3/4 Term 2

Reading and Viewing


With NAPLAN approaching, we have been learning about test taking strategies. Our Grade 3s will use these strategies to demonstrate their learning during NAPLAN. Students also have Reading goals that they are practising to improve their reading.

 

Our foci in reading for the remainder of the term is to:

-       identify the difference between fiction and nonfiction texts;

-       learn about the features of non-fiction text;

-       learn about the 4 H’s of comprehension (Here, Hidden, Heart, Head); and

-       practise our reading goals when independently reading.

 

Important vocabulary that we will be focusing on include: fiction, non- fiction, 4H comprehension - Here, Hidden, Heart, Head, captions, maps, cutaways, bold letter, headings, table contents, glossary, timeline, labels and index.

 

 

Writing


This term we will be focusing on writing persuasive and procedural texts. Within this, students will be practising their handwriting skills using dotted thirds as well as focus on building their writing stamina. In addition, students also have an individual spelling focus that they practice using spelling sorts.

 

Our foci in writing for the remainder of the term is to:

-       write a persuasive text including an introduction, arguments organised into paragraphs and a conclusion;

-       write a procedure with a title, goal, materials and ordered steps;

-       use specific action verbs and high modality words; and

-       develop our spelling using word sorts.

 

Important vocabulary that we will be focusing on include: procedure, goal, materials, ingredients, steps, method, action verbs, sequence, order, high modality, paragraph and spelling sort.

 

Mathematics


There are three areas of mathematics that students learn - Measurement, Number/Algebra and Chance/Data. So far this term students have been developing their understanding of measuring the length of objects using nonstandard units of measure i.e. fingers, hands and paperclips.

 

Students will now further develop efficient mental strategies to add/subtract numbers. These include Friends of 10, Build to 10 and Partitioning. Like Reading and Writing, students have math learning goals that they are practising to improve their addition/subtraction skills. Later in the term, students will learn about volume, capacity, mass and area.

 

Important vocabulary that we will be focusing on include: add, more, subtract, less, takeaway, remove, build/make, doubles, partitioning, number line, tens frame, volume, mass, size, capacity, units, measure, cups, big, small, fill, full, half, empty, length, compare, tall, taller, tallest, short, shorter, shortest, long, longer, longest, wide, wider, widest, narrow, narrower, narrowest, money, dollars, cents, much more, change, Count on, Count all, Friends of 10, Build to 10 and Partitioning.

 

Inquiry


The essential question that guides our Investigation is ‘What are the scientific principles that underpin change?’ By the end of our inquiry, students will have gained the following four key understandings:

  • What is a solid, liquid and gas?
  • What is the difference between natural and manmade materials?
  • What is the difference between a physical and chemical change?
  • How does a POE (predict/observe/explain) work in science?

Students will then research and answer their own wonderings/questions they develop.

Important vocabulary that we will be focusing on include: chemical, physical, natural, man-made, materials, heat, forces, change, reactions, solid, gas, liquid, observation, prediction, hypothesis, evaluation, POE, fact, impact, processes, observe, understand, investigate, questioning, explain, measure, reflect, compare and communicate.

 

SWPBS


Our focus for Term 2 is the difference between developing a growth mindset or fixed mindset. Students will learn what the words growth mindset, brain, brain plasticity, neurons, intelligence, neuroplasticity, persistence, mistakes, success, constructive, fixed mindset, criticism, effort, emotions, intelligence and feelings mean and how these influence their learning.