Class Update

Dear Parents,

A reminder that tomorrow is the Grade 3 Learning Comes Alive (original notice was sent in an SIS e-mail). In class, the students will be showing you their first ‘on-demand’ piece of writing, from September 1st. They will also show you their most recent ‘on demand’ piece of writing, from today. ‘On demand’ means that the students completed the pieces of writing by themselves, with no help. Hopefully you will be able to see the progress that your child has made! In addition to this, they will also be showing you their ‘published’ piece of writing. This is a piece of writing which they have had direct help with. Learning Comes Alive starts in Grade 3 at 9:40am and will finish before 10:30am.

In the Grade 3 corridor, stuck to the fire door, you will see a black sheet of paper with three headings, and a basket of sticky notes and pens on a nearby table. These are for you to use to give the Grade 3 team feedback.



Cardboard Challenge

If you have anymore cardboard at home, please help SIS by bringing it to school. We have a cardboard challenge this weekend but don’t yet have enough cardboard!


Movie Night


Reading

We are continuing our work with non-fiction texts. This week, the students are finding the main idea in a text, along with its supporting ideas. Today, we read a text about frogs. This was a long text yet it had one main point, that frogs live on every continent other than Antarctica. We then drew out the supporting points, namely that frogs can survive in harsh and dry desert climates, as well as in wet ponds and swamps. When your child is reading a non-fiction book at home, you could ask them “what is the main point in this text?” and “what are the supporting points?”


Writing

Tomorrow, which is when we share our writing during Learning Comes Alive, will be our last lesson on ‘Crafting True Stories’. Once the new unit has started, I will give you more information about it and how you can support with this studying at home.


Math

We are studying time, particularly the measurement of time. For the rest of this week, we will be studying lessons 6 and 7 of Module 2, Topic B: https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-3-mathematics-module-2-topic-b-lesson-6 We will continue following the order of these lessons as the weeks progress. Please note that if you want your child to do extra work at home, there are optional homework sheets to match each lesson on the above link.


Science

We are currently studying an engineering unit. So far, the students have made carts out of clips, circular discs, popsicle sticks, straws and sticky tape. Some of these carts worked well and others did not! The ones that didn’t work failed because the wheels wouldn’t spin. This led us onto a discussion of what a ‘bearing’ is and how it helps things to spin.

For the next part of this unit, we will be refining our cart designs with a ‘distance challenge’. The students must design a cart that can travel as far as possible. The carts will start on a slope and roll down towards flat ground. We will then measure how far the carts have travelled. The equipment we are using is not exactly the same but is quite similar to this:


Thank you.

Class Update: Monday, October 9th

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome back to the second half of Trimester 1. Here is the calendar for October:

Any questions about the specialist subjects or activities should be sent to:

PE: pbarwicki@sis.org.cn (Mr. Barwicki)

Art: khobbs@sis.org.cn (Ms. Hobbs)

Music: ksheppard@sis.org.cn (Ms. Sheppard)

Chinese: dking@sis.org.cn (Ms. King)

If you have any general school questions, please ask them to the school secretary: szheng@sis.org.cn (Ms. Zheng) and any questions about 3C can be sent to me: amusker@sis.org.cn (Mr. Musker).

Thank you.


Event: Cardboard Challenge

The event will be held on Oct 22, 2017 from 8-4 (full day event).

The first Global Cardboard Challenge culminated in a Day of Play on Oct 6, 2012. This event celebrates kid-creativity and the power of local community. 

The Cardboard Challenge happens each year in early October. It has had over 500,000 kids take part! Check the #cardboardchallenge hashtag on twitter and instagram for inspiration.
Take the challenge at Level 5 this October 22nd and join a movement to foster creative play in kids worldwide!

This event is a free, but a ticketed (because of space) for SIS families at The Level 5. Please arrive in the morning for the event kick-off but leave when you are ready, and finished your creation.

PSA will sponsor the Snacks and Drinks during the events.

