Grade 3 - February 23, 2018

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Parent Compass Points Feedback Meetings Reminder

In The FLASH last week, we invited all Junior School parents to attend a follow up Compass Points coffee morning on either:

Monday Feb. 26th @ 8:30 a.m. or

Tuesday March 6th @ 8:30 a.m.

Both meetings will take place in the Junior School Cafeteria and will cover the same content. For parents who can't attend either coffee morning, we will include a summary in The Flash.

We hope you are able to attend.


Val and Struan

Grade 3 will be extending their inquiry into Canadian landforms during art class. They will be creating topographic sculptures of their chosen landform using plasticine and other items, like stones and sand. Students are encouraged to bring in any items that they feel would add some realism to their chosen landscape (i.e. small rocks, sand, etc). 

During math, students worked together in small groups, partnerships and independently on different multiplication and division problems. We focused on relating multiplication to division such as if we know the multiplication facts for 3 x 4 = 12 and 4 x 3 = 12, then we know 12 3 = 4 and 12 4 = 3.  We had planned to wrap up this unit by Friday, but will be taking another few days for further review of division.

We rotated through another round of guided reading this week where we focused on researching the three different landform regions in Ontario: Hudson Bay Lowlands, Canadian Shield and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Lowlands. We discussed how the land looks and how we use the land in each region. As we continue this research, we will be applying our knowledge to creating our topographic sculptures in Art. Students also practiced their spelling sorts, explored descriptive writing vocabulary and discussed how land can be used for different purposes.

We watched a very inspiring video about an island community in southern Thailand that built a soccer pitch using recycled boards over water. This video not only relates to our unit’s central idea - our physical environment influences how we live - but it also relates to our continued character development using IB attitudes and attributes. Students described the community members as confident, creative, committed, cooperative and risk-takers. Watch the video with your child and have a conversation about adversity and perseverance.

In PSE class, as part of our “changemakers” theme and as a continuation of learning about the Zones of Regulation, we have been looking at ways that our emotional state can change from one zone to the other. The students looked at a variety of strategies to help “switch” zones and chose their top 3 strategies for each zone. Some ideas were, to change from the blue zone to the green, you could lie down and rest or ask for a hug. To change from a green zone to a yellow, you could get a drink of water. To change from a red zone to a green you could take a break and have some alone time.

Looking Ahead

Grade 3 students will be performing the Chinese folk song Mo Li Hua at assembly on Friday March 9th. All students will focus on a role of either vocalist, instrumentalist, percussionist or dancer for this performance, but they have learned all of the different parts during the rehearsal process in class. The students have enjoyed learning Mandarin, thanks to our grade three experts and they are excited to share their learning with the community. The assembly will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Spring Athletics

We are nearing the end of the Winter Season, and looking forward to Spring!  We are pleased to offer several GADPs and team sports for our Spring Season - click here to see the schedule (scroll down to page 3 for Spring).  The registration link will be in The Flash next Friday.

Author Visit

The Library will be hosting Phyllis Bordo reading her book to the Grade 1-3 students. She will be reading her debut picture book entitled "Lilly Esther Conquers the Worries". Mrs. Bordo is Max Bordo [2B]'s grandmother.

Period 1 - 8.30 - 9.15 AM - Classes 1A, 1B and 2A
Period 2 - 9.15 - 10 AM - Classes 2B, 3A and 3B

Parents are welcome to attend this reading in the Library.

If you have any questions, please feel free and ask me.

Thank you,

Ms. Sara Spencer

Important Dates

Please make sure to check The York School’s full school calendar regularly for updates, locations and times.