A Peek at the Week Ahead: February 26-March 2

Welcome back, I hope everyone had a wonderful Chinese New Year!

Upcoming Events: 

March 2: Elementary Assembly

March 12-16: Book Week

March 16: 2nd Trimester Report Cards Posted

What We’re Learning…

Reading: Fairytales

We will continue to dive into character traits with making a connection to our Unit of Inquiry.  Students will create visuals that express their fairytale characters acquired traits (physical) and their learned traits (internal/personality). We will also begin to compare and contrast different fairytales using our Brain Frames.

Writing: Original Fairytales

We are entering Bend 3 in our Fairytale units.  Students completed their adapted fairytale before the holiday.  They created an audiobook on Book Creator App and posted it to their Seesaw Accounts.  Please check out your child’s fairytale and give meaningful feedback to your child!  Speaking of feedback, your child also created a video for you on how to give meaningful feedback. Students created their video in their mother tongue language and posted it to their Seesaw page.

In Bend 3 students will use all we have learned about fairytales to write an original fairytale. Their fairytales should include characters with internal traits and wants, magical elements, a problem, and a resolution. Our mini lessons this week will focus on grammar, particularly compound and complex sentences, vivid verbs, adjectives that show not tell, and no excuse spelling words for 3rd graders.  These grammar lessons will help students enhance their writing craft.

Math: Fractions

Students will practice ordering fractions on a number line which will lead to their understanding of comparing fractions. Students will work to apply strategies that help them justify their comparisons. We will also look at equivalent fractions and how they have the same values, but not necessarily the same shape.

In math students take part in number talks daily.  Number talks engage students mathematical thinking and mental math. A number talk is driven by a visual (photograph or video) and followed by class/group discussion.  Students share their mathematical thinking related to the picture and support their thinking with reasoning and justification.  An example of a picture we use is below:

Thinking Prompts:

What do you notice about this picture? What are you wondering?

Can you create a model of a math problem from the picture?

What is the total amount of watermelons in fraction form? How do you know?

Unit of Inquiry: Organisms Adapt to Their Environment to Sustain Life 

Students will use their scientist skills set to collect data and infer which traits are inherited or acquired, create a new species of “monsters” from traits passed down, and learn more about heredity. They will rank the most important traits for survival and will justify their reasoning. In the later part of the week we will inquire about how adaptations help organisms survive. Students will learn first hand how species’ populations rise and fall through a simulation.

 

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