Reading Biographies

Today, during Writer’s Workshop, 3A learners described the person of the biography they were reading, their appearance and their character traits. They also payed special attention to the relationships that happened during the person’s life and how they affected that person. For the example, in the case of Philo Farnsworth, the boy who invented TV, his father inspired him to question things and solve problems by teaching him about Alexander Graham Bell and Tomas Edison.


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Literature Circles. Summarizer

During Writer’s Workshop we launched a new unit of study, literature circles. Students are starting to discover different “jobs” they will have to do while being part of literature circles.

This morning, grade 3 students learned what does a Summarizer do.

Tonight, for homework, your child has to read a short passage called “A Bad Move” and write a short paragraph that includes the main events from the beginning, middle and end of the assigned reading.

Thanks for supporting your child.



Literature Circles

This week, during reader’s workshop, students got together and started sharing their thoughts based on a “job” they worked on after reading a book of their choice. Every student in the same group or circle read the same book.

It was great to see how well prepared were learners for their literature circles already on their first day of sharing.

The aim is to have them listening to each other and asking thoughtful questions, so the conversations last longer.

Below you can see the different jobs and some pictures of some students while having nice conversations about their books.

The rubric and self-assessment in their literature circle folders that they will bring home each night indicate what will be assessed this unit as a part of their literacy and speaking & listening grades this trimester.


Mystery Readers Read for Clues

On Tuesday we launched our “Mystery Book Clubs” unit playing a mystery game. Students were given a character in the game with clues to work out the mystery.
After reading their character cards and memorizing the information, detectives asked each other questions to collect information to solve the case. Finally we all gathered together to discuss who they thought was the criminal, and they solved the mystery.



This unit has new vocabulary, mystery vocabulary, and today 3A detectives started giving their own definitions of the word witness.
They also had to write down synonyms of the new word, draw a picture and use it in a sentence. Finally they got to share their ideas with their vocabulary partners
Please support them as they might ask you synonyms of the upcoming mystery words in your home language.











Using Context Clues in NonFiction

This morning, during Readers Workshop, students learned four strategies to determine the meaning of tricky words.

Please ask your child when you read with them at home, what new words they’ve learned while reading informational books, and which of the four strategies they used to figure out the meaning.
Click on the link to learn more about using context clues in nonfiction and look at the anchor chart below












Reading Nonfiction

Last Monday we launched our nonfiction reading unit.
Students have been writing a couple of reading goals they would like to achieve before we finish this unit. Please ask your child about their reading goal to help them think about it also at home and to be successful.

In addition, here are some great resources to help your child engage in reading nonfiction.

News-O-Matic – Five daily stories covering U.S. and international news, sports, arts, science, and more. There is an app version with audio playback of complete articles via a Read-to-Me function. It also includes definitions and pronunciation support for difficult words.

Newsela – Register for free for unlimited access to articles. Use the magnifying glass icon to search for articles by grade level. See an example here.

Tumblebooks – Our school has a subscription to this site (check the Parent Portal) Click on Nonfiction for a variety of texts that can be read aloud to students.











Reading Fairy Tales with our Reading Buddies

Last week we read fairy tales with our kindergarten buddies.
Mrs. Edward read the Three Billy Goats Gruff to all of us. This is one of the books we are using for our writers workshop, where we are learning how to retell fairy tales.

Then we kept reading and enjoying classic and retold fairy tales with our buddies, stoping, thinking, and jotting ideas.







How to Keep Book Talk Going

This morning 3A students learned that one thing good readers do is talk about their books. Good readers learn form each other by sharing their ideas and their thinking, so third graders were challenged to turn and talk trying to respond to their partner’s ideas instead of just telling their own ideas.

Please take a look at the anchor chart below so you can practice at home with your child. Make sure you do it after he reads 15 or 20 minutes and thinks about what he would like to share with you.


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