Learning Update

Class Assembly:

Fri. Oct 12: Our 3A class assembly will happen Friday, October 12th at 8:15 in the SPAH.  We look forward to this time of sharing our learning & classroom community.  Please note, you are invited to join our celebration of learning at our assembly on Friday, October 12th at 8:15.

Fri. Oct. 26: No School- Teacher Professional Development

Wed. Oct. 31: Halloween Celebration at SIS- All Children are encouraged to wear a costume to school for some fun school-spirit building festivities! (More details to come


As readers this week, we can’t wait to begin devouring non-fiction texts during our workshop time. First, we’ll learn that non-fictions readers really rev up their minds before reading, they think “What sort of text is this? Is it a narrative, expository, a hybrid?” Then we notice text features like titles, subtitles, photos, subtopics. Once we know for sure it’s a non-fiction text that’s just-right for us, we dig even deeper. We read for understanding. We find the main idea and find clues the author leaves as supporting evidence to give us more details to support the main idea. After we learn lots of interesting facts this week, we will share them with our classmates!


As writers we will begin our journey as informational writers. We will study and try out pro writing techniques and different structures such as: boxes & bullets, cause & effect, problem & solution, and compare & contrast just to name a few. We will also learn to elaborate like a pro using effective facts & imagery, mico stories, all the while using transition words and leaving our readers thinking.


As mathematicians will be transitioning to module 2 which uses place value to unify measurement, rounding skills, and the standard algorithms for addition and subtraction.  The module begins with plenty of hands-on experience using a variety of tools to build practical measurement skills and conceptual understanding of metric and time units.  Estimation naturally surfaces through application; this transitions students into rounding.  In the module’s final topics students round to assess whether or not their solutions to problems solved using the standard algorithms are reasonable.

Unit of Inquiry / Social Studies:

Unit of Inquiry is mixed in throughout the day; however, this is where I’ll talk about it explicitly.  As inquirers we will be focusing on how the change in climate affects our lives. The main questions that will drive our inquiry include:

  • What are the changes in climates?
  • What are nature’s patterns? (examples: climate, weather, earth movement, day/night, lunar cycle)
  • How do natural events (earthquake, volcanic eruption) affect the environment?

We will begin by looking at how natural disasters affect the environment while generating questions to guide our learning. Typhoon Mongkhut gives us a practical and recent starting place for this unit.


Word Work:

Soon we will begin our word work which is using a hands on approach to building understanding of spelling patterns.  This approach supports reading, writing and spelling while developing a deep understanding of spelling patterns that can be applied to new words.



I will post this calendar again with student Birthdays later this week.  Be on the lookout for the new calendar, but until then this will get us started.

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