We were all delighted to welcome back our students this week as we returned from adventurous and exciting October breaks! As always, the week has been busy.
As mathematicians, we have been exploring the concept of rounding. We have used the analogy of a journey and the need to find suitable places to stop for a water or bathroom break while enroute. Would you travel backwards or forwards along the route? Any support you can offer at home, such as communicating large values (“about 8 million people”) to rounding prices (“about a million dong”) and calculating travel times (“about an hour”) would be great.
We looked at rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100, and began inquiring into its possible use for addition and subtraction. For example, 19 + 19 could be rounded to 20 + 20 and then adjusted. As we introduce and explicitly teach new strategies, we will share them via the blog and your child’s Seesaw. Please take some time to ask your child to demonstrate strategies they are using and learning.
We continue to solidify our understanding of place value and work flexibly and fluently with large numbers. Playing math games at home to help reinforce understanding is a great way to support our mathematicians. Below are three games that require minimal setup and allow for a range of abilities.
‘Squeeze’- reading numbers, comparing numbers, strategic thinking
Place Value Knockout- Place value, comparing numbers, reading numbers
Greater Than- Place value, comparing numbers, strategic thinking
In writing we have developed an understanding of adverbs and how to improve our sentences to include more detail, making them more interesting for the reader. Ideas to improve sentences included adding an adverb, changing the way we open the sentence and using more technical words. So “Cut the onion.” could become “Using a sharp knife, carefully slice the onion into small, round pieces before popping them into your soup.”. Are there any “How To…”s you can try at home?
In UoI, 3D have become INVENTORS, designing creations using Simple Machines and forces. We have moved through “Ask & Imagine”, used our previous “Research” and “Plan”ned some ideas. We entered the “Create” stage of the design cycle with some jumping in and out of the Improve stage as we encountered different successes and challenges in building. If you have any cardboard (boxes, packaging, etc) that we can use, please send it in!
Our inventors will continue to improve and complete their designs before sharing them via a Seesaw post, but here are some photos of us in the first stage of building.
Today Ms. Nitasha visited and shared a Readaloud with us.
Many thanks for your continued support, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions please get in touch.
Please see the message below from the Habitat for Humanity Service Group here at UNIS. They are arranging a Movie night for Grade 3 on November 6th from 16:00-18:00. Please fill out the google form permission slip if your child would like to attend.
The Habitat for Humanity service group is organising a movie night event to fundraise for our build. We are planning to hold it on the 6th of November in the theatre. We have been given approval by the school as we intend to follow social distancing measures. The details about the movie and event are attached in the poster and permission slip below.
Here is a Google Form for Parent Permission to attend.
Thank you for your time and consideration,
Habitat for Humanity