Learning Update

Students will work on learning more about life cycles, inherited traits, behavioral traits and how animals survive. They are choosing their own animal to research and they will create a poster to present their learning to the class. 

Mathematicians will apply their knowledge of area with an emphasis on real-world applications by solving word problems. The word problems provide a stepping-stone for the real-world, project-based application of area. 

Writers will continue to move through the writing process, working on their persuasive speeches.   Students will draw attention to editing strategies such as “edit as they go!”  This involves growing in their awareness around using capitalization, punctuation, spelling and grammar choices.  

In reading we will be focusing on how primary and secondary characters interact and feel their character feel on the inside vs. how they feel on the outside. We are also focusing on predictions, summarizing and asking questions.

Learning Update

Greetings Parents,

We are looking forward to this weeks field trip on Wednesday

On the day of the trip, all children will need a:

• SIS Uniform
• Backpack they can carry independently
• Snack and a packed lunch (one that does not need to be heated) • Water bottle / enough water for the full day

Be on the lookout for seesaw posts & please ask your child to share what they are learning in math.  Most days they bring home some kind of practice in their math folder.

Mathematicians will continue their work with area by moving on to working with arithmetic properties. Students will apply knowledge of the distributive property from Modules 1 and 3 to find area.

In readers workshop this week, readers will continue to look deeper into the development of character. First, they will notice patterns in the characters’ behavior, analyzing the strong traits of the character. Using what they know about their character, they will discuss WHY the character behaves the way they do. Towards the end of the week, readers will make predictions about character using evidence they have gathered about their character.

Writers will be busy drafting persuasive arguments within a topic that they feel passionate about.  We are continuing to generate ideas and plan our reasons in order to justify our thesis statement. Students will use a checklist to help them work with independence.  They will also learn more about when to start a new paragraph and how to talk with an audience.

This week students will work on a mini research project. They will choose an animal and look into the animals habitat. Students will research these three questions:

  1. What are 3 ways the animal uses surroundings for survival?
  2. What is the food chain for this animal to survive?
  3. How do humans interact with the habitat?
Take a look at our learning in action gallery to get view of what’s happening in class:

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…