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.

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.


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!