Grade 3 - Sept. 19 / 2019


Unit of Inquiry

We started off our week with an awesome trip back in time to 1870 at Black Creek Pioneer Village. The children experienced some of the challenges and differences of life in pioneer times versus today. This trip was an essential learning opportunity for students to experience first hand and not just hear about it from books or videos. Next Wednesday, we will contrast Early European communities with the Wendat community at Crawford Lake.

Students were given the homework of talking with their parents (their “DD” - dinner discussion) to choose whether they would rather be a child during 2019 or 1870. Spoiler alert - most children said they would rather live in 2019!


In Math this week, students explored place value by using Base Ten blocks to construct various 2- and 3-digit numbers. We discussed how the place of a digit determines its value and began exploring different ways to represent numbers.


The Grade 3’s have completed their cooperative games unit and we will be transitioning into our invasion unit next week. Invasion games are any games where the goal is to attack an opponent's territory and score a goal or point. Examples of these games include soccer, lacrosse, basketball, and hockey. Skills include maintaining possession, attacking and/or defending a goal, winning the ball, scoring and defending. These games are typically fast paced and focus a lot on teamwork. 


Looking forward to seeing many of you at Curriculum Night! To learn more about our PSE units of inquiry, please look for my posts on the class Seesaw app or contact me directly at


Our routine at the beginning of each class is to listen to a piece of music. This full-body listening helps students to focus as a full group by the end of the piece.  They are then ready to sing, play instruments or compose. This performer combines superb piano playing with an engaging visual so students can choose to either close their eyes to listen or watch how the shapes match the sound. This versatile pianist plays everything from Beethoven to Charlie Puth. Students are encouraged to listen at home. 


In French Class this week the grade 3s have been working on creating resources in the classroom so they and other grades can use them for our entry routine. They have been creating small posters of things they like and dislike to put up around the classroom. You can expand this vocabulary at home by searching food item vocabulary and your child says if they like it or not. To search for vocabulary words at home and to hear how they are pronounced, I recommend using

I like = J’aime…

Ex. I like cheese = J’aime le fromage. 

I don’t like = Je n’aime pas...    

Ex.  I don’t like pizza = Je n’aime pas la pizza. 


The Grade 3s begin examining how a traditional portrait is constructed. We will focus on proportion and learn some tricks and tips for planning out anatomically correct designs. 


Reporting an absence?

If your child(ren) are going to be absent from school for any reason, please send an email to as well as to their homeroom teacher. If your child is returning to school during the day, please have him/her sign in with reception.

Here are the schedules for Grade 3s:

Ms. Cummings (3B) - click here

Mr. Daoust (3A) - click here

Homework Options

Our Homework Policy values balance, play, literacy and family time. As such, beyond your child’s weekly reading goal, reminders and regular check-ins with their homeroom teacher, there will be limited homework assigned. If an additional piece of homework is assigned, your child will have 7 days to complete it - from the Monday it is assigned to the following Monday when it is due back.

Should you like some additional practice, here are some great options:

  • IXL **- online math and language-based skills practice

  • RazKids **- online and app-based leveled reading programme

  • Problem of the Week by The University of Waterloo (multi-step problem solving and solutions provided)

  • BrainPop **- educational videos and quizzes on a variety of subjects

**The York School pays for subscriptions to these online resources and will provide your child with the necessary information to login at home. Stay tuned as we introduce these resources at school and pass on the necessary login information for at home.


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

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