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Multiplication Magicians, Super Summarisers and Crazy for Quilting!

Reading Workshop

          As readers this week, we thought deeper about using sticky notes to explain our thinking as we read. We discovered new ways to use a sticky note including sketching, revising and writing longer. Towards the end of the week we learned the difference between retelling and summarising. 

Retelling is when you use the author’s words to tell what happened in detail.

Summarising is when you highlight the most important parts and use your own words. 

         Next week, we will receive a Reading Journal to compile our best sticky notes as well as record our summaries, predictions, and thoughts we have on the books we read. The picture below shows us teaching our KC buddies how we use sticky notes to record our thinking: 

Writing Workshop

         As writers this week, we continued to moving through the writing process in our personal stories. In connection to our UOI, we are writing a personal story about a conflict we had and how we solved it. We focused on organisation within our paragraphs and sentences this week as well as using mentor texts to improve our craft.

Math Workshop

         As mathematicians, we used hands-on tools to focus on identifying and using arithmetic patterns to multiply as well as interpreting the unknown in multiplication and division to model and solve problems. Using the tools to represent a number makes it easier for us to understand and work out our problems. 

Unit of Inquiry: Who We Are 

   Central Idea: Communities create and share diverse cultural experiences and stories.

            This week we worked on our “Culture Quilts” to represent who we are and what we represent. Just look how beautiful they are turning out! When we are done drawing on our piece of fabric, it will be made into a real quilt over the Winter Break!

Today, we will come home and ask our parents to share stories about your past. The 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.

          Thank you! To the students who have sent in an item for our “Culture Museum” It’s really coming along. If you haven’t sent them in yet, it’s not too late! Next week is ok, too. 

Some ideas are:

-Traditional games

-Musical instrument 

-Decorative object

-Photos of objects 

-Photos of family in traditional dress

-Photos of a traditional celebration

-Clothes that represent your culture

Thank you for your constant support!

~Ms. Edwards 


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Math Coaches, Culture Experts and Amazing Inferrers!


As readers this week, students learned that stories are a wonderful way to learn more about different cultures around the world. Students read to understand that although cultures have many differences, they also share many similarities. Readers will make connections to different cultures. Towards the end of the week, readers will learn a very important reading sill- making inferences.

Making an inference means to figure out the story’s meaning by activating our own personal experiences, reading “between the lines” and understanding information that is implied, not directly stated.

Writers continued to plan and start to draft 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.


As mathematicians, we focused three objectives this week: 

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.

As you can see from the picture below, one strategy we like to use is to check our work with a classmate. This can help us notice our mistakes as well as give us the opportunity to coach (or teach) others to understand.

Unit of Inquiry: 

Central Idea: Communities Create & Share Diverse Cultural experiences and stories.  

This week, students continued to learn from each other though sharing stories and reading about cultural experiences. In the pictures below, you can see how we have connected important key concepts from this unit to our own lives. 

Before Next Friday: Please send in any traditional games, old family photos, or books you have that support your cultural experiences. We will create a  “3B Culture Museum”. Even if it’s a book about visiting Vietnam or an expired passport, we can talk about how our experiences have shaped our own culture and identity. We ask that each child try to bring in at least one artifact for our “Culture Museum” before Friday, Dec. 7th. The objects will be kept safe at school and sent home the following week. 

Thank you! 

Social/Emotional Learning: Internet Safety with Mr. Bywater

On Wednesday, Mr. Bywater taught an amazing lesson on how we can keep safe on the internet. Just read the responses below on what we should do if we notice something inappropriate pop up on our device:

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Global Citizens, Decision Makers and Super Skip Counters!


As readers this week, we learned that reading about new and interesting cultures is a wonderful way to understand immerse ourselves in our new Unit of Inquiry: Communities create and share diverse cultural experiences and stories. In reading workshop, we conducted a “book hunt” in our classroom library to find books that teach about cultures. With these books we made connections, predictions and shared our ideas and inferences with our peers.  As writers we will embarked upon an open genre unit! In writing workshop, we were given the choice of writing within different genres of interest, while using mentor texts to guide us in the decisions we made.  Some of the learning that will be a focus within this unit is:  setting goals, using detail, organisation, and conventions.


