Category Archives: Grade 3
Melanie Knight, Marine Biologist, Sea star nerd, aquarium founder & TED presenter visited our school to participate in the Human Library.
You can check out Melanie’s TedxTalk here: https://youtu.be/iNnAViq_6nk
This month our Human Book was Jen from Orphaned Wildlife Society (OWL). She introduced St. George’s to an owl and a falcon that she is rehabilitating at her facility in Delta. Her facility specializes in raptors (i.e. eagles, falcons, hawks and owls). Birds of prey patients at O.W.L. number over four hundred each year and as O.W.L.’s facilities have expanded, so has the intake. Primary care for injured birds (i.e. fluid injections, tube feeding, and initial treatment of broken bones to stabilize) is administered by staff.
The Phantom Tollbooth is my favourite book, and I read it to the Grade 3s every year. It’s a classic: a hilarious, touching and pun-filled adventure through the Kingdom of Knowledge. The only problem is, sometimes the title doesn’t make immediate sense to the students, so I have to explain what a tollbooth is, and also that, in this context, “phantom” doesn’t mean a literal ghost, but is actually a synonym for “mysterious”.
A few years ago, a boy in Grade 3 couldn’t remember the title and asked me: “What’s the name of that book we’re reading? The Phantom… Toothbrush??” Ever since then, I’ve joked that we need to write a sequel where Milo finds a mysterious toothbrush that transports him to the land of… dental hygiene…? We’ll work on it.
Well, believe it or not, today as I was tidying up the library, I discovered A MYSTERIOUS TOOTHBRUSH in a Ziploc baggie. It truly is The Phantom Toothbrush.
It must be a sign.
This week every student at the junior school is participating in Hour of Code.
We live in a world surrounded by technology. We know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 8-14). Last year, 15 million students tried computer science in one week. This year, we’re joining students worldwide to reach 100 million students! See http://hourofcode.com/ca for details.
Cars, engines, jet planes, cars and more cars. Boys love cars! Especially Dries in grade 3. He brought it a remote control car that had to be made from scratch and asked if he could work on constructing it with some support. Over the past few weeks he has spent some of his free time coming to the library to start building. He needs to follow direction, use the finest of fine motor skills and problem solve. Today we came to a road block so we went to our local mechanical expert, Jack. Jack spent his lunch hour with Dries today as they worked together to build the car. Now that’s good team work!