June Calendar

June Calendar

Dear Parents,

Thank you for signing up for your child’s student led conference tomorrow. I would like to kindly remind you that tomorrow is a meeting between you and your child. Your child will teach you how he/she has learned this year. It is not a meeting with the teacher to discuss your child’s progress.

Reminders/Updates: 

-Your time with your child is to celebrate his/her learning this year in Grade 3. Please bring your child to the meeting (no siblings in the meeting please).

-Parents are encouraged to speak their home language with their child- it doesn’t have to be in English!

-Please turn off your cell phone and give your child your undivided attention. I am more than happy to take photos of you and your child, please let me know if you are interested.

One important note: You can visit the Specialist teachers before and/or after our conference. If you plan to attend all specialist classes, you could be at school for at least one hour. Please adjust your time accordingly. Parents must attend the specialist class visits with their children.

Attached I have included directions for tomorrow, as well as questions parents are encouraged to ask their child during the conference. The attachment includes multiple languages, a special thanks to our EAL Department. Hard copies will also be available for you. Please email me if you have any questions or concerns.

Your child has been working very hard to reflect upon their learning this year, they are very excited to share with you!

Learning Update

Quick Look:

We are asking kids to please return all Library books starting Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 21st.  The library team has made a deal that 3A may renew their book club books so they have time to finish their story.

As we prepare for student led conferences, please review the questions below. Feel free to use these question prompts to support conversation. This conference is a time for your children to shine and teach you some things they learned in 3rd grade. It is not a teacher conference or a time to talk about MAP testing. Thank you for focusing on the growth your children have made this year and for supporting their confidence as a learner.

Mathematicians have been constructing rectangles from a given number of unit squares and they started recording perimeter and area data on line plots.  Next, mathematicians will continue their study of area and perimeter by problem solving using all four operations.

This week, readers will be continuing with their studying of mystery novels. They will learn about using text features to help make predictions, strategies to help deal with tricky parts of the text, and how to share their reading with a partner so that they can create theories and ideas together.

Students are busy finding out more information about their interests. They are gathering information from a range of sources and working as researchers. Please ask them about their topic they chose. Help them dig deeper into questions they could tackle at school while researching.

 

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Learning Update

MAP testing beings this week.

The MAP test continues to give us very specific information on where students are as learners and where we need to go next. The results of the test will help us this year and next to know how to best focus on your child’s individual learning needs. All they need to do is their best. The MAP test is simply one of many tools we use to support learning.

The message for your child is:

Do your best and don’t worry about the rest!

MAP Testing Schedule

Monday, May 13th 1:00-2:30 Math

Wednesday, May 15th 8:00-9:30 – Reading

Monday, May 20th 1:00-2:30 Language

 

3A raised over 600 RMB for the Elephant Nature Park-Sanctuary in Chiang Mai.  A big thank you goes out to our parents and students who helped support 3D’s elephant fundraiser & awareness campaign.

As writers this week we will focus our attention towards revising, editing and publishing in preparation of sharing our books with others!

Mathematicians will work to find different possible perimeters or areas for rectangles based on information given about the rectangles. They will also:

  1. Construct rectangles from a given number of unit squares and determine the perimeters
  2. Use a line plot to record the number of rectangles constructed from a given number of unit squares.
  3. Construct rectangles with a given perimeter using unit squares and determine their areas.
  4. Use a line plot to record the number of rectangles constructed.

Readers will continue to build their reading life by transitioning into mysteries.

Inquirers will begin to focus on the inquiry cycle as it helps us explore our interests to share with others.  Our lines of inquire include:

1. There are diverse ways of self-expression
2. An inquiry cycle supports our exploration
3. Many strategies can help represent and enhance meaning

3A Action

As part of our Unit of Inquiry students have shown interest in doing what they can to protect the planet.  Ethan & his mom Clair have offered to support those interested in purchasing reusable straws to help eliminate plastic waste.  If you are interested check the links below or  reach out to Clair for help navigating Taobao.

