Monday, November 12, 2018

Science Project!

Dear parents,                                               

The science unit that we are currently learning about at school is Strong and Stable Structures.  As part of this unit, the children are being asked to do a simple research project at home over the next week.  This will be in place of their regular homework assignment.  

We have been researching a variety of famous structures around the world and where they can be found. For this assignment, the children will be asked to research one famous structure that they will present to the class.  This research can be typed or written and placed on a large piece of bristle board.  On the back of this letter are some questions that the children are asked to look for.  They should have a mix of written work and pictures to show  and present to the class.

 I will not be assessing the actual project, however, I will be assessing the oral presentation.  Below is a rubric that I will be using as a guide to assess the children on their oral presentation.  The children will also be assessed on how they are as audience members.  We will discuss oral presentations and what is expected here at school as well.  The children are allowed to use cue cards if they choose to do so.  Please sign and send the rubric back to school after you have read it. 

Please have your child bring their poster to school on Monday, November 19th.  We will begin presentations, a few at a time, that week.


Thank you!
        Mr. Pouliot


Project : Research a Famous Structure



Find out more about a world famous structure.  Your structure is _____________________.
Design a poster with drawings and descriptions to share what you find out.
1. Where can your structure be found?
2. What purpose was it built for?
3. What is it used for now?
4. What city and country can your structure be found in?
5. How big is your structure? What are its measurements?
6. Is there a reason why your structure is shaped the way it is?
7. When was your structure built?
8. What is your structure famous for?
9. Share some interesting facts about your structure.
10. Is there any other information that you would like to share with your audience?
Good Luck!




Below is a copy of the rubric that I will be using as a guide to assess the children on their “Famous Structure” presentation.  They will also be assessed on how they are as audience members.  The expectations from the curriculum that I will be addressing through the presentation are:

-choose a variety of appropriate words and phrases, including descriptive words and some technical vocabulary, and a few elements of style, to communicate their meaning accurately and engage the interest of their audience
-use a variety of appropriate visual aids (their poster and the pictures on their poster)
-identify some non-verbal cues, including facial expression, gestures, and eye contact, and use them in oral communications, appropriately, to help convey their meaning
-communicate orally in a clear, coherent manner, presenting ideas, opinions, and information in a logical sequence
The children are allowed to use cue cards if they choose to do so.  Please send this rubric back to school after you have read and signed it.

Thanks!

Rubric:


Friday, November 2, 2018

November Newsletter

I hope everybody had a fantastic Halloween! I am looking forward to seeing you all again next week at Parent Teacher Interviews. Again, I will try to keep this short as I communicate regularly via the website and Twitter. Please make sure to check out Twitter feed daily to see what is happening in our class. 

Math


We have recently begun our Patterning Unit.  We are looking at a variety of Geometrical and Numerical patterns.  We are also answering a number of word problems in which the children have to determine the pattern rule in a given pattern to answer the question asked.  The curriculum expectations that we are focusing on are the following:
- identify, extend, and create a repeating pattern involving two attributes using a variety of tools
– identify and describe, through investigation, number patterns involving addition, subtraction, and multiplication, represented on a number line, on a calendar, and on a hundreds chart
- extend repeating, growing, and shrinking number patterns
-create a number pattern involving addition or subtraction, given a pattern represented on a number line or a pattern rule expressed in words
-represent simple geometric patterns using a number sequence, a number line, or a bar graph
– demonstrate, through investigation, an understanding that a pattern results from repeating an action, repeating an operation, using a transformation, or making some other repeated change to an attribute
– determine, through investigation, the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction
– determine, the missing number in equations involving addition and subtraction of one- and two-digit numbers, using a variety of tools and strategies
– identify, through investigation, the properties of zero and one in multiplication
– identify, through investigation, and use the associative property of addition to facilitate computation with whole numbers


Our next strand in math will be Measurement. We will be looking at Time, Temperature and relationships between minutes, hours, days, weeks and years.  Please have your child look at an analogue clock regularly to tell you the time. In Grade Three, they are expected to learn to read an analogue clock to the nearest 5 minutes.

Language


We have finished Recount writing and have moved onto Descriptive writing. So far, we have co-constructed a writing piece describing a scary bat.  Here is the model we came up with:

Scary Bat

The scary bat looked creepy. It had itchy, brown, spiky fur all over its tiny body. Its teeth were dirty, white, sharp fangs that felt like sharp, broken glass poking through your skin. It smelled like wet, soggy, dirt and rotten bugs. It made screeching sounds like the sound of nails on a chalkboard. The bat was really scary. 

