G3 Debate format

This is how to debate in G3. The objective of the debate is to persuade the other side to your way of thinking in a polite and precise manner.

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There are rules and a format to follow: –

  • There is always a Debate Chairperson
  • It is the role of the Chairperson to make sure the debate does not stray from the original topic, and to keep the debate going
  • Everyone must observe the rules of politeness
  • Raise your hand if you want to say something
  • Speak clearly, and in a voice clearly heard by everybody
  • Use the sentences we have learned as part of Group work and Discussions

If these rules are not observed the debate will not function.

Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 9.08.39 AMThis is how a debate happens: –

  1. The topic is presented
  2. You will have a few minutes to think about the topic
  3. You have to choose between For or Against the proposed topic
  4. The Chairperson begins the debate with a question directly related to the topic
  5. Listen to whoever answers the question, because the debate will go on from the answer
  6. One person talks at a time – use your persuasive vocabulary
  7. At the end of the debate we take another look to see who is on which side of the debate (For, Against, See both sides)

Sometimes the debate is not resolved. Sometimes there is no clear debate ‘winner’.

Good luck!

What do you mean … there are more biomes?! No way!



Go to this website – there are other biomes other than the ones we have been looking at!

Look at this Biome Pyramid … can you make sense of the clues here?


It is your duty to tell the world! What information should you tell them? What can you do to let the world know this important information?

Come up with a plan of action, and DO IT!!!

(Here’s a clue…. your blog MUST be involved!)

(Here’s another clue… you CANNOT tell people to just look up the website!)


Why are bees important?

Look at this website on honey bees.

Now look at this website about bumblebees.

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Bees are dying all over the world. Their ecosystem is being affected by humans. Even though the UK says they are not convinced that chemicals are the reason for the bees dying, a lot of people are convinced that this is so.

Get into groups of 3-4. Consider these questions, and discuss them.

  1. What do bees have to do with ecosystems?
  2. What effect will honey bees becoming extinct have on the world?
  3. What role do honey bees play in the world’s ecosystems?
  4. Do you think chemicals are affecting honey bees?
  5. Why do you think big companies might not like people believing that chemicals are responsible for honey bees dying?
  6. Why do you think people want to believe chemicals are responsible for honey bees dying?
  7. What other reasons could there be for honey bees dying?




Once you have discussed these questions, make a new post in your blog.

  • Give it the title ‘Honey bees’, and put in the U.o.I. category. Tag it as Bees; ecosystems.
  • Copy the orange part of this post and paste it into your own post.
  • Write your answers under each question in a different colour.
  • Find a picture of a honey bee and add it to your post.
  • Don’t forget to publish/update it!

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Report writing

Yes! We are going to write another report!

But first, click on this link to see an example of a G3 report written by someone in another school. (or see below)


You should never race a cheetah. Do you know why? Because you’ll always lose. That’s because cheetahs are very fast runners. They can run up to 75 miles per hour.

The cheetah gets its food by running. But sometimes the lion takes over and grabs the food. That’s mean!

Cheetahs are carnivores. That means they eat meat. Their prey are gazelles and rodents. The cheetah lives and finds food in Africa.

The cheetah and the lion eat each other. If the cheetah is weaker, the lion eats the cheetah, and it’s the same with the other.

The cheetah has up to three to five babies. The cheetah has larger litters than other cats, but on average only two cubs live into adulthood.

Cheetahs are amazing. I hope you like cheetahs. I know I do!’

Let’s make a note of what you notice about this report example.

Next step

Report writing 2

Now you have seen an example of what a report might look like, you are going to try another report yourself… only yours is going to be better! 😆

You will follow this guide below, (or click on this link to see a bigger version Non-Fiction-Writing-Structure)

non-fiction writing structure picYour topic for your report will be: – BIOME

Complete the following steps in order to write your research report.

  1. Gather the following materials: – pencil, U.o.I. Journal
  2. Compose 3-5 questions you would like to answer on your biome.
  3. Find two resources on your biome from the book trolley
  4. Find the answers to your questions
  5. Write your rough draft
  6. Edit for full stops and capital letters, and ‘No excuse words’.
  7. Conference with the teacher
  8. Rewrite on your laptop for final product.

Questions to answer about your Predator / Prey game today

  • Think about these questions
  • Copy this post, then paste it into a new post on your blog
  • Put the title ‘Predator / Prey game – reflection’
  • Put it in the U.o.I. and PE category
  • Write your answers under each question
  • Answer the questions in full sentences!

Today all of Grade 3 children played the predator prey game as part of The Sharing the Planet unit about ecosystems.

I was ….(what role did I play)……..

This means I …….(what rules did I have to follow)……………………

Being a ………(what role I played)…. was challenging because …………..(what was difficult about being this type of animal)………..

A strategy I used to help me survive was ……….(explain the strategy I used to help me survive)………..

The connection I made to the Sharing the Planet unit was ………………(why did we play this game what link can I make to this unit)

1. Briefly explain the rules and game play as if your parents were reading your post. Be as clear as you can be!

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2. Why do you think the Carnivores did not get any Food cards?


3. Why do you think the Carnivores only got two Life cards?

4. Why do you think the Herbivores got so many Life cards?

5. Why do you think people ended up traveling in packs/groups?

6. What happened when there were only a few Herbivores left?

7. Why could the Natural Disaster / Disease people tag anyone they wanted?

8. What happened to the Omnivores?

9. Is there anything else you found interesting while playing the game?


What is a food chain?

Every living thing needs energy in order to live. Every time animals do something (run, jump) they use energy to do so.

All living things and animals get energy from the food they eat.

Plants use sunlight, water and nutrients to get energy (in a process called photosynthesis). Energy is necessary for living beings to grow.

A food chain shows how each living thing gets food, and how nutrients and energy are passed from creature to creature. All food chains begin with plant-life (Producers), and end with decomposers.

A simple food chain could start with grass, which is eaten by rabbits. Then the rabbits are eaten by foxes. Then the foxes are eventually eaten by the decomposers. Draw this food chain in your U.o.I. Journal. Put the title ‘Simple food chain’. Make sure you label your drawings, and tell whether each part of it is a producer, consumer or decomposer. Also tell if the consumer is a herbivore, carnivore or omnivore.


You need a head set each.

Check out this site for  more food chains

A good way to figure out a consumer food chain is to work backwards. HOWEVER….You will put in the decomposers at the very end of your food chain.

We can get information from this BrainpopJr site and this one on Food Chains. If you want a challenge, you can check out this Brainpop about the energy pyramid.




  1. Working in groups of 3-4, find pictures of different animals who would be in a specific food chain.
  2. Then, open an A3 document in Pages. Include your photos and add text boxes to tell if it’s a producer/consumer/decomposer and a carnivore/omnivore/herbivore.
  3. Don’t forget to add a title and label all of the group members.
  4. When you are finished, take a screen shot and upload a photo to your blog.