Link # 1 silicone straws 

Link # 2 plastic straws

Reminder:

23rd May Student Led Conferences 

 

Bring an object of interest on May 8th

Dear Parents,

Grade 3 is very excited to start a new unit and we need your help! We will finish the year with “how we express ourselves” and inquiring into our own interests.

One way to support this is by having students bring in an object from home that has meaning to them and shows something they are interested in. It could be a photograph, souvenir from a trip, object from a hobby, clothing piece, are just some examples.

We encourage you to have a conversation about your own interests with your kids to better support them tuning into their own interests or passions. Help them come up with one object that represents their personal interest. They can bring this object to school on May 8th.

Thank you for your support,

Grade 3 Teachers

Learning Update

3A earned an extra PE class by being persistent!  They were awarded the golden sneaker award.  Check out the videos below.

Students will continue finding out about forces & interactions as well as balanced and unbalanced forces.  As the week progresses students will inquire into their own investigations. First, starting with questions and moving onto making predictions and testing. We will be learning more about the scientific process and how it connects to the design process.  

Mathematicians are introduced to perimeter this week. Through this work, students define perimeter as the boundary of a two-dimensional shape and use their new vocabulary in context. These lessons begin the study of perimeter with unusual shapes to encourage flexible thinking about perimeter and avoid the misconception that it is a property of rectangles alone.  

In reading workshop this week, readers will focus on discussing favorite fairy tale characters and story elements with a partner. They will also work with a team in putting on a mini-production of their own fairytale.

As writers this week, we are moving through the writing process with our Fairy Tale adaptations.  We will focus on craft elements and sentence structure this week.  Ask your child about their story…”What Fairy Tale did you choose to adapt?”  “What adaptations did you make to it?”  “What goal are working on throughout this unit to strengthen your ability as a writer?”

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Elephant Awareness Fair

3D is hosting an Elephant Awareness Fair, and any class that donates 150 RMB or more to support their chosen Elephant sanctuary is invited to attend their fair on April 30th.

Earth Week Excitement

Reminder: Optional Writing Competition entries due April 26

Learning Update

This week we will take a look at balanced and unbalanced forces. Students will continue to explore using hands on activities where they are using the qualities of a scientist and engineer. Students will also dig a bit deeper using text to learn more about forces and motion. 

Mathematicians will learn that different shapes (e.g., squares, rectangles, and rhombuses) have shared attributes that can fall within a larger category (parallelograms, quadrilaterals, and trapezoids). The will also look for shared attributes and learn to recognize polygons with sides that are equal. Finally, mathematicians will draw quadrilaterals that do not fit any subcategories. 

This week, writers will continue writing their own adapted 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. 

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:

Learning in Action

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Learning Update

Mathematicians will wrap up their work with generating and analyzing different types of data by drawing scaled picture graphs and scaled bar graphs. Then, students will get intensive practice with word problems, as well as hands-on investigation experiences with geometry and perimeter. Students will solve word problems, classify shapes based on their attributes, learn what a tessellation is, study perimeter and area, and end with a review of Grade 3 fundamental skills. 

Readers will begin this week by categorizing the fairy tale stories that they are reading by identifying elements of a fairy tale (use of magic, types of characters, etc.). They will continue by studying the sequence that fairy tales often follow (opening > introduce the setting > introduce the characters > the problem > the solution > the ending > the lesson) and by then ‘mapping’ out the most important parts of the story.

As writers last week, we immersed ourselves in Fairy Tales, becoming more familiar with their commonalities.  As we move forward this week, we will choose a Fairy Tale to adapt, by putting our own creative spin on a story already familiar to us.  We will story tell and act out as we draft! 

This week, students will discover qualities of a scientist by doing two different simple investigations. Students will make observations and or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.  The investigations will include creating a paper/recyclable airplane and measuring how far it flies, and also having a balloon travel across the classroom using a straw and string. It should be a fun week. Ask your kids what the qualities of a scientist are! 

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