One of activities we do in Language Arts is “Making Words”. For example, students might be given the following letters:
e o o b c r t
We start by making smaller words like rot, toe and cot and work up to longer words like oboe and robot. Finally, we try to make a single word using all of the letters. In this case the mystery word is “October”.
We are continue our focus on writing personal narratives by focusing on small, true moments that we experienced. Here’s a checklist of elements we are working on including in our writing:
I have a great beginning
I have details and strong words in my middle
I describe the setting
I always use end marks and capital letters where they belong
I have a great ending
It’s about a small moment
We have started a new unit on Number Sense. Students in grade 3 will be practising reading, representing, comparing and ordering whole numbers to 1 000, while the grade 4s will be practising up to 10 000.
Here’s an example of a real inukshuk. We talked about them in math class this week.
Here’s what we are up to:
Number Talks: In Grade 3 the students are working on mental math strategies for subtracting 9 from a given number. They using the strategy of subtracting 10 and then adding 1.
Example: 195 – 9
a) 195 -10 = 185 b) 185 + 1 = 186 c) so 195 – 9 = 186
The Grade 4s are adding a series of numbers and using the strategy of either making tens or “splitting” a number in order to make ten.
Example: 6 + 7 + 5 + 4
7 + 3 = 10 6 + 4 = 10 10 + 10 = 20
so 6 + 7 + 5 + 4 = 20
Both classes are working answering questions by identifying patterns and extending a t-chart or table.
In Writing we are practising a strategy for coming up with ideas to write about. It involves choosing a person who matters to us, remembering a few clear, small moments, and sketching it. The next step will be turning it into a paragraph with more details.
We are continuing to work on building our writing stamina. Everyone wrote for 15 – 20 minutes about a topic of their choice and practiced idea-generating strategies.
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