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Dear all,

The last month of the year is going up to speed. Before we go to holiday mode lets look at past few weeks of grade 3.

Our marine life journey is coming to an end next week, but lot of really amazing things has happened inside and outside class. One of the most memorable events was field trip to the Coral Triangle Center in Sanur. We witnessed some incredible art coral work and had a chance to make our own clay coral. We also learned about different marine ecosystems and how they are all connected.

We also visited the Coral Center’s escape room and managed to escape almost within the time limit. Please come and visit the “thematic gallery” on the 14th of December. There you’ll see student work and the adventurous process that has been guiding us through this term.

Ocean is a big source of food for millions of people. Grade 3 students had fun in the kitchen doing seaweed soup although the taste surprised the students, in both ways

We have been really diving deep into the ocean and have been exploring different zones of the ocean. 90% of all animals of the ocean live near the surface, in the sunlight zone. The deeper we go, the colder and darker it gets. Each student had the opportunity to choose an a marine animal and build it in real size.

After making the characteristics and learning about your sea animal the students presented their animal to each other.  A lot of good presentations, a lot of good facts and most of all a lot of great questions.

The big question for this week is “what are the threats of the ocean”. Grade four helped us by making a great presentation about how plastic affects the oceans. Overfishing and global warming are other bigger issues the oceans face.

In literacy we have been focusing on paragraph writing. How can paragraphs help us organise writing. We have been writing stories about our sea creatures and had a special focus on descriptive writing through different activities.

Numeracy is revolving around multiplication strategies and problem solving. How can I use multiplication in real life. We have been thinking situations with the student that when do you actually need multiplication. 90% of our multiplication in “real life” is mental calculations, that’s why learning different multiplication strategies is very important. One practical use for multiplication is our garden. How many plants can we put into our garden beds?

Cheers,

The grade 3 students and teachers.

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