The general structure I am looking for when writing descriptive writing is as follows:


  1. Topic sentence - general statement about the object ("Our Pumpkin is cool.")
  2. Detail sentence - tell how it looks (for all details, use lots of adjectives, and try to use linking words to make your sentences big Grade 3 sentences!)
  3. Detail sentence - tell how it feels
  4. Detail sentence - tell how it smells (if possible)
  5. Detail sentence - tell how it sounds (if possible)
  6. Detail sentence - tell how it tastes (if possible)
  7. Concluding sentence - another general statement ("Our pumpkin is the best")


Next, we carved a pumpkin and made a list of describing words and phrases to describe it. we began writing a descriptive paragraph about the pumpkin, and revising it a few times to bump it up to our best writing. In class, we watched a video about “Austin’s Butterfly” which taught us that we can really improve our work with very specific, detailed feedback. We also learned that sometimes it takes many revisions to get to our best work. We will be practicing this in class to bump our pumpkin writing up. We will be doing some other fun describing activities and descriptive writing pieces during this unit as well.

Here is the video we watched about Austin’s Butterfly:



Extra writing practise at home is highly recommended. When writing sentences, I ask that the children focus on spelling, punctuation, capital letters where necessary, use of adjectives and creating simple and complex/compound sentences using linking words.  An example of a complex/compound sentence would be: The fluffy black dog ate the large bone because he was very hungry. The word “because” would be the linking word. Instead of stopping at bone, the sentence was made longer by adding "because" and then the rest of the sentence. The children usually do write longer sentences, however, many times the linking word is missing and it becomes two sentences with no punctuation. For example: The dog ate the bone he was very hungry. For reading, the children will continue to independently read stories and answer questions in which they have to go back through the story to find the answers. They have to use details from the story to support their answers.  In Grade Two, reading comprehension is typically assessed through oral assessment.  As the students move on to Grade Three, to display comprehension and to prepare for EQAO, they are assessed through written responses.  One thing the children often have trouble doing is writing enough detail from the text, and their own ideas to show that they understand.  We have discussed this at school and will continue to work on this skill throughout the entire year.


Learning Skills


Our learning skills focus for this coming term will be Independent Work and Organization. I will send home more details of what is expected for each of the skills.
Wonder
We have continued to read the story Wonder.  It is a great book so far.  We have been using different reading strategies such as making inferences and visualization while we read.  We have been discussing definitions to different vocabulary words that the author uses.  We have also discussed character traits and the children had to list a number of character traits to describe one of the characters in the story. 


Scientists in School 


Scientists in School was a huge success and tied in perfectly to our science unit on Structures.  We continue to look at structures and the importance of their stability and strength. 

Homework


Thank you so much for ensuring that your child has completed homework as it reinforces what has been done at school and/or other learning skills that we may not be able to focus on at school.  I have asked that it be completed by Friday.  Please send me a note if it cannot be completed or more time is needed. We will continue to have a weekly Spelling Quiz every Friday. Please review the words with your child on a regular basis as these are words they are expected to know how to spell by the end of grade three.  In math, our homework has focused on Khan Academy. Soon, I would like to blend the math homework so that some of it is completed in Khan Academy, and some of the slides that I was sending home before. Both are excellent, so I would like to ensure students are exposed to both. We will also be completing the slidedeck homework in a folder, so that it is easier for students and parents to track and keep organized. Thank you so much for your support. In a couple of weeks, the students are going to be asked to complete a project at home in lieu of their regular homework for that week.  They will have to research one of the famous structures we have discussed at school and present it on a large piece of bristle board paper.  They will then present it orally to the class.  They will not be assessed for the actual research, however, they will be graded on the visual and oral piece.  More information will follow.

Important Dates


November 1st:Progress Reports go home
November 7th: Parent Teacher Interviews – Please sign up through the link that will be sent home with the report cards.
November 11th: Remembrance Day Ceremony
November 16th: PD Day (no school)
November 29th: Picture Retake Day - Please make sure to let me know if your child will be getting retakes done.


Thank you for helping to make this a successful school year so far! I really enjoy working with you and your child. Please feel free to contact me at any time through your child’s agenda or by calling the school and leaving me a message. Thank you for all of your contributions to United Way and the annual food drive for the Kanata Food Cupboard.


Sincerely,
     Mr. Pouliot

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Pyjama Day Tomorrow!

The Grade 3's have made it to 1000 Class Dojo points! As a reward, we will be having a pyjama/stuffie day tomorrow to celebrate. Congratulations grade 3's!


Sunday, October 21, 2018

Trying something new for Homework

Last week, our students began using Khan Academy to review math skills, introduce new ones, and to practice. This is a wonderful site that is free for everyone.

When signing into Khan Academy, students need to sign into Chrome using their OCSB gmail account (firstname.lastname@ocsbstudent.ca). Then they can go to khan academy, and log in with Google. Once there,  they should click on "ASSIGNMENTS" at the top of the page. From there, they should be able to continue with the assignments I have selected for them. This week, they should have to do with addition and subtraction, but since everyone moves at a different pace, they may be on to something else.



