Learning Update

Mystery Readers!

Last Minute Mystery Reader Opportunity for anytime this week!

In our classroom this week, we have the opportunity to participate in a student-favorite: Mystery Readers!

All week, we will host parents, grandparents, siblings, neighbors, etc. to bring in and read aloud a favorite picture book to the class. Students love when their family members are the Mystery Reader and all students benefit from an adult sharing their love of reading.

Because this is a mystery, all information must be kept TOP SECRET from your child, including the date you are coming and the picture book you will be reading.  To make it fun I will ask for five clues about yourself. These clues will be read to the class before your arrival to build suspense and keep the students guessing about who our Mystery Reader will be!

Please send me an email (cdenson@sis.org.cn) if you would like to schedule a time to come in and read to 3A this week.

Let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing you in class this year!


Mr. Denson

Book Week!

All Week- Mystery Parent Readers! 

Monday: SIS will Drop Everything and Read!

Tuesday: Meet with Author Eric Rohmann

Wednesday: Mo Willems Celebration and Door Decoration

Thursday: Read with our KC Reading buddies and meet Eric Rohmann again!

Friday: Book Character Dress up and Books Come Alive activity sponsored by PSA.


Learning Update

Mathematicians will begin to understand the concept of greater than and less than when comparing fractions. As they study and compare different fractions, students continue to reason about their size. They develop the understanding that the numerator or number of copies of the fractional unit does not necessarily determine the size of the fraction.

As writers this week we will be continuing to move through the writing process within our Narrative Nonfiction books.  Our writing community is using so much creativity within this unit to both teach and entertain their reader!  We can’t wait to share these with you once back from Spring break!

Readers will be celebrating book week by focusing on the love of reading, all that reading teaches us and the connections reading allows us to make.  Reading will be mixed into every aspect of the day with special author visits, mystery readers, activities at recess and read alouds in class.

As inquires we will continue to explore ways to take action by sharing our learning with each other. We will have an in-house gallery walk where students can show off their hard work and enjoy the work of their friends in all of third grade.

3C is taking action by supporting WWF with a bake sale!


Learning Update

Reminder: Field trip on Wednesday. Please help your child pack a lunch, water bottle and snack in a light backpack. They can also bring bug spray (or you can help put it on in the morning) and a hat if it’s sunny.

Readers will continue to work Literary Non Fiction. After reading, readers will share facts about their topic and ask questions in order to have a deeper understanding of the topic. Finally, they will present what they’ve learned about the topic with the class.  

Writers are drafting and drawing within the writing process of their Literary Nonfiction books.  We have used mentor texts to guide our decisions in making a plan and choosing a topic we are passionate about. There has been high interest around this genre of combining fiction and nonfiction elements…ask your child about the decisions they have made as authors so far within their books.    

Mathematicians will continue to deepen their understanding that a fraction must be the same size but may not always have the same shape. Students will also demonstrated their knowledge of fractions including equivalent fractions by using number bonds, tape diagrams, a number line and physical models.

We continue to explore ways to take action for our current unit. Ask your child ways you can help at home and in your daily lives to support endangered animals. 

3rd Grade Field Trip to Futian Mangrove Ecological Park – Wed, March 13th at 8:30am

Greetings Parents. You child brought home a field trip permission slip.  Please send back the bottom copy.  If you need an extra please print the copy below or have your child ask for another.

Your child also brings home some math practice each week, please ask them to share what they are learning with you.  The act of explaining their thinking is an important part of their learning.  If they struggle to explain a concept encourage them to ask questions during our math lesson or ask us for extra help.

Learning Update

March Calendar


As readers this week, we will begin working to come up with topic for our Narrative Non-Fiction writing piece. We will read and study an assortment of books on a topic of choice. Then we will practice reading and writing like an expert. Finally, we will practice  sharing the information we each read about.  All of the information we gather about the topic will be incorporated into our Narrative Non-Fiction books. 

