North Island Distance Education School


Grade 3 Offerings

Students in Grade 3 work through Spelling, Grammar and Handwriting programs, and 5 integrated modules (booklets which blend Prescribed Learning Outcomes from Language Arts, Social Studies and Science), using a thematic approach.

Using Elluminate as a forum, teachers create and present interactive sessions covering a variety of topics and subjects. Some topics include Life Cycles, Senses, Mapping and Math concepts.

IClass provides a fantastic opportunity for students to participate and engage in a variety of ways to learn and demonstrate their skills and understanding of Language Arts concepts.

In IClass, students will follow a typical regular classroom day, including individual, small-group and large-group activities. Using resources such as A-Z Writing and lapbooks, students begin to develop early reading and writing skills, which are further enhanced by classroom technologies such as the Smartboard and computer lab. Each year, Primary IClass students complete an author study. In the past, the author has been invited to visit, read from his/her work and answer student questions. Students follow up by completing post-reading activities such as story maps or  posters.

Guest author workshops - previously, a variety of engaging guest authors have come to NIDES to work with students, reading their stories, and explaining and demonstrating the writing process and how they have come to be authors. As part of this time, authors have worked with the students to help them with their own writing and illustrating processes.

In the past, authors have included Lee Fodi and Jacqueline Guest.

Students participating in community-based learning resources need to negotiate with their teacher, which assignments the various activities can replace.

Field trips have included visits to various museums (Campbell River and Cumberland), the Cumberland Lantern Festival, historical sites such as McLean Mill, an “Around the Town” community study, the Miracle Beach Nature Hut, and the Pumpkin Patch.

Students will work through the Prescribed Learning Outcomes utilizing a number of dynamic online and offline resources in order to present concepts and solidify their learning.

Students may be covering various Grade 3 Mathematics learning outcomes during IClass days in order to support their understanding of concepts. Teachers will indicate which online or print-based module assignments, if any, are not necessary to complete.

Students in IClass are regularly involved in workshops presented by community-based artists such as Lisa Kirk, Meg Burgess and Monica Hofer.

Other opportunities include the Hornby Island Family Retreat, the Cumberland Lantern Festival and the Nanaimo Kids Festival.

Students may be covering various other Grade 3 Fine Arts learning outcomes during IClass days. Teachers will indicate which print-based module assignments are not necessary to complete.

  • Primary Activity Booklet
  • If you have any evidence (certificate, instructor’s report) of community-based learning (e.g. swimming, golf, horseback riding, soccer), please submit it along with your print activities.