January 15

This week in 3C

We will go on a field trip on Wednesday to Window of the World. 


This week students will work on a mini research project. They will choose an animal and look into the animals habitat. Students will research these three questions:

  1. What are 3 ways the animal uses surroundings for survival?
  2. What is the food chain for this animal to survive?
  3. How do humans interact with the habitat?

In readers workshop this week, readers will continue to look deeper into the development of character. First, they will notice patterns in the characters’ behavior, analyzing the strong traits of the character. Using what they know about their character, they will discuss WHY the character behaves the way they do. Towards the end of the week, readers will make predictions about character using evidence they have gathered about their character. 

Writers will be busy drafting persuasive arguments within a topic that they feel passionate about.  We are continuing to generate ideas and plan our reasons in order to justify our thesis statement. Students will use a checklist to help them work with independence.  They will also learn more about when to start a new paragraph and how to talk with an audience.

Mathematicians will continue their work with area by moving on to working with arithmetic properties. Students will apply knowledge of the distributive property from Modules 1 and 3 to find area

January 10

Welcome Back

We are starting a new unit and Sharing the Planet is the theme. Our central idea is “Organisms adapt to their environment in order to survive.” This week we will do some tuning in activities with the kids getting their minds excited and curious about organisms surviving in their habitats, as well as learning from fossils about past organisms. 

Mathematicians will be introduced to area. They will use pattern  blocks to tile given polygons without gaps or overlaps to determine the amount of two-dimensional space is within a region or shape. By the end of the week, students will begin to relate total area with multiplication of side lengths.

This week we will be launching a new unit of study in writing, persuasive speeches, petitions and editorials.  Students will delve into this unit by immersing themselves in the genre and noticing how writers persuade an audience to share their opinion.  

Students will ponder the reading goals they have set for themselves and will make new resolutions for their reading lives as well as their personal lives. Readers will begin a new unit on Character Study. This week we will put a strong emphasis on learning a broad range of “Colorful Adjectives” to describe characters in the stories we read. For example, instead of writing “My character is nice.” We will learn to substitute nice for: considerate, thoughtful, caring, etc. This will make us stronger writers as well. 

*Sorry this is late in the week. I’ve been battling a bug but feel much better now. All the content still applies to next week but I’ll post a new update next week.

December 10

Last week before break!

Thursday: Books and Cocoa. Students get to wear their pajamas to school! We are going to watch a movie with our reading buddies in the gecko theatre.

Friday: ESLR Assembly and early dismissal at 11:30

This is our last week of the unit! We will finish working on our culture quilt that will be sent away and made over Winter break. Students are also finishing sharing a story that relates to their culture. This has been a great unit and we want to thank you for sharing your stories at home. 

Writers will wrap up the work they have been doing as authors within our open genre unit.  Students will move through the writing process by revising, editing, publishing and celebrating!


Happy Holidays!

December 10

Secret Santa

As part of a holiday celebration, I’d love for 3C to have a simple gift exchange. If your child is interested, they can bring a wrapped gift that is suitable for anyone in the class (boy or girl). On Friday, if they have brought in a gift, they get to open a gift and take it home. You can send in one gift anytime this week and we will put it under the tree! I will mark who has brought one in over the week. If your child wants to participate but will not be here on Friday, please email me directly and we can work it out.

Secret Santa Rules:

– Please only one gift (100rmb or below)

– For either boy or a girl (ideas: art supplies, a book, clay, markers, small toy)

– Ask your child to keep it a secret

– Bring in gift anytime before Friday (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday is fine) We will wait until Friday to open the gifts and guess who it’s from!

– Label your gift (To: You From: Secret Santa) Don’t have your child put their name so we can guess.

This is not mandatory! Talk to your kids to see if they are interested and if they aren’t, it’s totally okay! It should be fun and help spread joy before the holiday!

December 4

Request for Pictures

We are going to explore our culture and identity a little more this week. I’d like your help. Can you please send in either paper copies or email me photo’s of your child (3-5 photo’s). If you have a picture of them when they are a baby, toddler, picture of your family, food, traditional clothing, etc.