Parents are asked to stay for the entire time their children are at the event as this is a family focused creation challenge!

We will need A LOT of cardboard! Please help us by donating cardboard at Level 5.

Even though it is still far away, timing wise, however, we need people to RSVP in advance, using the link below:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-cardboard-challenge-tickets-38031233443?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button

An event on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/TheLevel5/

Thank you for all the helps and support.

Regards,
Poppy Tedja


Reading

We are starting a new unit, called ‘Reading To Learn‘. This week, we’ll be reading non-fiction books and noticing their features, such as these: Non-Fiction Text Features


Writing

We are continuing with our focus on ‘Crafting True Stories‘. This week, one of the skills we’ll be practising is the use of correctly punctuated speech, as shown in this PDF: Punctuating Speech PDF


Math

We are starting Module 2 which is to do with Place Value and Problem Solving with Units of Measure. This week, all of our math lessons will focus on the measure of time. You can see what this looks like by clicking on lesson 1 to 5 on this link: https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-3-mathematics-module-2-topic-lesson-1


Science

This week is our first week of science! Our key concept is: Scientific DISCOVERIES can often lead to new and improved TECHNOLOGY. We will begin by studying what is a scientist does and by finding out the skills you need to develop to be a scientist.


Parent Consultation Feedback

Thank you to everyone for attending. A few points were raised that I will follow up on this week. One of which is homework. A few parents asked for additional, optional homework, particularly for math. If you click the math link above, you’ll see homework worksheets.


Thank you.

Learning Update: Monday, 25th September

Dear Parents,

Please note the change in title of this update, from ‘Weekly Update’ to ‘Learning Update’. Due to our learning spreading across multiple weeks, a weekly update is not necessarily relevant, and therefore it shall simply change to a ‘learning update’.


Parent-Teacher Consultations

The link for this was sent out on Friday, via e-mail. From speaking to one parent after school today, I understand that she did not receive the e-mail. If you also did not receive it, this will be because your e-mail address is either incorrect or due to a technical fault. The e-mail was sent via our SchoolBase system, which is monitored by Mr. Tsui. If you have had issues receiving the e-mail, please contact him at: ktsui@sis.org.cn so that he can help you. In the meantime, you can sign up for a consultation via this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4caaac29a2f94-3cparent2

Reminder: Students do not come to school for the parent-teacher consultations- only the parents do.


Reading Homework

We have completed our reading assessments and it is clear to me what level each child is reading at. Today, all of the students in 3C took home at least one levelled reader, with most taking home two. The students should read these books for their homework and when they have finished reading them, they should bring them back into school to swap with another student from the same level. Then, every Monday, the collection of books will be changed so that your child always has a new book, specific to their level, available to read.

Please note that 3C have started this and that the other classes in Grade 3 will also be doing this by the end of the week.

Please also note that your children are practising various reading skills (such as predicting, as mentioned below). If your child is reading a book fluently and you believe that it is too easy for them, check with questions to see if they understand it. For example, they might be able to read every word on the page fluently but if they don’t understand the meaning, then moving them to a higher level will not help them with their learning.


Student Blogs

You may have noticed a new menu option towards the top left of this page, titled ‘Student Blogs’. Please click this and then follow the subsequent link to take you to the student blog page for 3C students. We used this today for the first time so the posts your children have made may not be perfect but they will certainly show you what your child has been doing at school. My aim is for each student to make one update per day to their blog. Of course, some may have the time to make more.

Please note that 3B and 3C are trialling this method of blog usage. If successful, 3A and 3D will join this system. Your feedback on this is welcomed.



Reading Workshop

We are working on improving our predictions. This document: Upleveling Predictions PDF will show you examples of how we are doing this. You could also use this document to help your child with their predictions in their homework reading.


Writing Workshop

We are about to finish our first writing unit, titled ‘Crafting True Stories’. To finish this unit, your child will write a true story! One of the skills we have been practising is the use of paragraphs. This document: When to start a new paragraph PDF will show you when your children are being taught to use paragraphs, and this one: Paragraphing Examples PDF gives you an example of them in use. This is what we are aiming for.


