The past two months of school have gone by so fast and September has been another busy month for the eager learners of 3SL. It was wonderful seeing the children motivated to learn and work together to solve the different challenges faced in class.
Learning about Early Men was very exciting for the children. Looking at pictures, watching videos and understanding what life was like before all the modern technology was fascinating to 3SL. They asked several questions, being very curious of what life was like thousands of years ago. “How did they discover this?” “Why did they look like that?” and “Where did they live?” are some questions they asked, wanting to learn more. They documented what they have learned by making their interactive notebook, stating key vocabulary words they need to know. It was difficult at times to keep up, especially for those who take long in note taking, but knowing it is good practice for when they get to 4th Grade, they were motivated to continue and do better every time.
The students practice their fluency and extend their vocabulary as we read and discuss different stories from the’Journey’s’ textbook. It has been a pleasure watching them discuss their insights and thoughts of the stories we have read such as “Fine, Fine, School”, “Roberto Clemente” and others.
Great ideas also need to be expressed well in writing. The students are now focused on writing their narrative essays, which at times were a struggle for them. Finding the words and details to express what they already know were challenging at times, but it was great to see them trying their best. We are helping the children by having daily proof reading exercises and by practicing the Writing Process step-by-step: brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing, to help the student pull all their ideas together in an organized manner.
Practice makes perfect for math. Multiplication was something that was not new to my students. They used different materials like snap cubes, dominoes, and even their bodies to solve different multiplication problems. They also compared different methods they can use, such as repeated addition, arrays and number lines, to help them really understand and comprehend word problems discussed in class. This month, we focused on mastery of the multiplication times table, through daily speed tests, and fun worksheets to prepare the children for division.
For Science, we learned all about The Scientific Method, The Branches of Science, Forces, Motion, Friction, Magnets, and Static Electricity. This is surely one of their favorite subjects because of the interesting experiments done in class. From Jumping Raisins and magnet experiments to building strongest bridges and making the fastest slides, the children use their observation skills, solve problems and work cooperatively. It was not smooth sailing for all–some experiments were not successful, some had disagreements with group mates. But this only challenges the students to think more critically, plan their investigation more comprehensively, and learn how to deal with their peers in a better manner.