SeeSaw Communication

I am excited to share the our 3D Family is one of the classes that will test using SeeSaw for all communication. This test will allow us to try streamlining all of our class communication into one app so that it is easier for parents and teachers to access. Throughout the test I will ask you for patience and for your feedback.

From now on weekly updates and students’ learning will be posted on the Seesaw app. Please make sure to check your email for more information. Thank you! 

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.

 

A Peek at the Week Ahead: February 12-14

Important Dates: 

Chinese New Year Holiday: February 15-February 23 (no school)

March 2nd: Elementary Assembly

March 16th: 2nd Trimester Report Cards Posted

Reading and Writing: Character Traits and Fairytales 

In Reading students are learning how to identify character traits based on their characters’ actions, dialogue, and thoughts.  Character traits are not always given by the author, sometimes as readers we have to infer what traits a character by how they act or their behavior. Students are also using their knowledge of story structure to help make predictions in their reading.  This week we will meet in groups to have book talks about the fairytales we are reading.

In Writing students are working to publish their fractured fairytale. Students made a small change to either The Three Billy Goats Gruff or Little Red Riding Hood and then had to make a cascade of changes as a result of the change. Be on the lookout for a published fairytale on your child’s Seesaw account.

Math: 

Students transfer their work to the number line in this next topic.  They begin by using the interval from 0 to 1 as the whole.  Continuing beyond the first interval, they partition, place, count, and compare fractions on the number line.

Unit of Inquiry: 

Students investigate our second line of inquiry for this Unit of Inquiry, “Living things share traits with their parents.” We will learn how many characteristics of organisms are inherited from their parents. As well as, how other characteristics result from individuals’ interactions with the environment, which can range from diet to learning. Many characteristics involve both inheritance and environment.

 

A Peek at the Week Ahead: January 29-February 2

Important Dates:

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Thursday, February 1st

Assembly Critical Thinker ESLR: Friday, February 2nd

Discover China Day: Saturday, February 3rd 12:00PM-3:00 PM

Magician Visit: Tuesday, February 6th 10:00 AM (Grades 3-5)

Reading: Character Development through Fairytales 

Fairytales lend themselves well to studying the character traits and development throughout the stories.

Writing: Fairytales 

We identified common elements in fairytales and read traditional fairytales. Now we will change one element in a traditional story and add in all the cascading changes from the one change. Students will write their own adapted fairytale with a connection to reading they will focus on developing their characters through actions, thoughts, and dialogue. Students will publish their adapted fairytales on Book Creator.

3D Hard at Work on Traveling Tales

Last week we collaborated with 4 other classes around the world and completed our part in another Traveling Tale, The Fairies and the Dragon. As a class we were responsible to write the build up, we added 5 of the Global Goals–no poverty, clean water, zero hunger, gender equality, and good health and well being. We added details to develop the existing characters. We can’t wait to see how it ends up!

Math: Module 5 

Module 5 starts with students actively partitioning different models of wholes into equal parts (e.g., concrete models, fraction strips, and drawn pictorial area models on paper).  They identify and count equal parts as 1 half, 1 fourth, 1 third, 1 sixth, and 1 eighth in unit form before an introduction to the unit fraction 1/b (3.NF.1). Please see the attached newsletter for concepts and vocabulary that you can use to support your children at home.

In addition to the activities from the newsletter, here is a link to some Apps your child you play to reinforce fractions.

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

This week we will inquire about how life cycles are diverse. Students will research the life cycle of different animals and plants. After students will create diagrams and models of life cycles of the animal or plant they chose. Then they will compare and contrast their diagram with others to learn about similarities and differences.  We will do a hands on activity and explore different fruit and vegetable seeds to predict how they develop.

A Look Back at Our Week

A Peek at the Week Ahead: January 22-26

Important Dates: 

Wednesday, January 24th: Student Innovation Team (SIT) Shares at Seesaw Training 2:00-3:00 

Members of the SIT will share how we use Seesaw in our daily learning at the Seesaw Parent Training.

Thursday, January 25th: Learning Comes Alive 2:00-3:00

This week we will start our new Unit of Inquiry with the central idea, “Organisms adapt to their environment to sustain life.” Please join us as we inquire how life cycles are diverse.

Friday, January 26th: 1/2 Day for Students

Teachers will have a professional learning day in the afternoon

Thursday, February 1st: Parent Teacher Conferences 

An email to sign up for conferences will be sent out this coming Friday.

What We’re Learning…

Reading and Writing: Fairytales 

Students will learn common elements found in fairytales through exploring a variety of original and adapted fairytales. They will use their knowledge to create their own fractured and adapted fairytales.

Math: Module 5

Module 5 starts with students actively partitioning different models of wholes into equal parts (e.g., concrete models, fraction strips, and drawn pictorial area models on paper).  They identify and count equal parts as 1 half, 1 fourth, 1 third, 1 sixth, and 1 eighth in unit form before an introduction to the unit fraction 1/b (3.NF.1). Please see the attached newsletter for concepts and vocabulary that you can use to support your children at home.

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

We will begin our new Unit of Inquiry, “Organisms adapt to their environment to sustain life.”  To start the unit off we will have a provocation and explore our different lines of inquiry. Students will also deepen their understanding of key vocabulary for the unit. Then we will dive into life cycles and  inquire how life cycles are diverse. Below are a list of important vocabulary terms for this unit. Please translate them into your home language to support your child’s understanding of the vocabulary.

A Peek at the Week Ahead: January 15-19

Important Dates:

January 15-19: Bring in Plastic 3rd grade students will bring in all the plastic they receive from restaurants into school. (Please read letter below)

Thursday, January 18th: Field Trip Please make sure your child wears his/her read SIS shirt, comfortable shoes, brings a hat/sunscreen, and packs a lunch. We will depart SIS at 8:30 AM, please make sure to be on time.

Friday, January 26th: 1/2 Day for Students Teachers will have a professional learning day in the afternoon

Curriculum:

ReadingMystery Unit 

We will transition our reading skills in our mystery unit into our fictional reading. Students have learned how to read with a critical mind and check their understanding as they read. Readers will meet in reading groups and continue to conference with the teachers in the room to improve their reading lives.

Unit of Inquiry: Inquirers learn from historical evidence to make better choices. 

The next two weeks is focusing on the action around our learning. Our question that we will explore is, “How can we persuade others to make better choices to protect our environment?” Students will learn ways that they can be responsible and protect our environment. They will choose one thing to focus on and choose and audience to persuade. Our persuasive writing techniques will be incorporated into our action projects.

Math: Module 3: Multiplication and Division with Units of 0, 1, 6–9, and Multiples of 10

Students will complete Module 3 with Topic F. In Topic F, students multiply by multiples of 10 (3.NBT.3).  To solve a fact like 2 × 30, they first model the basic fact 2 × 3 on the place value chart.  Place value understanding helps them to notice that the product shifts one place value to the left when multiplied by 10:  2 × 3 tens can be found by simply locating the same basic fact in the tens column.

In the subsequent lesson, place value understanding becomes more abstract as students model place value strategies using the associative property (3.NBT.3, 3.OA.5).  2 × 30 = 2 × (3 × 10) = (2 × 3) × 10.  The final lesson focuses on solving two-step word problems involving multiples of 10 and equations with unknown quantities (3.OA.8).  As in Lesson 18, students estimate to assess the reasonableness of their solutions (3.OA.8).