Mr. Johnson's Grade 3 Classroom Blog


  • Gratitude Pumpkins
    Today our students made Gratitude Pumpkins! A big thank-you to our classroom families that donated eleven pumpkins to our class!

    First students made a mind map/ word web about what they were grateful for and then we made a class web.

    Next students used markers to write the words in a spiral patterns around the pumpkins.

    Our finished Gratitude Pumpkins:
    Posted Oct 29, 2020, 3:18 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Rounding to the Nearest Ten

    Posted Oct 27, 2020, 12:26 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • To Power to Visualize: Reading Comprehension Strategy

    Recently I introduced the second reading power to help with comprehension: The Power to Visualize. Students practiced visualizing different objects in their head such as rainbows, dogs and ice cream cones. We called these picture words since they were a lot easier to picture then say a word like at.

    Afterwards I read them the following story:

    I want you to visualize a lollipop. This lollipop is on a white stick and it has a

    wrapper on it. Visualize yourself holding this lollipop. I want you to notice the

    color and shape and size of this lollipop. Some lollipops are big, and some are

    small, some are round and some are flat —what does yours look like? Now I want

    you to visualize yourself taking off the wrapper. Listen to the sound as you take

    the wrapper off. Put the wrapper in the garbage. Now I would like you to visualize

    yourself taking a lick of the lollipop. What flavor is your lollipop? Take another

    lick. Now put the lollipop, if it’s not too big, in your mouth. Suck on it for a while.

    Listen to the sound it makes when it hits your teeth. Now take a bite. Listen to the

    sound the bite makes. Now crunch your lollipop and really get the flavor in your

    mouth. Some of the candy sticks in your teeth. Now visualize yourself as you take

    the lollipop out of your mouth. Look at what is left on your stick. Open your eyes.

    Students then discussed the following questions about their lollipop with a partner:

    1. What color was your lollipop?

    2. What size?

    3. What shape?

    4. What flavor?

    5. After you took a bite, what did

       your lollipop look like?

    We concluded the lesson by discussing that people's lollipops are all different because they have different experiences.
    Posted Oct 27, 2020, 12:25 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Millions, Billions and Trillions

    Posted Oct 22, 2020, 6:32 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Split into 3 Groups
    Choose a number between 125 and 758 and split it into 3 groups (does not have to be equal).

    Posted Oct 15, 2020, 6:16 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Place Value Designs

    Posted Oct 14, 2020, 5:19 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Place Value Bug Houses

    Posted Oct 7, 2020, 4:32 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Google Classroom and Outdoor Learning

    Dear Families,

    Just a quick update.

    All students have now logged into their school Google Accounts and have access to Google Classroom. Google Accounts information has also been sent home. At your convenience, please make sure your child can access Google Classroom from home. If your child is away, they can access Google Classroom for some of the activities we have done in class. I will be posting these as weekly updates. I will also continue to post to our classroom blog:

    I have also made Math Prodigy accounts for all students. Students just need to login into Math Prodigy using the Google login option.

    Finally, everyday in the afternoon we have our outdoor learning time (the custodians also clean our classroom during this time). Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather as we are outside rain or shine.

    Have a wonderful week-end,


    Posted Oct 2, 2020, 12:51 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Pattern Block Slideshow

    Posted Oct 1, 2020, 5:08 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Seeing Numbers Visually
    This week we discussed that powerful math learning happens when we think about numbers as symbols while also visualizing and drawing the numbers.

    Students looked at the drawing below. They were asked what number did each drawing represent  (they visually represent the numbers from 1 to 21) and what did see when they looked at that number.

    We also discussed how we saw the number (for example 9 is made up of groups of 3). Students were then asked to colour code their math thinking. Many students broke down the number into factors (for example 12 as 3 groups of 4). Others saw shapes in the numbers (for example 16 looks likes 4 squares).

    We also looked at this cool website that displays numbers visually counting from 1 to 1000 and beyond!
    (Click the picture below to visit the website)
    Posted Oct 1, 2020, 4:57 PM by Patrick Johnson
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