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.


Second Full Week of Grade 2

: In reading, during the week we  formally assessed all third graders’ reading skills. This allowed us to plan instruction to best support and challenge all readers. In the meantime, we will continue working on skills that readers practice when they are building a reading life. Please support your child at home by talking about your reading life and talking about books you and your child read at home. Having conversations about what we read and pausing as we read to do comprehension checks are the main goals this week.

Students were assessed on their spelling and writing skills this week. They are learning how to work through the writing process (prewrite, draft, revise, edit, publish) with an emphasis on revising and drafting.  We are beginning our first Unit of Study, which involves writing personal narratives.  Have a conversation with your child about some of the ideas of stories from their life that they have brainstormed this week.

In Math we have begun exploring the relationship between multiplication and addition.  Your child has divided objects into equal groups to see the addition and multiplication problems they represent.  Your child has also been introduced to seeing equal groups as arrays.

We have begun our first unit of inquiry this week. The central idea is People can collaborate to organize society. The focus this week will be on rights and responsibilities. The theme we will explore is How We Organize Ourselves. 




Suggested Rainy Day Activities…

Reading-Encourage your child to read at home, read to a sibling and be read to.  We have been talking about doing “stop and jots” as readers in class.  Encourage your child to notice their thinking and share it with you!

Writing- We have been generating ideas for personal narrative writing.  Talk with your child about the ideas they have come up with so far and any new ideas they might have.  Thinking about people and places special to them will help your child remember important memories to prepare for writing stories from their life.

Math- We have begun multiplication this week in math.  Encourage your child to find some toys in their room and sort them into equal groups, then think about the addition and multiplication number sentence that would go along with it.

UOI-  We have begun talking about “organization” this week.  Talk with your child about how they organize themselves at home.  Ask…

How is your room organized to help you?

What are some of your responsibilities (jobs) at home?

What routines are important to our family to get us to school on time? To bed?  Homework?

Enjoy your time as a family today!


First full week in Grade 3!

We have had such a great first full week of school together!  Looking back at our week, we have launched Reading, Writing, and Math workshop and we have also started to inquire into our first UOI, Systems and Societies.  We have been focusing on creating a class culture together and have agreed that we need to: be kind, safe, take risks and try our best at all that we do!

Reminder:  Your child will be swimming in PE Tuesdays and Fridays and has library every Friday as well.

Back to school we go!

Welcome to our Grade 3 community here at SIS!  I am thrilled to be working with both you and your child this year!  Your child will experience an amazing year of growth both socially and academically.  Together we will work together to support your child in living their best life!  Here’s to now!