Social Studies

We are about to finish our first unit, titled ‘Home and Away’. To do this, the children will be undertaking a project. They need to create a poster, about a country of their choosing, demonstrating all of the skills that they have learned in this unit. The poster should include the following (from page 1): My Country Posters Checklist PDF


Thank you. Have a great week and a lovely vacation break next week.

Wednesday, September 13th Weekly Update

Dear Parents,

A mid-week update for you this week as we have been continuing with the work from last week. Some of the lessons needed more time for the learning to truly be learnt, hence you may see a crossover of learning below.

Reminder: No school for students on Friday due to a professional development day for staff.


Recently, we looked at political, physical and resource maps. Here is what your children found out:

 


Reading

In reading workshop, we have been using our reading logs to identify patterns in our reading. For example, what type of books do I read the most? If I only read mystery books, would I learn more from reading from a greater range of genres? How often have I been reading? We then used this analysis to set ourselves goals. Please ask your children what their reading goals are for the remainder of this week.


Writing

In writing workshop, we are now using checklists to assess our own writing. Here is the checklist for narrative writing:


Grade 3 Narrative Writing Checklist PDF

Please note that we are only using the Grade 3 checklist but I thought it would be interesting for some of you to see the progression into Grade 4. We will continue to use this checklist throughout our story writing unit.


Math

Lesson 9 (Tuesday): https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-3-mathematics-module-1-topic-c-lesson-9

Lesson 10 (Wednesday): https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-3-mathematics-module-1-topic-c-lesson-10

Lesson 11 (Thursday): https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-3-mathematics-module-1-topic-d-lesson-11

Friday: No school for students.


Social Studies

Focus: Resources (natural, human, capital) and why people live where they do (next to a water source).

We have continued with our resources work and are about to start studying why people live where they do. Some of this work will continue into next week.

Resource: PDF Home and Away Week 5


Word Work

Here are the words/patterns that my group are studying this week:



PSA Movie Night (Poster Competition)

Monday, September 4th Weekly Update

Here are some activities you could complete at home today.

Reading: Family Reading Sentence Starters PDF After you have finished reading a book (or books!) today, try using these sentence starters to have a conversation with someone in your family about what you’ve read.

Math: https://www.factmonster.com/math/flashcards#mul Fact Monster Math Flashcards. Practise your division and multiplication (and addition and subtraction) with these levelled math flash card. In addition to this, here are tons of math games and activities: http://www.mathplayground.com/grade_3_games.html

Social Studies: In this subject, we have been studying maps. This website: http://mrnussbaum.com/social-studies-games/ has a lot of map activities that you could complete.

Please remember, the most important part of a typhoon day is to stay safe!


Some parents have asked Ms. Hamley to share the MAP presentation that she presented. You can find that here: http://parentlearning.strikingly.com/ (on the right side, titled ‘MAP Test’).


Last week, we finished our Judy Moody ME Collages and shared them as a class. The children all presented their information to each other, practising their public speaking skills, as well as their listening and questioning skills. Here are a few photos from the sharing session:


Please look below for information about this week’s learning.


Reading

This week, our reading lessons all focus on how to choose an appropriate book for your reading level, and how to complete your ‘reading log’. Please look out for this reading log this week, as it will be coming home to be completed for homework. As our homework is focused on reading, the reading log will allow for the homework to be tracked.

Please note that the reading log may be edited and therefore look slightly different by the time you see it at home.


Writing

Standard (W.3.3): Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

This week, we will be primarily looking at ‘small moment stories’, which is different to what the yearly overview shows. As the year has now started and we teachers have a better understanding of how the year should progress, we have decided to teach this unit, ‘Crafting True Stories’, earlier than previously planned. This unit is where the students choose a ‘small moment’ from their life and develop it into a story. For example, if, one day, you drive to a shop, go shopping, have lunch in the mall, and then drive home, I’ll be asking you to choose one ‘small moment’ from that day, such as having lunch. Then, instead of writing ‘then we had lunch’, I’ll be asking you to ‘tell me more’. This means you could answer questions such as: where did you sit? Was the chair comfortable? How were you feeling? What did the food look like? Smell like? Was it delicious? Tell me more! The purpose of this is for the students to develop deeper, more detailed, more interesting stories.

