Grade 3 - Oct. 10 / 2019


Unit of Inquiry

In Inquiry this week, the Grade 3’s continued to explore different First Nations communities. Students wrote letters taking the perspective of a First Nations child who went on a walk to collect pieces of nature to create medicine. They made connections to the plants they saw and learned about at Crawford Lake and enjoyed discussing how different medicine is today. 


This week the Grade 3’s used number lines to explore rounding to the nearest ten and hundred. They came up with rules for rounding and used a car driving on a hill analogy to help visualize whether they should round up or down. 


The Grade 3’s have continued to play unconventional invasion games such as Hoopster which is similar to European Handball, and Pin Soccer which is similar to Soccer. It is great to see the students transfer their skills to a variety of games.


Who was Beethoven? Grade 3 students have listened to Fur Elise and Moonlight Sonata Movements 1 and 3. We are exploring the composer’s life and learning about his challenge living with deafness and how that impacted his life but didn’t stop him from composing beautiful music that is still listened to today.   


The Grade Three artists will begin to paint their self-portraits next week in art class. We will be looking at background and foreground, and revisiting painting skills in this part of the self-portrait creation. 


The Grade 3s have been learning high-frequency words in class and their actions. They have been doing a great job following along to consolidate their understanding of these words and explaining when we use them in class. Students had lots of fun testing each other on their knowledge of the gestures and words. A way you can fine-tune this skill at home is by asking your children about some of the gestures they remember from French Class and their meanings. They might even be able to sing the whole classroom entry routine song with gestures.


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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