As Mathematicians this week, we focused on making the use of structure to problem solve. We learned the conventional order for performing operations when parentheses are and are not present in an equation.  We continued to practice learning multiplication through skip counting. We are getting very fast at skip counting through 7’s during math workshop!

 Unit of Inquiry: Who We Are  

Central Idea: Communities Create & Share Diverse Cultural experiences & Stories  

We had an amazing launch to our new UOI this week! Our central idea is “Communities create and share diverse cultural experiences and stories.” Thank you to our fabulous parents who came in this week to share more about your culture with us! Next week, we will dig deep into family stories and sharing experiences.

On Monday, Ammy’s and Ryan’s parents taught us the very interesting history and origin of the ancient Chinese kite. Did you know kites were invented by the Chinese to send messages during war? After their very educational lesson, we got to make our very own authentic kite to bring home!

On Tuesday, Liam’s mum, Ms. Hamley taught us so much about the culture in New Zealand. She taught us the special Maori embrace, called a “Hongi.”  She taught us about the All Blacks team and the haka dance and why New Zealanders call themselves “Kiwi’s”  Then we got to try some delicious fairy bread and marmite toast!

On Wednesday, Jacob’s mom and Sally’s parents taught us the history of the Korean Language. We learned it’s quite simple to learn with only 24 characters. Then we learned how to write our own names in Korean! 

On Thursday, Jun’s mom and Serina’s mom taught us a fun and delicious way to make Somen noodles. You must run the noodles through a water maze and be the first one to pull them out with chopsticks, then you add the noodles to a delicious sauce. It was very tricky, but the taste was worth the effort! Jun’s mom was so kind to let Ms. Edwards wear an authentic Japanese Kimono for the lesson. Thank you! 

On Friday, we began the day with a wonderful International Day Parade with all of the SIS Students. Mei Mei was so brave to stand up in front of the school and share what 3B Thinks what it means to be globally minded, which was the following statement: 

“3B Students are globally minded because we understand that even though we come from diverse cultures…

We still live

We still think 

We still feel 

In many of the same ways. This connects all of us.”

After the parade, Milosz’s mom taught us all about Poland including the dancing, the gorgeous landscape, the history and the delicious food- she brought us a delicious apple strudel cake to enjoy!

Here are some pictures of our International Potluck from Wednesday, what an incredible week of  learning, culture and fun! Thank you 3B parents for your outpouring of kindness and support! 

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Kids for Kindness, Team Players and Climate Experts!


In the beginning of the week, we up the research portion our  their climate fair project. Towards the end of the week, we recalled what we’ve learned about making predictions, connections and making our thinking visible as we read.

As writers this week, we be wrapped up the learning we have been doing within writing nonfiction books.  Then we chose our best book written within the unit and revised, edited and published to share with the school at the Climate Fair.


As mathematicians, we began by revisiting the commutative property, and studying familiar facts from previous learning to identify known facts using units of 6, 7, 8, and 9. We realised that we already know more than half of our facts through recognition, for example, that if we know 2 × 8, we also know 8 × 2 through commutativity.

Unit of Inquiry: Where We are in Place and Time

Central Idea: We Adapt to the Climate we Live in 

This was our final week of our Where We are in Place and Time” unit! It was incredible to share our learning, through books, eBooks, posters and green screen presentations. Not only did we have a wonderful with our parents, but we also got to show off our Climate Fair with many SIS students, teachers and administrators. Thank you for your support, everyone in our SIS Community! 

Social/Emotional Growth: Kindness “Week” in 3B

This was a wonderful week of “Bucket Filling” for our class. Rather than focusing on kindness for only one SIS Spirit Day, we felt inspired to continue the kindness by writing notes for our friends and dropping it in their “Kindness Box” (or envelope). The kindness bingo game we played really motivated us to write notes to the people who help us everyday, including Mr. Kanabar, Mrs. K, Mr. B, Mr. Elliot, Ms. Shepherd, Ms. Hobbs, Ms. Ballesteros, Mrs. Livingston, Mr. Bywater, Ms. Hamley and Ms. Jane in the cafeteria!

Team Players: The Golden Sneaker Winners! 

Due to our excellent collaboration and sportsmanship, we were awarded an extra PE Lesson from Mr. Elliot. We had so much fun playing a game with him. Thanks, Mr. Elliot.

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Creators, Problem Solvers and Researchers!


