What we are up to this week…

This week, readers are starting a new reading unit, all about mysteries. They will read to identify a mystery and the mystery solvers, identify clues as to how to solve the mystery, and work out who could be suspects and why.  

As writers this week we will focus our attention towards revising, editing and publishing in preparation of sharing our books with others!

Mathematicians will work to find different possible perimeters or areas for rectangles based on information given about the rectangles. They will also:

  1. Construct rectangles from a given number of unit squares and determine the perimeters 
  2. Use a line plot to record the number of rectangles constructed from a given number of unit squares. 
  3. Construct rectangles with a given perimeter using unit squares and determine their areas. 
  4. Use a line plot to record the number of rectangles constructed. 

We will begin our final unit, how we express ourselves. This unit will focus on student interests and allow time for students to research and learn more about their passions. Our central idea and lines of inquiry for this unit are…

An inquiry cycle helps us explore our interests to share with others.

  • 1. There are diverse ways of self-expression
    2. An inquiry cycle supports our exploration
    3. Many strategies can help represent and enhance meaning

This week in Third Grade…

Readers will practice reading with voice, fluency and expression this week as we present our readers theater plays to an audience of peers. We had an amazing time writing our plays, practicing and creating our very creative costumes. Not only have we loved reading this week, but our reading voice is stronger than ever! 

As writers this week, students will begin moving from adapting a Fairy Tale to creating their own.  Writers will take into account all that they have learned as readers of the genre to form an idea and plan, to then begin drafting.  and plan, to then begin  

In Math we are continuing to focus on polygons and their attributes, as well as measuring perimeter and solving word problems.

This week in our current unit of forces and interactions around the world, students will be asked to plan and do an investigation using the qualities of an engineer and scientist they learned about this unit. Students should demonstrate understanding of making a hypothesis, asking a question, working through the stages of the scientific process and an understanding of forces and interactions.  

Wrapping Up Units and Starting New!

We are launching a new literacy unit this week! Readers will begin immersing themselves in fairy tales as well as “fractured” fairy tales, which are twists on our classical tales.  Readers will read many familiar and new fairy tales and discuss the story elements specific to fairy tales. We will have guest readers, including Mrs. Kummerlin and Mr. Sheppard read us their favorite fairy tales.

Writers will use their knowledge and understanding about Fairy Tales to write adapted versions. This week they will explore many Fairy Tales and inquire into the specific writing elements of Fairy Tales. We encourage you to share with your child your knowledge about Fairy Tales in your own culture.  

This week mathematicians will measure different items and create a line plot. They will also have to analyze the data given and answer questions about the information provided. 

This week is an exciting one! Students will design a model to support an egg being dropped off the building. We will focus on the design process and thinking like an engineer. Students will use qualities such as observing, collecting data, making predictions and testing prototypes. It’s great fun and the kids learn a lot through the process.  

What we are up to…

As readers this week, we will begin working with a new book club team to come up with topic for our Narrative Non-Fiction writing piece. We will read and study an assortment of books the topic of our choice. Then we will decide on a research job for each of our group members and practice reading and writing like an expert. Finally, we will practice synthesizing (or sharing) the information we each read about.  All of the information we gather about the topic will be incorporated into our Narrative Non-Fiction books.  

As writers this week, we will head into the planning around our topic in preparation for writing Literary Nonfiction books.  Your child has chosen a topic of interest that they already have a little background knowledge of and will do research to find out more.  We will also use mentor authors to guide us in our decisions as writers in planning how we want our books to go!  Ask your child about the topic they have chosen for their book…  

As mathematicians move forward this week they will begin to work with number lines that have endpoints other than 0 and 1. Then, Students will gain an understanding that a fraction must be the same size but may not always have the same shape.

Students will begin talking about and sharing their ideas for taking action. After learning about different endangered animals, we’ve learned a lot of different environmental changes. Students will now develop an action plan. 

What 3D is Learning…

In reading workshop this week, readers will take a long look at the characters in their books and compare and contrast the similarities and differences in their personalities. Students will gather text evidence to have a mini-debate about their characters.

Writers will be wrapping up their learning around persuasive writing.  We will go through the revising, editing and publishing process to prepare our speeches to share with others.  Next week we will launch new learning around Literary Non-fiction!

Mathematicians will begin by comparing unit fractions. Using real-life examples and area models, students understand that, when comparing fractions, the whole must be the same size. Finally, students learn that redefining the whole can change the unit fraction that describes the shaded part.

Students are digging deeper into the “why” animals are endangered and how living things effect the environment. They will gather information and put it together to share out with their peers.

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.