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!

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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

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Climate Fair Invite & Learning Update

We are in our final week of “where we are in time and place” unit! Please join us for our climate fair on Wednesday. 3A & 3B will be at level 5 from 8:00-8:30 and 3C & 3D will be there from 8:30-9:00. The lines of inquiry this unit are listed below. Please look for learning in these areas and ask questions about these topics listed.

  1. Difference between weather and climate (CHANGE, FORM)
  2. Types of climates (FORM)
  3. How people are affected by natural hazards (CAUSATION)

Mathematicians will begin by revisiting the commutative property, and studying familiar facts from previous learning 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. 

Writers will be wrapping up the learning they have been doing within writing Nonfiction books this week.  They will choose a book they have written within the unit and revise, edit and publish to share with an audience.  

We have one more week of non fiction reading before we begin our next unit. Readers are working on stop and jots and recording their thinking in their own words.

Learning in Action

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.