Learning Update – March 5th


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. This anchor chart contains the type of vocabulary that we will be using:


This week, writers will plan and draft their own fractured 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.


In this next topic with fractions, students practice comparing unit fractions, specifying the whole and labeling fractions in relation to the number of equal parts in that whole.

Unit of Inquiry

This week, scientists will transition from thinking about how life cycles are diverse to learning that living things share traits with their parents.  We will continue to learn about how organisms adopt to their environment.

Learning Update Feb 26- Mar 2

Welcome back, I hope everyone had a wonderful Chinese New Year!

Upcoming Events: 

March 2: Elementary Assembly

March 12-16: Book Week

March 16: 2nd Trimester Report Cards Posted

What We’re Learning…

Reading: Fairytales

We will continue to dive into character traits with making a connection to our Unit of Inquiry.  Students will create visuals that express their fairytale characters acquired traits (physical) and their learned traits (internal/personality). We will also begin to compare and contrast different fairytales using our Brain Frames.

Writing: Original Fairytales

We are entering Bend 3 in our Fairytale units.  Students are completing their adapted fairytales.  Then, they will create an audiobook on our Book Creator App and post it to their Seesaw Accounts.  Please check out your child’s fairytale and give meaningful feedback to your child!

In Bend 3 students will use all we have learned about fairytales to write an original fairytale. Their fairytales should include characters with internal traits and wants, magical elements, a problem, and a resolution. Our mini lessons this week will focus on grammar, particularly compound and complex sentences, vivid verbs, adjectives that show not tell, and no excuse spelling words for 3rd graders.  These grammar lessons will help students enhance their writing craft.

Math: Fractions

Students will practice ordering fractions on a number line which will lead to their understanding of comparing fractions. Students will work to apply strategies that help them justify their comparisons. We will also look at equivalent fractions and how they have the same values, but not necessarily the same shape.


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

Students will use their scientist skills to collect data and infer which traits are inherited or acquired, create a new species of “monsters” from traits passed down, and learn more about heredity. They will rank the most important traits for survival and will justify their reasoning. In the later part of the week we will inquire about how adaptations help organisms survive. Students will learn first hand how species’ populations rise and fall through a simulation.

Learning Update: Feb12-14

Important Dates: 

Chinese New Year Holiday: February 15-February 23 (no school)

March 2nd: Elementary Assembly

March 16th: 2nd Trimester Report Cards Posted

Reading Log Due: the week of February 26th

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Reading and Writing: Character Traits and Fairytales 

In Reading students are learning how to identify character traits based on their characters’ actions, dialogue, and thoughts. Character traits are not always given by the author, sometimes as readers we have to infer what traits a character has by how they act or by their behavior. Students are also using their knowledge of story structure to help make predictions in their reading.  This week we will meet in groups to have book talks about the fairytales we are reading.

In Writing students are working to publish their fractured fairytale. Students made a small change to either The Three Billy Goats Gruff or Little Red Riding Hood and then had to make a cascade of changes as a result of their change.


Students transfer their work to the number line in this next topic.  They begin by using the interval from 0 to 1 as the whole.  Continuing beyond the first interval, they partition, place, count, and compare fractions on the number line.

Unit of Inquiry: 

Students investigate our second line of inquiry for this Unit of Inquiry, “Living things share traits with their parents.” We will learn how many characteristics of organisms are inherited from their parents. As well as, how other characteristics result from individuals’ interactions with the environment, which can range from diet to learning. Many characteristics involve both inheritance and environment.

Reading Log

You are welcome to use the “Stop & Jot Options” sheet below to help your child think critically about their reading.  The sheet also includes conversation prompts to help them develop their communication skills and a planner to keep track of their reading goals.  I recommend posting this sheet on the refrigerator & helping your child celebrate their daily reading progress after your quick discussion on what they read that evening.