Grade 3 - Sept. 26 / 2019


Unit of Inquiry

We had a great field trip to Crawford Lake on Wednesday to experience life in a Wendat longhouse. This trip helped us to compare the perspectives of two important communities in Early Canada - that of Early European Settlers and Native Communities. We will continue to unpack these perspectives and how each community faced challenges to their ways of life.

We have also begun small group guided reading instruction focusing on Early Settlers and features of journal writing.


This week, we continued our exploration of place value. We practiced different ways of writing out and representing 2- and 3- digit numbers. We also began exploring the concept of number lines and how they can help us to order and compare numbers.


In PHE, the Grade 3’s have begun the Invasion Game unit. Students have discussed skills and strategies that will benefit them in an invasion game. Students are exploring how to travel with a ball and what are the most effective techniques to use to be successful. 


As mentioned last week, students begin each class with full-body listening to a piece of music. The intention here is to show students what music can do for us, beyond the entertainment and enjoyment aspect. Students are asked to share their observations by incorporating how the different elements are used to communicate a specific feeling or mood for example. This week’s selection wasAutumn” from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”. I encourage you to play music you think your child should hear and have similar discussions at home. Due to technology, many children are in control of what they listen to and aren’t aware of the wonderful music that is out there waiting to be discovered. If there is a piece of music from any genre, decade, style or culture you feel the students should be introduced to at school, please let me know via email or in person, if we happen to cross paths! I love to discover music I haven’t heard yet! 


In art class this week, we took a break from portraiture drawing skills to inquire into the “Fridays For Future” movement, led by teenage Climate Crisis activist, Greta Thunburg from Sweden. We watched her speak at a recent UN summit and discussed her initiatives to mobilize students from around the world to take action. We created catchy slogans and posters to carry on our one-period walk to fight against climate change coming this Friday. We discussed how our contribution, no matter how small it may seem, can make a difference. We are excited to flight for a healthy planet this Friday! 


This week in French, we have been working on creating more resources for students to use in class. Students brainstormed useful questions that they will write down on strips of paper and create a visual picture for them to refer to throughout the year. This helps the students achieve our classroom goal to speaking only in French. Here is the resource we made last week to help with our entry routine. 

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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.


Junior School Climate Strike

This Friday, September 27th, Junior School students will spend time at their house meetings learning about climate change and Greta Thunberg’s Climate Strikes. At 9:00 am, students will march around the block with their signs for climate justice. All students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 will participate. Kindergarten students will be partnered with older students and all students will be supervised by teachers. If parents would like to observe, please watch from the park at Yorkminster church. If you have any questions, please email Andrea Hughes at


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

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