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3rd Grade News

3rd Grade News

We have had a wonderful two weeks in the third grade!

In English, we began our narrative writing unit. The students are going to be writing true stories about events in their lives. In order to find small moments to write about, the students created “French Fr-ideas” and used Zoom Glasses! It was a big success and everyone found a great topic! We planned our ideas on a simple graphic organizer, and next week we will begin the drafting process. We have also been reading Louis Sachar’s Sideways Stories from Wayside School in order to develop our abilities to write detailed stories about small moments.

We also learned the rules for adding –ing and –ed at the end of a root verb. It is important that the students learn all of the English spelling rules, to improve not only their spelling, but also their reading abilities.

During ICT, we explored the Raz Kids program, which is a great way for the students to do some “just right” reading at home. The students are able to read a variety of books on an appropriate reading level, as well as check their understanding. As their teacher, I receive a report with important information regarding their strengths and weaknesses. Perhaps the best part, though, is that each student is able to create a unique and innovative avatar using their reward stars! It is a fantastic, and highly effective program that we are looking forward to using regularly this year.

In science, we began discussing the earth and linked the topic to political and physical maps. We had a class Q&A about the ocean and its depth which led to a conversation regarding animal adaptations. The students created a KWL chart regarding animals and plants, which we will build on throughout the next few weeks.

In social studies, we have been working hard to develop our classroom community. Through a series of games and activities, the students have been learning and practicing important community topics such as: teamwork, collaboration, cooperation, focus, and acceptance. Creating a strong classroom community is vital to our success throughout the year. It is important that the students learn to support, accept, and lift up one another throughout all of our future successes and failures. When we support one another and keep a growth mindset, anything is possible!

In math the 3rd grade is practicing mental calculations with 4-digit numbers: completing to the full 10 number and the next full hundred on a number line. They have also learnt rounding up or down to the nearest hundred. They are also memorizing the multiples of 6.

See you next week!

Green School Grade 3 and News!

Green School Grade 3 and News!

Dear parents,

We’ve only got three weeks of school left! Time really flies, to quote one of the idioms submitted 🙂
At the end of this week our elementary school is celebrating Children’s Day by organising a fun Sports Day after lunch. I would like to take your children to the book shop this Friday – we would leave early in the morning and get back by noon for lunch. It’s for free if your child has a metro ticket/transportation card  (3,40 zl for one return ticket otherwise). The book shop is not far way from the metro station so it’s very convenient.

Next week we have another school trip organised by Ms. Agnieszka the Polish teacher, to the Royal Baths park. The birthday/going away party will take place on Tuesday. We would like to invite all the parents Tuesday morning (not mandatory of course) to observe the Final of the Spelling Bee contest. Next week we’ll have the “eliminations” – the words are all the words from our 25 Spelling tests we had over this year 🙂 But this is not all – all the parents brave enough will have to answer trivia questions your children prepared for you – based on Grade 3 curriculum 😊 Let’s see how much effort you’ve put into your child studies 😉
If you can’t make it don’t worry we’ll prepare a kahoot version (online) that you can take later on or just practice 😉

On June 13th we will have our rehearsal at the Hotel where the International Show will take place on Tuesday, June 18th. 

Green School – the girls were of course very obedient but they also had a lot of fun – first stop was at the Native American Village for fun games and competitions. While the sausages were being roasted on the bonfire, we’ve learned a lot about their culture – clothes, instruments, weapons, etc but shortly after, a terrible storm/hail storm started so the sausages ended up being a sausage soup 😉 We took cover but still got pretty wet and the way back to the bus was pretty muddy – all the more fun!!
At the hotel – their favourite place in the world – the girls had a suite for all of them so they had a lot of fun playing games, drinking/eating chips and preparing a fashion show for me ❤️
The next day – they woke up at around 6am!!! They were starving by 7am hahaha and were willing to leave at 8!! Breakfast was at 9 – buffet style so everybody got to choose their favourite breakfast delights and we went to a nearby castle where we learned more about knights and a sad legend of a princess/ghost who died because she kept losing her rings – story is more complex than that please ask them for more details 🙂We got back at school tired as dogs but since we arrived a bit early we had time to have a fruit snack and watch a movie. Everybody seemed to have a lot of fun!!!

This is it from me! 

Kind regards,
SImona Arriens

Grade 3 – May 5-10

Grade 3 – May 5-10

Dear parents,

This week we’ve had our monthly cooking adventure and it turned out to be a lesson on failure 🙂 We made devilled eggs and they didn’t look exactly like chicks 🙂 We also took the opportunity to talk about various Easter celebrations in the world. 

