in a structured paragraph. Next week, 3B will compare their first piece with what they have written so far, and will identify where they need to grow.

Green Screen Action:

Lights, camera, action! 3B Burritos are becoming 30-second Experts on how to make the world more sustainable. They will be using the app, Do Ink Green Screen, to create broadcasts using teleprompters to help guide their reading.

End of the Year Library Info:

Important Dates
  • Friday, May 19th: Last day to check out books
  • Friday, May 26th: Everything is due back to the library

     

EBooks Summer Reading!

The library is closing down! Okay, it’s not closing down but it’s shutting its doors over the summer but you can keep reading all summer long. How you might ask. Check out Ms Williams blog post about how you can access great books throughout the long, hot summer.

Gr.4 1:1 Laptop Programme Explained

Below you will find a link to the Gr.4 1:1 Laptop Programme explaining the purchasing procedures.

G4 1:1 Laptop Explained Link

Links to Photos

Link to E-Farm Photos 

Link to Camp Photos

Updated Camp Update

Logistics for arriving at school Wednesday morning

Your child will arrive as normal to school. They need to come to the 9th floor where they can “Check-In”. Ms Mumford (3B), Ms V and Ms Koo (3C) and myself will be there to tell your child which ‘Activity Group’ they will be in

  1. Go to the 9th floor lobby
  2. Check in to find out your ‘Activity Group’
  3. Drop big bag on 9th floor in designated area.
  4. Go to the 11th floor playground with small day-pack.
  5. Parents may drop off medications to teachers in classrooms at 7:50 – 8:10
  6. Dismissal to classrooms at 7:50.
  7. In classroom, attendance will be taken and expectations shared.
  8. At 8:10 Teachers will accompany students to the 9th floor playground to pick up their bags and line up in activity groups.
  9. Load and board the buses on the 7th floor with departure at 8:30

 

E-Farm Form & Camp Reminders

Yesterday, we sent home with a registration form for next Wednesday’s field trip to E-Farm. (Yes! we have  a full day field trip following our camp).

A Team Edventures are a highly professional team of outdoor educationalists and have your child’s safety as their highest priority, which is why they are asking for contact and health details.

If you have not already sent this form back to school with your child then it needs to be back by tomorrow morning before we leave for camp!

Some quick reminders for camp on Wednesday:

  1. Label your child’s big backpack with their name and class (use a luggage tag). There will be a lot of bags on Wednesday morning, and having it labeled will be a HUGE help. Labelling ALL their stuff would be appreciated as well. When they arrive on Wednesday morning, please check in with a teacher on the 9th floor lobby, who will identify their group number. Big bags remain on the 9th floor according to group number. Day packs go with the child to the 11th floor as usual after check in.
  2. Check the camp checklist of things to bring. Don’t forget to bring reusable dishes (a tupperware), and a 1-litre water bottle that is full for Wednesday morning.
  3. Students can wear casual camp clothes on Wednesday morning.
  4. Please remind your child they CAN NOT bring cell phones or electronics (electronic e-readers are okay).
  5. Interested in what is going on while at camp? Teachers will be tweeting out a small selection of photos over the course of the day. Follow our class Twitter account and the hashtag #g3camp
  6. Please note I will not be able to respond to personal communication from parents- phone calls, emails or Whatsapp. If you need to get in touch with us in the case of an emergency please contact the school’s office (2525- 7088). The message will be passed on to our team leader, Ms. Ross. If after office hours please use Ms. Ross’ phone number that is listed on the camp info documentation.

Week May 2nd to 5th

Important Dates:

May 9th – MacBook Info Evening for G3 Parents
May 10th – 12th – Grade 3 Camp
May 26th -DDD – TBA

Simple Pattern Shows so Much

As great mathematicians, 3B looked at an image, really looked. At first glance, they noticed circles, numbers, colours. But looking with more depth and thinking, they started to identify patterns.

Have a go at checking out the patterns you notice. Ask your child to share with you what they saw.

 

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Sustainability to Innovation to Green Screens & a few Debates

As students continue to draw conclusions, they are asking themselves how can they make a difference and make sustainable energy choices. They are also going through Stanford’s Design Thinking process as they create innovative energy solutions. To top the week off, students have started writing their scripts for their 30 Second Expert videos for which students will use green screen technology. Students continue to try their hand at formal debates. Right now they are practicing their speaking skills, learning how to frame an argument and are fine-tuning their abilities to think on their feet, as they propose counter-arguments and defend their positions. This will continue into the next unit.

How We Organise Ourselves Unit Overview

 

Link to Photos

Camp Presentation & SLLR

Dear Parents,

As promised, here is a copy of the presentation our camp provider made a few weeks ago. Please do not hesitate in contacting me with any questions.

SLLR

The 3B Burritos are VERY excited to share with you their learning journeys. This is an opportunity for reflection and celebration.

For the last week, our preparation for the Student-Led Learning Reviews has been quite comprehensive, creative and demanded the students step-up and thoughtfully reflect on who they are as learners, how they have grown and what their next steps might be.

To begin our discussion, we reflected on what happened last year and what we have been doing so far this year.

The students noticed:
Last year,

  • the SLLR was organised by subjects
  • the teachers chose the centres and the activities
  • everyone had to rotate around a circuit

This year the organisation and preparation has changed as students have been given more agency and responsibility.

They will be in charge of leading the conversation about who they are as a learner and also choosing the evidence (work samples or engagements) to demonstrate this to you, their parents.

Here is a more specific description of student roles and responsibility during SLLRs.

