# 3B Round Up

## Maths: Fractions

We are learning about fractions! We have been learning how to share an divide delicious treats such as brownies into equal portions. We have also been studying equivalent fractions. One rainy day we kicked off our wet shoes and spent time playing with our fraction pieces, experimenting with equivalent fractions:

## SWI: Fractions

During a maths lesson one of the Grade 3 students developed a question: “We know that <-ion> is a suffix, so does that make <fract> the base word?” The students discussed this question for a few moments, unsure if <fract> could be a word by itself. We wrote down the question and delved deeper at our next SWI session.

The students began their investigation by observing the word <fractions> and going through the four investigation questions to help guide their study.

After we spend some time looking at our word and going through the questions, we recorded the hypotheses and data that we had collected. Here are some answers that the students provided:

The investigation is still taking place and the students have developed a further question: “Does a base word need to mean something when it is by itself, or can the meaning come when affixes are added?”

## Writer’s Workshop: Fairytale Drama

3B students have been crafting and writing fairytale adaptations! As they develop their story telling voices, the students have been asked to work together in groups to create and act out their own dramatic retelling of fairytales.

The students are enjoying the process of developing scripts and practicing their lines so that their voices and actions help to tell the story.

## Reader’s Workshop: Research Presentations

The students have formed research groups to study their animal topics of choice.  They must work together to study a range of subtopics, sort through a variety of resources, and use technology to create a presentation to share with their classmates.

Each group is working on communicating so that they can collaborate on their shared presentation. In their own groups they have decided which task each member will handle so that they are making good use of their time. Their presentations are going to be awesome!

# The Sakura Medal Challenge

During Sakura Medal season, the ES students have the amazing opportunity to read an interesting selection of books and vote for their favourite in the collection. When students start Grade 3 they move from the picture books category into the Grade 3-5 chapter book category.

In 3B some of the students set a challenge for themselves to read as many of the Sakura Medal books as possible. They worked hard to select books that were a good fit, and then read their books carefully to make sure they understood everything.

Three students focused on the challenge and made a plan so that they could reach their reading targets. As a result, they received a special invitation to the Sakura Medal voting party in the library. Woo hoo!!!

For further information about the event, please check out the Saint Maur library blog: http://blogs.stmaur.ac.jp/library/

# 3B Celebrates Books!

This month the Elementary students have been celebrating their love for reading. All April the students have been submitting their individual and class photos for the Extreme Reading Challenge!

Check out our awesome submissions!

At the end of the Extreme Reading Challenge on April 23rd, we celebrated World Book Day by coming to school dressed as book characters. In 3B we had a wide variety of characters including characters  from the Amulet series, the Cookie Monster, Harry Potter, The Big Bad Wolf, Mal from Descendants, and many more.

# Growing a poetry garden

The students in 3B have become gardeners…of poetry!

First, they planted their seed ideas and made planners to help them organise their ideas and to develop powerful words to put into their poems.

Next, they used the writing process to draft their poems. As Wonderful Word Wizards, they added alliteration, rhyme, and strong adjectives to their writing. They considered whether their written words would take a shape, or be given a supporting illustration.

What started as seed ideas bloomed into a beautiful poem! Well done, 3B!

# We love to read!

As part of Reading  Workshop, the students are learning to inspect and choose books that are a good fit for their reading needs. Always eager to discover new books to read, 3B has been working together to come up with ways to share books we love and recommend them to other people. After a whole class brain storm, we recorded several possible ways to achieve our goal:

3B had the opportunity to write book reviews for some of their favourite classroom books and then share their work in the library. They are now happy readers and  proud contributors to the Books we ♥ corner in our classroom!

Some students also suggested that we develop reading groups as a method to share and discuss our books.

We are enjoying sharing our favourite books and discussing our reading in groups. 3B loves to share information, inspire, and encourage one another in their reading.