December 7, 2013.
Dear parents and children,
Lots of excitement in our class this coming week and also last week. Last week the students learned about Hanukah. Thank you so much to Lilia's mom who shared traditional stories and songs. The students were delighted to play with the dreidle. Lots of joy as they left school, each with a dreidle and chocolate coins. Also this week, the students enjoyed Elf. Our time with Mlle Martin included pioneer research, various building and pioneer games and also lots of computer time. The students enjoyed experimenting with creating stable bridges of paper and structures this week in preparation for creating their final building project: building their chosen pioneer building. Their building should look authentic and it should be strong and stable. We have been building for weeks and we will work on these specific buildings on Friday December 13 in class. We would be most appreciative of building materials: small bits of wood or sticks or strong cardboard. The students were so happy to see their reports in print. You should have received the Dewson newsletter last week featuring our class: Humber River trip and interviews with our 3 story writing contest winners.
This coming week on Friday, we will be presenting some plays and character certificates. Also on Friday, York student, Mlle Martin will return to help us with building our pioneer structures. We are going skating on Tuesday afternoon! If you are able to join us, please let me know by Monday. I hope to also take the students on Tuesday, December 17, then again in January/February. Please let me know if you are willing and free to join us. Although the skating rink at Dufferin Grove has skates for any children without skates, they are not great. I recommend that the children get skates if they don't have them already. Try the second hand skate shops. Please send $2 which covers any possible rentals and also hot chocolate.
I was very pleased with the initial Pioneer booklet. It met the goal of introducing the students to finding information on line. This week we will be working on our final project, researching their specific "métier". This project will come home this week to be completed by next Monday, December 16th. The students should be ready to present what they have learned. They have been doing research in class using texts, books and on line material in class. I have added a new link: the Toronto Public Library pioneer site I will not be sending home the homework bag this week to allow for time to finish this research.
I hope you are enjoying the learning and playing in your Homework bag. Each bag activity addresses some aspect of the grade 3 curriculum. Please play with them several times. The time spent on this bag can be included in your child's agenda. Please ensure that the bag is intact when you first receive it. It is ESSENTIAL that these be returned every Monday so that the next child can have the bag. Please look after these well as it took me a lot of time and money to create them. Many thanks.
I will continue to send home hundreds chart that go beyond 100. I have noticed that some students are still not easily counting by 25. Please practice this with them and show them with quarters and loonies.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Looking forward to a wonderful year together,
Weekly math problems:
If there are 15 children in our class, what kind of equal groups can we have?
Olivia is joining our class on Monday. With me we now have 18 in our class. What kind of equal groups can we have now?
What is the pattern (suite) when counting by 2's and starting with 1? Is it even or odd? (paire ou impaire)
In the number 746, what is the value of 4? (i.e. 400, 40 or 4)
In the number 654, how many centaines, dizaines and unités?
Mme Morgenstern is making tarts for Thanksgiving. I would like to make 2 for each guest. If I am expecting 15 people, how many tarts do I need to make?:
If one salmon leaps every 5 minutes, how many leap in 15 minutes. How about if 2 leap every 5 minutes? (Use an analog clock)
Pioneer Village on the Humber River is a typical crossroads working village of the early 1800's. Approximately how many years ago was this?
I have 16 quarters. How much is this in dollars? (Count by 4's, use quarters and loonies to explain)
What are the 4 math sentences for 4,6,10 ? (reciprocity)
Estimate the answer: 285 + 312
Solve the problem 2 ways: Estimate and Subtract: 619 - 385
Here is the problem for the week of December 9:
If the probability of tossing a coin is 1/2, what is the probability of drawing a red token if there are 4 red tokens and 8 blue tokens?