Learning Update

Class Photo Friday, November 9th at 8am- Children are to wear SIS Polo or PE shirt and grey or black bottoms.


3A is making a push to help all learners memorize their multiplication facts.  Please help by asking your child which factors they are working on and how they learn best. Encourage them by making it fun and perhaps setting a family challenge.

Reading &  Writing:

In reader’s workshop this week, students will focus on text features and how they help us learn. They will then decide how they can best use text features in their writing to help present their information. Writer’s will create a book answering research questions about climate, weather and natural hazards.


Module 3 extends the study of factors to include all units from 0 to 10. This allows students to build fluency with facts involving a particular unit before moving on. We will begin by revisiting the commutative property. Students study familiar facts from Module 1 to identify known facts using units of 6, 7, 8, and 9. They realize that they already know more than half of their facts by recognizing, for example, that if they know 2 × 8, they also know 8 × 2 through commutativity. This begins a study of arithmetic patterns that becomes an increasingly prominent theme.

Unit of Inquiry:

Students will be preparing for a celebration of their learning through our “climate fair” next week. They will be choosing from a menu of options how to demonstrate their learning from our current climate unit. Parents, you are invited to celebrate our student’s learning next week on Wednesday (mark your calendars & more details to come). This week our 3A inquirers will work hard at questioning, researching and creating something to share.

Learning Update

Wednesday, Oct. 31: Halloween Celebration- Come dressed up in your favourite costume! Please no masks or weapons. Your child may also bring a change of clothes to wear after our celebration.

Math: This week mathematicians will continue building their estimation skills by rounding.  As the week moves on we will begin three digit subtraction using the standard algorithm supported by our place value chart.

Reading: In reader’s workshop this week, students will discuss the difference between expository non-fiction and narrative non-fiction. As research on climate, we are reading expository non-fiction. This week, our readers will learn that biographies are an example of narrative non-fiction. Students will choose an interesting person or hero to research and summarize his/her life and create a timeline. Towards the end of the week, we will revisit skills to uncover difficult words in a text.

Writing: This week writers will continue creating non-fiction writing to inform their readers.  We will focus on text features making it easier for readers to learn, and interesting ways to present their researched information.

UOI: “We adapt to the climate we live in” Connection: How do natural events affect the environment? Students will take time to research about a natural disaster and share out their learning. Students will also collect weather data on a selected city of their choice.

Take a peek at some of our math language:

Enjoy a few photos of learning in action gallery: 


Lerning Update


  • There is a teacher development day on Friday, October 26th so students do not come to school.
  • For our Halloween festivities next Wed 31st Oct please avoid weapons & full face masks per school expectations. 

As informational text readers this week, students will analyze the author’s ideas and discuss their own opinion against the author of the book. Towards the end of the week, readers will learn to lift the level of their conversations when discussing with their reading partner. They will learn the qualities of a great conversation, which include: the conversation stays on interesting topics, the listener asks questions, and new ideas come up in the conversation. 

As writers this week, students will continue drafting within nonfiction.  As they read more and more Nonfiction texts, they are becoming experts in how to write within the genre.  Students will begin to make connections across chapters, balance facts and ideas, research facts for accuracy and revise as they go.

This week mathematicians will show what they know on a mid-module assessment allowing us to individualize their instruction & continue the learning journey.  As the week continues we will focus on rounding to the nearest ten and hundred.  We will begin with hands-on experiences and then more to using a number line to support their understand of rounding. 

Students will focus on different climates of the world. They will research and learn what the major climates of the world are and how we adapt to live in each climate. There has been a change to our central idea, “We adapt to the climate we live in.”

Take a look at our Learning in Action gallery and use it to spark conversation with your child about our amazing learning experiences.

Learning Update


  • If you have an old analog wrist watch that you are comfortable with sending to school, it would be very helpful as we start focusing on time. No need for a working battery.


This week mathematicians work on telling time and solving problems related to elapsed time.  We will also cover Place Value and Problem-Solving with Units of Measure.


In reading workshop this week, students will look deeper into analyzing text features and learn how to teach facts in to their peers in an interesting way. Towards the end of the week, readers will set nonfiction reading goals for themselves, focusing on becoming stronger readers for understanding.


As informational writers, we will begin using 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, micro stories, to leave our readers thinking.

Towards the end of the week, we will begin organizing our chapters, experimenting with different structures, and using a checklist to help us revise as we go.  Your child will also look to other authors and use them as mentors to elaborate within each of their chapters.

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.

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.

Learning Update

Class Assembly:

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. We will begin organizing the information we will be sharing.  Please note note, you are invited to join our celebration of learning at our assembly on Friday, October 12th at 8:15.


In reading this week, our learners will discuss deeper ways to discover the meaning of text by uncovering context clues and figurative language while thinking harder about questions they have as they read. Towards the end of the week, readers will discover that the author of the book has a very specific purpose for writing the text.


We are wrapping up our first unit of study this week, which has focused around personal narratives.  This genre has given all of us as a classroom and writing community more of an opportunity to learn about each other by sharing stories from our lives.  As writers, we have moved through the writing process and will focus on editing and publishing this week.  Each child will publish one story that they have chosen to take through the writing process and share with others.   


This week mathematicians will be applying the distributive property to create friendly numbers & solve two-step word problems involving multiplication and division. 

Unit of Inquiry:

This is our final week for this unit! Students will end the unit with a design challenge! They will reflect on their responsibilities, decision making, collaboration and organization. It should be fun and interesting to see how the kids have grown in these areas!

Thanks for a great day of conferences!

It was a real pleasure to talk with each of you at our conferences.  I really enjoy celebrating our hard work and looking at next steps.  The insight you provide me about your child goes a long way in helping us provide the best educational experience possible.

Here are a few documents that you might find useful from our conferences (you can also find these under the “Resources” tab of our blog):


SIS Library Resources & Tumble Books



Use this resource to help find good fit books for your child.

*Note: the “Quick Search” option if you would like to check a books Lexile Level compared to your MAP data.

Another Student Driven way to select books includes our iPick Method.

Reading Log

Greetings Parents. This reading log will occasionally be sent home as homework, and I’d like to share it with you here. Please use this reading log if you would like your child to record their thoughts about reading more often.  If you do encourage your child to complete any “above & beyond” (extra credit) Reading Logs, I would love to see them so I can help your child celebrate their hard work.

40 Great Reflection Questions About School

Use these open ended and specific questions to get your child talking intelligently about what they are learning at school.

Reading Home Tracker

Please use this sheet to celebrate the daily reading and conversations that come from sharing our reading.

Learning Update

Please remember, no school on Wednesday for parent teacher conference day. No school for students on Friday because it is a professional learning day for teachers. No school Monday for Mid Autumn Festival.

In reading workshop this week, readers tackle a very important word: GRIT. They will learn that to have reading grit, they never give up when they come to a difficult word. We will learn and implement different reading strategies to figure out difficult words including: chunking the word, thinking about the context, and trying out different sounds. 

As writers we are continuing to write stories from their life with a focus on revising this week.  Students will be asked to reread their stories and notice ways in which they can make their writing stronger for their reader. 

As mathematicians we will be using the distributive property as a strategy to break down more challenging problems into smaller factors.  We will also model the relationship between multiplication and division.

By the end of the week third grade students will deepen their understanding of skip counting, distributive property, commutative property, arrays, number bonds, and tape diagrams.

This week students will explore different reading material that are about rights and responsibilities. They will also take action and organize a part of the classroom and reflect on their decision making process.

A look back at our learning in action gallery:

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