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.

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.