November 12

This week in 3C

We are in our final week of “where we are in time and place” unit! Please join us for our climate fair on Wednesday. 3A & 3B will be at level 5 from 8:00-8:30 and 3C & 3D will be there from 8:30-9:00. The lines of inquiry this unit are listed below. Please look for learning in these areas and ask questions about these topics listed.

  1. Difference between weather and climate (CHANGE, FORM)
  2. Types of climates (FORM)
  3. How people are affected by natural hazards (CAUSATION)

Mathematicians will begin by revisiting the commutative property, and studying familiar facts from previous learning to identify known facts using units of 6, 7, 8, and 9. They realize that they already know more than half of their facts by recognizing, for example, that if they know 2 × 8, they also know 8 × 2 through commutativity. 

Writers will be wrapping up the learning they have been doing within writing Nonfiction books this week.  They will choose a book they have written within the unit and revise, edit and publish to share with an audience.  

We have one more week of non fiction reading before we begin our next unit. Readers are working on stop and jots and recording their thinking in their own words.


November 5

This week in 3C

Students will be preparing for the climate fair this week. They will be choosing from a menu of options how to demonstrate their learning from their current unit. Parents will be invited in to share in their learning next week on Wednesday. This week will consist of questioning, researching and creating something to share.

Writers will act as researchers this week by choosing a topic of interest from the UOI and using both books and online sources to gather information.  They will learn the importance of giving credit to their sources and putting information into their own words.  As writers of Nonfiction, that will also begin preparing to publish a book that they have written within the unit.  Writers will revise and edit to prepare their books to be shared with others next week.

Module 3 extends the study of factors to include all units from 0 to 10. This allows students to build fluency with facts involving a particular unit before moving on. We will begin by revisiting the commutative property. Students study familiar facts from Module 1 to identify known facts using units of 6, 7, 8, and 9. They realize that they already know more than half of their facts by recognizing, for example, that if they know 2 × 8, they also know 8 × 2 through commutativity. This begins a study of arithmetic patterns that becomes an increasingly prominent theme.


November 3

Upcoming Events

The 3C Geniuses have been hard at work these past few weeks and sharing a lot of learning on their seesaw accounts. If you don’t have access, please let me know so I can connect you! Also, please let me know if you still need access to RAZ kids.

Upcoming Events and Special Dates: (please see attached calendar and created calendars by students)

This Friday, November 5th is the last day of this round of ASAs as well as POPCORN Friday! 

On Wednesday, Nov. 7th we will have our class and Individual Photos. Children are to wear SIS Polo or PE shirt and grey or black bottoms. I would recommend wearing a polo because it’s not a PE day, but it’s up to you.

On Wednesday, November 14th parents are invited to level 5 for a climate fair put on by all 3rd grade students. The details will be announced soon, but this time is allotted for students to demonstrate their learning of our current unit of inquiry. Stay tuned for more details…


Sherri Banner

October 29

Spooky week in 3C

Wednesday: Your children are allowed to wear their costumes on Wednesday, but please send an extra change of clothes. If they would prefer, they can bring their costume and change after lunch. Dressing up is not mandatory, it’s up to your child if they would like to participate. Please NO MASKS, NO WEAPONS and costumes should be school appropriate. I will send more information about the parade on wechat.

In reader’s workshop this week, students will discuss the difference between expository non-fiction and narrative non-fiction. As research on climate, we are reading expository non-fiction. This week, our readers will learn that biographies are an example of narrative non-fiction. Students will choose an interesting person or hero to research and summarize his/her life and create a timeline. Towards the end of the week, we will revisit skills to uncover difficult words in a text.  

This week mathematicians will continue building their estimation skills by rounding.  As the week moves on we will begin three digit subtraction using the standard algorithm supported by our place value chart. 

How do natural events affect the environment? Students will take time to research about a natural disaster and share out their learning. Students will also collect weather data on a selected city of their choice.

As writers this week, students are continuing to draft within their nonfiction books.  They will be growing in their awareness more and more by understanding how Nonfiction texts are structured and trying out some of these structures within their own writing. 

October 21

This week in 3C

Reminder: There is a teacher development day on Friday, October 26th so students do not come to school.

As informational text readers this week, students will analyze the author’s ideas and discuss their own opinion against the author of the book. Towards the end of the week, readers will learn to lift the level of their conversations with their reading partner. They will learn the qualities of a great conversation, which include: the conversation stays on interesting topics, the listener asks questions, and new ideas come up in the conversation. 

As writers this week, students will continue drafting within nonfiction.  As they read more and more Nonfiction texts, they are becoming experts in how to write within the genre.  Students will begin to make connections across chapters, balance facts and ideas, research facts for accuracy and revise as they go.

This week mathematicians will show what they know on a mid-module assessment allowing us to individualize their instruction & continue the learning journey.  As the week continues we will focus on rounding to the nearest ten and hundred.  We will begin with hands-on experiences and then more to using a number line to support their understand of rounding. 

Students will focus on different climates of the world. They will research and learn what the major climates of the world are and how we adapt to live in each climate. There has been a change to our central idea, “We adapt to the climate we live in.”

October 15

The Weekly Happenings

In reading workshop this week, students will look deeper into analyzing text features and learn how to teach facts in to their peers in an interesting way. Towards the end of the week, readers will set nonfiction reading goals for themselves, focusing on becoming stronger readers for understanding.

As writers this week, we will delve deeper as nonfiction writers by organizing our chapters, experimenting with different structures, and using a checklist to help us revise as we go.  Your child will also look to other authors and use them as mentors to elaborate within each of their chapters.  Talk with your child about the book they are writing and the choices they are making as nonfiction authors!

This week mathematicians will cover Place Value and Problem-Solving with Units of Measure .

This week students will look at two main questions, what is climate? and what is weather? Opportunities to research in books and online will be provided this week. The skill of reading, understanding and sharing in their own words will practiced. If any parents are weather or climate experts, please reach out to any of the third grade teachers as we’d love to have you come in and share your knowledge. 

October 8

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.