What are we learning the week of October 16th?

Writing: Learning Comes Alive  

Our authors will reflect on their growth from our first writing unit and publish their personal narratives. Please join us on Wednesday, October 18th for Learning Comes Alive from 9:40-10:30AM. This will be a wonderful time for you to see how writing workshop works and to hear your child’s published piece read aloud.

We will begin our next unit, Informational Writing, on Thursday.  This unit will be integrated with our science and reading units.


Reading: Reading to Learn 

This week in reading we will continue to determine the importance in expository (nonfiction) texts. We will build on last week’s work of identifying the main idea and supporting detail and will introduce organizing our thinking and learning from our nonfiction books. Readers will become experts and teach their reading partners what they learn from their books.  We will also set goals to help us improve our expository reading.

It is very important readers are reading a variety of nonfiction books during this unit.  The texts can be books, magazines, or articles. Please make sure your child is also reading nonfiction books as much as possible during their daily reading homework.


Module 2 Place Value and Problem Solving with Measurement (Lessons 4-7) 

In our first few lessons we will continue measuring time using clocks and number lines. 3A mathematicians will be introduced to kilograms and grams, we will practice measuring on digital and spring scales.  We will  use manipulatives to build a kilogram and then decompose it to explore the relationship between the size and weight of kilograms and grams. We will also be marrying math and science by building a water clock!


Science: How the World Works 

We will explore the central idea, “Scientific discoveries can often lead to new and improved technology.” We will start with our first line of inquiry, “Qualities of a scientist.” 3D scientists will investigate through hands-on experiments and will be given open ended challenges to solve. Students will be assessed on the science skills of observing, questioning, (re)designing, and explaining.


Word Work: 

Spellers have been placed into focus groups based off of their spelling needs, during word work students visit other classrooms or one of our specialist for word work instruction. Groups have different word sorts to identify and practice patterns in words.  Each week your child works with a new word sort highlighting specific spelling patterns.  They will learn the words & pattern then practice it throughout the week with games, activities, and identifying their pattern around the room & in their reading.

What are we learning this week?



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


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


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


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.


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:

An event on Facebook:

Thank you for all the helps and support.

Poppy Tedja

Reading Log

Greetings Parents.  I asked your children to bring in their reading log for the month of September. Please help them remember to bring it in tomorrow, Tuesday, October 10th.

Below you will find the new weekly reading log.  I have sent a copy home with your child, so this digital version is for your information and in the event that their original copy disappears. 

Reading Log PDF

What are we learning in 3A?


Lessons 18-20 introduce the factors 5 and 10, familiar from skip-counting in Grade 2.  Students apply the multiplication and division strategies they have used to mixed practice with all of the factors.  Students model relationships between factors, analyzing the arithmetic patterns that emerge to compose and decompose numbers as they further explore the relationship between multiplication and division.

We will be wrapping up this unit with an assessment and small project to showcase learning of multiplication and division.

Math Rubric

Social Studies:

End of unit project. We have been learning various map skills and will be applying them in a creative way. Students will be creating a poster representing the skills in the checklist below about their home country.


Reading/ Writing:

These units will carry on after October break.

Special Dates:

September 28- No School for Students, Parent Teacher Conference

September 29- Awards assembly. You will be notified if your child is receiving an award.

October 2-6- No School

Parent Teacher Conferences

Greetings Parents,

Please use this link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080A48AAA822A0F85-thursday to choose a time to come and meet with me on Thursday, September 28th for our first parent-teacher meetings of the year. If you cannot attend on this day, tell me and we will arrange a more suitable day for you.

On this page, you’ll also see links to the sign up pages for the music, art, PE, EAL and Chinese teachers. Use these links to choose a time to meet with these teachers. If you are unsure who your child’s Chinese teacher is, please ask your child.

Thank you,
Mr. Denson