Students will:

  • take responsibility for sharing their learning and progress across the transdisciplinary programme
  • share information about personal, social and academic development
  • discuss where they are as a learner at this time and identify  their progress as a learner, strengths, and needs
  • share where they are in developing the transdisciplinary skills as a lifelong learner
  • share how they demonstrate the attributes of the Learner Profile and the Attitudes
  • revisit the goals established during the 3-Way Conferences

Here is a video to watch which explains the purpose, structure, and roles of the parents and students at a Student Led Learning Review.

April 19th to 21st

 

Important Dates

April 24th – Free DDD – Dress in green for Earth Week!
April 28th – Student Led Learning Reviews
May 1st – Public Holiday – no school
May 3rd – Public Holiday – no school
May 9th – MacBook Info Evening for G3 Parents
May 10th – 12th – Grade 3 Camp

Dear Parents,

It was nice seeing those who could make it to our Camp Parent Info. evening this week. When I receive a copy of the presentation I will be posting it on the blog for your reference. The students also had a chance to see the presentation and ask questions. We will be continuing to prep the kids and address any of their concerns or worries in the weeks leading up to camp. Students have been exploring innovative energy sources, and are continuing to expand their multiplication and division strategies, learning to debate, and write persuasive paragraphs. They have also been busy preparing for next week’s SLLR.

SLLR Video

Please watch  this  video to learning about the purpose, structure, and roles of the parents and students at a Student Led Learning Review.

 

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Important Dates & SLLR Video Overview

Important Dates

April 10 – 17 – Spring Break
April 18 – Professional Learning Day – No school for students
April 19th – Parent Camp Info Session 6pm
April 21st – DDD- Theme (NOT the 28th due to SLLR & PYPx)
April 28th – Student Led Learning Reviews
May 9: MacBook Information Evening (for Grade 3 Parents)
May 10-12: Grade 3 Camp

Dear Parents,

We hope you all have a safe and relaxing holiday.

SLLR Video
Please watch  this  video to learning about the purpose, structure, and roles of the parents and students at a Student Led Learning Review.

 

 

 

Week March 27 to 31st

Important Dates

Monday, March 27th – 3B Swimming Starts
SLLR Sign-up: Parents can begin making their SLLR appointments Monday, March 27 (families with 2+ children in the LS) and Wednesday, March 29 (other LS families).
March 31st – DDD – Sports (Theme: Sports Uniform/Gear)
April 3rd, Monday – 3B Class Easter Party – 11:40 to 1:00
April 4th – Ching Ming Festival – Public Holiday- No school
April 10 – 17 – Spring Break
April 18 – Professional Learning Day – No school for students
April 19th – Parent Camp Info Session 6pm
April 21st – DDD- Theme (NOT the 28th due to SLLR & PYPx)
April 28th – Student Led Learning Reviews
May 9: MacBook Information Evening (for Grade 3 Parents)
May 10-12: Grade 3 Camp

Dear Parents,

After reviewing my blogs and tweets, I’ve noticed that many of my posts are focused on unit of inquiry collaborative, creative and critical thinking engagements as well as transdisciplinary math and literacy opportunities. Please rest assured that your children continue to practice necessary basic skills on a daily basis in the classroom which includes writing conventions and math facts.

Broken Calculators: Open-ended Problems

At the start of every stand-alone math lesson, the students are given an open-ended math problem or provocation. Open-ended math engagements have multiple solutions.  They naturally differentiate for the students. Each student enters the problem at their level. While solving the problems students discuss and explain their thinking. They learn from each other. The focus is on the process of developing mathematical problem solving and critical thinking. AND they are FUN!

One example of this was when 3B took on the challenge of solving problems with a “broken calculator”.

We began with 2 missing factors and a product of 36. Some worked systematically while others just randomly identified two factors that would multiply to 36.

Then came more challenges. Broken calculators with numbers that don’t work. So what could they do instead? Multiply one larger and take away a group. Multiply one less and add a group. Repeated addition. Double and double again. Miguel showed great thinking and quadrupole one factor, and then divided the product by 4. (And, of course, we have those who tell me to buy a new calculator!)

Then we move onto math stations…

Multiplication Stations: (Stand Alone Unit) 

Students continued to work in math stations. They focused on building their multiplication fact fluency. (Earlier this week they audited their multiplication and division facts. The results can be found on google doc. Ask them to show you.) They are working through Mathletics Booklets – which students are learning a variety of mental math strategies and then have the challenge of explaining the strategy to their partners. They are also “proving” their thinking. They are given a statement like 7×5=29. Is this true or false? Then they ‘prove’ their claim through as many ways as they can – manipulatives, drawings, calculation strategies, real-life examples. Students are also developing their abilities to solve written word problems. They first discuss the problem with a partner to understand the context of the question. Figure out what exactly is happening and what might they need to do to solve the problem. Then they work through the RUCSAC process. They are also working with me in a small group during which time I tailor the mini-lesson to their individual learning needs. 

Energy Group Inquiries

This week the Burritos have been working in small groups and inquiring into an energy source of their choice. They are compiling their research in a Google Slide presentation. This process has required them to communicate their ideas clearly and respectfully negotiate their different perspectives.
Ms Williams, our amazing teacher-librarian, has been coming in to work with 3B. They are learning how to EVALUATE resources based on their questions or what they want to find out, and reading techniques such as SKIMMING (quick glances through a text for keywords and general ideas) and SCANNING (looking quickly through the information to find a specific fact or piece of information). Students are then challenged with presenting their ideas following the 1-6-6 Rule of presentations. (1 idea per slide, 6 bullets, 6 words per bullet)

Then, Ms Williams shared with us two great databases available to CDNIS students through the library: Big Universe and Power Knowledge Science. They are also using a bank of teacher sourced websites and our trusty old Brainpop. These resources are outstanding.
A shout out to our students who have taken action in their learning and have asked primary sources – For example Finn’s uncle works in solar energy. Way to go!

Link to This Weeks Photos