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Passion Projects, Math Challenges and Genre Writing Clubs!


As readers this week, we have continued our mystery reading and have built upon our prediction skills. We practiced pausing while reading so that we can remember key details. We enjoyed sharing our clues and predictions with a reading partner and began to notice the story pattern most mystery novels share.

  This week we reviewed the genres we know and the genres in which we’ve inquired deeply into in 3rd grade. We chose a favorite genre and have begun to go through the writing process with a other friends who are also interested in the same genre and have created “Genre Clubs.” Next week we will choose mentor texts and use checklists to guide our choices as we create our books.  We are focusing on learner attributes that support us in working in groups such as: being open-minded and a communicator.

UOI-  How We Express Ourselves 

Central Idea: An inquiry cycle helps us explore our interests to share with others.

1. There are diverse ways of self-expression
2. An inquiry cycle supports our exploration
3. Many strategies can help represent and enhance meaning

As inquirers this week, we are going further with our learning by reflecting and thinking of new questions or wonders for our “Passion Project”. We have reviewed what we know about thick vs thin questions and really thought hard and shared ideas with a partner before choosing a “thick” question to research. We are using the inquiry cycle to guide our discoveries.

Math Workshop

As we finish our studies this year as mathematicians, we will review fundamental skills in the next couple of weeks. We will create representations and  discuss whether or not we agree with each representation. Finally, we will play fluency games related to Grade 3 skills, including fractions, rounding, multiplication, and division. For fluency this week, we had the option of taking a multiplication quiz and timing ourselves as we take it, and then re-taking the quiz to try to improve our time. This practice was fun and exciting for some of us- but some of us choose not to do this as it makes us feel nervous and worried, so we just practiced fluency without the timer.


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Student Experts, Detectives and Twins!

Reading Workshop 

As readers this week, we continued studying mystery novels. We learned about using text features to help make predictions. We learned strategies to help deal with tricky parts of the text. We also shared our reading with a partner so that we can talk through our clues, create theories and discuss ideas together.

Writing Workshop

  This week began to inquire into: How do we express ourselves through writing?  What interests do we have in common?  How can we collaborate to create a shared piece of writing? We also finalized our adapted and original fairytales and published! 

UOI-  How We Express Ourselves 

Central Idea: An inquiry cycle helps us explore our interests to share with others. 

We are busy finding out more information about our interests. We are gathering information from a range of sources and working as researchers. Today will be our last day of Genius Hour, as this UOI is very project based, just like Genius Hour. We definitely expressed ourselves on Twin Day!

Math Workshop

As mathematicians, we have been constructing rectangles from a given number of unit squares and will start recording perimeter and area data on line plots.  Next, we will continue our study of area and perimeter by problem solving using all four operations. See the newsletter below to understand how we learn math and what we are learning in this module.

Student Led Conferences 

It was a pleasure to share with you our learning from this school year! We loved teaching you how we solve word problems in math, how we record our thoughts as we read, how we work through the writing process and how we use The Learner Profile to grow as learners and citizens of the world. Our UOI (Unit of Inquiry) notebooks were one of our favorite things to share with you. After some reflecting about SLC, we all decided we should try harder in our handwriting! It’s always good practice to reflect and improve!


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Stepping up to 4th Grade!

Today we had the opportunity to meet some of the teachers who will be in 4th grade next year. We asked many questions and learned quite a lot about the academic curriculum and some of the fun highlights, including a trip to Hong Kong next year.

After we came back to the classroom from “Step Up” Day, we had a reflection session. Read below for a transcript of our conversation and for pictures:

Reflections from “Stepping up to 4th Grade”

I learned…

I noticed…

I still wonder…

Jake: “I learned that in 4th grade, it’s not confirmed that we will have Genius Hour. But in 5th grade we will have exhibition.”

Ms. Edwards: Can you tell me more about Exhibition?

Jake: “It’s similar to Genius Hour- we choose a topic about how we can improve the world, then we research a lot about it and then we present it to everyone in the school!”

Avery: “We have iPads, but your parents need to sign a contract that we will be responsible for our own iPad. We will also learn how to write a literary essay (not a persuasive essay like we learned in 3rd grade, pipes in Liam). ”

Liam: “I noticed we will get our own email addresses.”

Heather: “I learned that if you cannot have apps that the teacher doesn’t approve. After 3 years you get to keep the iPad.”

Liwu: “We will go to Window of the World again, but on we will focus on the economy of the world, not culture. We will do an experiment called a stream table- but we aren’t sure what it is- they said it’s a surprise.” 

Jake: “I learned you can only use the school iPad for 30 minutes a day at home.”

Mei Mei: “I’m excited about our overnight trip to Hong Kong. We will stay in dormitories. Also, on the first day of 4th grade we need to memorize all of our multiplication tables.”

