Sunday, February 14, 2016

Building Patterns

Understanding patterns is a beginning math skill for young kids.  Patterns help children realize there is order in the world around them as well as with mathematical concepts. My first graders used colored cubes , counters, and beads to create and extend patterns.

Make a Survey

Grade 3  are learning how to make a survey,they were asked to create a research question ,collect data from their peers,and then organize it in a tally chart and a frequency table .

This assignment is highly engaging as students love to share about themselves and find out about their peers.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Interviews In Grade 3 Class

Communication is the heart of organization. Therefore good reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are a result of a good communication. Interviewing was a method conducted by grade three students with their relatives about their interests and hobbies to improve their communication skills and to enhance their oral fluency skill.  Our youngsters brought their recorded interviews to class and shared them with their friends.

Writing Activity


Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. Also, it is the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. Therefore, our third graders were distributed in groups according to the first letter of their names to fill the organizer of their narrative descriptive story. At the end, each group had the chance to present the work to the other groups. The aim of this activity was to encourage my students to fill their webs before writing their stories.


Saturday, February 06, 2016

New Cooperative Strategies in our Math and Science Classes!

Three-minute Papers:

Every day at the end of the math and science sessions, I ask my students to work in pairs and comment on the following questions:
1-What was the most important or useful thing you learned today?
2-What two important questions do you still have; what remains unclear?
3-What would you like to know more about?
I give my students exactly 3 minutes to submit the “Three-minute paper” to me.
I use these papers to begin the next day’s discussion. This activity provides me with a feedback on where the student is in his/her understanding of the materials taught, and foster students’ voice.

Group Annotations:
At the end of every week, I ask my students to form groups of 4 members each to review the lessons they took in this week. Students discuss key points and look for divergent and convergent thinking and ideas.
Finally each group prepares annotations in the form of a concept map that summarizes the lesson they studied and represent their annotations in front of the whole class.