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.