Tuesday, 1 April 2014

The World of 3D Geometry and Capacity

Today, the grade 3 classes went on an adventurous 3D Geometry hunt! Not only were we searching for prisms, pyramids, spheres, cylinders, cones, and cubes, we also thought about the capacity of these 3D objects.

Take a look at some examples we saw:

What do you think the capacity is of these garbage bins? 50 L? 100 L? 200 L?
I spy with my little eye.... something that has 2 congruent bases and all other sides are 4-sided. We found a TRIANGLE-BASED PRISM.
We also saw cylinders on the brown fence and square-based prisms on the green fence.
Cylinders are holding up the light posts along the side-walks.
Rectangular-based prisms.
Cones are used for safety all around.
2 pyramids connected by a square-based prism, on top of another square based pyramid!...
3D shapes are joined together to create posts for fences.

More cylinders holding up buildings!
This is what we recorded.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Are you tired of doing the same thing everyday?.... Infomercials!

Have you ever wondered about how advertising companies can persuade people to purchase their products? Today we watched a clip from an infomercial and discussed the various techniques that are used.  First, we talked about the root words in the word infomercial. We found the word "info" and "mercial", it's an information commercial! 

After students watched the infomercial clip for the product "Slushy Magic" they all wanted to purchase it!  How did the advertisers do this. Here is a list that we brainstormed together. 

We also discussed why it is important to be critical of the advertising that they see on a daily basis. Students shared their ideas:

- some products might not work properly
- some products might be very expensive
- some products might not be necessary because you can probably use something you have around the house already
- some advertisers want you to think that your life will be better with their product

Next, students will be participating in a design challenge using 3-D shapes and will have to persuade their audience to purchase their product through an infomercial that they will create. 

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Sparkle, Chirp, Floral, Sour, Rough!

We are working on exploring words that relate to our five senses. We discovered that when we incorporate these words into our writing, it allows the reader to feel like they are in the location that was written about. Yesterday we brainstormed interesting descriptive words. 

We also practiced using a thesaurus to find synonyms for our descriptive words. 

Students were given a writing prompt for homework and they had to improve it by adding detail, and descriptive words that related to our senses. Today students are in small groups providing descriptive feedback their peers. 

Thursday, 6 March 2014

The Snow is Our Canvas

Today we braved the cold and went outside to unleash our creativity on the perfectly white, untouched snow!  Students were split up into groups and given a bottle of blue, yellow and red coloured water. They had to cooperate and share the colours with other groups. Students then had to collaborate and come up with an idea for an object, symbol or scene. Students also had to use primary and secondary colours in their art pieces. Check our our art below!

We love expressing our creativity in new ways!

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Pancake Tuesday!

Today we were lucky enough to feast on some delicious pancakes for Pancake Tuesday. We discussed the season of Lent which is beginning tomorrow with Ash Wednesday.  

Friday, 21 February 2014

Scene Investigators

Today the grade 3s became scene investigators! They were given clipboards and pencils to begin their explorations. 

There were 4 scenes set up around the classes. Each scene was different and told a different story. The job of the scene investigators was to figure out what these scenes were about using the clues in the scene. The pairs of learners began their quest by using a careful eye.

Take a look at the scenes they observed :

Scene 1:

Scene 2:

Scene 3:

Scene 4:

Students rotated around the stations to begin their investigations!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Olympic Inquiry

We began our inquiries in class today on the Olympics. 

We have been tracking Canada's medal count and are so proud of our athletes. 

Today we continued exploring the Olympics and the Sochi 2014 app to spark our curiosity and interest in the various aspects of the Olympics. 

One of our learners figured out a great tool on the Sochi app that helps you find information on a particular sport of interest. Take a look...

Another learner discovered that "turkey" is not just a bird... It's also a country. Perhaps further inquiry about countries may begin...

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Starting our blogs!!

We began creating our first student blog posts. Each student in the class has their own blog now and it is going to be used as another tool for our learning. We are going to use it to reflect on our learning and share our classroom learning experiences.

We worked with a partner on our first blog posts. Our partner is there to help us with our blog posting. Our partner sometimes helps us by giving us suggestions, reviewing our blog and providing feedback on our post, etc. it is great to have someone to help us review and revise our posting.

Here is a look at us making our first blog posts:

Monday, 3 February 2014

Sochi 2014 - The Countdown is On!

Go Canada, go! The countdown is on and we are beginning to explore many aspect of the Winter Olympics. 

We are connecting our new focus of study in social studies to the Olympics. Students have to first find information about the words urban and rural. They may communicate their understanding by drawing pictures or writing words. 

After they had found some information, they applied their new understanding to find connections between what they had learned and the Olympics. For example, they could search for information about Sochi and try to justify it as either urban or rural. They could also find the hometowns of some of the athletes who travelled to Sochi and decide whether they are rural or urban.