Jacob: “We might be able to choose any passcode we want, as long as the teacher knows.”

Ryan: “We are going to learn deeper into geometry.”

Bitchan: “In math we will learn similar things as 2nd grade, but more challenging.”

Jonathan: “At the end of the year, we are going to write an essay about what we learned.”

Lola: “You can’t download games or your iPad gets taken away until the teacher trusts you again.”

Jun: “We will go to Tencent on a field trip to learn about technology.”

Jason, Ammy, Miranda and Milosz: “We will have a sleepover in Hong Kong for our learner profile!”

Isabel: We will learn a lot of the UOI topics again from 2nd grade, but we will go deeper and more challenging and have more experiments.”

We also had the opportunity to share our Grade 3 Learning with our upcoming 3rd graders (currently 2nd graders). Each of us prepared “3rd Grade Rocks” brochures to share with the 2nd graders coming up. We also made Flipgrid videos to tell them more about our learning. Some of the highlights were our reading and writing genres, our Units of Inquiry, our hands-on experiments,  design challenges, genius hour and math workshop! 



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Crime-Solvers, Publishers and Mathematicians!

Reading Workshop 

This week, we started a new reading unit, all about mysteries. As readers, our goal is to identify a mystery and the mystery solvers, identify clues as to how to solve the mystery, and work out who could be suspects and why.  We love our class read-aloud: A-Z Mysteries-The Absent Author. Ask your child who they think the suspect is! 

Writing Workshop

  As writers this week we focused our attention towards revising, editing and publishing in preparation of sharing our fairytale books with our peers and our parents during Student Led Conferences next week. In the photo below, we are revising by helping our writing partner to edit their work to make it even better!


UOI-  How We Express Ourselves 

Central Idea: 

We began our final unit this week, how we express ourselves. This unit will focus on our individual interests and allow time for students to research and learn more about their passions. Our central idea and lines of inquiry for this unit are…

An inquiry cycle helps us explore our interests to share with others.

1. There are diverse ways of self-expression
2. An inquiry cycle supports our exploration
3. Many strategies can help represent and enhance meaning

Below, you will see how we have recorded our passion and how we have “tuned in” to uncovering more about our interest:

Math Workshop

As Mathematicians, we are working on finding different possible perimeters or areas for rectangles based on information given about the rectangles. We will also:

  1. Construct rectangles from a given number of unit squares and determine the perimeters
  2. Use a line plot to record the number of rectangles constructed from a given number of unit squares.
  3. Construct rectangles with a given perimeter using unit squares and determine their areas.
  4. Use a line plot to record the number of rectangles constructed. 

    Reading Buddies! 

    We met with our KC Reading Buddies this week for our last session of reading together. In two weeks, we will meet with them to collaborate in design an object of our choice. We will use recycled materials to build our creation, so please do send in old dvd’s, small electronic parts, empty boxes (small is best), paper towel rolls, etc. Thank you!

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Amazing Artists, Actors and Designers!


          As readers this week, we practiced reading with voice, fluency and expression as we presented our readers theater plays to an audience of  our peers. We had an amazing time writing our plays, practicing and designing our very creative costumes and props. Not only has reading been especially engaging this week, but our reading voice is stronger than ever!

            As writers, we worked on publishing our adapted fairytales and began writing our own original fairytales. Some of us even wrote the scripts for our readers theater based on the fairytale books we have been reading! Next week we will work on finalizing the last of our fairytales so we can send them home for parents to read. 

UOI-  How the World Works 

Central Idea: Scientists and engineers plan investigations to understand the forces and interactions in the world 

            This was our final week with this current unit of forces and interactions around the world. We planned and implemented an investigation using the qualities of an engineer and scientist that we learned about in this unit. Through our marble design, we demonstrated an understanding of making a hypothesis, asking a question, working through the stages of the scientific process and an understanding of forces and interactions.

We also began thinking about our new unit of inquiry: “How we express ourselves.” On Thursday, we enjoyed learning about other people’s interests on a 3rd grade gallery walk!

Art Exhibition 

          We had a wonderful time attending the incredible SIS Art Gallery this morning. Not only was it interesting to observe our peer’s art, but we also reflected upon our own displayed artwork. Just look to see how talented we are:

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Engineers, Inquirers and Nature Lovers!

Reading Workshop  

This week we continued reading fairy tales, focusing on the traits of characters. We inquired into the traits characters have, including internal traits and external features/characteristics. We learned to use these traits by applying them to the heroes and villains in our own fairy tales. We enjoyed reading our fairy tales outside during “Lights Off Tuesday”.

