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The finish line is in sight!

WOW! We are just about there! It definitely has been a year like no other. In addition to all of the subject and specialist learning our third-graders did, they learned to be resilient, to persevere, and to take responsibility for their learning. The third-grade team is grateful to our students’ families for their support in helping us to have a successful year despite all of the challenges.

Reminder: Tuesday, June 15th, dismissal will be at 12pm. Wednesday, June 16th, school begins at 8:30am and dismissal will be at 12:30pm (after the closing ceremony). We will not have lunch at school on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Here’s what has been happening in third grade as the year comes to a close . . .

ELA: We have finished an informational writing unit that merged well with our unit of inquiry – Where We are in Place and Time. Third-graders became travel guides, in a sense, as they researched and wrote about notable structures or landmarks within Russia and beyond. They wrote ‘editorial summaries’ and published them in various forms including placing their summaries on a Google Map which takes their readers to where the topic of their writing is located, and creating infographics which gives someone all the important facts they need to know.

To go along with our informational writing unit, third-graders read a lot of nonfiction and informational text. These are some questions they used to guide them as readers in this genre:

  • How do readers find what they are looking for?
  • How is reading informational texts different from reading fiction?
  • How do text features support the text?
  • Why do we read informational texts?
  • What is important information?
  • How do readers know if what they are reading is true?

Math: After finishing the unit on fractions, which included plotting and comparing fractions on a number line, we focused on geometry. Don’t forget about all the “G3 Math Resources” on the menu bar of this blog for “Eureka Math Tips for Parents” as well as math unit overviews. Here is also some additional support for geometry:

Unit of Inquiry: Third-graders have transitioned from the ‘young entrepreneurs’ they were in How We Organize Ourselves into ‘young engineers’ for the Where We Are in Place and Time unit of inquiry.

Central idea:The design of structures is influenced by time, place, and purpose.

Lines of inquiry:

  • Why and how people build structures
  • How structures provide evidence of time and place
  • Creating our own structures for a purpose

Our ‘young engineers’ applied their newly acquired architectural knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles of design to construct their own structures using materials and tools available to them in Studio 4. While they mostly used cardboard, some wood, and recycled materials, they kept in mind the materials they would use if they were to build the structure in a particular time and place.  If you have not seen these structures already, be looking for them to come home very soon!

We have had some third-graders already depart for their summer holiday or leave Moscow altogether to begin their next learning adventure. We wish these students and their families all the best!

Soon, the students still here with us will be leaving their homeroom classrooms for the final time as third-graders.

Wherever their learning journey may lead, we wish all of our students much success!

Have a lovely summer holiday.

-The G3 Team

Support your child’s reading development – ask questions!

“The goal is to to help children think like readers.” ~ Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell

Asking questions when reading with children benefits their reading development as it helps them to stop and think about their reading.

When your child is reading fiction, here are some questions to ask before, after, and during reading . . .

List above sourced from

We hope that families are able to enjoy some great books together this summer!


– The Grade Three Team

ES Summer Field Day

Summer Field Day for Elementary School is Friday, June 11th!

Students will get to participate in racket games, relay races, throwing tasks, and building challenges. In keeping with the Elementary School Covid mitigations, each grade will have its own summer field day time slot. To help students stay comfortable for the day there are a few things to make sure your child has:

  • Athletic clothes (easy to move in)
  • Jacket (preferably water resistant)
  • Extra pair of socks to change into after
  • Athletic shoes
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat or Sunglasses (Optional)

A special thank you to the PTO for organizing cool treats. We look forward to seeing third grade on the field for Field Day!

What’s up in G3?

As of this writing, we have had 130 days of learning in third grade! It has been quite a different school year full of twists and turns, to say the very least. We thank our families for their support through all of our learning path transitions. It is nice to have some sense of normalcy with the return of all students on campus every day with our “Modified Full On-Campus” learning path.

Unit of Inquiry How We Organize Ourselves, our young entrepreneurs made 58,528 rubles in profits from their sales during the “Grade 3 Virtual Market Day.” A BIG THANKS to everyone who supported third grade by taking the time to browse through the online stores and make some purchases.

All profits will be donated to The Lighthouse Children’s Hospice in Moscow.

We are currently bringing How the World Works to a close. Through science investigations, reading, discussions, and forest walks students have developed their understanding of the unit’s central idea and lines of inquiry:

Central Idea: Understanding changes in the natural world involves observation and scientific recording.

Lines of Inquiry:
– changes in the natural world
– why and how we observe and record the natural world as a process
– how understanding changes in the natural world impacts our interactions with it

Third-graders chose science investigations of their own on a topic related to the “natural world.” They developed questions and hypotheses about their topic. Then, they researched, observed, and/or experimented like scientists in order to gather information. Ask your third-grader about what they have discovered in their scientific journey!

