Grade 3 - Oct. 3 / 2019


Unit of Inquiry

This week, the Grade 3s explored the concept of community, and brainstormed how they know The York School is a caring one. Working together, both classes, students came up with their top three criteria and a ranking system to go along with it. Moving forward, they will apply this understanding to the Pioneer times to determine whether or not early communities were caring and why. 


In math this week, the Grade 3s used their place value knowledge to help detect different patterns when skip counting up and down by 2s, 5s and 10s on a number line. Students also compared different types of number lines and began exploring how they can be used to help round up or down to the nearest ten. 

For students who are a part of the Caribou Contest Math Club, the first Caribou Contest will take place on Wednesday, October 16 @ 10:00 AM in the cafeteria. The Interactive Question will be Sliding Blocks which your students can practice now on the games page. Because the Sliding Blocks game page can be used to solve such puzzles, this site will be blocked from Tuesday, October 15 to Thursday, October 17. Please do not wait until the contest day to practice, as you will not be able to! There will be no history question.


What a fun week the Grade 3’s have had exploring unconventional Invasion Games such as Mat Ball, Crossover and Guard the Pin. As a group, we realized that games can fall into more than one category, especially if it is an unconventional game. Next week, we will continue to play these games while students are continuing to build their Invasion Games skills and techniques.  


In Music, Grade 3 students are reviewing the concept of rhythm. How do we show rhythm using notation so others can play my composition? How do we perform rhythm, by reading the notation? How can we transform rhythm to become another piece of music? Students are using manipulatives, instruments and games to explore this concept. Understanding the concept of rhythm will be useful when we begin playing the recorder in a couple of weeks. 


Grade 3 artists begin to develop their first major art piece. After learning anatomical portrait drawing skills, they are now creating their own self-portrait using their new drawing skills, or perhaps designing a portrait in their own unique style of choice.


In French, Grade 3s have been practicing their oral French by asking and answering questions to their peers. This will help develop their sentence structure and vocabulary to further develop their conversational French. Students are continuing to explore the centre games to develop and review high-frequency vocabulary and questions. 


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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