Learning in 3A – Week of January 22nd

Important Dates: 

Wednesday, January 24th: Student Innovation Team (SIT) Shares at Seesaw Training 2:00-3:00 

Members of the SIT will share how we use Seesaw in our daily learning at the Seesaw Parent Training.

Thursday, January 25th: Learning Comes Alive 2:00-3:00

This week we will start our new Unit of Inquiry with the central idea, “Organisms adapt to their environment to sustain life.” Please join us as we inquire how life cycles are diverse.

Friday, January 26th: 1/2 Day for Students

Teachers will have a professional learning day in the afternoon

Thursday, February 1st: Parent Teacher Conferences 

An email to sign up for conferences will be sent out this coming Friday.

What We’re Learning…

Reading and Writing: Fairytales 

Students will learn common elements found in fairytales through exploring a variety of original and adapted fairytales. They will use their knowledge to create their own fractured and adapted fairytales.

Math: Module 5

Module 5 starts with students actively partitioning different models of wholes into equal parts (e.g., concrete models, fraction strips, and drawn pictorial area models on paper).  They identify and count equal parts as 1 half, 1 fourth, 1 third, 1 sixth, and 1 eighth in unit form before an introduction to the unit fraction 1/b (3.NF.1). Please see the attached newsletter for concepts and vocabulary that you can use to support your children at home.

Unit of Inquiry: Organisms Adapt to Their Environment to Sustain Life 

We will begin our new Unit of Inquiry, “Organisms adapt to their environment to sustain life.”  To start the unit off we will have a provocation and explore our different lines of inquiry. Students will also deepen their understanding of key vocabulary for the unit. Then we will dive into life cycles and  inquire how life cycles are diverse. Below are a list of important vocabulary terms for this unit. Please translate them into your home language to support your child’s understanding of the vocabulary.

Learning in 3A – Week of January 15th

Important Dates:

January 15-19: Bring in Plastic 3rd grade students will bring in all the plastic they receive from restaurants into school. (Please read letter below)

Thursday, January 18th: Field Trip Please make sure your child wears his/her read SIS shirt, comfortable shoes, brings a hat/sunscreen, and packs a lunch. We will depart SIS at 8:30 AM, please make sure to be on time.

Friday, January 26th: 1/2 Day for Students Teachers will have a professional learning day in the afternoon

Curriculum:

ReadingMystery Unit 

We will transition our reading skills in our mystery unit into our fictional reading. Students have learned how to read with a critical mind and check their understanding as they read. Readers will continue to learn new reading skills & conference with the teachers to improve their reading lives.

Unit of Inquiry: Inquirers learn from historical evidence to make better choices. 

The next two weeks is focusing on the action around our learning. Our question that we will explore is, “How can we persuade others to make better choices to protect our environment?” Students will learn ways that they can be responsible and protect our environment. They will choose one thing to focus on and choose and audience to persuade. Our persuasive writing techniques will be incorporated into our action projects.

Math: Module 3: Multiplication and Division with Units of 0, 1, 6–9, and Multiples of 10

Students will complete Module 3 with Topic F. In Topic F, students multiply by multiples of 10 (3.NBT.3).  To solve a fact like 2 × 30, they first model the basic fact 2 × 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 by 10:  2 × 3 tens can be found by simply locating the same basic fact in the tens column.

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).  As in Lesson 18, students estimate to assess the reasonableness of their solutions (3.OA.8).

Learning in 3A – Week of January 8th

Important Announcements: 

Friday, January 12th: Assembly

Friday, January 26th: 1/2 Day for Students (Professional Learning for teachers)

Unit of Inquiry: Inquirers learn from historical evidence to make better choices. 

The next two weeks is focusing on the action around our learning. Our question that we will explore is, “How can we persuade others to make better choices to protect our environment?” Students will learn ways that they can be responsible and protect our environment. They will choose one thing to focus on and choose and audience to persuade. Please talk to your children at home about things you can do to support our environment in our daily lives.

