Japanese Culture Day

Last Friday was Japanese Culture Day. We were thankful to have the parents coming in to teach us how to make geta, the Japanese slippers and onigirirazu, the Japanese rice ball sandwich. It was fun handiwork and I’m glad that we got to eat what we made. Thanks so much for a great day of learning Japanese culture!

Photo credits: the Hirai family

Winn-Dixie Book Talk

After we finished listening to Because of Winn-Dixie, we thought deeply about the characters, their character traits, and their desire in the story. We wrote our thoughts on our Reader’s Notebook and then recorded a book talk. After thinking deeply about it, it makes it easier for us to understand why the characters do certain things in the story.

Provocation: Venn diagram of you and me

Yesterday third grade began a new IPC unit. But before Ms Banyard and I revealed to the grade on what unit it will be, we had an activity that compare ourselves with a partner. We wrote what we found out on a Venn diagram.

Some of the questions that we asked to help them compare include:

Do you have a middle name?

Where were you born?

Do you sleep on a bed or a futon?

At the end of the class, Ms Banyard and I asked them what did they think the unit is about, we were very excited to hear some of the very “hot” answers such as:

  • culture and nations
  • we are different, but similar

These are “hot” answers because he title of the unit is: Different People, Similar Lives.

Comparing Characters

Following the completion of Because of Winn-Dixie, we continue with comparing characters from different stories.

We learned that in order for that to happen, we have to find characters that can “Go Together”. For example, Super Rabbit and Horrible Harriet can “Go Together” because they share some similarities. It is tricky if we compare characters that don’t “Go Together” such as Winn-Dixie and Horrible Harriet.

First, we re-read our notes about the character traits of Super Rabbit and Horrible Harriet.


Then, we put their character traits on a Venn diagram to compare.

After that we set out to compare the characters that we’ve been reading about on our own. As we do our own Venn diagram, we also re-read the books to make sure we have enough evidence to support our ideas.

Because of Winn-Dixie

We finished listening to the book Because of Winn-Dixie, the ending was quite surprising. We are looking at what lesson does Opal learn in the story.

Some parts of the ending were quite thought-provoking/ meaningful and we re-read those parts again.