As Readers and Writers this week, we were researchers by choosing a topic of interest from our UOI and using both books and online sources to gather information. We learned the importance of giving credit to our sources and putting information into our own words.  As readers and writers of Nonfiction, we are preparing to publish a book that we have written within the unit. We are looking forward to sharing our book and our presentation with our parents next week at our Climate Fair! 


Ms. Edwards has adjusted how the “Weekly RAZ Kids” winners are chosen- now that we’ve all had the opportunity for a weekly win, Ms. Edwards will make it a bit more challenging- whoever can complete ONE LEVEL will win for the week. How many winners will we have next week?!



As mathematicians, we continued building our estimation skills by rounding. We finished up this math unit compiling all we have learned into vocabulary word wall and taking an assessment. We are looking forward beginning Module 3 next week! In this unit, we will dive deeper into multiplication and division and begin to memorise multiplication facts- now that we understand their meaning!

Unit of Inquiry: Where We are in Place and Time

Central Idea: We Adapt to the Climate we Live in 

We worked so hard for the climate fair next week. We choose from a menu of options how to demonstrate our learning from our UOI. Our presentations include lots of questioning, researching and creating something to share. We are having fun learning about how to make a movie using Green Screen and making dioramas! We will share our project/presentation next week at our Climate Fair.

Social/Emotional- Problem Solving with Mr. Bywater 

Mr. Bywater has been working hard with us in understanding how we can solve problems on our own. He taught us about Kelso the Frog, and how we can think about a good choice to make when we have a problem.

We learned there are two kinds of problems. Big problems and Small problems:

We know a big problem is when we feel scared or worried. A big problem can be solved by a “big person” (or an adult). That’s when we need to get a teacher or a parent immediately.  If something dangerous is happening, like someone is throwing rocks, or someone is hurt- that’s a big problem.

We learned a small problem is when we feel angry or annoyed. That’s when “small people” or we, as kids, can solve the problem for ourselves. For example, if someone takes our place on the carpet, or won’t share with us- that’s a problem we can solve by ourselves.


Class Community- We are Bucket Fillers! 

With the addition of our new friend, Miranda, Ms. Edwards thought it would be great to remind everyone about bucket filling. First, we re-read “Have You Filled a Bucket Today” by Carol McCloud and then we each note a random note of kindness to someone in our class. Just see the smiling faces as we are passing and reading our notes!


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Observations, Collaborations and Celebrations!

It was an amazing week, full of researching, teamwork and cultural celebrations. Read more below!

Reading Workshop

In reader’s workshop this week, we discussed the difference between expository non-fiction and narrative non-fiction. Through our research on climate, we are reading expository non-fiction. We learned that biographies are an example of narrative non-fiction. We loved choosing an interesting person to research and summarising their lives and created a timeline of their lives. Talk to your child about who they researched and ask about what character traits he/she have. 

Writing Workshop

As writers this week, we are continued to draft within our nonfiction books. We are growing in our awareness more and more by understanding how Nonfiction texts are structured and trying out some of these structures within our own writing.  


This week as mathematicians, we continued building our estimation skills by rounding.  As the week moved  on focused on rounding to the nearest ten and hundred.  We began with hands-on experiences and then moved to using a number line to support our understanding of rounding. We incorporated our learning on numbers, rounding and measurement using the pumpkins our parents so generously donated:

Unit of Inquiry: Where We are in Place and Time

Central Idea: We Adapt to the Climate we Live in 

This week we finished our “Climates of the World” posters. Towards the end of the week, we began to research natural disasters around the world and discover if natural disasters are linked to climate. Check out our incredible teamwork below of our Climate Posters:

And last but not least, on Wednesday we had an incredible Halloween Celebration, thanks to our wonderful PSA Parents. Thank you to all our wonderful 3B Parents who took hours from their week planning, organising and leading our super fun Halloween Stations!

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Getting Crafty with our KC Buddies

We had a “Spook-tacular” morning crafting 3D pumpkins, bat hats and lollypop ghosts with our Kindergarten buddies! It was a perfect opportunity to collaborate with our little buddies and help them to make the tricky crafts of their choice. We are looking forward to tomorrow’s exciting Halloween parade and spooky stations.

Parents- if you’d like to see our costumes in the parade tomorrow, please join us on the sports field at 2:30pm.

