Wednesday, 10 May 2017
Our class will be participating in the "Swim to Survive" program at the YMCA this month. The schedule will come home shortly.
Students are continuing to work on developing good answers to comprehension questions, using strategies such as looking back to highlight key information in the text to support their answers. In writing, we are reviewing the different forms of writing such as narratives, letters, paragraphs, persuasive, and procedure, many of which will be asked of them on EQAO. We have also started a poetry unit whereby students are reading and learning to write a variety of different types of poems. As a culminating task, students will create their own poetry collection. They will also be asked to present a favourite poem by an author of their choice to the class.
We are finishing up an algebra unit whereby students have to find missing numbers in equations and balance equations. For example, 7 x 3 = 16 + 5. We are also reviewing numbers to 1000 which includes representing, comparing, and ordering 3-digit numbers, as well as adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers with regrouping.
Our final two math units are Probability and Transformational Geometry. Students will be conducting simple probability experiments in class using dice, spinners, drawing tiles etc. We will discuss how to represent probability as a fraction. In geometry, students will explore translations, reflections, and rotations. Of course, continued practice of times tables is encouraged!!!
We are continuing our unit on "Early Settlers". Students are applying what they've learned on our field trip to the Simcoe County Museum, as well as through their Pioneer Webquest to create pages for their lapbook about different facets of life in the early 1800's.
Please check the important dates on the side panel, as May and June are very busy months here at school! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me!
Grade 3 students everywhere in Ontario will take part in province wide testing called EQAO which stands for the Education Quality Accountability Office. The grade 3’s at Admiral will be writing this test each day starting Wednesday, May 24th and completing on Wednesday, May 31st. Please do your best to ensure that appointments are not booked before 1:00 pm on these days. If your child misses a day due to illness they will catch up on June 1st and 2nd.
There are 6 sections in total: four in language and two in math. Students will be writing one section a day, either during the first block (8:55 - 10:35) or the middle block (11:15 - 12:55). We will begin right after the bell, so please ensure your child arrives on time. Each section takes approximately 100 minutes to finish. More time will be allowed for those who are not finished. The rest of the day we will be partaking in other activities such as outdoor phys-ed games, drama, and art… keeping it light after all that thinking!!!
The part the students look forward to the most is that they are allowed to chew sugar free gum during the test (so exciting for eight and nine year olds!). You may send your child with a pack of gum on these days, and I will keep extra packs here too. Also, please pack a water bottle for them to keep on their desks during testing.
I have been preparing the class for the upcoming testing in various ways which are incorporated into their everyday learning. There is no doubt in my mind that they will approach this test with confidence … and no this mark is not reflected in their final report cards!
If you have any questions regarding EQAO testing please feel free to email me.