For homework this week, I would like them to try to complete 5 videos (they just need to watch them), then do the assignment that goes along with the video. The assignments typically consist of a few questions that are modeled much like the video. If your child is having difficulty with them, have them watch the video again to see if it helps.

Here is the link to Khan Academy. Please let me know how this homework routine is working for your child.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

What's Happening in October!

October Newsletter

Dear Parents,

It’s hard to believe that it is already the beginning of October! September flew by so quickly. We have had a great start to the school year. We have a wonderful group of children in our class and I am looking forward to a great year of learning and fun! Because I communicate frequently via Twitter, I will try to be brief with my newsletters - mostly to let you know what our plan for the upcoming month is. I will use Twitter to inform you of what we do daily and any important upcoming events. There is also a Twitter feed on the right side of this blog if you prefer to follow my feed here!


Learning Skills

For the Progress Report, which goes home in early November, the two learning skills that we will focus on are Collaboration and Responsibility. The expectations for these skills will be discussed in class. Below are the expectations that these skills entail. If you could talk about these with your child and have them tell you how they feel they are doing, that would be most helpful. These expectations will be discussed in class and will also be visible in the classroom.

Collaboration:

-I do my job and help others.
-I volunteer to do different jobs in the class.
-I use kind words.
-I listen to others when they share ideas, even if I don’t agree.
-I invite others to be part of my group.
-I play fairly and let everyone have a turn.
-I include others during play.
-I mind my own concerns when things don’t involve me.
-I don’t tattle.
-I keep my hands, feet and body to myself.
-I try to solve problems that arise, and use my words to do so.
-I ask for help if I can’t solve a problem.

Responsibility:

-I line up quietly when the bell rings.
-I do not take or touch things that do not belong to me unless I have asked to use them.
-I take care of my things and the class.
-I keep my space clean and organized.
-I admit when I have done something wrong.
-I stay on task even when the teacher isn’t looking.
-I do what I am supposed to do when I am supposed to do it.
-I look at what everybody else is doing if I am unsure of the given direction or task.
-I speak politely to my classmates and teachers.
-I know what to do when I need help.
-I come to class prepared with everything I need for the day.
-I complete and submit homework assignments on time.
-I am respectful when there is a guest teacher.

Math

The strand in Math that we have been covering through September and that we will continue into October is Number Sense and Numeration. The expectations for this strand are the following:

-represent, compare and order whole numbers to 1000 using a variety of tools
-read and print words, whole numbers to 100
-read, identify and represent the value of a digit in a number according to its position in the number
-compose and decompose 3-digit numbers into hundreds, tens and ones
-skip counting
-adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers

I have been observing the kids in class to see how they are doing and will continue to assess their number sense knowledge through observations and "check-ins". Because number sense is such an important part of Mathematics, we will continue to touch on it throughout the whole year, even if it is not our main focus at the time. One of the expectations for grade three in number sense is: “read and print in words, whole numbers to 100”. Please have your child practise reading and printing these numbers at home.



Language

Our focus right now in writing is Recount writing. The kids have really enjoyed writing about special memories. We have begun to discuss paragraph writing and will continue to do so this term. We have also practised writing simple and complex sentences that make sense using proper grammar, vocabulary, spelling and punctuation. For reading, we will be focusing on strategies that help us to better comprehend what we are reading such as making connections, inferences and predictions to texts that are read in class. A big focus for reading this year is displaying comprehension through answers to questions about the text, in writing. The children will learn to ensure that they have given enough detail from the text, and enough of their own ideas, to support their answers and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of what the given text is about.

Wonder

This term, the Grade Three classes are going to read the book Wonder. It will be done as a read aloud in class and the children will complete activities that reinforce the reading strategies that we will be teaching (inferences, visualization and making connections among others). I am sure many of you have heard of this book or have seen the movie. It is a fascinating fictional story written by R.J. Palacio. It is about a little boy who was born with a facial difference who is attending school for the first time. He had been homeschooled until now (Grade 5). He has many ups and downs in his journey. His story has many meaningful reminders for children of how important it is to treat others kindly.

Religion

We continue to participate in discussions and activities in regard to Samaritans on the Digital Road - This program is done throughout the board, at every grade level, to engage students in learning about participating in the digital world in a proactive, responsible and compassionate manner.

Science

We have begun with our Strong and Stable Structures unit. The students will continue to participate in activities and experiments about what makes a structure strong and stable and how and why they are designed in this manner.

