The February calendar has been uploaded to the relevant tab.
This week, readers will be continuing with reading fairy tales, focusing on the traits of characters. They will learn that characters have internal traits and external features/characteristics. Readers will learn to use these traits by applying them to the heroes and villains in their own fairy tales. If you are supporting your child with this work at home, then this anchor chart contains the type of vocabulary that we will be using:
This week, writers will plan and draft their own fractured fairy tales. Students will revise as they draft. We will focus on the usage of dialogue, descriptive language (verbs and adjectives), and language structures in compound and complex sentences.
In this next topic with fractions, students practice comparing unit fractions with fraction strips, specifying the whole and labeling fractions in relation to the number of equal parts in that whole.
Unit of Inquiry
This week, scientists will transition from thinking about how life cycles are diverse to learning that living things share traits with their parents. We will launch a mini inquiry into traits shared with our parents as we continue to learn about how organisms adopt to their environment.
Dear Parents and Students,
Below, you will find two PDF documents, made by Ms. Ballesteros, containing all of the vocabulary you will be learning for our new science and maths units. You can use these to practise the new words at home.
Readers are beginning a new unit, studying fairy tales. This week, readers will immerse themselves in fairy tale reading, noticing features of fairy tales, and gain a better understanding of how fairy tale characters tend to be different from characters of other genres. Here is a document that may help you with fairy tale character reading at home: Narrative Readers Meet Characters PDF
Writers will use their knowledge and understanding about fairy tales to write adapted versions. This week, they will explore many fairy tales and inquire into the specific writing elements of fairy tales. We encourage you to share with your child your knowledge about fairy tales from your own culture.
Maths module 5 starts with students actively partitioning different models of wholes into equal parts (e.g., concrete models, fraction strips, and drawn pictorial area models on paper). They identify and count equal parts as 1 half, 1 fourth, 1 third, 1 sixth, and 1 eighth in unit form before an introduction to the unit fraction 1/b. This link: https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-3-mathematics-module-5-topic-lesson-1 will take you to the first lesson of this week. Please click the links to lessons 2-4 for the other lessons we’ll be studying this week.
As scientists, we will begin our new unit of inquiry, “Organisms adapt to their environment to sustain life.” To start the unit off, we will have a provocation and explore our different lines of inquiry. Students will also deepen their understanding of key vocabulary for the unit. Then we will dive into life cycles and inquire how life cycles are diverse.
Friday concluded International Week. Thank you for all of the parent volunteers. On Friday afternoon, family members from Thomas’, Mungeon’s and Sally’s families came in to share Korean food and a Korean game. Thank you. Please see the below photos:
The children also had opportunities to share their own games, books and food:
December Calendar and Class Photos
The December calendar has been added to the calendar menu above. Please look at it and note any events coming up. Specifically, please note that 3C will have their class and individual photos taken on Monday 11th December.
Thank you and have a good week.
A few updates for you.
Thank you to Nora and Peachy for coming in to school today and talking about Hungary and the Philippines. We learned about traditional games, clothing, flags, and food. Here are a few photos from today:
We have more parent volunteers for tomorrow as well. Thank you to everybody for coming in.
Report Cards and MAP Data
Today, MAP data was sent home (in an envelope). This will show how your child scored on the MAP tests that they completed at the beginning of the year. It’ll also give you other sets of data for comparison. In trimester 3, students will complete another round of MAP testing. You will then be given updated data.
Report Cards were completed and made available to parents last week. These are accessible online at the Gecko Portal: https://geckoportal.sis.org.cn/ If you have problems with your password, please follow these instructions to reset it: Password Reset PDF If you have any further issues accessing the report cards, please visit the Genius Bar at Parkside. Of course, any academic questions should be asked to me.
A few points to note:
- Not all of the standards have yet been taught. For example, in math, we haven’t taught geometry yet. This is why the geometry level on the report card is N/A (not applicable). It will be taught later in the year.
- The students have had opportunities to show their communication and other skills, but not many opportunities to display skills in some other areas, such as being a “global citizen”. This is why a lot of students have AP (approaching) for their grade. They will be given more opportunities as the year progresses.
