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
October 31

What’s Happening in 3B?


Lessons 12-15 focus on rounding.

More experienced with measurement and estimation using different units and tools, students further develop their skills by learning to round in this next topic.  They measure, and then use place value understandings and the number line as tools to round two-, three-, and four-digit measurements to the nearest ten or hundred.


This week’s focus in reading to learn is summarizing nonfiction texts and figuring out unknown words by using context clues.  When summarizing students will learn to use their fingers as a reminder to answer who, what, when, where, why, and how to identify the important information the author shared.


This week, we are studying how forces affect airplanes. The four forces that we are looking at are: weight, drag, lift, and thrust. If you wish to learn these words at home, please use this Quizlet:

To apply our new knowledge, we will be conducting multiple experiments with paper airplanes. First, we will make any style of paper airplane that we want to. Then, through the design process (identify a need, design and re-design, make and re-make, test and re-test) we will modify our paper airplanes, in conjunction with our new knowledge of forces, to create paper airplanes for specific purposes. If you wish to try to create paper airplanes at home and need some ideas, please see these instructional videos: You could also record your data on the same data collection sheet that we are using in class:

Experiment 1 Paper Airplane Data Collection-1buonjf


Students continue to work on informational writing. They are learning how to research and write information in their own words. We will focus on the structure of writing a paragraph this week as well as organization of informational text.

Here is the writing rubric for this next unit.

October 20

Upcoming Learning (October 23-27)


An exploratory lesson relates metric weight and liquid volume measured in liters and milliliters, highlighting the coherence of metric measurement.  Students practice measuring liquid volume using the vertical number line and graduated beaker.  Building on Grade 2’s estimation skills with metric length, students in Grade 3 use kilograms, grams, liters, and milliliters to estimate the liquid volumes and weights of familiar objects.  Finally, they use their estimates to reason about solutions to one-step addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division word problems involving metric weight and liquid volume given in the same units.


Readers look at the features, details, and examples to find the main idea.  We will focus on main idea of nonfiction text this week.


During our upcoming informational writing unit students will be writing texts that aim to teach others about topics on which the students have expertise.  They will be writing with authority, using evidence from research for real audiences.  Students will also develop their understanding and use of text features, research skills and practice teaching others through their writing.  



October 24th- Parent Learning (math focus)

October 25th- Library

October 27th- Halloween Celebration

October 13

Weekly Update (Learning for October 16-20)

Math ( Module 2, Lessons 4-7)

First few lessons will continue measuring time using clocks and number lines. Kilograms and grams are introduced, measured on digital and spring scales.  Students use manipulatives to build a kilogram and then decompose it to explore the relationship between the size and weight of kilograms and grams.

Reading: Nonfiction

Reading for learning! Readers continue reading from their nonfiction selection. Asking questions, finding the main idea, and becoming more of an expert with text features.

Writing: Finishing personal narratives and moving into nonfiction writing. Parents will have a chance to read published writing pieces on Wednesday during Learning Comes Alive.


Central Idea: Scientific DISCOVERIES can often lead to new and improved TECHNOLOGY. 

  1. Qualities of scientists
  2. Nature of force
  3. How understanding forces leads to innovation


October 18- Learning Comes Alive

October 20- Swimming