September 17

This week in 3C


No school on Wednesday because of parent teacher conference day. No school for students on Friday because it is a professional learning day for teachers. No school Monday for Mid Autumn Festival.

In reading workshop this week, readers tackled a very important word: GRIT. They learned that to have reading grit, they never give up when they come to a difficult word. We learned and implemented different reading strategies to figure out the difficult word including: chunking the word, thinking about the context, and trying out different sounds. 

Writers are continuing to write stories from their life with a focus on revising this week.  Students will be asked to reread their stories and notice ways in which they can make their writing stronger for their reader. 

As mathematicians we will be using the distributive property as a strategy to break down more challenging problems into smaller factors.  We will also model the relationship between multiplication and division.

By the end of the week third grade students will deepen their understanding of skip counting, distributive property, commutative property, arrays, number bonds, and tape diagrams.

This week students will explore different reading material that are about rights and responsibilities. They will also take action and organize a part of the classroom and reflect on their decision making process.



September 17

Typhoon Day

Hello Families,

I hope you and your family are safe and dry from the storm yesterday and last night. Please look at some suggested activities for the day off today.

Reading: read a good book and make a list of character traits of the main character.

Writing: write a story about your experience with the storm. How did you feel? What did you see? What did it sound like?

Math: Teach your family how to use the distributive property. 13×3 (10×3)+(3×3)= choose a few large multiplication sentences and show your family how to decompose the larger number and multiply.

Unit of Inquiry: Write down all the decisions you make today. Bring them to class to share.

Stay safe!

September 9

3C Learning this Week

Unit of Inquiry:

This week we will continue to look at collaboration, decision making, responsibilities and how we organize ourselves. Students will reflect on their characters in their independent reading and discuss what types of decisions they are making and what kinds of responsibilities they have. A design challenge will happen this week with a focus on collaboration and decision making. 


As mathematicians we will assess our progress in understanding of the following concepts:

  • Using the array model and familiar skip counting strategies to solidify understanding of multiplication
  • Becoming fluent with arithmetic patterns to “add” and “subtract” groups to solve multiplication and division problems
  • Develop understanding of the break apart strategy (distributive property)

Then, as the week progresses we will begin to use tape diagrams to solve word problems. A tape diagram is a model that students draw in order to help visualize the relationships between quantities.


As writers this week we will continue our learning in writing personal narratives, while moving through the writing process with greater independence.  This weeks focus will be on using mentor authors to guide the choices we make in our words and pictures within our own books.  We will also highlight the importance of getting to the heart of your story by zooming in on the most important part and stretching it out.  We will also delve into paragraphing.   


Making predictions, making connections and talking about their reading! Find responsibilities and decisions within their own characters during reading.

September 3

This week in 3C


Writers will continue to move through the writing process within personal narratives.   They are planning their story by storytelling, choosing just right paper and beginning to draw and write their story from their life.  Mentor authors are helping to guide us as a writing community in the choices we make in our own writing. 


Students will continue to develop their understanding of how repeated addition, arrays, and creating sets help in understanding multiplication.  In addition, we will begin to explore how repeated subtraction, equal shares, and equal groups help in understanding division.  

Unit of Inquiry:

This week, students will look at what their responsibilities in our classroom community are and how those responsibilities support the organization of our classroom. They will explore designing their own school where they are the lead decision maker. Discussions of types of decisions that are made and how they affect our organization will be had as a class. 


This week, we will continue assessing using the DRA (developmental reading assessment) and students are working on routines with choosing just right books and spots that work for them. Some things they will focus on this week are retelling, partner reading and making predictions.

August 29

School Closure Work

Dear Parents,

Here are some suggested activities for your child to continue with their learning during our school closure today. Stay safe and dry and we’ll see you all tomorrow!

Reading: cozy up with a good book and read for 30 minutes

Writing: draw a picture and write a story about an exciting experience that’s happened to you

Unit of Inquiry: Notice the responsibilities you have at home and be ready to share them tomorrow in class

Math: Sort any house materials (toys, blocks) into arrays and write a multiplication sentence and number bond to match.

August 27

This week in 3C


In reading, during the week we will be formally assessing all third graders’ reading skills. This will allow us to plan instruction to best support and challenge all readers. In the meantime, we will continue working on skills that readers practice when they are building a reading life. Please support your child at home by talking about your reading life and talking about books you and your child read at home. Having conversations about what we read and pausing as we read to do comprehension checks are the main goals this week.   


Students will be assessed in their spelling and writing skills this week. They are learning how to work through the writing process (prewrite, draft, revise, edit, publish) with an emphasis on revising and drafting.


Students will be introduced to multiplication with the concept of repeated addition. Students will also be introduced to division. They will see multiplication as a way to find the total and division as a way to find out how many groups or the size of each group.  

Unit of Inquiry:

We will begin our first unit of inquiry this week. The central idea is People can collaborate to organize society. The focus this week will be on rights and responsibilities. The theme we will explore is How We Organize Ourselves.