Writing Workshop

As writers, we planned and drafted our own fractured fairy tales. We made sure to revise as we drafted. We focused on the usage of dialogue, descriptive language (verbs and adjectives), and language structures in compound and complex sentences. We made sure to put “said” to bed! (Ask your child what that means!)

Math Workshop

As mathematicians, we learned that different shapes (e.g., squares, rectangles, and rhombuses) have shared attributes that can fall within a larger category (parallelograms, quadrilaterals, and trapezoids). We also looked for shared attributes and learned to recognize polygons with sides that are equal. We enjoyed the hands-on math this unit gives! In the photos below, we are sorting shapes into different categories: 

UOI-  How the World Works 

Central Idea: Scientists and engineers plan investigations to understand the forces and interactions in the world 

         This week we took a look at balanced and unbalanced forces. We continued to explore using hands on-activities in which we can use the qualities of a scientist and engineer. We also dug a bit deeper into our scientific text to learn more about forces and motion. Below you can see us exploring force using marbles and “ramps.”

Earth Week Activities 

Thank you for the giant support of our Elephant Fundraiser for 3D. Because of your generous contributions, our class raised almost double the requirement for the Elephant Fair- almost 300RMB! Thank you. As part of our Earth Week festivities, we enjoyed taking a nature walk- looking especially at the world with the eyes of a scientist. We saw Jingshan in a whole new light thanks to our nature walk. We know that Everyday is Earth Day- and we are more aware than ever on the critical need to take care of our planet.


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Fairytale Analizers, Graphing Experts and Mindfulness Explorers…


           As readers this week, we began by categorizing the fairy tale stories that we are reading by identifying elements of a fairy tale (use of magic, types of characters, etc.). We continued to study the sequence that fairy tales often follow (opening, introduce the setting, introduce the characters, the problem, the solution, the ending, the lesson) and by then ‘mapping’ out the most important parts of the story. Below we are making a real life bar graph of how many books contain a lesson or moral and how many contain magic or not.

       In regards as to the elements of a fairy tale, these are the elements that we have been identifying: 

As writers last week, we immersed ourselves in Fairy Tales, becoming more familiar with their commonalities.  As we moved forward this week, we chose a Fairy Tale to adapt, by putting our own creative spin on a story already familiar to us.  We will story tell and act out as we draft!

Math Workshop

            As mathematicians, we wrapped up our work with generating and analyzing different types of data by drawing scaled picture graphs and scaled bar graphs. Next week week we will launch our final module in math.


We will receive intensive practice with word problems, as well as hands-on investigational experiences with geometry and perimeter. We will solve word problems, classify shapes based on their attributes, learn what a tessellation is, study perimeter and area, and end with a review of Grade 3 fundamental skills.

Parents- see the information below to understand what your child will be learning in math over the next few weeks: 

UOI-  How the World Works 

Central Idea: Scientists and engineers plan investigations to understand the forces and interactions in the world 

          This week, we practiced the qualities of a scientist by doing two different simple investigations. We will make observations and  measurements of an object’s motion in order to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.  The investigations will include creating a paper/recyclable airplane and measuring how far it flies, and also having a balloon travel across the classroom using a straw and string. It should be a fun week. As your kids what the qualities of a scientist are!

 Parents! We need you! Many students have been excited about this lesson because their parents are also scientists, designers and engineers. We would love to hear about your experiences as a designer, scientist or engineer! If you are willing to come and talk to our class for about 20 minutes, please do let me know! Thank you in advance

~Ms. Edwards



In recent years, researchers are validating the critical importance of a child’s healthy emotional well-being in school and home. We are taking small steps in 3B to help us calm down, focus better and be more mindful of ourselves and others. We enjoyed a few quiet minutes of mindful relaxing and meditation after recess this week. We will continue to practice different ways to reset our minds to learning.

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Engineers, Designers and Scientists!

Reading Workshop 

           We’ve launched a new literacy unit this week! As readers, we  began immersing ourselves in fairy tales as well as “fractured” fairy tales (twists on our classical tales.) Readers will read many familiar and unfamiliar fairy tales this week and discuss the story elements specific to fairy tales. We will have guest readers, including Mrs. Kuemmerlin and Mr. Sheppard read us their favorite fairy tales.

Writing Workshop 

          As writers, we used our knowledge and understanding about Fairy Tales to write adapted versions! This week we will explored many Fairy Tales and inquired into the specific writing elements of Fairy Tales. We hope you enjoyed our writing video clip shared on WeChat today! Here are some pictures of our wonderful time this week at our Publishing Party for our Literary Non-Fiction Unit. Thank you for your incredible support! 

