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

November 14

International Week is HERE

Please sign up for one spot to come share your culture with our class. You can choose what you’d like to do but some ideas are read a book, craft, video, try some food, show us some traditional clothing, teach us a song, or something else!!!

Please feel free to collaborate with other parents from the same country.

You don’t need to fill the entire hour.

If you need materials prepped, please tell me at least one day in advance.

Thank you for sharing your culture with us!



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.