Please talk to your kids about where they were born and how and why you are in China now (if you’ve moved). Talk about your backgrounds and share stories of when you were little and where you lived. We would like to complete this project by the end of next week, so please send in the pictures or email me the photos by Thursday, this week.

Thank you for your help!

December 4

Math! Math! Math!

This week, mathematicians will multiply by multiples of ten (3.NBT.3on the place value chart. Place value understanding helps them to notice that the product shifts one place value to the left when multiplied. In the subsequent lesson, place value understanding becomes more abstract as students model place value strategies using the associative property (3.NBT.33.OA.5). 2 × 30 = 2 × (3 × 10) = (2 × 3) × 10. The final lesson focuses on solving two-step word problems involving multiples of 10 and equations with unknown quantities (3.OA.8)

December 3

This week in 3C

This week students will come home and ask parents to share stories about their past. Stories can relate to childhood experiences. Maybe if you ever had to move? Maybe a story about making a friend? Maybe a story about losing a friend? Maybe  a story about a time you traveled and didn’t understand how to do something (order food, get a train ticket). The stories do not need to be deep, just share something about your past related to having a “cultural” experience.

Writers this week will continue moving through the writing process in the genre of choice.  We will focus on organization within our paragraphs and sentences this week. Be sure to ask your child, “What genre are you writing within?”  What mentor text are you using to support your book choices?”  “What is your goal as a writer for this unit?”

Readers this week will think deeper about using sticky notes to explain their thinking as they read. They will discover new ways to use a sticky note including sketching, revising and writing longer. Later in the week, students will receive a Reading Journal to compile their best sticky notes as well as record a summary of the story.  

November 26

This week in 3C

This week, students will continue learning from each other though sharing stories and experiences. Please send in any traditional games or books you have that support your cultural experiences. Even if it’s a book about visiting Vietnam and your child has an American passport, we can talk about how experiences shape our culture.

As readers this week, students will learn that stories are a wonderful way to learn more about different cultures around the world. Students will read to understand that although cultures have many differences, they also share many similarities. Readers will make connections to different cultures. Towards the end of the week, readers will learn a very important reading sill- making inferences.

Making an inference  means to figure out the story’s meaning by activating our own personal experiences, reading “between the lines” and understanding information that is implied, not directly stated.

Writers will continue to plan and start to draft within their ideas that they have generated from last week.  As we are in an open genre unit, ask your child, “what kind of book they are writing?” And “what is the topic?” And “who do you want to read your book to once it is complete?” We will engage in a series of strategy groups around goal setting, organizing our writing, working with partners, and developing spelling strategies.

Mathematicians will focus on three objectives:

Objective 1: Apply the distributive property and the fact 9 = 10 – 1 as a strategy to multiply. 
Objective 2: Identify and use arithmetic patterns to multiply. 
Objective 3: Interpret the unknown in multiplication and division to model and solve problems. 

November 19

International Week is HERE

Thank you parents for volunteering to share about your cultures! We’re so excited! Our next unit of inquiry central idea is…

Communities create and share diverse cultural experiences and stories.

Monday: Hong Kong

Tuesday: China and India

Wednesday: United States of America

Thursday: Korea

Friday: Taiwan

We are starting a new unit this week! Our central idea is “communities create and share diverse cultural experiences and stories.” Thank you to the parents that will come in this week to share more about your culture with us! We will dig deep into family stories and sharing experiences.

Mathematicians will focus on making use of structure to problem solve. Students learn the conventional order for performing operations when parentheses are and are not present in an equation. 

As writers we will embark upon an open genre unit!   Writers will be given the choice of writing within different genres of interest, while using mentor texts to guide them in the decisions they make.  Some of the learning that will be a focus within this unit is:  setting goals, using detail, organization, and conventions.  

Dates to remember:

Wednesday, November 21st– International Potluck. Please send in a favorite dish with your child to share with the grade level.

Friday, November 23rd– Parade on sports field from 8:30-9:30, Dismissal is at 11:30