Saturday, 29 August 2015

Persuasive writing

Taking our inquiry further, we looked at pictures that could be seen with more that one perspective. Through this activity we understood that each situation or thing can have more than one side. 

The book - True story of the three little pigs made us see how what is seen may not always be true. It made us wonder......Could the wolf''s version be true?????? Is he really the big bad wolf???
We brainstormed to see  what we thought a conflict means and then enacted the same. Through our role play we were trying to explain that a conflict is when two or more people are in disagreement about something.

Take a peek  - 

To make our writing more interesting, we have been looking at how to write Super sentences. We have been trying to write sentences that have more details and are more interesting to read.

We played a verb relay to reinforce what are action words. Thank you Matt Sir and Grade 2 for organizing such a fun and interesting game. 

Along with that we continued to work on persuasive writing. We read the story , Hey Little Ant and all of us had different opinions about what should happen at the end. We tried to persuade the others of our viewpoint.

We have also been working on writing a letter to persuade our parents to buy us an unusual animal as a pet. Stay tuned to know which one of us want which animal as a pet!!

In Math, we have been working on strengthening our understanding of place value further. 

We were introduced to the Math centers - 

B- Buddy games
          U- Using manipulative
        I - Independent work
                    L - Learning about numbers
D - Doing Math

During our assembly this week we shared our posters of the essential agreements of the different areas in school. 

This week was super special.  Happy Birthday Jainam!!
Next week, we are busy going to be doing some goal settings to motivate ourselves to become better versions of our own selves and lots more!!!!

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Who we are!!!

The last two weeks have gone by in a whizz trying out different things and learning the class routines.

Week 1 began with us sharing about ourselves. What makes each one of us unique and different.

We looked at some of the learner profiles to understand what they meant and how can we develop these attributes in ourselves.

 Class essential agreements 

We began by watching a short video -

Post the video, we came up with agreements that we as individuals thought were important for the smooth functioning of the class.

We shared our views with another buddy from the class and agreed to the 4 most important from both our lists.

Discussing these with a buddy from another group helped us come up with the 3 most important agreements as per all of us.

Finally, as a class we collectively came up with the ones that we agreed on as the most important ones for the Grade 3 classroom.

Our first Unit of Inquiry - Who we Are
For tuning into our new Unit of Inquiry, we began by playing the 'Anger toss ball' game.
Through the game we realized and concluded that all of us feel angry for different reasons and in different situations.

The next day we saw a clipping on feelings. Post that we all wrote down what we were feeling at that moment and why.

We discussed why we all felt different things even though we were in the same environment since morning.

A small creativity activity helped us understand what is important in order to succeed as a team.

Taking a gallery walk in the class. Looking at pictures and sharing what thoughts it provoked in us.

Unfolding the main idea

We discussed and came up with what attitudes and attributed we would develop through this Unit of Inquiry.

The story seven blind mice helped us understand why everyone feels and thinks differently.

In Language, we are learning about persuasive writing. The story 'I wanna Iquana', taught us what is persuasion. We learnt how to use opinionated words to state our opinions, The story , 'Don't let the pigeon drive the bus!' help us further understand that. As a class we listed down what were some of the things that we wanted or wanted to change in school.

As part of our learning we wrote a letter to Mick Sir to persuade him to get us some new jungle gyms.

Our planning

Finally we were ready to send the email to Mick Sir. Through this we also learnt what is an e mail ID, how one writes and email etc.

Reading Mick Sir's response....

Stay tuned to hear from us soon, trying to persuading our parents for ....?????? Keep guessing!!

In Math, we have been working on making our understanding of place value stronger.
Using the 100 grid
Take a quick peek -

Beat the teacher

What's my number??

We start our day with Math games each morning,

Last week we had a special guest come to meet us, our school counselor - Ms. Kinjal. She explained what role she play at EIS.

Celebrating our Independence day.

During our Wednesday assembles, we have been working on making the essential agreements for the different places in the school.

We are learning how to embrace technology safely, responsibly and effectively through the
Common Sense Media

We began by learning about what is a website and the internet. We now know the three rules to keep in mind every time we use the internet.

My online neighborhood

Understanding the Rings of responsibility was the next step we took towards understanding the safe use of internet.

This week we also had a demo lesson for roller skating. We had a lot of fun!

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Welcome 2015-16

A warm welcome to all the parents to the Grade 3 classroom. Hope you had a great summer break.
Even though it was a short week of 3 days, the enthusiasm of the nine  newcomers was contagious. 

 We began the year by playing some games to break the ice.

We went on a scavenger hunt to familiarize ourselves with the school and meet the new teachers that we will be interacting with through the year.Thank you Mathew Sir for organizing such a fun activity for us.

We reflected on our summer break and shared all the lovely memories we had gathered through the two months of holidays.

We put on our thinking caps and set out to set some goals for ourselves for the year.

Have you filled your bucket??

We saw a story  - How full is your bucket 
This story set our minds thinking of how we can be good classmates and friends. 

We brainstormed and shared what actions and words can help fill the invisible buckets and what we should avoid so that we don't empty anyone's bucket.