Recycling

I will continue to ask the children to bring home any recyclable containers with food remaining inside to be recycled at home. The children can ask me for a Ziplock bag if they need one, to bring home their containers in. Everything else such as food and paper can be recycled at school. Thank you again for your help with this process!

The Grade Three team has taken on the recycling program at St. Anne this year. One recess per week, the children have been collecting all of the recycling (blue, black and compost bins) around the school. They have been having a great time with it!

Learning Commons

Our class will be going to the learning commons every Tuesday morning, however, we will only exchange our books every two weeks. Our learning commons visits should begin in the next week or so. I ask that the children please return both books on the Monday before book exchange so that we can ensure all books are brought back to the learning commons on time and that the children are able to take out new books. If they would like to keep the books that they have for more than two weeks, they can renew them, however, they need to return them to do so.


Gym

Our class has gym time on Monday and Wednesday. Please make sure your child has both an indoor and outdoor pair of shoes that they can run in on these days. We will be trying to do outdoor gym as often as possible until the weather becomes too cold!

Homework

We have begun our homework program for language already. I will be sending home the weekly spelling words on Fridays, and the sheet that goes along with them is due back on the following Friday. We will have weekly spelling quizzes on Fridays. Please assist your child in reviewing his/her spelling words if possible. Additionally, students have been asked to complete 1 Raz-Kids story each week. This means they must listen to the story, read the story, and then complete the quiz. If students choose to complete more than one story throughout the week, they are more than welcome to do so. I may have to reward them with some Class Dojo points if they do some extra reading!

Our math homework program will begin this week! All of the assigned homework questions are in a Google Slides presentation, which you can find on the blog, or here: 


The homework is outlined for the entire month of October, but is broken down by week. The first week's homework is due Thursday, October 4th - because of the long weekend. It will normally be due Fridays.



Mass

This Thursday, October 4th is our Thanksgiving Mass at school. Our class, along with a the other Grade Three classes are in charge of the planning. We ask that your child wear a white (light) top with black (dark) bottoms on Thursday. Please join us at the Mass from 10:50-11:50!


Important dates

Thursday, October 4th – Thanksgiving Mass
Friday, October 5th – PD Day (No School)
Monday, October 8th – Thanksgiving Day (No school)
Wednesday, October 24th – Picture Day!
Friday, October 26th – Halloween Family Fun Night


I want to thank you all for your class donations of Kleenex, baby wipes, Ziplock bags and spoons. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions and please continue to peek at our class website daily as I am trying to be very active with the Twitter feed. Thank you for a great start to a great year!


Have a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend!

Mr. Pouliot


Monday, September 3, 2018

Welcome to Grade 3!




It is my pleasure to be teaching your child this year! I look forward to working closely with you and getting to know your child. You are your child's first teacher, and together we can help your child meet the provincial expectations for this year. We will be starting the year by getting to know each other, our individual strengths, interests and needs. The emphasis with students is that effort is more important than ability in achieving success and that a student's "job" is to work hard and try their best.

Please encourage your child to discuss what has gone on at school each day. Set aside 20-30 minutes for homework every night. Each week homework will consist of a reading comprehension activity, some grammar practice, and a few attempts at basic fact practice. We will not begin our homework routine until a little later in the year. Homework will be written in their agenda books on Mondays and posted on this blog under "Homework" on the right hand side of the page. Homework will generally be due on Fridays, so that students have the week to complete it. This homework routine is very important. Again, homework will be posted on this blog under the "Homework" sidebar on the right, so you may check here if your child has misplaced his/her agenda.

We will be starting the year with a number of "Getting to Know You" activities. In language & religion we will start with writing letters to ourselves and identifying our goals for the year. Then we will begin an investigation into using technology appropriately and the importance of digital citizenship. In math, we will begin the year by investigating number sense, doing "number talks", and memorizing our basic facts! In Science, we will be investigating the Characteristics of Plants, while in the Arts we will be focusing on music and drama for the first term.

This year, the Grade 6's will be using a few websites to help facilitate learning. We will be using Google Apps, Xtramath, Prodigy and a number of other applications to demonstrate our learning. We will keep usernames and passwords for these accounts in your child's agenda. A form for the Acceptable Use of Technology is being sent home the first day of school, so please sign and return it as soon as possible. Students may use technology (when available) to complete many of their assignments in class, and certainly for homework.

For now, please follow our class Twitter account at @MrPouliot. We will be tweeting regularly to update everyone on our learning journey. You can also follow this feed by subscribing to our classroom blog at this address: https://grade3pouliot.blogspot.com. I will be updating the blog monthly to let parents know what we will be doing. Twitter will be used to show daily activities and celebrate learning.

Finally, I would like to invite any parent who is interested in getting involved in our class to contact me at the school The more the merrier, and extra hands are ALWAYS welcome!

Yours,

Mr. Pouliot