Learning Update – Week of April 16th

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.

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.  

Science:

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/ 

Math:

Continue learning how to collect and display data in different ways.

Starting next week I will ask students to show what they know about the three and four times tables.  The big ideas is that we want every student to leave 3rd grade with a strong understanding of their multiplication facts.  You can support your child by discussing how they learn best and how they would like to practice their multiplication facts.  If they are still in the process of learning, I encourage you to make a game out of the process.  The best games have clear goals that allow us to celebrate when we make improvements.

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