Grade 3 - December 7 / 2018



In guided reading, we have focused on the reading strategy of: monitoring comprehension. We have discussed how good readers check-in with themselves to see if they have understood what they have read.

According to your children, some ideas for monitoring their comprehension are:

  • Use something that they already know to make a good prediction

  • Make a connection to something similar

  • Read ahead

  • Look up unknown words in a dictionary

  • Ask someone

  • Create a picture in your head or draw it

  • Use the pictures

  • Think of your own example

  • Use the context of the sentence to predict.


This week in math, we have started a new unit on geometry, which is a perfect integration into our structures unit.

The learning goals for this unit are:

  • Describe, name, and sort figures and solids

  • Describe angles

  • Build solids

  • Explore congruent figures and congruent solids

  • Solve geometry problems

Unit of Inquiry

In Inquiry this week, we have continued our investigation into what makes a structure strong and stable. In particular, we have looked at constructing structures that can withstand forces that act upon them. We created structures from toothpicks and plasticine that might withstand the force of friction. We also created structures from paper cylinders that would withstand the wind.

The students are really looking forward to creating their own structures for their final project.


This week in Art, the Grade 3s were introduced to the process of self-assessment. From now on, students will be identifying if they feel they are a novice, apprentice, practitioner, or expert when working on their art pieces.


They will choose their category and stick a sticker with the identifying word on the back of their art piece. I will continue to use this vocabulary when assessing student artwork. You will start to see visual art rubrics coming home which look like this:



In Music, the rehearsal process continues in preparation for our Harmony Concert on December 21st. Here is a link to audio files and PDFs of pieces for practise at home. Students have started learning how to play Jingle Bells. There is a “how to play” video link on the concert document to enhance practise at home.  


Reminder for outdoor recess during the winter weather... Students in Grades 1 - 3 are expected to have and wear a coat, snow pants, hats, mittens and boots to keep them both warm and dry from the time of the first snowfall or as of December 1, whichever comes first, for all outdoor recess play times. 


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