Hello Grade 3 Fans,
Thank you to all who were able to attend last week’s Fabulous Friday! The students successfully led the elementary school through a celebration of the International Day of Peace. Please enjoy some photos and a short clip of the hilarious Adventures of Captain Andrew Pants.
[photos coming soon]
We have since begun unpacking our new inquiry into how a writer’s voice can communicate cultures, ideas, feelings, and values. Students began with reading/listening to “The Jabberwocky” as a provocation into how language can tell a story, even with nonsense words. Then, we explored several stories and poems that portray different cultures. We had to investigate each one, looking for clues that the authors give to tell the reader what culture(s) should be represented.
At the same time, we have begun the process of writing our own stories! We brainstormed what all “good” books have, and explored the organizational features of story exemplars. After looking into different character traits and plot “story mountains,” students have begun independently drafting. We hope to have our stories published by the end of the UOI.
We have begun our second stand-alone math inquiry into how by understanding the properties of numbers, we can choose suitable strategies to solve problems. We began this unit by investigating odd and even numbers, with the question below. After wrestling through several possibilities, they came to the conclusion that it was impossible – but why? This started a week-long inquiry into odd/even numbers, rules surrounding them, and new “hypotheses” around adding, subtracting, and multiplying with odd and even numbers. Understanding these properties will help us with checking our answers, and for recognizing other patterns in numbers.
For the next few weeks, students will continue to make connections between the different operations, with the hope of developing more strategies to test the effectiveness of their answers. For more details on our Unit of Inquiry and our stand-alone math inquiries, please review our unit overview: How We Express Ourselves G3 Overview.
That’s all for now! As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, and I hope you all have a lovely weekend.