Monday, 9 January 2017

Mathematics Update: Number Sense and Numeration



Dear Parents/Guardians,

Over the next couple of weeks, your child will be learning about addition and subtraction. We will relate subtraction to addition, use mental math, estimate, and add and subtract to 2-digit numbers. We will be using a variety of strategies and the goal will be for your child to be able to apply a strategy to any task at hand. 

Throughout this time, you and your child can practice some activities such as the following: 

• Your child could place different numbers of items on a chair and on the floor, then write or tell you all the fact family sentences about each situation. For example, 7 toys on the floor and 6 toys on a chair has the fact family 7 + 6 = 13, 6 + 7 = 13, 13 − 7 = 6, and 13 − 6 = 7. 

• Your child can examine game boards to find ones where strategies for adding and/or subtracting can be readily applied rather than always counting. 

• Your child might act out a stair-climbing problem. For example, if you take 3 steps up and 1 step back, how many steps will you take to get to the top of the stairs? 

• Your child could measure stuffed animals and other toys. Then, estimate how much space 2 or 3 of them would take if placed end to end and how much space would be left on a 100 cm shelf if different toys were placed on the shelf. 

• Your child might set up a “penny sale,” giving various items prices less than $1. Then they can find the cost of different pairs of items. 

• Your child could look up basketball scores in a newspaper and show you how to find the difference between winning and losing teams’ scores.

Thank you for your support!

Mrs. Jeffrey

Monday, 12 December 2016

Hour of Code

On Friday, the Gr. 3 students took part in the Hour of Code and worked on a variety of activities to learn how to code computers. The students are welcome to continue to expand their coding knowledge at home by visiting https://code.org/learn and using their school email and password to log in. Here are some photos of the students coding:













Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Mathematics Update: Number Sense and Numeration


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Over the next couple of weeks, your child will be learning about counting forward by 1's, 2's, 5's, 10's, 25's and 100's to 1000 and counting backwards by 2's, 5's and 10's from 100 and by 100's from 1000. 

Your child will also be learning about addition and subtraction. We will relate subtraction to addition, use mental math, estimate, and add and subtract to 2-digit numbers. We will be using a variety of strategies and the goal will be for your child to be able to apply a strategy to any task at hand. 

Throughout this time, you and your child can practice some activities such as the following: 

• Skip counting household items or toys by 2's, 5's and 10's. 

• Skip counting by 100's to 1000 using online thousands charts. 

• Your child could place different numbers of items on a chair and on the floor, then write or tell you all the fact family sentences about each situation. For example, 7 toys on the floor and 6 toys on a chair has the fact family 7 + 6 = 13, 6 + 7 = 13, 13 − 7 = 6, and 13 − 6 = 7. 

• Your child can examine game boards to find ones where strategies for adding and/or subtracting can be readily applied rather than always counting. 

• Your child might act out a stair-climbing problem. For example, if you take 3 steps up and 1 step back, how many steps will you take to get to the top of the stairs? 

• Your child could measure stuffed animals and other toys. Then, estimate how much space 2 or 3 of them would take if placed end to end and how much space would be left on a 100 cm shelf if different toys were placed on the shelf. 

• Your child might set up a “penny sale,” giving various items prices less than $1. Then they can find the cost of different pairs of items. 

• Your child could look up basketball scores in a newspaper and show you how to find the difference between winning and losing teams’ scores.

Thank you for your support,
Mrs. Jeffrey

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Balanced Math Centres

We started our Balanced Math Centres today and the students enjoyed practicing and improving their patterning and algebra skills. Here are some photos of the students hard at work:






Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Mathematics Update: Patterning and Algebra



Dear Parents/Guardians,
Over the next few weeks, your child will be learning about patterns: both repeating patterns and growing or shrinking patterns. The goal will be for your child to identify, describe, extend, and create patterns. For repeating patterns, the focus will be on naming attributes of patterns and how those attributes change. The focus for growing or shrinking patterns will be on the start number and the amount that is added or subtracted each time. 

Throughout this time, you and your child may engage in activities such as the following: 
• Your child can look around for repeating patterns and create a list of these. They can ask and answer questions about the patterns, such as “What attributes are changing in the pattern?” (for example, colour and size) and “How are those attributes changing?” (for example, colour: blue, purple, blue, purple, repeat; size: small, big, big, small, repeat) and “What is the part that of the pattern that repeats?” 

• Your child can decorate items using repeating patterns. For example, they can create their own notepaper or cards by making a repeating pattern around the edge. They can use shapes, names, and colours for these patterns. 

• Your child can make and use a 100 chart at home to show growing or shrinking patterns. For example, they can start with an item that costs $4, then add eleven $3 items to the “bill.” (They can use the repeat function on a calculator, if possible, to find each new number.) After they mark the numbers on the 100 chart with counters or circles, they can describe the pattern they see and explain the pattern rule. 

Also, your child can visit the Nelson Mathematics website using the instructions stapled into their agenda and complete patterning activities for Chapter 1. 

Thank you for your support!
Mrs. Jeffrey

Friday, 28 October 2016

Fleetwood Dance Workshop

The Gr. 3 students had a fantastic time at the Halloween-themed Fleetwood Dance Workshop today! Here are some photos of the students in action:










Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Procedural Writing: Friendship Salad





Friendship Salad
Our new focus in writing is Procedural Writing. We started the unit by making a "Friendship Salad" today and the students helped Mrs. Jeffrey add the fruit and friendship qualities to the salad. Then, we worked together to write a procedure to explain the steps that we took to make the salad. It was a delicious activity!