Line of Inquiry 2 - How Humans Measure Time
Grade 3 have started looking at the second line of inquire from our 'How We Organise Ourselves' unit. We have started to look at a wide variety of time devices from across history and many regions. The children have been using the visible thinking skill of 'See, Think, Wonder' to reflect on the form and causation of different time devices. They have also been using their skills to match time device pictures with descriptions. They have been using one of our unit skills 'comprehension' to look for key information and clues within images and text.
Next week we will inquire into how to manage time effectively, our third line of inquiry. Keeping a journal of their time, as a function of how they are organised is a critical aim of this unit of inquiry. Soon the students will begin to think about their summative assessment, which will be a culmination of all of the lines of inquiry. It will also relate to our central idea, that an understanding of time impacts how we organise and manage our time. As an activity which extends their learning,, the students will investigate time measuring machines, and may even design, build and construct their own machines that can measure a length of time accurately and consistently. A very intriguing challenge and one that will take a lot of thinking skills!
So much DATA!
What is in a picture? In our current math investigation, Grade 3 students have learned that graphs are essentially pictures of data which are used to communicate information. Data and information is easier to interpret when we can see a picture. The students have been reflecting about what data they want to collect, how they can record data in different ways and how to analysis the data. Finally, they have have been exploring how to use the data to make graphs. The students have been making graphs by hand, as well as using an application on their iPads.
Family Maths - Wednesday 9th November
Grade 3 would like to remind you that on Wednesday 9th November (8.30-9.30) we are having an open house where we are inviting parents to come into school with their children at the start of the day and to take part in a math experience / adventure / ordeal (depending on your mindset towards Maths)! We are looking forward to watching you work with your child, and other children, to collect, record and analysis data. It will be a fun experience - we promise not to keep you in if you make a mistake recording tally marks or forget to label the 'Y' axis!
There will also be a workshop for parents between 9.45 and 10.45. In this workshop we will talk about our mathematical curriculum and how we, as a school, aim to teach the subject through inquiry.
I give you the Sun, the Moon and the Stars....
In 3P our inquiry has led us to investigate thoroughly the movement of the earth and moon around the sun. Did you know that it takes the earth 31,536,000 seconds to revolve around the earth? Or that it takes the moon 27 days, 7 hours, 43 minutes, 11.6 seconds to revolve around the earth? We know that our man-made systems of time are not really man-made, but depend entirely on the movement of the earth and moon. We have had a lot of fun creating our own earth, moon and sun out of paper mache. We have created a way to demonstrate this movement in our classroom, with our own contraption which shows the movement. See the slideshow below!
Visiting Musician from Israel
This week grade 3 were incredibly lucky to witness the many talents of musician, Tal Krawitz. Tal is from Israel, but his music and instruments are influences from all areas of the world. Tal entertained us with an instrument that you play with your nose called a Kalaleng from the Philippines. Other instruments that he played included the Santour from Iran, the Adongo from Tanzania and the Theremin from Russian. A truly wonderful workshop that has opened the eyes of the students to the rich variety of music from all around the world.
Another really interested point that Tal mentioned, was that he was told by his Music teacher at school that he was not good enough and that he should consider another career. Through hard work and effort, two of the main growth mindset attributes, he has proved them wrong and made a wonderful life for himself traveling the world learning and teaching about music.
Grade 3 really enjoyed the show and connected it to our unit attitude word of 'appreciation'. To show our appreciation to Tal, both classes made padlet pages where students reflected on the experience of watching such a great musician.
3C's padlet can be found at https://padlet.com/matthewc2/e84k8i33wvyb
3P's padlet can be found at https://padlet.com/shawnp1/x6l6l3xni94z
Uzbek Studies Visit
Grade 3 were also lucky to welcome our Uzbek Studies teacher, Ms Nigora. She talked to us about traditional ways that Uzbek farmers used to tell the time through using farming equipment and the sun. Ms Nigora also explained to the children about the proud tradition that Uzbekistan has within the astronomy world.
This week Tashkent International School has had a scheduled visit by a team of inspectors from the IB (International Baccalaureate). Perhaps your children have seen a few friendly new faces around school or in their classrooms. This is a wonderful process that allows the school to reflect on what is going well and to consider what areas could still be improved further.
More information about this visit will be sent to parents at a later date.
MUSIC - Links
Please follow the below link to access a song that grade 3 are performing at the December concert. Practice at home and enjoy singing in the wonderful Welsh language.
Growth Mindsets of the Week
Just like Tal and Ed (above), we need to train our brains each day. If we try hard and always give 100% effort then our brains will grow and we will become more successful!
Grade 3 Team
As we continue to work with measuring, our focus this week and before the break, has been measuring length and distance. We have been using meter sticks, rulers, and string to measure width, height and depth. Of course understanding terms such as width, depth, length and height is a critical part of this math concept. Simultaneously we have been investigating other important area of measurement--that being time. This has been an ongoing inquiry. Next we will move into other areas of measurement including geometrical measurement of shapes using terminology such as perimeter, circumference etc., as well as volume, weight and temperature. When we measure, we collect valuable data that we have been learning to format using tally marks, and then to use in bar graphs. Exciting stuff!
Timeline of the Earth
This week the boys and girls have been investing and learning about timelines. This is the essence of our first line of inquiry, the origin of time. Of course the most basic timeline is that of the earth. In the process, many myths and misconceptions have been subdued if not slayed. It is now known that man didn't live at the same time as the dinosaurs, pangea wasn't all that long ago in geological terms, and more importantly, the earth is far older than they can possibly imagine! It is such incredible stuff they are investigating! Being able to put timelines in their own context begins with doing a personal timeline though!
The Fundamental Understanding of Time
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