This week, mathematicians will multiply by multiples of ten (3.NBT.3) on the place value chart. Place value understanding helps them to notice that the product shifts one place value to the left when multiplied. In the subsequent lesson, place value understanding becomes more abstract as students model place value strategies using the associative property (3.NBT.3, 3.OA.5). 2 × 30 = 2 × (3 × 10) = (2 × 3) × 10. The final lesson focuses on solving two-step word problems involving multiples of 10 and equations with unknown quantities (3.OA.8)
This week inquires will come home and ask parents to share stories about their past. Stories can relate to childhood experiences. Maybe if you ever had to move? Maybe a story about making a friend? Maybe a story about losing a friend? Maybe a story about a time you traveled and didn’t understand how to do something (order food, get a train ticket). The stories do not need to be deep, just share something about your past related to having a “cultural” experience.
Writers this week will continue moving through the writing process in the genre of choice. We will focus on organization within our paragraphs and sentences this week. Be sure to ask your child, “What genre are you writing within?” What mentor text are you using to support your book choices?” “What is your goal as a writer for this unit?”
Readers this week will think deeper about their reading using sentence stems to explain their thinking as they read. Our focus will be on cultural connections. They will discover new ways to show their thinking including, revising and writing longer.