Grade 3

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Thank You and Farewell

Dear Grade 3 Parents, 

Thank you all for your support this year. We have enjoyed learning with our kids and getting to know you throughout the school year. Our last day of Distance Learning, and of our 2019-2020 school year, was bittersweet as we all are looking forward to a much needed break away from our laptops and devices, but also feeling a bit sad to say our final farewells. We would like to recognize and express our gratitude to our students and their families who have embraced the Distance Learning environment. 

If you are leaving AAS, the school will be in communication regarding what to do about returning iPads and other school materials. 

To say the least, this has been an unprecedented school year and we are grateful for our students’ commitment during this challenging time. We hope they continue their learning with the ILE slide deck. Teachers will be available via email and Google Classroom for questions through June 11th.

We wish our third graders well in the next step of their academic journey.  

Take care and stay healthy.

With kind regards,
The Grade 3 Team 

Suggested Supplies for Unit of Inquiry – Where We Are in Place and Time

Updated: April 12, 2020
Please check the items in red that have been added to the list. 

For our Who We Are in Place and Time unit, third graders will be working on a number of small building projects at home. We hope these will prove to be challenging and fun, and perhaps something the whole family can get involved in, especially since everyone seems to have extra time on their hands! We want to give you a heads-up of some supplies that they will be needing during the next three weeks so that you can start to gather them:

  • a regular cleaning or dish sponge – will need on Monday
  • a Sharpie or other strong marker
  • marshmallows (the mini ones work best)
  • uncooked spaghetti noodles
  • masking tape
  • string
  • newspaper (or regular paper is fine if you don’t have newspaper)
  • one piece of strong cardboard or wood about 23cm x 28cm
  • cardboard rolls (toilet paper rolls)
  • block of wood
  • plastic drinking straws (about 10 of them should be plenty)
  • paper clip
  • pipe cleaner or something that could be used to join the straws together

Students will also need supplies they can use to build with such as: empty cardboard boxes or other plastic or aluminum containers (start to clean out and hold on to some recyclable items!); pieces of piping; foam rubber or styrofoam; pieces of wood; discarded items from your house you might not need anymore; duct tape; glue, hot glue; hammer and nails; staple gun, etc.

PLEASE NOTE: This is just a suggested list of items. During the last week of DL they will be building a structure of their own and can decide what kinds of materials they want to use and how to assemble it. You do not need to go buy or get all the items on this list. Also, if you do not have any of these particular items we are more than happy for students to improvise and come up with some innovative solutions or replacements. This is a great opportunity for them to demonstrate flexible thinking and creativity!

There is nothing you need to do at this time other than start to gather or save some potentially useful items for building with. Instructions for all the activities will be given to the students as we go through the unit.

Thank you again for your support at home.

Guest Speaker Request for Unit of Inquiry

Where We Are in Place and Time

Dear Third-Grade Families,

For the last three weeks of Distance Learning, we will be teaching an abridged version of our Where We Are in Place and Time unit. The lines of inquiry for this unit are:

– how structures provide evidence of time and place.
– why and how people build structures.
– creating our own structures for a purpose.

We often refer to this unit as the “structures” unit, and during it we investigate some scientific principles behind the construction of structures, study and try to build our own bridges, towers, etc. There are going to be a lot of great activities the students will be able to do at home, and we are hoping this is a unit your child will really enjoy, even though our time to explore the concepts will be limited.

In the past we have sometimes been able to invite a parent in to be a guest speaker during this unit, and we are hoping we might be able to do the same again this year even through Distance Learning. If any of you work in any field related to this unit; architecture, design, engineering, etc. and you would be willing to be a guest speaker for us, please contact your child’s teacher and let them know. It would probably take the form of a recorded interview that we would share on the slides for the students to see so you would not need to worry about coordinating a time to appear “live.”

Please let us know if you would be interested in this opportunity, and thank you for your continued support at home during our Distance Learning.

Warm regards,
The Grade 3 Team

Distance Learning Packets

Dear Third-Grade Families,

As the AAS leadership team has recently communicated, “Distance Learning” packets are being sent home ONLY as preparation for a campus closure. Teachers have tried to predict what would be needed for a “distant” home-learning experience and included these things in the packets – the packets may vary slightly from teacher to teacher. These packets should only be opened and utilized when students are instructed to do so. 

Ms. Helen, our Art teacher, has also prepared a packet which is being sent home.

Those students who have Mrs. Jennifer will have tools as well for extra support. 

Those students who have Ms. Solice for World Language will have a “Distance Learning ” packet from her.

Families need to do the following to prepare for distance learning: 

  • Gather some basic school  supplies – pencils and sharpeners, erasers, markers, colored pencils, rulers, etc. 
  • Create a learning space at home where all school supplies, electrical outlets for device charging, and “Distance Learning” packets are centrally located – students should help to organize this learning space. 
  • Make sure there is a quiet, well-lit place for your child to meet with his/her class online – this may or may not be the designated “learning space.” 

Please keep these at home unopened/unused until Distance Learning happens, or until you are asked to send it back to school. All non-consumable materials (e.g. unifix cubes, reading books, etc.) will be expected to be returned to school regardless of the situation.

Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher if you have any questions regarding the “Distance Learning” packets.

