December 10

New and Improved Student Blogs

Dear Parents,

We’ve started a new blog in class! Many of you were enjoying following our process of learning in our old blogs, and don’t worry, that content is still there! If you go to our new blogs, there is a link to the old posts. Our school loves this portfolio so much that now every teacher at SIS has their own classroom Seesaw. Please continue checking the student blogs and talking about the learning at home. Thank you for your support.



December 4

December is here! Here’s what we’ve got on the learning calendar!


This week, readers will continue with their mystery reading and build upon their prediction skills. They will learn to pause whilst reading so that they can remember key details, how to discuss parts of the story with a reading partner, and how to use the known structure of mystery novels to make predictions.  


We will continue Module 3, with a focus on the distributive property in multiplication. Students will practice different strategies to solve multiplication facts such as breaking factors apart.


Opinion Writing Essays! It’s essay time! Students are choosing a topic to persuade someone into doing something they have a strong opinion about. We are learning the basic structure of a 5 paragraph essay.

Social Studies:

This week will be devoted to research. Students will be provided time to do research on a chosen habitat of their choice. The big question is; how do environmental changes affect organisms? After some research, we will learn more about deforestation, over fishing, hunting, pollution, climate change, tourism and other relevant changes that affect living things. We will be looking for how animals and plants survive and how the environmental changes either hurt or support their growth. This week will also benefit their communication, collaboration and research skills. 

November 26

Learning in 3B

Happy International Week! We will do small things to celebrate our cultures over the week. On Friday, we will celebrate with a parade and pot luck of different international foods.


This week, readers will be continuing with their studying of mystery novels. They will learn about using text features to help make predictions, strategies to help deal with tricky parts of the text, and how to share their reading with a partner so that they can create theories and ideas together. 


We will continue learning how to write persuasive essay’s this week.

Social Studies:

This week, students will be focusing on two questions: how can I use sources to learn new information? and how do environmental changes affect organisms? We will explore with different sources looking at fossils and change over time. Students will also generate questions about historical sources and compare and contrast pictures of the history of Shenzhen. 


This week will focus on multiplication of 6, 7, 8s. Students are using flash cards, skip counting and learning how to decompose numbers to support them learning the higher multiplication.

November 19

New Units, Oh My!

CONGRATULATIONS Students! Term one of 3rd grade has been completed and grades will go out this Friday. We are starting new units in reading, writing, math and social studies/science.

Social Studies/ Science:

Students will be starting a new unit this week! The unit’s central idea is, “Inquirers learn from historical evidence to make better choices.” This week will have a focus of introducing new vocabulary words and talking about them. We will also have a day for students to explore and discover different provocations with topics of our next unit. A few topics we will explore are; extinction, sources, biodiversity and environment. 


This 25-day module builds directly on students’ work with multiplication and division in Module 1. Module 3 extends the study of factors from 2, 3, 4, 5, and 10 to include all units from 0 to 10, as well as multiples of 10 within 100. Similar to the organization of Module 1, the introduction of new factors in Module 3 spreads across topics. This allows students to build fluency with facts involving a particular unit before moving on. The factors are sequenced to facilitate systematic instruction with increasingly sophisticated strategies and patterns. 



Changing the World: Persuasive speeches, petitions, and editorials.

Writers will spend six weeks practicing persuasion through a repertoire of strategies to express brave, bold opinions to draw in audiences. Writers will learn how to support their opinion by selecting and organizing evidence, facts, and reasons to convince readers. We encourage you to welcome discussions to talk about meaningful topics at home.

Reading is taking a turn from nonfiction and moving into mystery. Should be an exciting change for the kids. Some reading strategies focused on over the next few weeks are; envision, prediction, retelling, summary and synthesizing. There will still be some nonfiction text reading happening in science and social studies as students continue to look at different news articles and nonfiction books for reading to learn.


November 5

November 6-10


In reading this week we will focus on the text structure comparing and contrasting. Students will begin with comparing and contrasting songs to find out how they are alike and different, then we will identify key words that guide us to compare and contrast. Students will also compare and contrast nonfiction texts on force. Another skill that will be introduces is that readers grow their own ideas about reading, and talk back to the text by asking questions and looking at it from a different perspective.  


Continue writing our nonfiction books and begin publishing. Students have used books as a resource and will learn how to use websites to gather information this week.


Lessons 16-19:

Students use estimations to test the reasonableness of sums and differences precisely calculated using standard algorithms.  From their work with metric measurement students have a deeper understanding of the composition and decomposition of units.  They bring this to every step of the addition and subtraction algorithms with two- and three-digit numbers as 10 units are changed for 1 unit or 1 unit is changed for 10 units.


The egg drop challenge was a huge success! There were two groups that built a system that survived a 5 flight drop. Pretty amazing.

The big concept this week is how understanding forces leads to innovation.

Science concepts

  • Force (balanced, unbalanced)
  • Gravity
  • Interaction (electric, magnetic)
  • Cause and effect
  • Discoveries
  • Innovation