Here is an example of a small moment story:

Resources: The first 65 (65!) slides on this link will give you a very detailed understanding of what we are doing in the 5 writing lessons this week: https://www.slideshare.net/jwolgamot/lucy-writing-narrative-unit-41562790


Math

Due to a parent request, I have decided to make the math that I am teaching easier to understand for parents at home. Therefore, this chart shows you what we are studying this week:

Specifically, here are some resources directly related to the above lessons.

Lesson 6: https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-3-mathematics-module-1-topic-b-lesson-6

Lesson 7: https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-3-mathematics-module-1-topic-c-lesson-7

Lesson 8: https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-3-mathematics-module-1-topic-c-lesson-8

Lesson 9: https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-3-mathematics-module-1-topic-c-lesson-9

Lesson 10: https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-3-mathematics-module-1-topic-c-lesson-10


Social Studies

Focus: Map types (political, physical and resource) and resources (natural, human, capital).

Resources: PDF Home and Away Week 4 , PPT Home and Away Week 4 (please note, the PPT has videos embedded whereas the PDF does not).


Word Work

This week, my group will be starting to study ‘inflected endings’. There are the words they’ll be learning to spell:

In addition to this, you could practise these words via this Quizlet: https://quizlet.com/_3nhw2c

As the students are at different levels, the Grade 3 team have decided to teach Word Work in groups, rather than as classes. This means that we can be more focused, with the students having their particular areas of need targeted. However, as there are six groups, your child may not necessarily be studying the above words. Please ask me if you have any questions about this, or any suggestions about how to share what your child is studying.

September 2017 Calendar

Dear Parents,

Below is the calendar for next month, along with contact details for all of the relevant people.

More information about the events listed have been or will be sent out via SIS Weekly, which you can subscribe to via e-mail or WeChat. The WeChat QR code is:Any questions about the specialist subjects or activities should be sent to:

PE: pbarwicki@sis.org.cn (Mr. Barwicki)

Art: khobbs@sis.org.cn (Ms. Hobbs)

Music: ksheppard@sis.org.cn (Ms. Sheppard)

Chinese: dking@sis.org.cn (Ms. King)

If you have any general school questions, please ask them to the school secretary: szheng@sis.org.cn (Ms. Zheng) and any questions about 3C can be sent to me: amusker@sis.org.cn (Mr. Musker).

Thank you.

Week 2 Update

Dear Parents, below, you will find an update on this week’s learning. Please note that to work properly, a lot of the links will need a browser that supports flash. If you are accessing these links via an iPad, then ‘Puffin Web Browser’ is a free browser download, from the App Store, that will enable the resources on the links to load properly. Puffin Web Browser on the App Store looks like this:

Here is one photo from last week’s learning, showing the students gaining a deeper understanding of multiplication through the creation of arrays:

Dear Students, below, you will find some of the links that you’ll need in this week’s lessons.


Reading

This week, we will be finishing our work with the Judy Moody book. Please ask your child about this book when they come home.

If you’d like to hear the story being read and you have access to YouTube, please follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4GNDSsnYPg Unfortunately, the file is too large to be uploaded directly to this blog.


Writing

Our writing focus has changed for this week. This is due to information texts fitting in with a later unit better than it does with our current units. We are now linking our writing to our reading lessons, using the Judy Moody book, to write emotive diary entries.

This week’s learning is focusing on emotive language and how to express yourself through writing.

This image will show you some of the words your children will be learning to use:

 


Math

Learning Objective: To divide using arrays.

