We are at the end of the our first semester of Grade 3. This last module had been fantastic. In Module 3, the main writing project was to create an animal v\brochure for expository writing. Before we started our projects, we learned about expository writing and looked at many examples. Our class studied the hamburger sheet that explains about how to write strong paragraphs. Next, we learned about transition words such as first, second, also, last of all, and etc.
We each picked an animal to research and write paragraphs about. I decided to write about the snowy owl because the picture of it was cool and fancy. We wrote 3-5 paragraphs about things like hunting techniques, diet, appearance, habitat and enemies. We wrote in the tablets except using pencils and hands for our rough draft.
First, it was hard to do a new thing, but it became easier and easier when I kept writing. I think we did great work. I think everyone needs to think about animals that are endangered and mistreated. When l was researching about my animal, I saw a lot of information about endangered animals and about animals that are mistreated like cats, dogs and horses.
On the last day of class did a gallery walk and got to see each other’s brochures. We asked questions and complimented work. It was an awesome celebration!
Now, I’m thinking about what we will do in module 4.
Everyone, you did an awesome job!
Last week, 3-1 students talked through Skype to Canadian kayaker K.C Fraser, a friend of Ms. B.
K.C will go to the Summer Olympics as part of Team Canada and she feels extremely proud of herself. K.C talked about winning a gold medal during the Pan Am games and also about how she hopes to do even better in the Rio Olympics in Brazil.
Students showed outstanding effort asking questions and even answered questions about Korea.
To start, Minjoon asked, “When did you start kayaking?”
“I started kayaking at the age of 14,” K.C told us.
Next Yun asked, “Why of all the fun sports, did you choose kayaking?”
K.C. replied, grinning,” There was this teacher who was in the Olympics and I really respected him. The dream just came out like that!” Everyone was impressed.
In addition, Jeonghyeon asked, “How do you kayak?” This was a tricky stunt for K.C, on the other hand, she gave a small description of kayaking. The students followed K.C.’s actions , and the classroom burst into a laugh parade.
Next up, Yongseok asked about what K.C. eats before racing. Everyone knew that Yongseok would ask a question about food! Haha! It was so comical.
One of the final questions, asked by me, was about how she stopped herself from giving up when things were hard.
“Although I have wanted to give up, I thought about the fun I had kayaking and I didn’t want to finish the sport being sad or being mad. I wanted to be happy. I pushed myself everyday and put myself in very uncomfortable situations. Because that is how you become the best. You have to scare yourself everyday,” K.C replied.
K.C asked us some questions about Korea’s landscape and food. She told us how much the Facebook message we had made for her on Canada Day meant to her!
Everyone wished her good luck. This was one of the most exuberant days in 3-1.
Learn more about K.C. here!
P.S Video to come!
Welcome to Storybird! Storybird is a very fun site. We can read books that other people wrote freely, and if we find a great book, we can put it to our bookshelf. We can look at the wonderful pictures that some fabulous artists drew. The best part is that we can create our own books. We can create long form books (chapter books), picture books, and poems. I already created a few picture books. One is called “Strong Friendship”. It is about a mermaid turning into a human and having a friend for the first time of her life.
However, Storybird is not perfect. Sometimes pictures don’t load on our tablets properly. That might cause some frustrations to users. So I that that teensy problem should be fixed. There is another part that Storybird could change. Student authors like me, can’t publish publicly. If Storybird lets students publish publicly, it would be the site that both students and adults enjoy a lot. I think this helps protect students, but I don’t like this part. Read my story below or on Storybird!
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Adventures in 3-1