Today

What can you infer from their faces?

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In Marty McGuire (the chapter book we are reading as part of Global Read Aloud) there is a part where Sparky the raccoon is eating Fig Newtons in Marty’s kitchen. When we discussed this, I discovered many students had never tried a Fig Newton. Not true anymore. We looked at pictures of a fresh fig, a fig tree and dried figs before diving into the taste test. Of course since we are working on data management it was the perfect time to conduct a survey. See our tally chart and pictograph for the results.

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Tomorrow students will be creating their own survey questions and collecting information about the typical grade 2 or grade 3 student.

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Students also continued to learn about blogging via our Global Projects blog and they had a chance to reply to the posts of their classmates. You are welcome to add a reply as well. Tomorrow we will look at the replies and discuss what makes a good reply or comment.

In science the grade 3’s started thinking about plans to construct a 20cm wide bridge out of limited materials and the grade 2’s started exploring spinning tops to determine what makes a good one.

More exciting news – I have connected with a teacher in Wisconsin and we will hopefully Skype with her class on Monday to discuss chapters 5&6 of Marty McGuire.

As always please feel free to share your comments or questions here.

 

This week is flying by! Tomorrow I will be at the cross country meet with the grade 3-6 students who are representing Lincoln. This means I only have one more full day with the amazing kids in room 6 before the long weekend. Tomorrow the grade 2’s, along with the grade 3’s not attending cross country, will spend most of the day with Mrs. Andreychuk.

On Monday students were introduced to the HWDSB Commons. This is a platform where students can learn and share online through blogging in a secure environment. I think by the end of day today everyone was successful in creating their avatar and requesting membership to our class group: Global Projects. This group is visible to the public but only members can post on it. Students are also able login from home. To start we will use the blog to share our thinking about the book we are reading for The Global Read Aloud titled Marty McGuire. This afternoon I read chapter 3 aloud and students continued to practice making connections and categorizing them. We may be lucky enough to Skype with a class on Thursday, who is also reading Marty McGuire.

In math we are following up last week’s O.R.E.O. Project by learning how we can display data. Yesterday and today the class focused on creating a pictograph. Our anchor chart is posted on the learning goals page. Today students used the anchor chart to assess their work and create next steps.

A reminder that there is only one more week for students to complete their For the Love of Reading projects for cycle #1. We have had 5 creative presentations so far. I look forward to the rest.

Blog Homework

Here is a copy of my post on our class blog via HWDSB Commons.

Thanks to everyone who did their blog homework last week. You thought up some interesting questions for Commander Hadfield. I wonder if you could find the anwers to those questions by doing your own research. If you decide to research any of the questions, please add your answers to the blog as replies to the appropriate post.

This week’s homework is to give your opinion on homework. Do you think grade 3′s should have homework? Why or why not? How much? Remember to support you answer with reasons. I can’t wait to read your responses.

Blogging about Minecraft

The grade 3’s were divided on the educational value of Minecraft today. They blogged after we read this article bit.ly/10BsAaS. Below are a couple screenshots of the writing that was happening this morning. To read more, your child can log in to the HWDSB Commons at home. Read some of the posts together and make a comment after discussing at home.

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