Here is what we are learning..

In reading workshop this week, students will collaborate with their Book Club team to discuss the characters, the character’s “sidekicks” and possible adversaries the character encounters. They will also track the journey of the story- including the adventures and problems the characters encounter by drawing and labeling a “story mountain.”

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

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.

Students will work on learning more about life cycles, inherited and 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.

Upcoming Events…

Here’s what’s coming up:

Today: Report Cards Available after 3:00pm on the Gecko Portal (Schoolbase)

Saturday, Jan. 26- Discover China Day from 12-3pm on the Sports Field

Wednesday, Jan. 30: Three-Way Conferences- If you haven’t signed up, please do so, or send me an email of times other then Wednesday that work for you!

Please note that students only have school on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of next week.  Your child will accompany you to their scheduled Three-Way-Conference time.


Happy New Year!

It is so great to be back together as a school community!

Students will ponder the reading goals they have set for themselves and will make new resolutions for their reading lives as well as their personal lives. 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 delve into this unit by immersing themselves in the genre and noticing how writers persuade an audience to share their opinion.

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.

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.

Please note:  Next Wednesday we have a field trip…permission slips have been sent out and should be returned by this Friday.

What’s going on in 3D this week…

Readers this week will think deeper about using sticky notes to explain their thinking as they read. They will discover new ways to use a sticky note including sketching, revising and writing longer. Later in the week, students will receive a Reading Journal to compile their best sticky notes as well as record a summary of the story.

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?”

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

This week in 3D

As readers this week, we are continuing to raise the level of the thinking we are doing as readers by analyzing our “stop and jots,” and using more detail within them.  We are also concentrating on our partner talks, by using our stop and jots to support the conversations we are having as readers.

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. 

This week within our Unit of Inquiry, we will explore our “Identity.”  Students will think more deeply into “Who they are.”  Your child will produce a SPARK video sharing their findings.

What’s going on in Grade 3

Thank you all for bringing in such a delicious dish from your culture for us to enjoy on Wednesday!

As readers this week we will be going into a new unit where we will be focusing on the thinking and sharing we do as readers.  Students will  notice what makes a deep thought and practice stopping and jotting their thinking as a they read.

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.

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. 

We are starting a new unit this week! Our central idea is “communities create and share diverse cultural experiences and stories.” Thank you to the parents that will come in this week to share more about your culture with us! We will dig deep into family stories and sharing experiences.

Last week in class…

In reader’s workshop last week, students discussed the difference between expository non-fiction and narrative non-fiction. As we researched climate, we are read expository non-fiction. Our readers learned that biographies are an example of narrative non-fiction.

As writers last week, students are continued to draft within their nonfiction books.  They have grown in their awareness more and more by understanding how Nonfiction texts are structured and trying out some of these structures within their own writing.

Last week as mathematicians we continued building estimation skills by rounding.  As the week moved on we began three digit subtraction using the standard algorithm supported by our place value chart.

How do natural events affect the environment? Students have taken time to research about a natural disaster and share out their learning. Students have also collected weather data on a selected city of their choice.


Read below for some new information and reminders coming up: 

Tomorrow: Just a reminder- NO SCHOOL for students

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. Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered to make this a memorable event for our students.