Learning Update

Reading

This week, readers will be studying the particular word choices an author makes. For example, is there a difference in describing something as big or as large? Does this make you form a different visual image? How important is it to be specific with your word choices?


Writing
This week, writers will be taking a deeper look at the structure of their writing (grammar!) In particular, they will be looking at fronted adverbials, subordinating and coordinating conjunctions, and paragraphing.


Maths
Lesson 11 to 14, focusing on perimeter.
https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-3-mathematics-module-7-topic-c-lesson-11


PYP

This week students are thinking about how organized systems function? What do systems look like when they work and what do they look like when they don’t work. Students will create a system that fixes an issue we’re having in 3rd grade.

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Reading

This week, readers are further exploring characters. They will learn that the more you know about a character, the better you know them, and the better you know them, the stronger your predictions will become.


Writing

This week, writers are beginning their final unit of the year- creative/free writing. To start with, they will focus on writing true stories from their own life. This week, they will develop their knowledge of sentence openers by exploring how to use adverbs, connectives and similes as openers.


Maths

This week, students will continue to learn about 2D shapes before then focusing on perimeter. These are lessons 8 onwards: https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-3-mathematics-module-7-topic-b-lesson-8


Unit of Inquiry

This week students will be thinking about the questions: What are systems? What are rights? What are responsibilities? A provocation of a morning without rules (except to stay safe) and noting conflicts and frustration. Another morning full of rules! A rule to get out of your seat. A rule to get a drink of water. Students are asked to notice how systems work and don’t work.

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Reading

This week, we begin our final reading unit of the year, focused on book clubs. Students will be in book clubs, sharing what they’ve read and what they think about. Specifically, this week students will be analysing how the main characters respond in different situations.


Maths

Topic B introduces an exploration of geometry.  Students build on Grade 2 ideas about polygons and their properties, specifically developing and expanding their knowledge of quadrilaterals They explore the attributes of quadrilaterals and classify examples into various categories, including recognizing the characteristics of polygons (3.G.1).  Students draw polygons based on their attributes, producing sketches from descriptions like, “This shape has two long sides that are parallel, two short sides, and no right angles.”

Students next use tangrams to compose and decompose shapes.  They reason about the relationships between shapes and between attributes.  For example, students understand that quadrilaterals can be decomposed into triangles, and recognize that the two smallest triangles in a tangram puzzle can be put together to form a parallelogram, a square, and a medium triangle.


Unit of Inquiry

Students are starting a new unit of inquiry this week. They will be learning more about how people collaborate to create systems to organize society. We begin this learning journey by understanding more about the rights and responsibilities of ourselves and others. The word “system” will be explored and students will be gathering information of how people create systems.

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Reading

This week, students will become full time researchers. They will learn that life is full of real problems and that people work to fix them. Students will identify problems in the real world, think of solutions to them, and then begin to research these areas, using all of the skills they have learned in this unit.


Maths

Lessons 7, 8 and 9.


Writing

Writers continue working on gathering facts, details, and relevant information to finalize their informational piece. This week, writers will identify non-fiction features to add to their work. Also, they will write an introduction, a conclusion, and add a glossary with topic specific vocabulary. Students are following the writing process, this week they will concentrate on revising and editing their work.


Social Studies

Students will begin the week by learning how to respond to different disaster scenarios. They will then learn about PMI2.5, what it means and where it comes from, and how to respond to it. Finally, they will look at how different communities from around the world plan for natural disasters, such as by building houses on stilts in areas that are known to flood. If you wish to support your children with this work, you could look at the PMI2.5 charts and maps for China together: http://aqicn.org/city/shenzhen/guanlan/

 

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Dates/Events

This Friday is field day. It is from 12:55 to 2:45, on the sports field. Parents are welcome to come and watch.


Reading

This week, readers will develop their understanding of text structures. So far, they have learned about ‘boxes and bullets’ and ‘comparing and contrasting’. They will now learn about the ’cause and effect’ and ‘problem and solution’ text structures. The attached PDF gives an overview of these different text structures. If you wish to support with this work at home, you could ask your child what structures their home reading books use.

AnchorCharts PDF


Maths

We are a little behind with our maths work due to practising for our assembly during the maths time last week. That means we are on the same lessons as last week. Today, we completed lesson 1 from topic A of module 6, found here: EngageNY Maths, Topic A, Module 6, Lesson 1

Tomorrow, we will work on lesson 2 and so on throughout the week.

For an overview of this unit, please read this PDF: Maths Newsletter PDF


Social Studies

This week, students will study how to make a disaster plan that would be enacted due to a natural disaster. After learning the key elements of a disaster plan (meeting locations both inside and outside the community, lists of necessary resources, etc.), students will make their own disaster plan. They will get to choose whether the plan will be for use at school or at home and they will also choose the type of disaster that it should be used for (perhaps one plan could be used for different types of disasters?) If you wish to support this work at home, the following video will give you more information about what should be included on the disaster plan: Prepare a Family Emergency Plan | Disasters

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Reminders

3C class assembly this Friday, in the SPAH, from 8.15am onwards.

After the assembly, there is our field trip to Sihai Park. Students should be wearing an SIS t-shirt and be bringing a packed lunch. Please re-read the trip letter for more information.


Reading

This week, readers will develop their fluency and the use of their “teacher’s voice”, which is what they will use when reading to each other. If you wish to support with this at home, please ask your child about the attached PDF, which shows how they can use their voice for different effects.

Narrators of Non-Fiction PDF


Maths

For an overview of this unit, please read this PDF: Maths Newsletter PDF

This week, students will complete lessons 1 and 2 from topic A of module 6, found here: EngageNY Maths, Topic A, Module 6, Lesson 1


Social Studies

This week, students will be following ‘Line of Inquiry 2’, which is ‘How do (natural events, earthquake, volcanic eruption) affect the environment?’ Students will study different types of natural disasters, why they occur and the affects that they have. After this, they will compare and contrast different natural disasters. On Friday, students will visit Sihai Park for a field trip, in preparation for studying ‘Line of Enquiry 3’, which is related to communities. In Sihai Park, they will observe their local community, how people interact with each other and how their community functions.

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Calendar

The February calendar has been uploaded to the relevant tab.


Reading

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:


Writing

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.


Maths

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.

Learning Update

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.

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Reading

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.


Writing

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.


Math

Lessons 17-21: https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-3-mathematics-module-2-topic-d-lesson-17

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.


Science

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.


Thank you.

Class Update

Calendar

November’s calendar is under the relevant tab.


Reading

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.


Writing

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.


Math

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.


Science

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:

Experiment 1 Paper Airplane Data Collection WORD Link


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