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.

Reminders:

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.

This week in class…

As informational text readers this week, students will analyze the author’s ideas and discuss their own opinion against the author of the book. Towards the end of the week, readers will learn to lift the level of their conversations with their reading partner. They will learn the qualities of a great conversation, which include: the conversation stays on interesting topics, the listener asks questions, and new ideas come up in the conversation.

As writers this week, students will continue drafting within nonfiction.  As they read more and more Nonfiction texts, they are becoming experts in how to write within the genre.  Students will begin to make connections across chapters, balance facts and ideas, research facts for accuracy and revise as they go.

This week mathematicians will show what they know on a mid-module assessment allowing us to individualize their instruction & continue the learning journey.  As the week continues we will focus on rounding to the nearest ten and hundred.  We will begin with hands-on experiences and then more to using a number line to support their understand of rounding.

Students will focus on different climates of the world. They will research and learn what the major climates of the world are and how we adapt to live in each climate. There has been a change to our central idea, “We adapt to the climate we live in.”

What’s happening this week…

In reading workshop this week, students will look deeper into analyzing text features and learn how to teach facts in to their peers in an interesting way. Towards the end of the week, readers will set nonfiction reading goals for themselves, focusing on becoming stronger readers for understanding.

As writers this week, we will delve deeper as nonfiction writers by organizing our chapters, experimenting with different stuctures, and using a checklist to help us revise as we go.  Your child will also look to other authors and use them as mentors to ellaborate within each of their chapters.  Talk with your child about the book they are writing and the choices they are making as nonfiction authors!

This week mathematicians will cover Place Value and Problem-Solving with Units of Measurement.

This week students will look at two main questions, what is climate? and what is weather? Opportunities to research in books and online will be provided this week. The skill of reading, understanding and sharing in their own words will practiced. If any parents are weather or climate experts, please reach out to any of the third grade teachers as we’d love to have you come in and share your knowledge. 

Hope to see you at Family Movie Night this Saturday!

Feels like Fall…

We have had a great week back to school following our Fall break of delving into new Units of Study!

As readers this week, we couldn’t wait to begin devouring non-fiction texts during our workshop time. Within our new unit…First, we’ll learn that non-fictions readers really rev up their minds before reading, they think “What sort of text is this? Is it a narrative, expository, a hybrid?” Then we notice text features like titles, subtitles, photos, subtopics. Once we know for sure it’s a non-fiction text that’s just-right for us, we dig even deeper. We read for understanding. We find the main idea and find clues the author leaves as supporting evidence to give us more details to support the main idea. After we learn lots of interesting facts this week, we will share them with our classmates!

As writers’ as well, we are also exploring Nonfiction through authors eyes.  We have begun immersing ourselves into the genre by studying what we know authors do and used to teach their audience.  We have begun the writing process by thinking of topics that we are experts in and starting to make a plan for what we will teach our reader.

As mathematicians will be transitioning to module 2 which uses place value to unify measurement, rounding skills, and the standard algorithms for addition and subtraction.  The module begins with plenty of hands-on experience using a variety of tools to build practical measurement skills and conceptual understanding of metric and time units.  Estimation naturally surfaces through application; this transitions students into rounding.  In the module’s final topics students round to assess whether or not their solutions to problems solved using the standard algorithms are reasonable.

We are starting a new unit of inquiry around “Where we are in Place and Time.” The central idea is The change of climate affects our lives.  Students will inquire into changes in climate, types of climate and natural disasters. This week, there will be a focus on student questioning and tuning into the new content.