Our last week of Sept.

It was such a pleasure getting to see you all last week during Parent/Teacher conferences and talk about your amazing child, the growth they are displaying so far, and their future goals for the year!  Thanks again to all of you who donated to our class library, by purchasing a book for the book fair!

In reading this week, our learners will discuss deeper ways to discover the meaning of text by uncovering context clues, figurative language while thinking harder about questions they have as they read. Towards the end of the week, readers will discover that the author of the book has a very specific purpose for writing the text.

We are wrapping up our first unit of study this week as writers, which has focused around personal narratives.  This genre has given all of us as a classroom and writing community more of an opportunity to learn about eachother by sharing stories from our lives.  As writers, we have moved through the writing process and will focus on editing and publishing this week.  Each child will publish one story that they have chosen to take through the writing process and share with others.

This week mathematicians will be applying the distributive property to create friendly numbers & solve two-step word problems involving multiplication and division.

This is our final week for this unit in our UOI! Students will end the unit with a design challenge! They will reflect on their responsibilities, decision making, collaboration and organization. It should be fun and interesting to see how the kids have grown in these areas!

This week…

As readers we are really getting deep into the “meat” of reading- understanding what we read. We began the week by focusing on retelling a story using the characters, setting, problem and solution to get to the heart of the story. We reviewed characters in stories and discussed their personality traits. We also connected our learned to our background knowledge by making and sharing text-to-text, text-to-self and text-to-world connections. These comprehension strategies will be instrumental in building our reading lives!

As writers this week we will continue our learning in writing personal narratives, while moving through the writing process with greater independence.  This weeks focus will be on using mentor authors to guide the choices we make in our words and pictures within our own books.  We will also highlight the importance of getting to the heart of your story by zooming in on the most important part and stretching it out.  We will also delve into paragraphing.

As mathematicians we will assess our progress in understanding of the following concepts:

  • Using the array model and familiar skip counting strategies to solidify understanding of multiplication
  • Becoming fluent with arithmetic patterns to “add” and “subtract” groups to solve multiplication and division problems
  • Develop understanding of the break apart strategy (distributive property)

Then, as the week progresses we will begin to use tape diagrams to solve word problems. A tape diagram is a model that students draw in order to help visualize the relationships between quantities.

Lastly, within in our UOI this week we will continue to look at collaboration, decision making, responsibilities and how we organize ourselves. Students will reflect on their characters in their independent reading and discuss what types of decisions they are making and what kinds of responsibilities they have. A design challenge will happen this week with a focus on collaboration and decision making. 

Staying Busy in Grade 3!

Our community and routines are coming together more and more each week!

As readers this week, we have discussed the importance of thinking while reading and have worked on conversation starters for having book talks.  We have also focused on making predictions and retelling books with detail.

Writers have continued to move through the writing process within personal narratives.   They are planning their story by storytelling, choosing just right paper and beginning to draw and write their story from their life.  Mentor authors are helping to guide us as a writing community in the choices we make in our own writing.

In Math, students have continued to develop their understanding of how repeated addition, arrays, and creating sets help in understanding multiplication.  In addition, we have begun to explore how repeated subtraction, equal shares, and equal groups help in understanding division.  

Lastly, within our UOI this week, students have looked at what their responsibilities in our classroom community are and how those responsibilities support the organization of our classroom. They have explored designing their own school where they are the lead decision maker. Discussions of types of decisions that are made and how they affect our organization have been had as a class.

The questions that are driving our learning within this unit of inquiry are:

What is our responsibility as children?

What are ways we organize ourselves?

How do we make decisions? 

These are great conversation starters to have with your child at home.  Talking about their responsibilities at home will help your child to connect to the learning they are doing in class.