Learning Update and MAP Testing Schedule

MAP Testing Schedule:

Language- Thursday, January 10th at 8am

Reading- Monday, January 14th at 1pm

Math- Tuesday, January 22nd at 1pm

Learning Update:

Mathematicians will be introduced to area. They will use pattern
blocks to tile given polygons without gaps or overlaps to
determine the amount of two-dimensional space is within
a region or shape. By the end of the week, students will begin to
relate total area with multiplication of side lengths.

Readers will ponder the reading goals they have set for themselves and will make new resolutions for their reading lives as well as other academic areas. Readers will begin a new unit on Character Study. This week we will put a strong emphasis on learning a broad range of “Colorful Adjectives” to describe characters in the stories we read. For example, instead of writing “My character is nice.” We will learn to substitute nice for: considerate, thoughtful, caring, etc. This will make us stronger writers as well.

This week we will be launching a new unit of study in writing, persuasive speeches, petitions and editorials.  Students will begin this unit by immersing themselves in the genre and noticing how writers persuade an audience to share their opinion.

We are starting a new unit and Sharing the Planet is the theme. Our central idea is “Organisms adapt to their environment in order to survive.” This week we will do some tuning in activities with the kids getting their minds excited and curious about organisms surviving in their habitats, as well as learning from fossils about past organisms.


Learning Update

Thursday: Books and Cocoa. Students get to wear their pajamas to school!

Friday: ESLR Assembly and early dismissal at 11:30

This is our last week of the unit! We will finish working on our culture quilt that will be sent away and made over Winter break. 

Writers will wrap up the work they have been doing as authors within our open genre unit.  Students will move through the writing process by revising, editing, publishing and celebrating!

Readers will continue to discuss cultural connections they discover in their reading by sharing their discoveries.

Mathematicians will show what they know on our end of module assessment.  We will spend the rest of the week unpacking their assessment by focusing on reteach and enrichment activities.

Be sure to check our child’s seesaw for an amazing spark video highlighting the connection between identity & culture.

As always enjoy a look at our learning in action gallery:

Learning in action gallery

Have a great Holiday


December Calendar

As you noticed more seesaw posts here are a few commenting tips!

Learning in Action- take a look at some of the exciting learning engagements happening in 3A.  Some highlights are: words their way, hour of code, the ongoing creations of our cultural connections to identity, students engrossed in their reading and of course our exciting week of sharing culture.

.    Learning in action gallery

Learning Update

This week, mathematicians will multiply by multiples of ten (3.NBT.3on 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.33.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. 

Request for Tomorrow (Wednesday)

Parents we are needing your help for our current UOI-“Who We Are.” As our central idea is: Communities share diverse cultural experiences and stories; I am needing from you:

1.Three pictures of your child (one baby picture, one of your family, and one of your child doing something he or she loves.) You may choose to have your child bring these photos to class or you may choose to upload them here.

2. Share some stories with your child that he or she can share with us… ideas for stories could be…how your child got their name, a tradition in your family, a moment that reveals something about your culture, or a person in your child’s life that is special to them and has helped shape their identity…


Learning Update

Greetings 3A parents,

On Tuesday, I had the honor of traveling to the American International School of Guangzhou (AISG) as part of the Primary Years Program (PYP) team. The experience confirmed that we are doing great work implementing our PYP program & we now have a few more great ideas to continue our work.

This week, students will continue learning from each other though sharing stories and experiences. Please send in any traditional games or books you have that support your cultural experiences. Even if it’s a book about visiting Vietnam and your child has an American passport, we can talk about how experiences shape our culture.

As readers this week, students will learn that stories are a wonderful way to learn more about different cultures around the world. Students will read to understand that although cultures have many differences, they also share many similarities. Readers will make connections to different cultures. Towards the end of the week, readers will learn a very important reading skill- making inferences.

Making an inference  means to figure out the story’s meaning by activating our own personal experiences, reading “between the lines” and understanding information that is implied, not directly stated.

Writers will continue to plan and start to draft within their ideas that they have generated from last week.  As we are in an open genre unit, ask your child, “what kind of book they are writing?” And “what is the topic?” And “who do you want to read your book to once it is complete?” We will engage in a series of strategy groups around goal setting, organizing our writing, working with partners, and developing spelling strategies.

Mathematicians will focus on three objectives:

Objective 1: Apply the distributive property and the fact 9 = 10 – 1 as a strategy to multiply. 
Objective 2: Identify and use arithmetic patterns to multiply. 
Objective 3: Interpret the unknown in multiplication and division to model and solve problems. 

Learning Update

International Potluck Brunch is Tomorrow!

We are requesting that each child brings a favourite family dish
that represents their culture on the morning of Wednesday, November
21st. Please have your child bring the dish at or before 8:00, when
they arrive at school.

These international experiences relate to our upcoming Unit of

Communities create and share diverse cultural experiences and stories.

As we are starting a new unit this week we want to give a big Thank You to our parents for volunteering to share about your cultures! We’re so excited!

Some guiding questions that will drive our learning are: 

  1. What is culture?
  2. How might we connect and learn through stories?
  3. How can stories influence our lives or our perspectives?
  4. How do we share our cultural experiences?
  5. How can cultural experiences shape our behaviors?

Thank you, again, to the parents that will come in this week to share more about your culture with us! 

Mathematicians will focus on making use of structure to problem solve. Students learn the conventional order for performing operations when parentheses are and are not present in an equation. 

As writers we will embark upon an open genre unit!   Writers will be given the choice of writing within different genres of interest, while using mentor texts to guide them in the decisions they make.  Some of the learning that will be a focus within this unit is:  setting goals, using detail, organization, and conventions. 

As readers we will learn about different cultures through reading stories. We will continue to work on stop and jots and recording our thinking in our own words.

Please enjoy some shots from our learning in action gallery:

International Week in 3A – Starting Monday, Nov 19th

We would love to celebrate international week by having you come share an aspect of your culture with our class. You can choose what you’d like to do but some ideas are tell a story, read a book, craft, video, try some food, show us some traditional clothing, teach us a song, or something else!!!

Please feel free to collaborate with other parents from the same country.

You don’t need to fill the entire hour.

If you need materials prepped, please tell me at least one day in advance.

Thank you for sharing your culture with us!

Sign Up Here

Monday, Nov 19th- 8:10-9:10 am

Tuesday, Nov 20th- 12:40-1:40 pm

Wednesday, Nov 21st- 8:10-9:10 am

Thursday, Nov 22nd- 10:40-11:40 pm

Friday, Nov 23rd- 8:10-9:10 am

Sign Up Here

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