Last week Grade 3 teachers had their planning day and there is an exciting term of learning coming up! The Integrated Studies topic is the State of Victoria, which is a perfect lead on from our studies of the City of Melbourne.
Next term, the main topics of study in number are multiplication and division. Students will be taught to use arrays to multiply and divide, and there will also be a strong focus on remembering and understanding the times tables, particularly the 2s, 10s, 5s and 3s.
Example of arrays below:
As a school, next term GK will be focusing on reading strategies across all grade levels, with each comprehension strategy to be studied in detail for three weeks at a time. The first strategy involves students making connections to what they read:
Text-to-self connections: When reading, a student makes a link between what is happening in the book and something that they have felt or seen in their own life that helps their understanding, e.g. when reading about a visit to the park, the child talks about details of a time when they visited a park and how this helps them understand the book (plot, characters and the setting) better.
Text-to-text connections: When reading, a student makes a link between what is happening in the book and something that they have read in another book that helps their understanding, e.g. when reading ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, the child talks about ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and might conclude that the wolf in ‘Red Riding Hood’ is up to no good.
Text-to-world connections: When reading, a student makes a link between what is happening in the book and something that they know about the world that helps their understanding, e.g. when reading about African animals, the student might predict that the book will discuss lions or cheetahs because they know these animals live in Africa from their general knowledge of the world.
The second strategy is visualising and the third is questioning. Explanations and tips relating to these strategies will follow as the term progresses.
The main focus next term is on the wonderfully creative text type of poetry. There are some amazing links to online poetry examples that Ms Rough has provided for the grade three blog in the website links tab above. Make sure you check them out. During the last three weeks of term, students will also be writing information reports with subheadings and paragraphs linked to the topic of Victoria.
Make sure you take a look at your student’s portfolio, a lot of great effort has been put into those tasks that take a snapshot of the learning from this term.
Thanks for reading and for all your continued support at home. It really does take a village to teach a child and the parents at GK do an absolutely brilliant job of supporting their child’s learning and progress.
Happy and safe holidays!
Grade 3 Team