Standards

3.OA.2 Interpret whole-number quotients of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 56 ÷ 8 as the number of objects in each share when 56 objects are partitioned equally into 8 shares, or as a number of shares when 56 objects are partitioned into equal shares of 8 objects each. For example, describe a context in which a number of shares or a number of groups can be expressed as 56 ÷ 8.

3.OA.6 Understand division as an unknown-factor problem. For example, find 32 ÷ 8 by finding the number that makes 32 when multiplied by 8.

Resources

Array Frames: http://www.snappymaths.com/multiplication/earlymult/interactive/arrays/arraysframe.htm

Hit The Button: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button


Social Studies

We are continuing with our first social studies unit of the year, which is titled ‘Home and Away’, which focuses on comparing and contrasting two countries. This is week two of a six week unit. The outcome of this unit is for the students to create a ‘My Country’ poster, demonstrating knowledge of the Essential Understandings, which are:

  1. Use geographers’ tools (compass rose, map key, etc.)
  2. Identify a countries resources and make a connection between these resources and where people live.
  3. Identify a countries unique qualities and how they affect the lives of the people that live there.

This week’s learning continues the previous weeks learning about different map types (political, physical, and resource) and introduces the concept of natural, human, and capital resources.

Video source/credit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Znu5gQr-NNQ


Word Study

Learning Objective: To spell the long /e/ sound, with the following spellings: ee, ea, y, e_e

This week, the students will be learning to spell the long /e/ sound with the following words:

They will be tested on Friday. They will also need to learn to use the words in context:

The students will also learn the following high frequency words:

If you would like an explanation as to how this sound is spelled, please go here: https://www.spellzone.com/unit07/page8.cfm

If you would like to see an activity using this sound, please go here: https://www.spellzone.com/unit07/quest2_p9-10/index.cfm


If you have any questions, please contact me via e-mail.

Points Raised From Curriculum Night

Dear Parents,

I wanted to give you more information based on some of the questions that I got asked at last night’s Parent Curriculum Night. A few different parents asked me “What is PYP?” Below is a video explaining what PYP is:

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOhS6viEg4w

I understand that this video will not answer all of your questions, however, if I link to many different sources of information, it’ll become overwhelming. Each week for the next few weeks, I’ll try to include a new video so that you can gain a greater understanding, and as my own understanding also improves, I’ll be able to personally give you more detailed answers.


Lina, the mother of Sally, kindly volunteered to be our class parent and she has already started working by creating a 3C WeChat group that can be used by parents to ask each other questions. This is the QR code that you can use to join the group:

If you wish to contact me, rather than the parents in the parent group, my e-mail address is still the same: amusker@sis.org.cn

Also, if your child is going to be late for school, please don’t send that message via WeChat. It should still be sent to the following people: lchen@sis.org.cn (Secretary), btang@sis.org.cn(TA) , sgao@sis.org.cn (TA), ktian@sis.org.cn (TA), and CC me: amusker@sis.org.cn I understand that this is a lot of people to contact but we have different staff to teach your children, take them to the bus, and organise going home schedules. The more time that I spend forwarding messages, the less time I spend teaching your children, and so it is better to e-mail the relevant people initially.

Thank you to Lina for creating this group. I’m sure it’ll be useful to many parents.


Alan asked about how we teach math in Grade 3. Currently, we are following the EngageNY syllabus, which can be found here: https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-3-mathematics On this link, you’ll find resources for all 7 modules that your children will be studying. So that you know when we are studying each module, here is the timeline:

Module 1: Now until the end of September.

Module 2: The end of September until early November.

Module 3: Early November until the winter break.

Module 4: January.

Module 5: Beginning of February until Spring Break.

Module 6: Beginning of April until mid-April.

Module 7: End of April until the end of Grade 3.

Please let me know if this information is useful to you and I’ll continue to provide it. You can make a comment on here by clicking on the speech bubble above or you can send me an e-mail.


We had our first whole school assembly today. It might be difficult for you to spot your children but perhaps my beard will help you to zoom in on the right area!

