Grade 3: Week of August 19th-23rd

We celebrated International Day of the Orangutan with an inquiry challenge. Orangutans, like us, have opposable thumbs, an adaptation that they use to help them survive. On a scale of 1-5, 5 being the most difficult, how difficult is it to pick up a pencil? Now try it with your thumb taped to your index finger! How about writing your name, tracing your hand, cutting out the tracing, or even putting something into your bag? Students compared and contrasted their results and developed a newfound respect for our orange-haired friends.

Domikado and Splat were the most popular games that we played in Bahasa lessons this week. Domikado, we counted numbers 1-10 in Bahasa to play this game and we enjoyed singing its rhyming words. Splat is vocabulary games and we modify the rule and we have to do some translation in this game. The children spent a great time to complete blank sentences and they had to walk around the classroom to find the answer.

Merdeka!! We spent last Friday morning playing Indonesian traditional games! The children were very excited and full of energy to celebrate Indonesian Independence Day. Tug of War was their highlight since they got to play against their teachers and won!

This week during Wellbeing and Green Studies Ibu Nicolene & Ibu Pera explored with students in the collective garden. Their focus, UBUNTU: Ubuntu is an African (Nguni Bantu) term meaning “humanity”. It is often translated as “I am because we are,” or “humanity towards others”, and is often used in a more philosophical sense to mean “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity”.

We continued developing our community through activities exploring inclusion, difference, and perspective. Dr. Seuss wrote “Sneetches”, in 1961 to teach children about discrimination. This is one of a few of Seuss’ books which address the subject of diversity and teach children to be fair and treat people equally. We also explored the idea of perspective and considering the ideas, observations, and opinions of others through the book, They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel. “The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws”, the opening of this perspective-broadening picture book. What those features add up to depends on the eyes of the beholder, not to mention scale relationships, instincts, and history. To a child, the cat looks like a pet: affectionate, big-eyed, and adorable. But a flea sees a vast forest of dense hair to conquer. A mouse cowers before the dragon-like creature of horror that bounds out of a blood-red background with blazing yellow eyes. And a bee sees a collection of multicolored dots—a pointillist pussycat. We all see things differently, just because I’m right, doesn’t mean that you’re wrong. Though considering different perspectives we can make improvements and problem solve. We continued our learning through a design challenge that challenged students to consider the designs of others in order to improve their own.

In continuation of our introduction to Chromebooks & Technology, students completed a review of our classroom expectations and online safety skills using Kahoot, an online, real-time, interactive quiz that captures student responses. Quiz questions about technology included: 

Tools & Features:

  1. Web Address Toolbar: When you know the specific website address.

  2. Search Bar: Use keywords to find results (websites, images, information).

Online Safety Basics:

  1. If I ever feel uncomfortable when I am online I will immediately ask an adult for help.

What’s your picture worth? In Maths student used natural objects that they found outside the classrooms, the children created pictures and then calculated their value. For some children, this was based on how many objects were used while others considered ‘what if each stone had a value of 2?’. Just look at their creations! 

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