Author Archives: Ward Carl

Grade 3/4 – Selecting Just Right Books

Grade 3/4 – Selecting Just Right Books

The beginning of the year is the perfect time to discuss how to select a “Just Right” book. These books can then be used for independent reading. In order to effectively do this, students need to be able to describe the features of a book that is too hard for them as well as a book that is too easy. Once they have done this they are able to successfully identify the features of a “Just Right” book. 3/4W created this easy to use table that is displayed in class. It can be viewed by clicking here.

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Term 1 Newsletter

Term 1 Newsletter

The Grade 3/4 Term 1 Newsletter can be read by clicking here.

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Camp Information

Camp Information

Information about the Grade 3/4 Camp including all relevant forms can be found at the following links:

Camp Letter to Parents

Medical Information Form

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3/4 Students Collecting Data

3/4 Students Collecting Data

Students in grade 3/4 have been designing questionnaires so as to collect data. They then tested their questionnaires within the class. Following this they discussed what worked well and what they found challenging.

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Grade 3/4 Term 4 Newsletter

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The latest Term 4 newsletter can be viewed by clicking here.

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Grade 3/4 – Solid, Liquid or Gas?

Grade 3/4 – Solid, Liquid or Gas?

Students have begun to discuss and describe the observable properties of solids, liquids and gases. This activity is part of the Matter Matters topic. Students asked themselves questions such as:

– Does this object have a fixed shape?
– Does if flow?
– Can it be poured?

During the term students will consider how matter usually exists in one of three states (solid, liquid or gas). They will discover the properties of each and understand the importance of heat.

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Debate Subjects

The following debating topics can be chosen by students for this Term’s speaking and listening task. Students should read through the list so that they can decide upon their debate subject. In the next few days they will be asked to nominate a debate subject. They can then be allocated a time and an opponent.

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Measuring Mass in Grade 3/4

Measuring Mass in Grade 3/4

During week 1, students have been measuring mass using a wide range of measuring equipment (including spring scales and balance scales). They have also been discussing some of the practical applications for mass, such as buying fruit and vegetables or weighing luggage at an airport. Students had to estimate the mass and then work out the actual weight of a range of items using both grams and kilograms.

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Grade 3/4 Class Olympics

Grade 3/4 Class Olympics

During Term 3 the integrated topic has been The Olympics. Students have discussed the history of the Olympic Games and researched some of the countries who have competed. The chosen countries are close neighbours of Australia including Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, New Zealand, Tonga and The Cook Islands. Not only did students research these countries but they also represented them during classroom Olympic events including the paper shot put, paper javelin and standing long jump. There was also a paper, scissors, rock competition as part of a Chance and Data activity when students discussed the likelihood of winning their group and recorded the results of their competition as a pie chart.

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Final Arrangements for Camp

3-4 Camp Final Letter

The final note for this year’s 3/4 Camp at Phillip Island Adventure Resort (including contact information) can be viewed here.

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