If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns from the report cards, please contact me.
Photo Update: Reading Buddies
The 3C Wonder Kids have been paired with the PreK2 Super Dogs. Here are a few photos from our first meet up:
Photo Update: Show and Tell
A few children have asked to bring things in from home, or read aloud to the class. Here are a few photos for you:
I try to include everyone but it isn’t always possible. If you feel that photos of your child are missing, please say so.
Announcements and Events
In reading this week, we will focus on the text structure of comparing and contrasting. Students will begin with comparing and contrasting songs to find out how they are alike and different, then we will identify key words that guide us to compare and contrast. Students will also compare and contrast nonfiction texts on force. Another skill that will be introduced is that readers grow their own ideas about reading, and talk back to the text by asking questions and looking at it from a different perspective. This website: http://bookunitsteacher.com/wp/?p=4109 could help you practise the comparing and contrasting skills at home.
This week, the students are improving their research skills so that they can add more information to their informational texts. This involves note taking skills and paraphrasing. Towards the end of the week, the students will begin to publish their informational texts.
Students use estimations to test the reasonableness of sums and differences precisely calculated using standard algorithms. From their work with metric measurement students have a deeper understanding of the composition and decomposition of units. They bring this to every step of the addition and subtraction algorithms with two- and three-digit numbers as 10 units are changed for 1 unit or 1 unit is changed for 10 units.
This week, we will mainly be studying friction. Students will learn that friction could have negative (limiting the top speeds of aircraft and cars) or positive effects (stopping things from sliding everywhere). Students will also learn that certain items, such as shoes, are designed with friction in mind (e.g. bowling shoes, ballet shoes, and football boots all have differing needs when it comes to grip/friction). If you would like to study this at home, you can use the text, game, and quiz found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/physical_processes/friction/read/1/
Photos and Videos
Here is a video of one of our previous cart experiments. In it, Mungeon and Eric showed how they can use magnets to counter the force of gravity, thus acting like brakes on a car:
In this photo, the students are using an app called EasyMeasure: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/easymeasure/id349530105?mt=8 It is an app that uses your iPad to instantly measure distance. This meant that the students saved time measuring, meaning they had more time to spend the on the designing/re-designing part of the lesson. Of course, measuring manually is still an important skill to learn and practise.
November’s calendar is under the relevant tab.
This week’s focus in ‘reading to learn’ is summarizing nonfiction texts and figuring out unknown words by using context clues. When summarizing, students will learn to use their fingers as a reminder to answer who, what, when, where, why, and how to identify the important information the author shared.
This week’s focus in writing is on how to build a paragraph. We will be using FREDs to help us with this. F = Fact. R = Reason. E = Example. D = Details. Slide 11 onwards: https://prezi.com/8spuzcl8d7qu/freds-and-say-mores-the-elaborated-paragraph/ explains how to use FREDs.
Lessons 12-15 focus on rounding: https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-3-mathematics-module-2-topic-c-overview
More experienced with measurement and estimation using different units and tools, students further develop their skills by learning to round in this next topic. They measure, and then use place value understandings and the number line as tools to round two-, three-, and four-digit measurements to the nearest ten or hundred.
This week, we are studying how forces affect airplanes. The four forces that we are looking at are: weight, drag, lift, and thrust. If you wish to learn these words at home, please use this Quizlet: https://quizlet.com/5681498/lift-thrust-drag-weight-flash-cards/
To apply our new knowledge, we will be conducting multiple experiments with paper airplanes. First, we will make any style of paper airplane that we want to. Then, through the design process (identify a need, design and re-design, make and re-make, test and re-test) we will modify our paper airplanes, in conjunction with our new knowledge of forces, to create paper airplanes for specific purposes. If you wish to try to create paper airplanes at home and need some ideas, please see these instructional videos: http://www.soku.com/search_video/q_best%20paper%20airplanes?f=1&kb=040200000000000__best%20paper&spm=a2hww.20027244.#qheader_search~10 You could also record your data on the same data collection sheet that we are using in class: