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Persuasive Writers, Researchers and Upstanders!

Reading Workshop

In reading workshop this week, we had a wonderful time taking a long look at the characters in our chapter books and comparing and contrasting the similarities and differences in their personalities. We then gathered text evidence to have a mini-debate with our partner about our  characters- specifically discussing which characters are better problem solvers and why. 

We also had a fabulous time reading with our KC buddies. We did a fantastic job reading “like a teacher.” Which means using expression and voice to read like the character in the story. You can see on their faces how engaged that made our little learners!

Writing Workshop

As writers, we are wrapping up our learning around persuasive writing.  This week we went through the revising, editing and publishing process to prepare our essays to share with others. We enjoyed choosing from a menu of options in how to publish our writing including: make a poster, use green screen or create an iBook.  Next week we will launch new learning around Literary Non-fiction!

Math Workshop

As mathematicians, we began comparing unit fractions. Using real-life examples and area models, we are understanding that when comparing fractions, the whole must be the same size. Finally, we learned that redefining the whole can change the unit fraction that describes the shaded part.

Unit of Inquiry- Sharing the Planet

This week we are are digging deeper into the “why” animals are endangered and how living things effect the environment. Today we began researching an animal from the endangered species list (see below), specifically focusing on WHY the animal is becoming extinct. 

Photo Credit: https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/directory?sort=extinction_status&direction=desc

Social/Emotional Learning- Mr. Bywater

Mr. Bywater has been doing an incredible job informing us: “What is a Bully?” as you see from the poster below, a bully isn’t just rude or mean once in awhile. A bully is someone who intentionally harasses the one person over and over again, usually a child younger than him or her. Mr. Bywater taught us how to stand up to a bully- he gave us many different resources. When we stand up for ourselves and our friends who are being bullied we are called- UPSTANDERS! 3B Can be “upstanders” everyday!

Kindness Project: Valentines Day!

Our 3B Friends did such a wonderful job writing individualized notes to EACH of their classmates. I know it’s no small task- it took everybody a very long time! But I think the hard work and patience paid off when you see the smiles on the faces of our classmates below. Thank you for your support, 3B Parents! ~Ms. Edwards

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Expert Readers, Real-World Mathematicians and Forever Friends!


In writing this week, we have continued to move through the writing process, working on our persuasive speeches. We are trying to draw attention to editing strategies to “edit as we go!”  This involves growing in our their awareness around using capitalization, punctuation, spelling and grammar choices. Next week we will our speeches using green screen videos and posters.

In reading workshop, we started Book Clubs with our classmates. We were excited to chose our chapter books by our interest and our reading level.  We started collaborating with our Book Club team to discuss  our characters, their “sidekicks” and possible adversaries our character encounters. We started to track the journey of our the story using a “Story Mountain” to give a visual description of the adventures and problems that the characters in our stories  encounter. 

We also practiced reading “Like a Teacher” with our KC reading buddies. We know that reading “Like a Teacher” means to read with an exciting voice, using expression, pausing at punctuation and looking at the listener. We did an excellent job keeping our little readers engaged yesterday!


Math Workshop

As mathematicians will have applied our knowledge of area with an emphasis on real-world applications by solving word problems. The word problems provide a stepping-stone for our real-world, project-based application of area. We had fun practicing our multiplication skills playing a class game on www.kahoot.it Try it out as a family! 

Unit of Inquiry- Sharing the Planet

Central Idea: Organisms adapt to their environment in order to survive.

Line of Inquiry Studied this Week: How do organisms survive?

This week we are working on learning more about life cycles, inherited behavioral traits and how animals survive. We have chosen our own animal to research and have started creating a poster to present our learning to the class.

Goodbye, Lisa! 

It’s been a tough week to say goodbye to our good friend, Lisa. We are so sad she is moving, but we are excited for the new adventures that await her and her family. Today we presented her with a special book of letters and pictures and we each signed the lucky “Goodbye Gecko” for Lisa, so that she can remember us. Good luck at your new school, Lisa! We know you will make lots of friends quickly, and you will forever remain our 3B Friend. We hope you can visit us!  In the International School setting, it’s never “goodbye” but “See you later!”


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Explorers, Analyzers and Critical Thinkers!

Reading Workshop analyzers 

As readers this week, we continued to look deeper into the development of character. First, we noticed patterns in the characters’ behavior, analyzing the strong traits of the character. Using what we discovered know about our character, we discussed WHY our character behaves the way they do and we recorded our thinking in our reading journals. With a partner, we made predictions about our characters, using the evidence we gathered throughout the week. At library checkout today, we did our best to choose a book that has a strong character role so we can read our library books during reading workshop next week!

Writing Workshop 

We were very busy using our critical thinking skills in writing this week. We have started to draft our persuasive arguments within a topic we felt passionate about. We are continuing to generate ideas and plan our reasons in order to justify our thesis statement. We are learning to use a 5-paragraph essay graphic organizer to us to write strong paragraphs independently. Next week we will focus on how to talk to an audience using our strong convincing skills. Some of us are choosing to publish our writing on posters or in a video format.  

Math Workshop

As mathematicians, we continued to work with area by moving on to working with arithmetic properties. We applied knowledge of the distributive property from our previous units to find area. We enjoyed sharing our understanding of area with our families on Seesaw this week. 

Math Standards

3.MD.5 Recognize area as an attribute of plane figures and understand concepts of area measurement.
3.MD.6 Measure areas by counting unit squares (square cm, square m, square in, square ft, and improvised…
3.MD.7 Relate area to the operations of multiplication and addition.

Unit of Inquiry & Our Field Trip to Window of the World

We had a wonderful time re-visiting our understanding of diverse cultures by visiting Window of the World on Wednesday. It was an incredible day filled with lots of learning and adventure. Thank you to Ryan’s mom, Ammy’s mom, Mei Mei’s mom, Jonathan’s mom an Eason’s mom for their amazing help chaperoning our groups. We couldn’t have done it without you!

In our current Sharing the Planet Unit of Inquiry, we have started a mini research project! ! Today we chose an animal and looked into its habitat. Next week we will research the following three questions about our animal:

  1. What are 3 ways the animal uses surroundings for survival?
  2. What is the food chain for this animal to survive?
  3. How do humans interact with the habitat? 
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Reflective Readers, Persuasive Writers and Global Thinkers…

Reading Workshop

This week we reflected upon the reading goals we set for ourselves last year and made new resolutions for our reading lives as well as our personal lives in 2019. We also began a new unit on Character Study. This week we put a strong emphasis on learning a broad range of “Colorful Adjectives” to describe characters in the stories we read. For example, instead of writing “My character is nice.” We learned to substitute nice for more descriptive words like: considerate, thoughtful, caring, etc. This will make us stronger writers as well! 

Parents- You may have noticed we also began logging our reading thoughts into our own Reading Journals this week. We will bring these journals home everyday along with our nightly book so our  parents can understand what we learned that day. We can also add more to our reading journals if we are feeling motivated!

Writing Workshop 

This week we launched a new unit of study in writing- Persuasive Writing. In this unit we will learn to write persuasive speeches, petitions and editorials to help make our community a better place.  We have really jumped right into this unit by immersing ourselves in the genre and noticing how writers persuade an audience to share their opinion.

To get us started, we worked together to write a persuasive letter to share with our assistant principal, Mrs. K. First, we agreed to a topic we are passionate about- having our own one-to-one iPads in third grade! Then we each wrote a letter convincing our SIS administration to give us 20 iPads per class. Finally, we discussed the best convincing points from our own letters and wrote one final letter together. Mrs. K was very impressed by our points, and had great constructive feedback to share with us.


Math Workshop

We were introduced to area as mathematicians this week. We used pattern blocks to tile given polygons without gaps or overlaps to determine the amount of two-dimensional space is within a region or shape. By the end of the week, we learned how to relate total area with multiplication of side lengths. Read below for parents tips for this unit.



Sharing the Planet

We are starting a new unit as scientists! Our central idea is “Organisms adapt to their environment in order to survive.” This week we participated in many tuning in activities to provoke our thoughts and get our minds excited and curious about organisms surviving in their habitats, as well as learning from fossils about past organisms.

Central Idea: Organisms adapt to their environment in order to survive. 

Lines of Inquiry:

•1. How organisms survive
2. Fossils are evidence of the past
3. Life cycles and traits
4. Environmental change

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Coding Experts, Cultural Communicators and Secret Santas!

It was a very busy week before our Winter Break. We had a wonderful time sharing our cultural artifacts, our custom quilt piece and our Personal Stories with all of our grade 3 peers. This was a wonderful unit and we want to thank the parents for sharing their personal cultural stories as well. It was so interesting to read all of our experiences. Over the holiday, our quilt was finished. Just look and see how beautiful it turned out!

Learning to Code 

This week we participated in the international Hour of Code. We had a fantastic time learning how to innovate with robots, engage in coding apps and create animated animals using a code. A big THANK YOU to our eLearning coach, Mr. Sheppard for organizing this wonderful learning experience.

Secret Santas!

We had a wonderful celebration of friendship sharing our Secret Santa gifts with our friends. There were many smiles and “thank you’s” exchanged in our classroom before we left for a long break. A big thank you to our AMAZING 3B parents for all of your support and generous contributions this year!

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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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