Kind regards,
The Grade 3 Team 

Market Day Adjusted

On March 4th, AAS Public Relations emailed the AAS community a very important email. Below is a cut and paste that directly affects the customers (you) on Market Day.

No Parents or Outside Guests/Нет родителей или посторонних гостей
March 13 Grade 3 Market Day/13 марта 3 класс День рынка
March 17 MS/HS Variety Show
March 26 MS Drama
April 1-3 ES Drama
March 30 – April 3 IB Visual Arts Exhibition
There are three things you need to know.
First, thank you for the support you have been giving at home to help our young entrepreneurs. As of today, half of our students have submitted their materials/supplies list and have finalized the budgeting. The sooner we get the budgets turned in the sooner students can calculate their selling price. Also, they may decide to interview the AAS community to determine which price people are willing to pay.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 safety protocol the AAS leadership team has put in place means that parents are NOT allowed to attend MARKET DAY. Administration and G3 teachers will do their best to video record the market and interviews with our young entrepreneurs to share with you.
To reduce the amount of people in one area, each class has a designated time for EXPO on March 20th. 3KS will have EXPO 12:50-1:35.
9:25-10:15- 3CB
11:30-12:15 – 3WA
12:50 -1:35 – 3KS
2:45-3:30 – 3CK
Because we will have a significant decrease in consumer activity, we are also accepting donations. These donations will go towards supporting the kids at the Lighthouse Children’s Hospice (the same charity to which all of the Market Day profits will be donated). If you are interested in donating, please send it in with your child before March 28th.
Thank you again for your support. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or stop by the classroom.

Environmentally Responsible Young Entrepreneurs

Dear G3 Families,                                                             

We have kicked off our unit on How We Organize Ourselves. In this unit, students will become young entrepreneurs and will independently set up their own business for  Grade 3 Market Day which will take place on March 13, 2020 (time to be announced, but it will be in the afternoon). Parents are welcome to come and participate as customers.

This project will be managed step-by-step for the students.
Here are a few items you will be seeing over the next few weeks for homework:
1. Materials list
2. Cost analysis (loan cost divided by unit cost)
3. Loan contract
4. Business License

Environmentally Responsible Young Entrepreneurs
We will be discussing how we can reduce our environmental footprint as a young entrepreneur. We encouraged students to think about past learning and being environmentally conscious when setting up their business. Students will receive a Zero Waste sticker for businesses where the customer purchases and leaves no waste behind. 

This is a great project for interaction (ideas) between parents and children. But, the more students do themselves, the more they will gain from the learning process. The students should make the products themselves (even if it is difficult) and should set-up before and clean up after the market. If everything is always done for them, there is no way for them to learn. The greatest learning takes place when things are not easy and they have to struggle through it themselves!

Please mark your calendars for Friday, March 20th which will be our Grade 3 Expo. Students will have time after Market Day to calculate profits and draw conclusions about the success of their business. They will be ready to share their learning from this unit with you, and we hope you will be able to join us. More details about Expo will be announced as the date approaches. 

We are looking forward to seeing all the third graders blossom as young entrepreneurs in the coming weeks! More information about Market Day will come as we move through the unit and get closer to March 13th. In the meantime, please let your homeroom teacher know if you have further questions.

Kind regards,
Grade 3 Team

Ice Cream and Economics (How the World Works)

Last week, students were ‘paid’ a salary for tasks within the class. Some students were fined, others rewarded and the culture of the classroom changed. The power of money…

At the end of the week it was announced that the money they had saved and earned had real value in the Sundae Shop, where students could purchase ice cream by the scoop!. The rush was on! At the market prices changed due to supply and demand. Some ‘wealthier’ students had no issues buying a fast pass to get to the front of the line, while others could barely afford a scoop. Was this fair, or just business as usual? We’re hoping the students will decide.

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We are looking forward to exploring the world of economics as our third graders become “young entrepreneurs” and plan their own business to run for “Grade 3’s Market Day” on March 13th.

How can you support?

Families may help at home by reviewing the central idea and lines with their third grader as well as discuss some of the questions below. Engage with real life and discuss what you want out of a good business. What does a business person value?

How We Organize Ourselves unit of inquiry:

Central idea: Economic activity relies on a system of exchange and consumption of goods and services.

Lines of inquiry:
– economic activity.
– the role of cost analysis and business plans in the marketplace.
– our responsibility as producers and consumers.

Discussion questions:
How do entrepreneurs gather and use the information?
How do you run a business?
How do entrepreneurs deal with challenges and opportunities in business?
Why does a business choose to sell a product or service?
How do consumer choices impact the world around us?
How do supply and demand affect the market place?
Why do consumers choose particular goods and services?
Today we had a very special event called the Sundae Shop. It’s aim was to open our new unit of inquiry with a highly engaging and relevant introduction into the world of economics. Issues such as supply and demand, and their effects on value were in play.

Ice Skating Cancelled for PE this Year

The PE team would like to update everyone on the ice skating situation during PE. We have looked at the weather and it is not going to be cold enough for long enough to build a rink this year. Ice skating during PE is canceled for this year. If for some reason this changes we will let you know. We know how much the students enjoy this experience and hopefully next year we will have a colder winter. There are many rinks in the city that are still functioning, it could be a great family outing. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The ES PE Team



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