What’s new in 3C
Unit of Inquiry
We are starting a new unit of inquiry around “Where we are in Place and Time.” The central idea is The change of climate affects our lives. Students will inquire into changes in climate, types of climate and natural disasters. This week, there will be a focus on student questioning and tuning into the new content.
As mathematicians will be transitioning to module 2 which uses place value to unify measurement, rounding skills, and the standard algorithms for addition and subtraction. The module begins with plenty of hands-on experience using a variety of tools to build practical measurement skills and conceptual understanding of metric and time units. Estimation naturally surfaces through application; this transitions students into rounding. In the module’s final topics students round to assess whether or not their solutions to problems solved using the standard algorithms are reasonable.
As readers this week, we can’t wait to begin devouring non-fiction texts during our workshop time. First, we’ll learn that non-fictions readers really rev up their minds before reading, they think “What sort of text is this? Is it a narrative, expository, a hybrid?” Then we notice text features like titles, subtitles, photos, subtopics. Once we know for sure it’s a non-fiction text that’s just-right for us, we dig even deeper. We read for understanding. We find the main idea and find clues the author leaves as supporting evidence to give us more details to support the main idea. After we learn lots of interesting facts this week, we will share them with our classmates!
Students completed an end of unit writing assessment for personal narratives. We will now start a new unit on informational writing. Students will have a chance to explore writing topics they know a lot about and sharing their knowledge with others.