Grade 3

Greetings from Grade 3! I hope that everyone had an enjoyable summer. The Grade 3s have been so enthusiastic about being back and are eager to learn. For the first week, we are getting acquainted with our new space in our classroom and finding out all the new concepts we will learn this year. We have already started diving into the reading strategies we already have and learning about new ones to help us understand what we are reading on a deeper level. Students have been learning about the structure of a narrative and also about making connections to things they have already experienced. 

Students were also excited to hear that they would not have any homework this year! I am sure parents are just as excited. It's our belief that students work so hard all day in school that after school should be a time to play and hang out with family. The one thing that students will be expected to do each night, for twenty minutes or more, is read either to themselves or with a family member or caregiver. When kids read at home it has a huge impact on their development as a reader and it is also a great way to wind down for the day. Students will be able to choose from the classroom library,  or the book may be chosen by the teacher, to take home; they will "check out" the book and can take another book when that book is returned. Students will be asked to fill out a reading log to keep track of their reading and once 4 days/reading sessions are completed and signed by parent/guardian they will be able to pick a prize from the prize bin! 

We look forward to all of the activities that will be coming up at LSK this year! 

Over and Out!

Students working on their cards for Mother's Day!

Students hosted their guests at the Parent/Guardian Pitewey/Tea Social.

Hello All, 

Grade 3s has been busy with assessments beginning this month of May. They have worked hard to prepare for them working on a variety of texts and analyzing them. We have also started our seedlings, getting them ready for our raised garden beds outside. You can look forward to some fresh produce coming home to you in a couple of months. This coincides nicely with our new Properties of Soil science unit as well as our discussions on sustainability and the environment for Social Studies and Health.

Grade 3s is also looking forward to the new swimming trips that have been added to our Friday schedules. Swimming is a great way to stay active and have fun. It puts a new spin on Friday Fun! 

Since Spring has sprung, parents may have noticed less homework, besides reading for 15-20 minutes. We believe that when the weather starts getting nice, kids should be outside playing and spending time with family. Literacy is an important part of our life, so we can still spend some time reading in the evening to wind down before bed. Parents are encouraged to check in on students' reading logs and make sure they are filling them out. Every five entries earn a prize!

Grade 3 parents/guardians should also keep in mind that Provincial Assessments will be taking place near the end of the month. Notes will be sent home regarding details of this. The assessment will be on both Math and Literacy so students will be preparing by writing some practice tests in the coming weeks. 

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Greetings! We cannot believe that we are into our third term already! The Grade 3s have been working hard since returning from March break. They also had a great week of carnival activities leading up to the break. We had a great time at the Rath Centre swimming and watching hockey. We also had a lot of laughs during the Lego Movie... and a lot of popcorn. :)

 Grade 3s had a great experience at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. They really enjoyed seeing the Maud Lewis exhibit and were amazed that they managed to fit Maud Lewis' real, little house inside the gallery. They also enjoyed seeing their favourite Maudie pieces as well as some paintings they had never seen. The students were inspired by the Mi'kmaq Art exhibit by Jordan Bennett. We really loved how he blended traditional with modern. He also used amazingly bright colours. 

We are looking forward to Spring. Soon, we will be starting our units in Soil and Plant Growth so we will be starting some seedlings in our classroom. We hope to grow a variety, from medicines to food. This will connect nicely with our discussions about Netukulimk and sustainability. Our young people are passionate about Wskitqumu, our Mother Earth, so it's important that they learn about their role and responsibilities to keep her healthy. Anyone that has a green thumb and knowledge about gardening is welcome to come help.  Over and Out!

Greetings from Grade 3! I trust everyone is looking forward to carnival week followed by March break! You can feel it in the air. 

In between snow days, students have been very busy in class. We have been making lots of connections with the texts we are covering in Literacy, especially with traditional legends and the Seven Sacred Teachings. Students are currently writing their own legend with regard to gifts animals have received from Kisu'lk in order to help them survive. This has inspired lots of conversations about nature, biology and about traditional ways. 

Students enjoyed learning about Maud Lewis and were really drawn to her style of painting. We talked about the many themes we noticed in her pieces and then the students created their own Maudie inspired paintings. They were really interested in her life story as well; her perseverance through many physical and social challenges.

Grade 3s has been studying the various cultures that exist in Atlantic Canada and we have transitioned

from early Mi'kmaq to the Acadians. We are also learning about African Nova Scotians and their important role in shaping this side of the country. It's really interesting to see all the connections and parallels drawn between many people's experiences in early Atlantic Canada. 

Happy Birthday to Brody!!

That's it for Grade 3,
Over and Out!

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