Grade 3 - November 23 / 2018


This week, we dove deep into our new unit on structures. We unpacked the central idea: structures need to be strong and stable to be useful. We did this by coming together as a grade and discussing the lines of inquiry and key concepts of form, function and causation. The students also decided that the most important attitudes to demonstrate during this unit are cooperation, commitment and confidence. A few resources for home-school connections are the Building Big Labs on As well, we watched a short documentary about engineering that was available in IMAX last Fall at the Ontario Science Centre. It’s called Dream Big and is available on Netflix.

During Math, we focused on communicating our addition and subtraction strategies clearly using pictures, numbers and words. We emphasized that students needed to master at least one strategy to regroup two- and three-digit numbers (stacking, friendly numbers, partial sums).

During our language periods, we also worked on some new spelling activities and introduced a cooperative game that encouraged the children to apply their spelling knowledge. We began by using Raz Kids to read some teacher-selected texts to support reading strategies and comprehension. If you would like access to Raz Kids at home, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

This week in Art, the Grade 3s added detail to their Australian Aboriginal art piece. They used Q-Tips to add lots of dots and sharpie markers to add symbols.

In PHE, the Grade 3s, as part of their fitness unit have been talking about the benefits of cardiorespiratory fitness and why it is important to be physically active. We started off the unit by exploring what the students knew and what they wanted to know about cardiorespiratory fitness.


In music, our rehearsal process for the upcoming Harmony concert is well underway. Recorders are required in class on Mondays and Wednesdays.


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

SAVE THE DATE - December 14

*New* Junior School Celebration Assembly

On Friday, December 14th at 8:40 AM, students in Grades 1-5 will join together in the Junior School gym for our first Celebration Assembly.

The assembly is a time for the community to celebrate the many achievements this term - from math to music to sports - of students. The event will include recognizing student athletes from our fall teams:  the U11 Girls’ basketball team, U9-U11 Cross country team, and the U-9 to U11 Soccer. There will be a choir performance celebrating our ‘vocal chops’ and the Junior School students who are participating in the Caribou Math Contest will be recognized as well.

Families are welcome to attend!

Instead of having one Junior School Athletic Assembly in June, this new Celebration Assembly format recognizes all student achievements including our student athletes each term.

As you can see by the fun tweet below, this event is always a huge hit at the Middle and Senior School!

Screen Shot 2018-11-23 at 2.07.27 PM.png