Learning Update

Please remember, no school on Wednesday for 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 tackle a very important word: GRIT. They will learn that to have reading grit, they never give up when they come to a difficult word. We will learn and implement different reading strategies to figure out difficult words including: chunking the word, thinking about the context, and trying out different sounds. 

As writers we 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.

A look back at our learning in action gallery:

Gallery Link

School Closed Monday, September 17th

Greetings Parents,

Typhoon signal posted. Shekou International School CLOSED on Monday 17th September.  Monitor SIS Emergency WeChat group, email, SMS and SIS website for details. 

Please see this quick video on trouble shooting the blog:

Reading

Today is a great day for students to enjoy a good book!  Please encourage your child to enjoy a book of their choice then have a conversation with them about what they have read.

They can enjoy a paper book of their choice our use our Raz-Kids account.

https://www.kidsa-z.com/main/Login – Computer Login

https://www.raz-kids.com/main/ViewPage/name/tc-mobile/ – Mobile Apps

Math

Complete the Khan Academy assignments after logging in

https://www.khanacademy.org/login

This is what they will be working on:

Writing

Complete our Today I Statements including our Free Write then share your work with a parent.

Today I Statements

1.)  Today I will… because…

2.) Today I need… because…

3.) Today I want… because…

4.) Today I think… because…

5.) Today I feel… because…

6.) Today I learned… because…

7.) Today I wonder… because…

8.) Today I’m changing the world for the better by… because…

9.)  Free Write / True Story

 

Parents Here are some great conversation prompts to encourage your child to speak in detail about their efforts in school

Parent Teacher Conferences

Dear Parents,

We would like to invite you to join attend our first individual parent-teacher conferences. This is a great time to discuss how your child is settling in, ask questions, review progress, and discuss next steps in their learning.

Please use the link below to sign up for conferences on Wednesday, September 19th:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080A48AAA822A0F85-wednesday

Thank you,

Charles Denson – Third Grade Teacher

Shekou International School

www.sis-shekou.org

Blog: https://share.sis.org.cn/cdens1

Learning Update

We had another successful week of building community and learning about each other.  3A students did a great job showing what they know on our MAP assessment, spelling inventory & reading DRAs.  All the information will help us keep the river of learning flowing.  During our upcoming conferences we will have MAP data available and be ready to answer questions regarding the data we are gathering.

Note: On Thursday the 13th at 3:00 signup genius links will be sent out to parents for our upcoming conferences on September 19th.

As readers will continue to make smart predictions based on evidence from the text, and we will begin focusing on making our reading come alive through connections. When your child reads at home this week, ask them about what connections they are making with the stories they are reading; furthermore, have a quick conversation with them about your connections and experiences from the book.

As writers we will continue our learning in writing personal narratives, while moving through the writing process with greater independence.  This week’s 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.

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.

Learning in Action Gallery

Please keep me informed on how your child is feeling about school when they come home in the evenings.  Also, please remind them that they can always come any of our amazing teachers and especially to me with with concerns or write me a note.  Have a wonderful week and thank you for your support.

SIS STUCO Executive Council Opportunity

This year 3rd grade students will have the opportunity to sit on the Executive Council to help fulfill STUCO’s mission.

Mission The mission of the Student Council is to build responsible leaders within our school community and promote the values represented by the ESLRs and IB Learner Profile. We will accomplish our mission through:

● Leading by example in our classrooms and community by being positive, respectful, responsible, and safe. ● Helping others by raising money and supplies for the less fortunate. ● Engaging our friends and classmates in their education by organizing service opportunities. ● Serving as a source of communication between the students, teaching staff and administration of the school. ● Reaching out and collaborating with the SIS community to seek support and assistance with our classroom learning.

Responsibilities/Areas of Action

● setting the agenda with other STUCO members ● attending and running weekly meetings (every Tuesday from 3:10-4:10) ● taking notes and coming prepared to all meetings with all necessary materials ● actively participating in the decision making process ● participating in STUCO events during the week, after school, and occasional weekends ● representing the views of your homeroom class and keeping them updated about events ● hosting weekly assemblies for all grades ● taking photos and videos of STUCO events and helping to create the yearbook page

Return the application form to your classroom teacher by September 7th at the latest.

Note:

By signing as the student’s parent / guardian, you are agreeing they have not signed up for any ASAs on Tuesday and will not have other after school commitments on Tuesday from until 4:15pm.

Learning Update

Greetings Parents,

What an amazing bunch of little learners.  We are off to a great start building our community culture that supports a growth mindset & excitement in learning.

Swimming will start September 17th and run through October 19th.  Students will swim every PE class during this time. More details below.

 

Math

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.  

Literacy

In reading, students will help develop systems to share, find & communicate about good books.  We will also make predictions about our reading, and we will work on retelling the big parts of a story to see how the old fits with the new.

In writing, students will celebrate the small moment stories by developing their writer’s voice.  We will do this by slowing down the most important parts of a story and creating a mental image that is similar to what we experience when watching a movie, except through writing.

UOI

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. 

 

School CLOSED Today (Thursday, August 30th)

Greetings Parents,

Please check your email for Khan Academy & Kids A-Z login information.  Stay safe, stay dry and have a great day! Please email me if you have any questions cdenson@sis.org.cn

Reading

Complete one or more quiz after a story on Kids A-Z

Today is a great day for students to enjoy a good book!  Please encourage your child to enjoy both paper books and digital books using their new library books & Kids A-Z (I often refer to this as RAZ Kids).

https://www.kidsa-z.com/main/Login – Computer Login

https://www.raz-kids.com/main/ViewPage/name/tc-mobile/ – Mobile Apps

Math

Complete one or more assignment after login

https://www.khanacademy.org/login

Writing

Complete our Today I Statements & Free Write

Today I Statements

1.)  Today I will… because…

2.) Today I need… because…

3.) Today I want… because…

4.) Today I think… because…

5.) Today I feel… because…

6.) Today I learned… because…

7.) Today I wonder… because…

8.) Today I’m changing the world for the better by… because…

9.)  Free Write / Creative Writing 

Learning Update

Greetings Parents,

We had a great first week of getting to know each other and setting expectations to make our classroom community an enjoyable place for all. We have started our reading, writing and math workshops and begun our math talks.  Next week we will be assessing our students knowledge to guide our instruction.

MAP testing begins this week and 3A’s schedule is as follows:

Math – Tuesday, August 28th 1-2:30

Reading- Thursday, August 30th 8-9:30

Language- Tuesday, September 4th 8-9:00

Both the Parent Toolkit & Parent Resource guide below are helpful resources in understanding the MAP test & its purpose.

Math:

Students will be introduced to multiplication with the concept of repeated addition, and they will be introduced to division. They will see multiplication as a way to find the total and division as a way to find out how many groups or the size of each group.

Literacy:

I will begin assessing students DRA levels this week. All about DRAs.

As readers we will continue building our reading community while celebrating and practicing strategies of strong readers. We will work in partnerships to discuss and share ideas that makes reading meaningful and exciting.

As writers we will begin the week with a writing assessment then we will launch our writing workshop by experimenting with a few different genres that give students the flexibility to choose and write about what matters to them.

We will begin our spelling inventory to prepare for our spelling & grammar instruction

Unit of Inquiry

We will begin our first unit of inquiry this week. The central idea is People can collaborate to organize society. Our focus this week will be on rights and responsibilities of people within society. As we begin each unit our focus will be on getting the students excited through different provocations.