In it, Mr. Kanabar read the students a story all about how you can make others around you, and yourself, happy. The book was called “How Full Is Your Bucket?” Here is an online version of the story, so you understand what your child has learned about and can perhaps use the same lessons the book teaches in your home life:

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5R6-2m_qHk


Thank you for your support in getting your children prepared for the start of this school year.

Have a great weekend,

Mr. Musker

Week 1 Update

Dear Parents,

Thank you for coming to this evening’s curriculum information session. Here is the PPT that I used to explain certain points to you: Grade 3 Curriculum Night PPT

PDF version of the PPT: Grade 3 Curriculum Night PDF Version

Below, you will find an update on this week’s learning. Please note that to work properly, a lot of the links will need a browser that supports flash. If you are accessing these links via an iPad, then ‘Puffin Web Browser’ is a free browser download, from the App Store, that will enable the resources on the links to load properly. Puffin Web Browser on the App Store looks like this:

Dear Students, below, you will find some of the links that you’ll need in this week’s lessons.


Photos

Here are a couple of photos from our t-shirt making at the beginning of this week:


In our Judy Moody book, Judy Moody has nothing ‘cool’ to wear to school so decides to make her own t-shirt based upon what she did in the summer, which is exactly what we did.


Reading

We are beginning a two week unit focusing on the book, ‘Judy Moody Was In A Bad Mood’. This unit is designed as an introduction to Grade 3 as this book is about a girl who is coming into Grade 3. It explores the thoughts and feelings a student may have on the first day of Grade 3. Please ask your child about this book when they come home. We will read half of it this week and half next week.

If you’d like to hear the story being read and you have access to YouTube, please follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4GNDSsnYPg Unfortunately, the file is too large to be uploaded directly to this blog.


Writing

Our first unit of the year focuses on information texts. At the end of this unit, the students will produce ‘ABC Books’ that demonstrate their knowledge of non-fiction texts. This unit is linked to our social studies unit (see the social studies section for more information.) This is a four week unit.

This week’s learning is focusing on features of information texts (differences between fiction and non-fiction books, text size, sections, fun facts, bold font, different fonts, headings, sub-headings, paragraphs, font variation). Please see the below picture for some examples:


Math

We are now starting Module 1, which is a six week unit focusing on multiplying and dividing with 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10. The students will be assessed at the beginning and the end of the unit to see if they are beginning, approaching or proficient in 8 standards. The following chart will show you this:

This week’s learning objective: To multiply with whole numbers.

Standard

3.OA.1 Interpret products of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 5 × 7 as the total number of objects in 5 groups of 7 objects each. For example, describe a context in which a total number of objects can be expressed as 5 × 7.

Resources

Crack The Code: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?b=maths/numberpatterns


Social Studies

Our first social studies unit of the year is titled ‘Home and Away’ and it focuses on comparing and contrasting two countries. It is a six week unit. The outcome of this unit is for the students to create a ‘My Country’ poster, demonstrating knowledge of the Essential Understandings, which are:

  1. Use geographers’ tools (compass rose, map key, etc.)
  2. Identify a countries resources and make a connection between these resources and where people live.
  3. Identify a countries unique qualities and how they affect the lives of the people that live there.

This week’s learning is focusing on maps. In particular, we will be looking at key features of maps (compass roses, reference grids, and keys) and different types of maps (political, physical, and resource).

The students will be assessed, at the end of this unit, on the following:

Map Features

Political Map

Resource Map

Physical Map


Word Study

Learning Objective: To spell the long /a/ sound, with the following spellings: ay, ai, a-e.

This week, the students will be learning to spell the long /a/ sound with the following words:

They will be tested on Friday. They will also need to learn to use the words in context:

The students will also learn the following high frequency words:

If you would like an explanation as to how this sound is spelled, please go here: https://www.spellzone.com/unit07/page2.cfm

If you would like to see an activity using this sound, please go here: https://www.spellzone.com/unit07/quest1_p3-4/index.cfm


If you have any questions, please contact me via e-mail.