As writers this week, we will head into the planning around our topic in preparation for writing Literary Nonfiction books.  Your child has chosen a topic of interest that they already have a little background knowledge of and will do research to find out more.  We will also use mentor authors to guide us in our decisions as writers in planning how we want our books to go!  Ask your child about the topic they have chosen for their book… 

As mathematicians move forward this week they will begin to work with number lines that have endpoints other than 0 and 1. Then, Students will gain an understanding that a fraction must be the same size but may not always have the same shape.


Learning Update

As readers and writers we are combining forces in making a return to reading Nonfiction books to prepare us in writing a new genre, Narrative Nonfiction!  As readers, students will choose topics of interest to read and do research.  As writers, students will take the information they have gathered as readers, and combine their understanding of Narrative and Nonfiction writing to create books. 

We have been hard at work learning about endangered animals. Over the next few weeks, we will have discussions around action. What can we do to support the environment and animals affected by the changes? This will be student driven and is an exciting part of the PYP process. 

Last week, mathematicians compared unit fractions and explored the importance of specifying the whole when doing so. This week, they apply their learning to the number line. Number bonds and fraction strips serve as bridges into this work. Students see intervals on the number line as wholes. They will begin by measuring equal lengths between 0 and 1 on fraction strips. They then work with number lines that have endpoints other than 0 and 1. This naturally transitions into comparing fractions with the same denominator.

Dream Job Day

Dream Job Day – Tuesday, February 26th

You may have noticed the posters on the doors of the Mountainside and Parkside campuses announcing this month’s Spirit Day: Dream Job Day, on Tuesday, February 26th!

Students are asked to dress up as whatever their dream job would be! All adults can take part in the fun!

Instead of buying new items, students are encouraged to use anything they have already in order to put together their costume!


Music Curriculum Showcase

Book Week


Learning Update

In reading workshop this week, readers will take a long look at the characters in their books and compare and contrast the similarities and differences in their personalities. Students will gather text evidence to have a discussion about their characters. 

Writers will be wrapping up their learning around persuasive writing.  We will go through the revising, editing and publishing process to prepare our speeches to share with others.  Next week we will launch new learning around Literary Non-fiction!

Mathematicians will begin by comparing unit fractions. Using real-life examples and area models, students understand that, when comparing fractions, the whole must be the same size. Finally, students learn that redefining the whole can change the unit fraction that describes the shaded part.

Students are digging deeper into the “why” animals are endangered and how living things affect the environment. They will gather information and put it together to share out with their peers.

Book Character Day is coming up:

Learning Update

  • 12th Feb 8:15am MAP Parent workshop @ Level 5
  • 13th Feb Parent PL: Positive Parenting @ Level 5
  • 15th Feb 3B/4C Assembly + ESLR Global Citizen
  • 15th Feb PSA Popcorn Friday

Students will be inquiring into environmental changes and how they affect plants and animals. We will look at different ecosystems and discuss causes and effects on change. Our central idea continues to be “organisms adapt to their environment.”

Mathematicians will extend their knowledge of equal shares to understanding fractions as equal partitions of a whole. Their knowledge becomes more formal as they work with area models and the number line. Throughout this unit, students will work with fractional units of halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, and eighths. To build flexible thinking about fractions, students are exposed to additional fractional units such as fifths, ninths, and tenths.

We will begin with actively partitioning different models of wholes into equal parts. At home you can help by encouraging your child to practice partitioning household items (pieces of paper, portions of food, a pack of crayons, etc.) into equal parts.

As writers, we are continuing to draft persuasive speeches, letters and editorials on topics that we are passionate about.  We will grow in our understanding of how to say more within our examples.  We will also work with peers to provide feedback and revise when needed.

Readers are focusing on noticing the important “life lessons” that the author wanted the reader to understand after finishing the story. Readers will review the “Story Elements” of the story they have been reading, which include:

The Main Characters  (Their traits, motivations/wants)

The Setting (How the time/place adds to the story)

The Problem (…or obstacle, or challenge) and the characters response

The Resolution (the way things have ended up)

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