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Welcome to the Anglo-American School of Moscow’s Grade 3 Team Blog. Here you will find what’s happening in Grade 3 classrooms, student work and much more. Please check back often and feel free to leave us a message with your ideas, links and good thoughts.

This Week in Grade 3…

As we head into October break, Grade 3 continues to be a hive of activity with students learning and growing in a multitude of ways!

Here’s what’s happening in Grade 3 this week…

FIELD TRIP UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, Thursday’s field trip has been cancelled. We are looking into alternative options for after October break. We will keep you posted.

Thursday will be a regular school day.

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Math: This week we will begin Eureka Unit 2. Unit 2 will connect place value learning to real-world work with measurement using the metric system. Students will also work on telling time and solving problems relating to elapsed time. Click here for Eureka Unit 2 Parent Tip sheet and here for Eureka unit 2 Topic A information.

Key standards covered in this unit:

Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic

-Round numbers to the nearest 10 or 100

-Fluently add and subtract within 1000

Solve problems involving measurement and estimation of intervals of time, liquid volumes, and masses of objects

-Tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure time intervals

-Measure and estimate liquid volume and mass of objects

ELA (English Language Arts): Writing: We begin our second writing unit of the year. This unit will integrated with our How the World Works unit of inquiry.

Big Idea: Writers write to explain and record their scientific thinking and observations.

Guiding Questions:

-What is scientific writing?

-Why do scientists record their thinking and observations?

-What ways do writers record their thinking and observations?

-What are the key elements of scientific writing?

Unit of Inquiry (U.o.I.): We kicked off this unit last Friday with some intentionally ambiguous experiments to get the kids thinking about the Central Idea and the Lines of Inquiry. The kids were very enthusiastic and are really excited for this unit. We will unpack the Central Idea, Lines of Inquiry and Key concepts this week. This unit will integrated with our current writing unit.

Transdisciplinary Theme: How the World Works

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

Central idea: We observe and record natural phenomenon in order to understand.

Lines of inquiry

-Natural Phenomenon

-Applying scientific processes to help us to understand

-Communicating scientific understanding

Key Concepts: form, change, causation

Related Concepts: Observation, features, impact, interaction

 

Coming up next week:

October Break-Monday October 23-Friday, October 27

Coming up in November:

Student-led conferences Thursday, November 23.

The Grade 3 team wishes all a safe and relaxing October break!

Third-Grade Update

We are staying busy in third grade! At the end of Friday, October 13th, we will have finished our 36th day of school. Time is flying by so quickly!

Here’s a third-grade update . . .

Goals: A big THANK YOU to the parents who attended the Goals-Setting Conference and supported their third grader in the goals they set for themselves. A copy of these goals has been sent home and/or posted on Seesaw. We encourage parents to help keep these goals ‘alive’ by checking in with their children to see what they are doing to achieve their goals.

ELA: Students are putting the finishing touches on their biography writing and getting ready to publish their work on Seesaw. Our next unit of writing will focus on scientific writing and will be integrated with our How the World Works unit of inquiry. Please ensure your child has a ‘just-right’ (independent) book to read at school every day. No student should be caught without a book! To assist with finishing a book and maintaining interest, students should be reading the same just-right book at school as they do for their 20 minutes of reading each night.

Math: We are wrapping up Unit 1 and students will be taking the end-of-unit assessment soon.  Our next unit will be Place Value and Problem Solving with Units of Measure. Students will explore measurement using kilograms, grams, liters, milliliters, and intervals of time. The unit will also investigate rounding and estimation as strategies to help solve problems. Families can help make real-world connections in this unit by having their third graders get involved in weighing things at home and/or at the market as well as noticing the measurements (amounts) listed on package and bottle labels. Telling time on an analog clock is quite difficult for most third graders, so making this a part of the daily routine at home would be very helpful. Students are encouraged to utilize IXL for their math skills practice as much as possible.

Unit of Inquiry: Thank you for your support in our Who We Are unit of inquiry. As it is coming to a close, students are more familiar with the characteristics of influential people, how our values influence who we are, and how we influence others. Our next unit of inquiry, How the World Works, will be a science-based unit with the Central Idea: We observe and record natural phenomenon in order to understand. One of the learning experiences we will have to kick off this unit is a field trip to Moscow State University’s Science Museum next week. (Update: This field trip has been cancelled. We are looking at alternative options for after the October break.) 

 

Third grade will be having a session with storyteller Stuart Stotts on Monday afternoon next week, October 16th.

Next week, we will have two dress-up days. On Wednesday, we will observe “Pinktober” and students may wear pink. On Friday, October 20th, Student Council is sponsoring “Nationality Day” in honor of UN Day. Children may wear clothing that represents their home country. As always, our dress-up days are optional and students may elect to wear their school uniform on these days.  

Dress-Up Days

Student Council Dress-Up Days

In addition to Pinktober Wednesdays, student council is sponsoring the following dress up days:

Date Spirit Days
Friday October 20 Nationality Day

(recognize UN Day Oct 24)

Friday November 3, 2.00PM

Halloween Assembly (Bolshoi)

Halloween Costumes
Friday November 17 Wear Your Own Clothes
Friday December 8 PJ Day
Friday February 2 Sports Day
Friday March 16 Favorite Character Day
Friday April 20

EcoFair Assembly (Bolshoi)

Earth Colors

(recognize Earth Day)

Friday May 4 Crazy Hair Day
Friday May 25 Back in Time Day

“Pinktober” – Wear Pink Every Wednesday in October

MS and HS students have asked elementary students to join them in recognizing “Pinktober.” They are working with our ES student council to encourage students and staff to wear pink every Wednesday in October.

If students choose not to wear pink, they must come to school in their regular school uniform. However, they are encouraged to wear a pink ribbon, shoelaces, or some pink “accessory” with their uniform.

Goal-Setting Conferences

Goal-Setting Conferences are coming up next Friday, September 29th!
Third graders are identifying their strengths and thinking about the goals they want to set for their academic progress as well as their character or “Learner Profile” development.

Teachers and students are looking forward to meeting with parents to discuss students’ goals. Our hope is to work together as a student/parent/teacher team to help students achieve their goals and grow as learners.

We are looking forward to seeing you next Friday! Please check your email to see a notice from school with more information about the conferences and instructions for how to schedule your conference time.

Reminder: Students are required to wear their formal uniforms for their Goal-Setting Conference.