This week, Grade 3 have had their best Spelling test results up to now – which reminds me I’d like to organise a Spelling Bee Contest – I used to organise one every year and I usually add a fun twist to it (for example- all the words are divided into : easy, hard, impossible to spell) and they have to pick the group of words (one year I had a spinning wheel) This way there’s a luck variable involved so they don’t feel too bad about losing. The words used will be from our 25+ Spelling tests and it will probably take place in June – only for grade 3

Next week we’ll have a Math and Science test both on Monday – my students insisted 🙂 New unit in Science about Space Science – cycles in nature / moon phases. Third graders love the crosswords, fill in gap exercises etc❤️As you know, we’ve finished the Math book – this week we’ve started learning about division with remainders and even though they understand the concept they need to practice, practice, practice 🙂 we will also cover 2 digit multiplication and long division – I will bring my number blocks so they can experience and better understand how it works. As we start having more worksheets a binder or just a folder would come in handy.

I’m so happy to report that my students have already picked the subjects they would like to teach to their peers. Lili – Social Studies (of course)
Avy – PE (of course) – but she changed her mind in the meantime
Alana – Art (of course)
Prutha – LA (of course)
Yukta and Roger – Projects (of course)
John – Math (of course)
Gul Sheza – Science (of course)
Of course!!! is of course, a quote from them 😊
It was lovely to discover their favourite lessons and to see how enthusiastic they are to be teachers even if only for just one lesson – of course I will help them but if you want, you can help them out as well.

Prutha was the first one to be the Language Arts teacher – she read a story to Kg and pre-kg students and started a new unit with grade 3.

If you have plans to leave Warsaw before June 18th (the last day of school and day when you can see a show prepared by each class )please let us know if you know for sure you will not attend so to not disturb choreography etc.
Have a lovely weekend!
Kind regards,
SImona Arriens

First week of May

First week of May

Dear parents and students,

We ended April with a very important celebration – Earth Day. Grade 3 students prepared… many!! short movies encouraging everyone to use less plastic, recycle, do more for our planet! Should you want to watch them please send me an email and I’ll send them to you. One of these movies involved John and Gul Sheza pretending to be teachers and they thought it was a LOT of fun! Therefore I cracked and promised them they could be the teacher for one lesson – it is not mandatory (but everyone wants to do it!!) and they can teach any subject! I promised to help them come up with the lesson plan, etc.

We do not have a lot of time left until the end of the school year that will end with a big show – Grade 3 need to play the flute (please make sure they have their recorders on Tuesday and Thursday when they have Music). They need some bags to keep some props and I might be able to help by sewing them – don’t have any white simple fabric left – if you have some bedsheets that you no longer need, please bring it to school. Also, if you have another idea to have 8 bags in which they can put a small electric candle and a recorder, please let us know!

Among other things I still have in store for them – I always organise a Spelling Bee contest – they adored their Spelling test this year – the harder the words, the more fun they had! We’ll be discussing similes and other writing and other figures of speech to further improve their writing.

This month we’ll talk about two IB learner’s profiles: risk takers and balanced – since I’m quite risk-averse it is quite challenging for ME to encourage them to take more risks but i’m doing my best 🙂 Types of risk : to help others (brave professions such as firefighters or policemen) or just to have fun or be the first to achieve something.
They thought of performing as taking risks, doing a back flip or confessing feelings that might not be returned. On the practical side – we talked about risk assessment and minimising it ( hehe my expertise) for example bunjee jumping or parachuting as well as calculated risks and having trust in others and themselves. Your children enjoyed falling backwards on their friends’ arms and they seem to have a lot of fun.

This month we’ll talk about two IB learner’s profiles: risk takers and balanced – since I’m quite risk-averse it is quite challenging for ME to encourage them to take more risks but i’m doing my best 🙂 Types of risk : to help others (brave professions such as firefighters or policemen) or just to have fun or be the first to achieve something.
They thought of performing as taking risks, doing a back flip or confessing feelings that might not be returned. On the practical side – we talked about risk assessment and minimising it ( hehe my expertise) for example bunjee jumping or parachuting as well as calculated risks and having trust in others and themselves. Your children enjoyed falling backwards on their friends’ arms and they seem to have a lot of fun.

That’s it from me for now! Welcome back to school! <3

SImona Arriens

April 8-12

April 8-12

Dear all,

This week has been revolving about the many projects we are engaged in for Earth Day. Posters, watching movies, filming short movies, reading extensively on the subject are just a few of the ways our students learned facts on this subject.
In Math we’re still learning about fractions – only today we’ve learned about fractions bigger than 1 and on Monday we’ll celebrate their knowledge with pies or quiches – this is the only way they can learn and remember 🙂

In Science we’re talking about types of soil – please remind them to bring a small jar filled 2/3 with soil from your garden, park, etc. It is a great way to revise fractions 🙂 and we’ll learn about soil composition and layers and how fast water riches the bottom of the soil – aka how light/dry the dirt it.

In Social Studies we are talking about means of transportation in the 1800s and the constructions of the rail road. We’re also learning about impressive leaders and inventors of those times.

In Language Arts, they’re writing persuasive texts to encourage people to adapt a cleaner life style.

Next week is a short week due the Easter break. On the last day, Wednesday, we’ll be making crafts and of course, we will have a Easter egg hunt. Afterwards, we’re having our third mid-term parent teacher conferences 🙂 Please don’t forget to let me know if you’re coming and when you’ll be coming.

See you all next week!

Simona Arriens