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Critical Thinkers, Math Experts and Conversationalists!

Reading Workshop

As informational text readers this week, we were critical thinkers by analysing author’s ideas and discussing our own opinions against the author of the book. Towards the end of the week, we learned to lift the level of our conversations with our reading partner. We learned 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. Tonight we will bring home our conversation notes- ask your child what interesting topic they discussed with their partner today!

Some great examples of analysing the author’s opinion: 

Writing Workshop

As writers this week, we continued drafting within nonfiction.  As we read more and more nonfiction texts, we are becoming experts in how to write within the genre.  We began to make connections across chapters, balance facts and ideas, research facts for accuracy and revise as we go. 


As mathematicians we showed what we know on a mid-module assessment. This helped our teachers to individualise their instruction & help us continue on our learning journey. Next week, we will focus on rounding to the nearest ten and hundred.  We will begin with hands-on experiences and then use a number line to support our understanding of rounding. See the anchor chart below for a better understanding of what we will be focusing on next week:

Unit of Inquiry: Where We are in Place and Time

Central Idea: We Adapt to the Climate we Live in 

We continued focus on different climates of the world this week. We broke into “Climate Teams” and researched 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.”

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Researchers, Teachers and Collaborators!


In reading workshop this week, we looked deeper into analyzing text features and learning how to teach facts to our classmates and our families in an interesting way. Towards the end of the week, we set a nonfiction reading goal for ourselves, focusing on becoming stronger readers for understanding. 

Our goals are posted on our “Reading Life” baggies. Ask your child why they chose that goal for themselves. 


As writers this week, we continued going strong as nonfiction writers by organizing our chapters, experimenting with different structures, and using a checklist to help us revise as we go.

Talk with your child about the book they are writing and the choices they are making as nonfiction authors!


We loved kicking off Math Workshop this week. We realise that working in differentiated groups  strengthens our own mathematical needs as a learner. During math workshop, we reviewed skills with teammates, worked independently, reviewed facts and worked with Ms. Edwards and our team teachers. We also used place value and problem-solving to measure weights, focusing on grams and kilograms. 

Measuring grams and kilograms:

Math Workshop Teams:


Unit of Inquiry: We adapt to the climate we live in. 

This week we looked at two main questions: 

What is climate? and What is weather? 

We were given many opportunities to research in books and online. We split into continent teams and researched the climate of different parts of the world and presented our findings with our class. 

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!

KC Reading Buddies 

This week we reflected upon how it went with our reading buddies. Enjoy the comments! 

“I asked Kaitlynn questions about the book and could answer!” -Heather

“My reading buddy, Jasmine, laughed at the interesting pictures.” -Lisa

“My buddy wasn’t here, but I read with Sally’s buddy Cohen, and he made a connection to the story.” -Liwu

“Gabe was really interested into the book and talking about it with me.” -Liam

“Virginia made predictions about what would happen in the story!” -Avery

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Wonderers, Brainstormers and Thinkers

This week was full of making wonderings, brainstorming ideas and putting our brain to great use by discovering the idea of elapsed time! Just read below to see our learning this week.

Reading Workshop

We couldn’t wait to wait to begin devouring our non-fiction texts during our workshop time this week. First, we learned 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 noticed text features including: titles, subtitles, photos and subtopics. Once we knew for sure it’s a non-fiction text (that’s just-right for us) we dug even deeper. We began to really read for understanding. We found the main idea and used clues the author gave us as supporting evidence to give us more details to support the main idea. We loved sharing the most interesting facts we read about everyday!

Writing Workshop

This week we launched writing about Non-Fiction topics. First, we researched a variety of Non-Fiction books and noticed the text features they have (see image above). Then we learned from a mentor non-fiction author, Melissa Stuart (https://www.melissa-stewart.com) We discussed how we get ideas for non-fiction writing. Finally, we brainstormed topics we are already experts at and topics we want to research in which we can become experts.

Math Workshop

As mathematicians we transitioned 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. See the “Tips for Parents” below for more information on how you can help your child. 

Unit of Inquiry 

We have started a new Unit of Inquiry around “Where we are in Place and Time.” The central idea is The change of climate affects our lives.  In this unit, students will inquire into changes in climate, types of climate and natural disasters. This week, we focused on on student questioning (see our “Wonder Wall”) and tuning into the new content.


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