Grade 3 - April 18 / 2019



This week, we started a new mathematics unit on measurement. Over the next few weeks, the children will explore time to the nearest 5 minutes on an analog clock and to the nearest minute on a digital clock. They will work with money amounts to $10 and use calendars to show the passage of days, weeks and months.


Students also learned a new writing form - jot notes. They learned how jot notes can help you to record and organize information while you are researching. As a grade, we co-created the criteria for jot notes. They will apply this skill as they dive deeper into a children’s right that they are passionate about.


The big news for students was that their final project for their unit on children’s rights is to create an art piece that answers the question, why do children’s rights need to be protected? They began the research process on Thursday, and next week, they will begin the planning for how to show their learning and answer the big question in the form of an art piece. They will also be responsible for writing a persuasive paragraph to support their reasoning.


Students are continuing to record themselves play recorder on Seesaw and reflect on their progress learning low D and E. Students are reinforcing their note reading skills by playing short pieces on Boomwhackers without the opportunity to practise first - sightreading! In honour of International Week, we explored instruments from all over the world on our online too Focus on Sound and discovered many interesting instruments that had similarities to some of the orchestral instruments we are more familiar with.  


In Art class, the Grade Three students continue to work on art pieces that communicate the rights of children around the world. These art pieces will eventually land on our very own tie-dyed t-shirts. We had a great time working on tie-dye this week in art!


In PHE class, the Grade 3’s started a dance unit with Megan Nadain. They are working on everyday movement learning about soft and sharp shapes and rhythm and time.

We want to wish everyone who is celebrating a Happy Easter and Happy Passover!

Attendance Reminder

A gentle reminder that all student absences should be emailed to
As well, if your child arrives late, please have them sign in with Ms. Kate or reception.


Your child had an extra homework assignment this week related to our unit of inquiry on children’s rights. It is due no later than April 29th. Please see here for details.

Challenge by Choice: Spelling Bee

The York School has been invited to participate in a Spelling Bee with two other PYP schools on Monday, May 27, 2019. The York School may send two students per grade from the Junior School to compete at the Spelling Bee. Students representatives will walk to The Sunnybrook School to participate and compete in age/grade categories.

This is a Challenge by Choice activity. Students may choose to participate or may choose to not participate. There will be five grade-level Spelling Bees held for each grade with students from both classes participating. The top speller from each grade will be invited to complete at the Spelling Bee at The Sunnybrook School.

Grade-level spelling bee dates are:

  • Friday, May 10, 2019 - Grade 5

  • Monday, May 13, 2019 - Grade 4

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - Grade 3

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - Grade 2

  • Thursday, May 16, 2019 - Grade 1

Each grade Spelling Bee will begin at 1:00 PM on the designated day. The location of the bee will be determined by the number of participants.

If you are interested in having your child participate in the spelling bee, please complete the registration here. More information will be provided, including the Spelling Bee rules, practice word lists, and days and times that students may practice during lunch.

Please let me, ext. 1616 or, know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance!

Take care, Karen McCallum-Ryan

Director of Curriculum, Junior School

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Our sixth and final contest date is Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 8:30 AM in the cafeteria. Students will be reminded to bring Chromebooks to the cafeteria for the contest. The next interactive question will MAZES which students can practice now on the games page. If you or your students have any problems with the game, please let Ms. Ryan know. There is not a history question.


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