Heads Up

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A message from Year 3

Last week was an unusual return from winter break! We were so impressed by how the students adapted to online learning. Their curiosity and imagination were not harnessed by the screens. As evident from all their Seesaw posts, they fully engaged with the program and we had a lot of fun!

In math, we are wrapping up a short investigation into data management. Students have been exploring various ways data is gathered and displayed. This unit was a break from our work in Number Sense. We will be returning to exploring multiplication and division facts. To learn these facts, we have been looking for patterns within the different fact families as well as numerous games that reinforce understanding. Our goal for students is that they can accurately and fluently recall their multiplication and division facts, with a focus on the fact families from one through nine. For some students, they have already reached this skill. Those students have been encouraged to independently explore extension work in Chapters 5 and 6 of the 3A Student Dimensions workbook. If you would like to help your son with accurately recalling his facts at home, ask your son to teach you one of the dice or card games we have played in class (examples of games: Multiplication War, What’s Under My Thumb?). Here are a few more examples of dice games to practice math facts.

Our Inquiry unit explores how people express themselves. We have been delving into the ways people with different perspectives can learn from each other. Prior to the break, we used picture books that retell stories from a variety of viewpoints to demonstrate the various ways people see and understand the world. Using board games and online games, we have also been focusing on collaboration and how to cooperate with people who may not agree with your ideas. We have also used and created art to show how we look at the world around us. At home, conversations around different points of view would help enrich our classroom discussions. 

In Language, we began a class novel, Planet Omar and the Accidental Trouble Magnet. This book explores themes of bullying and friendship. At the start of the novel, one character expresses some racist views towards Omar’s family. We will be having age-appropriate conversations to explore how this kind of behaviour can be incredibly hurtful and harmful for those individuals and groups of people who are the targets. This book, a Global Read Aloud choice for 2020, will undoubtedly springboard many conversations. At home, please talk to your son about the book and even ask him to read it aloud to you. It is a beautiful story and a worthwhile read for any age. If your child has questions about racism, as it is an underlying theme in the book, you might find this resource useful for your conversations at home. 

Kathryn O’Brien
Year 3 Form Advisor