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.
In reading this week, our learners will discuss deeper ways to discover the meaning of text by uncovering context clues, figurative language while thinking harder about questions they have as they read. Towards the end of the week, readers will discover that the author of the book has a very specific purpose for writing the text.
We are wrapping up our first unit of study this week, which has focused around personal narratives. This genre has given all of us as a classroom and writing community more of an opportunity to learn about each other by sharing stories from our lives. As writers, we have moved through the writing process and will focus on editing and publishing this week. Each child will publish one story that they have chosen to take through the writing process and share with others.
This week mathematicians will be applying the distributive property to create friendly numbers & solve two-step word problems involving multiplication and division.
Unit of Inquiry:
This is our final week for this unit! Students will end the unit with a design challenge! They will reflect on their responsibilities, decision making, collaboration and organization. It should be fun and interesting to see how the kids have grown in these areas!
Some parents requested questions to ask your kids during reading, please see the link below for some options. If you would like me to print them, please email me!
I will link the math resource we use in third grade. After October break, we will be starting Module 2, Measurement and Data.
Please let me know if I can support in any other way.
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.
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.
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.
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.