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Update from Year 3

Last week was an unusual return from our 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 of their Seesaw posts, they fully engaged with the program — and we had a lot of fun. We are looking forward to returning to school in person soon. 

In math, we are beginning our unit on data management and graphing. Last week, we wrapped up our unit in 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. Some students 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 include Multiplication War and What’s Under My Thumb?). Here are a few more examples of dice games to practise math facts. 

Our Inquiry Unit explores how people express themselves. To explore this, 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 will undoubtedly springboard many conversations. At home, please talk to your child about the book and even ask them 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. 

In language, we have a new independent reading challenge: the Reading Olympics. Students are invited to undertake a number of challenges to earn medal points. To participate in the challenge, your child must be reading a book over 100 pages in length. Some of the challenges are research-based to encourage everyone to learn about the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics 2022. We hope this challenge will inspire and nurture a regular reading habit. All entries for the challenge can be added to the Reading Olympics Seesaw activity. We already have a few bronze medalists among us and look forward to seeing more children on the podium as we continue the challenge into February. 

Kathryn O’Brien and Missy McCleary
Year 3 Form Advisers