Reading: Mystery 

3A readers will continue building their reading lives with a focus on mystery reading. Readers will learn that skilled readers of mysteries can use mystery-reading skills to read any fiction book well. Readers will think a lot about what matters in their fiction books, especially characters. We will learn how readers try to understand characters by figuring out who they are and why they act the way they do.  Readers will also learn how to use what has happened already in the story to make predictions.

Writing: Persuasive Writing 

We will pick up where we left off with persuasive writing, and will begin to connect our previous persuasive practice to our unit of inquiry. Students will write to their specific audience to convince them to take action in their daily lives.

Math: Module 3: Multiplication and Division with Units of 0, 1, 6–9, and Multiples of 10

In the next few weeks we will finish Module 3. We will continue with lessons 15-18, with a focus on identifying patterns in multiplication and solving for the unknown.

Message from Kimberly Sheppard

Message:
Dear Third Grade Parents,

Our Third Grade students have been singing, dancing and learning in music class! We are excited to have an opportunity to share some of our learning with you.

There is a date and time change from the original calendar. Please note the below dates for our Grade Three Music Curriculum Showcase.

3A and 3B
Tuesday, March 6
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Gecko Theater

3C & 3D
Wednesday, March 7
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Gecko Theater

More information will come home as the performance grows closer.

If you have any questions, please contact me at ksheppard@sis.org.cn

Thank you for your support!

Best Regards,
Kimberly Sheppard
ES Music Teacher

Learning in 3A – Week of December 11

Important Announcements: 

Friday, December 15th: Half Day–Dismissal at 11:30, Pajama spirit day, and cookies and hot chocolate third grade celebration. Please send in a dozen cookies with your child on Friday.

Looking Ahead…

Monday, January 8th: First day back from holiday

 

Reading: Continue mystery work

Writing: Continue planning and drafting persuasive writing pieces

Math: Practice & Mid-module assessment

Sci/SS/PYP: Habitat green screen creations

Learning in 3A – Week of December 4th

Important Announcements: 

Thursday, December 7 from 2:00pm-3:00pm: 3A participates in Hour of Code at Level 5

Monday, December 11 at 2:10pm: Picture Day for 3A

Thank you for all the delicious food we enjoyed during our class potluck!

To access your child’s report card, please log onto https://geckoportal.sis.org.cn
You will use the same username and password that you use to register your child for After School Activities.

Reading: Mystery 

In reading workshop students are reading mystery books. The teaching points for this week are as follows:

  • Readers have strategies to remember key details.
  • Readers understand the story elements of a mystery story.
  • Readers use structure to help make predictions.
  • Readers ask partners for help with tricky parts.

At the dinner table this week try asking your child some questions about their mystery. What strategy are they using to keep track of clues? What text clues help make predictions?  Talking about reading helps both our thinking about reading and our language improve.

Writing: Persuasive Opinion Writing 

Students have chosen persuasive topics they care about and have written drafts to persuade people to encourage people to think like them. They will add evidence and examples to make their persuasive pieces stronger. We will also look at organization for impact.

Math: Module 3: Multiplication and Division with Units of 0, 1, 6–9, and Multiples of 10

Students learn the conventional order for performing operations when parentheses are and are not present in an equation (3.OA.8).  With this knowledge in place, the associative property emerges in the next lessons as a strategy to multiply using units up to 8 (3.OA.5).  Units of 6 and 8 are particularly useful for presenting this Level 3 strategy.  Rewriting 6 as 2 × 3 or 8 as 2 × 4 makes shifts in grouping readily apparent (see example below), and also utilizes familiar factors 2, 3, and 4 as students learn the new material.  The following strategy may be used to solve a problem like 8 × 5:

8 × 5 = (4 × 2) × 5

8 × 5 = 4 × (2 × 5)

8 × 5 = 4 × 10

Unit of Inquiry: Inquirers learn from historical evidence to make better choices. 

This week we will continue to dive into inquiring the following questions,

  • How can I use sources to learning new information?
  • How do environmental changes affect organisms?

Students will research  sources to learn about a biome they are interested in. Students will be encouraged to use the following questions to guide their research.

  • What animals live in the habitat?
  • Do they get food together or alone?
  • How do they survive?
  • What happens to animals that are left alone?
  • What about the environment helps them survive?
  • How have environments changed?