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.
You are invited to celebrate the culmination of our current unit of inquiry,
How We Organize Ourselves
Grade Three students have been inquiring into the ways in which people develop the skills and ideas necessary to sustain or create a business. The students will apply their knowledge to create a product or service. They will be responsible for every aspect of running a business including product design, production, marketing and budgeting.
To provide a real-world context, students will independently run their business during our Grade Three Market Day. All proceeds from this event will be donated to a charity chosen by the students.
There are two opportunities for you to join us in celebration:
When: Friday, April 26, 2019
Time: 1:15 – 2:45 pm
Where: Hall of Flags
You are welcome to participate in Market Day as a consumer for this learning experience! Bring small notes and coins to purchase products and services such as sweets, games and other fun items. The price range for items will be 20₽ to 500₽.
At Market Day!
Look for the “Zero Waste” stamp of approval and signs that indicate the 3rd grade entrepreneur can speak another language!
How We Organize Ourselves EXPO
When: Friday, May 3, 2019
Time: 8:30am – 9:30am
Where: Grade 3 Hallway and Classrooms
You are encouraged to join your child to experience their learning journey throughout this unit. Students will share with you their understanding of the process of running a business and how to evaluate entrepreneurial success.
The spring is here and the students don’t need snow pants any more. But as the temperature is still low, students should not wear t-shirts and shorts outside until further notice.
ES Playground Supervisor
With about 3 months left of the school year, we thought we would update you on our new units covered as we started all four subjects recently.
Reading – Author Study
Big idea: Readers connect to stories through books and the authors who wrote them.
- What makes a book by an author something you come back to?
- What are common elements within an author’s books? (writing style, themes, messages, voice etc.)
- What are the connections between books
Writing – Open genre writing with Peer Editing and Revising
Big idea: Writers edit with partners to become better writers.
- Why do writers work with others to improve their writing?
- What is the process writers and editors use when editing?
- What do writers look for when revising writing?
- What are the responses writers use in peer work?
- How do writers use others’ ideas to improve their writing?
How We Organize Ourselves
Central idea: Economic activity relies on a system of exchange and consumption of goods and services.
An inquiry into…
– economic activity
– the role of cost analysis and business plans in the marketplace
– our responsibility as producers and consumers
Math Unit 5 – Fractions as Numbers on the Number Line
Central idea: Fractions are used to describe things in everyday life.
An inquiry into…
- How fractions relate to the/a whole (form-what)
- How partitioning relates to fractions (function-how)
- Different ways to represent fractions (connection)
- Using fractions to solve problems (connection-why)
On Thursday, March 21, Grade 3 students enjoyed our “Slime Market” provocation for our How We Organize Ourselves unit. The students had just 20 minutes to spend the “money” they had collected during the week on slime and a variety of add-ins such as different colors, scents and speciality items like glitter and floam. During those 20 minutes, the prices of the various items would fluctuate according to the economic forces of supply and demand. When there was a long line of students waiting for for the metallic add-in to their slime, the price went up. When there didn’t seem to be much interest in the melon scent add-in, the price went down. This activity was a great way to introduce students to economic principles and start to provoke their thinking for our learning during this upcoming unit, which will culminate in our Market Day on April 26th and our Expo on May 4th, when we will share all of our learning. A huge thank you to all the parents who volunteered their time to help us with set-up, sales and clean-up and to Mrs. Iwan, who was our slime-making master!
This week has been busy as we have also started our new math unit on fractions. Please see the newsletter for Topic A of this unit attached.
A message from our Art teacher, Ms. Helen:
Dear Students and Parents Welcome back to art! As you know third grade have recently been involved in the ‘Sharing the Planet’ unit in class and I am aware that you gathered and awful lot of trash for your investigations. Unfortunately all that was collected has now gone. In art we shall be looking at artists who re-use trash in order to create art, and often to make statements about our hopes for the future of planet earth. There are two possibilities for the final creative/artistic outcome of our art unit, dependent on whether we can gather enough trash. I am therefore requesting if you could donate more. This time we are searching for smaller items such as buttons, nuts and bolts, bottle caps, plastic spoons or forks, old jewellery, beads, buckles, old fabrics, toothbrushes, small plastic food containers and so on. If you have anything of this nature that you could spare, please deliver to the art room in boxes, or bags. We can afford to wait up to two weeks. So our deadline should be Thursday 28 March (Student Led Conference Day). Please ensure items are dry and clean. Thank you very much in advance.
Probably one of the most important (and longest) math units for the year is fractions. In this unit students will learn that fractions are equal parts of a whole (or one). Students will work with 1/2, 1/4, 1/8’s to start but will move into much more. Here is the parent tips sheet.
The next large library bulletin board will have a colorful hot air balloon in a beautiful blue sky and the title “Get Carried Away With Books.” Our librarians would love to feature pictures of AAS kids reading on this bulletin board.
You may email the librarians pictures of students reading in any situation – inside, outside, upside down – and they will attach the photo to a paper balloon and feature it on the board.
Thank you in advance for your contributions!
It is only a three-day school week for students as there is no school on Thursday and Friday. Faculty and staff have professional development on Thursday. Friday is International Women’s Day. Do not forget to celebrate the women in your life!
Student Led Conferences
Student Led Conferences will be held on March 28th. Please mark the date on your calendar now and keep in mind that this is not a typical school day. Students will only attend school, with you, during your scheduled conference time. More information is in the school newsletter and will be sent home via email, soon!
Math Unit 4: Multiplication and Area
Here is link for the current math unit.
A Learning Story
by Mrs. Alzamora
(featured in the AAS Weekly Newsletter, February 13, 2019)
Our grade 3 students are engaged in their Sharing the Planet unit. The central idea is “The consumption of earth’s resources impacts the environment and requires an innovative solution for sustainability.” Throughout this week, the grade 3 students are weighing our trash bins in the South Cafeteria and recording the weight on a poster. This will help the students grasp the impact that they have on sustainability at school. The grade 3 children are hoping that we see a decrease in the weight of the trash cans over time. We also hope that this sparks conversations about waste among all of our students, not just the students in grade 3. This type of activity will help all children to make connections between the content that they are learning in class and their everyday lives.
This week students reflected on our community’s trash consumption by collecting trash for a week to see how much trash we actually make. Students discovered that trash is not simply trash. By classifying it into plastic, papers, tin and other things they began to offer ideas to reduce the trash. They also began to imagine how to repurpose the trash as musical instruments, tools, or event works of art!
It’s a great start to the unit! Please keep the trash talk going at home by reflecting on what your family can do to save our world one plastic bottle at a time.