March 11

Taking Action

Dear Parents,

We have been hard at work on our “Saving the Planet” unit where kids have inquired into different endangered animals. Some groups have decided to raise money as part of action to helping save the planet. Other groups have decided on different actions, which is okay.

On Tuesday, March 19th from 8:00-8:30, some students will have a bake sale to raise money for the WWF (World Wide Fund) for endangered animals. We will also have a donation jar on this day for students/parents to donate to the animals.

We’d like to come together as a class on this day and bake as much as we can to sell at the sale! Please post below what you and your child will prepare for the bake sale. If your child has chosen a different action, you can choose to not send something to sell, or you can send in some baked goods that they will donate to the other groups to sell.

Here are a list of the kids that have chosen to do a bake sale for fundraising and the animal they are raising money for. But remember, your child doesn’t have to be on the list for you to bake something and send it in to sell. The money we raise will go to the endangered animals.

William, Jocelyn- Mountain Gorilla

Madeline, Andy, Thomas, Ann- Red Panda

Eden, Jamie- Whale Shark

Ian, Isabel- South China Tiger

Kailin, Diya- Sea Turtles

Jay, Chloe- Giant Pandas


March 11

3C Happenings

Reminder: Field trip on Wednesday. Please help your child pack a lunch, water bottle and snack in a light backpack. They can also bring bug spray (or you can help put it on in the morning) and a hat if it’s sunny.


Readers will work with their Literary Non Fiction book club teams to read about a topic of interest. After reading, readers will share facts about their topic and ask questions in order to have a deeper understanding of the topic. Finally, they will present what they’ve learned about the topic with the class.  

Writers are drafting and drawing within the writing process of their Literary Nonfiction books.  We have used mentor texts to guide our decisions in making a plan and choosing just right paper to create a book about topic we are passionate about. There has been high interest around this genre of combining fiction and nonfiction elements…ask your child about the decisions they have made as authors so far within their books.    

Mathematicians will continue to deepen their understanding that a fraction must be the same size but may not always have the same shape. Students will also demonstrated their knowledge of fractions including equivalent fractions by using number bonds, tape diagrams, a number line and physical models.

We continue to explore ways to take action for our current unit. Ask your child ways you can help at home and in your daily lives to support endangered animals. 

March 3

3C Happenings

As readers this week, we will begin working with a new book club team to come up with topic for our Narrative Non-Fiction writing piece. We will read and study an assortment of books the topic of our choice. Then we will decide on a research job for each of our group members and practice reading and writing like an expert. Finally, we will practice synthesizing (or sharing) the information we each read about.  All of the information we gather about the topic will be incorporated into our Narrative Non-Fiction books.  

As writers this week, we will head into the planning around our topic in preparation for writing Literary Nonfiction books.  Your child has chosen a topic of interest that they already have a little background knowledge of and will do research to find out more.  We will also use mentor authors to guide us in our decisions as writers in planning how we want our books to go!  Ask your child about the topic they have chosen for their book…  

Students will begin talking about and sharing their ideas for taking action. After learning about different endangered animals, we’ve learned a lot of different environmental changes. Students will now develop an action plan. 

February 25

This week in 3C

As readers and writers we are combining forces in making a return to reading Nonfiction books to prepare us in writing a new genre, Narrative Nonfiction!  As readers, students will choose topics of interest to read and do research.  As writers, students will take the information they have gathered as readers, and combine their understanding of Narrative and Nonfiction writing to create books. 

We have been hard at work learning about endangered animals. Over the next few weeks, we will have discussions around action. What can we do to support the environment and animals effected by the changes? This will be student driven and is an exciting part of the pyp process. 

Last week, mathematicians compared unit fractions and explored the importance of specifying the whole when doing so. This week, they apply their learning to the number line. Number bonds and fraction strips serve as bridges into this work. Students see intervals on the number line as wholes. They will begin by measuring equal lengths between 0 and 1 on fraction strips. They then work with number lines that have endpoints other than 0 and 1. This naturally transitions into comparing fractions with the same denominator. 

February 18

3C Happenings

In reading workshop this week, readers will take a long look at the characters in their books and compare and contrast the similarities and differences in their personalities. Students will gather text evidence to have a mini-debate about their characters. 

Writers will be wrapping up their learning around persuasive writing.  We will go through the revising, editing and publishing process to prepare our speeches to share with others.  Next week we will launch new learning around Literary Non-fiction!

Mathematicians will begin by comparing unit fractions. Using real-life examples and area models, students understand that, when comparing fractions, the whole must be the same size. Finally, students learn that redefining the whole can change the unit fraction that describes the shaded part.

Students are digging deeper into the “why” animals are endangered and how living things effect the environment. They will gather information and put it together to share out with their peers.