~Parents Support Needed~

I would like to encourage you to share with your child your knowledge about Fairy Tales in your own culture.  We would like to create a “Fairy Tale Collection” of books in our classroom- if you have any we can borrow for the next few weeks- please send them in with your family name clearly marked inside. Thank you! ~Ms. Edwards

Math Workshop

This week mathematicians reviews the types of graph we know already. Then we analyzed data and answered questions about the information provided in the form of bar graphs with a sliding scale and tape diagrams. We have also learned how to analyze the value of a set of data through multiplication and division. Next week we will measure different items and create a line plot.


UOI-  How the World Works 

Central Idea: Scientist plan investigations to understand the forces and interactions in the world 

          This week was an exciting one! As engineers, we designed a model to support an egg being dropped off the building. We focused on the design process and thinking like an engineer and a scientist.

          We reflected upon the skills we used in this process including observing, collecting data, making predictions and testing prototypes. We hope you enjoyed hearing our reflections on SeeSaw, parents. Not only has the egg drop experience been great fun, but we have learned so much through this process. We look forward to the experiments and designs our teachers are planning over the next few weeks!

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Observers, Innovators and Inquirers!


         Readers this week wrapped up our non-fiction unit this week by presenting with their research book clubs. We practiced reading like a non-fiction narrator, reviewing non-fiction note taking and text structures as well as formulating questions with their partners and teams. Check out your child’s Seesaw post to hear how well they can read like a narrator! 

As writers this week we continued to move through the writing process within our Literary Nonfiction books.  Our writing community is used so much creativity within this unit to both teach and entertain the reader. On Thursday we celebrated the end of this writing unit with our KC reading buddies. We look forward to sharing our Literacy Non Fiction books with parents on Wednesday!   

Math Workshop

           As Mathematicians this week, we began with collecting data and creating a bar graph. We learned how to understand a table and create a bar graph from that information.

In Module 6, we build on Grade 2 concepts about data, graphing, and line plots. We focus on generating and analyzing different types of data. By the end of the module, we will work with a mixture of scaled picture graphs, bar graphs, and line plots to problem solve using categorical and measurement data. In the pictures below, we worked in teams to create the longest chain in 3 minutes or less. We then graphed our observations.

Unit of Inquiry 

We are starting  a new unit this week! The central idea is “Scientists plan investigations to understand the forces and interactions in the world.” Our tentative lines of inquiry are; qualities of a scientist, balanced and unbalanced forces, the observable and measurable patterns. We’ve already had two great privations this week. First, we had a Zip Line design challenge and then we went outside to observe forces and motion, afterwards, we asked questions which were provoked during our stations outside. See our questions below!



Provocation Station- Student Questions 

Why do magnets attract metal?

How does the soccer ball curve? 

What forces the ball to move? 

What will happen if we do tug of war on other planets?

Is there a way to blow up a balloon faster?

How does the slinky stretch? 

What makes the magnet stick to the metal? 

Why does the basketball bounce? 

How does the slinky move by itself?

What makes the ball go faster?

What makes a ball move?

Why do some balloons stick on some hair and not other hair?

Why do different types of balls go slower or faster? 

What makes a ball bounce? 

Why did the tug of war rope not break?

Why does a basketball need force to keep on bouncing? 

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Illustrators, Innovators and Inquirers!


          Much of our reading time was spent during Book Week Celebrations. We enjoyed reading books in our classroom as well as during our recess time! We spent two workshop sessions with Eric Rohmann. It was very interesting to learn the creative process he uses to illustrate picture books. We are very lucky to have such a famous and celebrated author visit our school. He even signed our SIS Library Copy of Strongheart during our one-on-one session! A huge thanks to Mrs. Livingston for arranging his visit!

As writers this week we continued to move through the writing process within our Literary Nonfiction books.  Our writing community is using so much creativity within this unit to both teach and entertain their reader!  We can’t wait to share these with you once back from Spring break!

Math Workshop

Mathematicians began to understand the concept of greater than and less than when comparing fractions. As we studied and compared different fractions, we continued to reason about their size. We developed the understanding that the numerator or number of copies (parts) of the fractional unit does not necessarily determine the size of the fraction.

Unit of Inquiry 

This afternoon we will show off our incredible and diverse array of projects through a “Gallery Walk” with our peers. First, we will choose to display our best persuasive and literary non-fiction writing, posters, green screen videos and digital books. Then, we will walk through all of the third grade classes, leaving kind comments and wonderings for our peers. 

Book Week Events:

Monday- Supporting 3C’s Bake Sale and Drop Everything and Read!  Tuesday- Small Group Session with Eric Rohmann- Learning how to be Illustrators 


Wednesday- Published our Literary Non-Fiction Books- Ready to Share with our Parents! 

Thursday-In a mad rush, we finished our Door Decoration before 11am! It was a small miracle. All elements of our door decoration was student-imagined and student created! Way to go, 3B!  🙂 

Friday- Book Character Day Parade! How fun! 

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