ELA: Students have enjoyed journaling and writing like a scientist in our Science Writing unit. They have written scientific questions, hypotheses, procedures and more for the science investigations they have conducted and observed. To end the Science Writing unit, third-graders are putting the finishing touches on the writing that explains their scientific knowledge and understanding about something they investigated in the natural world.

In reading the focus has been on nonfiction/informational text – “Reading to Learn (Acquire Knowledge).” Third-graders are figuring out the difference between effectively reading fiction and nonfiction/informational text. Some strategies they are using to read nonfiction/informational text are:

  • Asking, “What do I already know about this topic?” and seeing how their prior knowledge fits in with what they are reading
  • Monitoring comprehension (making connections, visualizing)
  • Stopping to understand new words
  • Determining importance (separating the important details from the “fluff” or things that are simply “fun, cool facts”)
  • Asking questions
  • Answering questions (note taking)
  • Learning what nonfiction text features are and how to use them

All third graders should have a ‘just-right’ (independent) book to read at school every day. No third-grader should be caught without a just-right 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 at home each night. Therefore, their just-right book should be going between home and school until it is finished, then they should have another just-right book ready to go because no third-grader should be caught without a just-right book!

Please ensure there is time put aside for your third-grader to have at least 20 minutes to read for pleasure each night. This is very important not only for their development as readers, but as lifelong learners. Here is an infographic that has been around for a while but still holds true:

Math: We are working on fractions in Unit 5. Please check the “G3 Math Resources” page on the menu bar of this blog for information about each of our math units including “Eureka Math Tips for Parents” and math unit overviews.

Important Dates:

April 22 – Earth Day – wear blue or green or brown or all three!

April 30 – Russian Labor Day – No school 

May 4, 6, and 7 – Spring ES MAP testing

May 10 – Victory Day – No school

June 11 – Summer Field Day for students (details to be determined)

June 16 – Last day of school for students (details to be determined)

The Annual Used Book Fair is coming soon!

 The PTO is very excited to announce the Annual Used Book Fair will be held on Thursday, April 1st, and Friday, April 2nd!

Each Elementary class will be taken by their class teacher to visit the fair and will be able to choose up to 5 “new to you” books!

We are asking for a minimum donation of 200 Rub for up to 5 books, the money raised will go towards up-coming PTO events.

ES families will be receiving an envelope in their children’s bag with a brief note explaining the event, the envelope can be used to return your voluntary donations. 

There are some fantastic books to choose from, happy reading!

-From the PTO!

March is here!

Mark your “March” calendars:

Week of March 1 to 4 – Virtual Market Day orders delivered to school for customer pick-up

March 5 – No School for students – Teacher PD day

March 8 – International Women’s Day – No school

March 26 – Student-Led Conferences – Not a regular school day (details forthcoming)

The Grade 3 Virtual Market Day closed this morning

A HUGE THANKS to the families who shopped online. Our third-grade entrepreneurs appreciate the time you took to visit their virtual stores and make some purchases.

With the conclusion of online shopping, the entrepreneurs now have to get started producing their products and filling the orders they received. Those who sold services will contact their customers to arrange a time during the school day to provide the service via a Webex meeting.

All orders need to be placed in a brown paper bag with the customer’s name and homeroom (if they have a homeroom) or “Teacher” placed on it. Orders will sit on a table outside the homeroom for 24 hours, then students will take them home or they’ll be delivered to teachers.

Reminders regarding COVID safety precautions:

  • Money can not be exchanged at school
    • Exact currency must be placed in an envelope WITH THE ORDER SHEET provided in the white envelope sent home (envelope will be stored in the ES Office safe for 5 days).
    • Change cannot be provided (if more than the exact amount for the product or service is provided, then the change will be donated to charity).
  • Products will be delivered to students to take home. Adults are not allowed on campus.
  • All food items prepared must be prepared while wearing gloves and a mask.
  • All food items must be individually packaged.
  • Students from different classrooms must remain separated.
  • Sold goods must be able to be stored in a non-refrigerated environment (non-perishable for three days).
  • Food ingredients must be clearly labeled.
  • Marketing, sales, distribution needs to occur in 3rd grade designated areas.
  • Students and parents must be aware of all Web etiquette and safety procedures.
  • Students and parents must be aware of all COVID and other safety precautions.

The Grade 3 Virtual Market Day is now open!

Click on THIS LINK (or either of the links below) to visit all of the third-grade entrepreneurs’ virtual stores.



February 24 – The GRADE THREE VIRTUAL MARKET DAY GOES LIVE! The virtual market will open to third-grade families and elementary school teachers only.


February 26 and March 1 – Customer payment for orders due (a white envelope will be sent home with all students – please fill out the order form inside and send back the envelope with payment for purchases)

Beginning February 26 to March 1 – Orders need to be filled. Products need to be made. Those doing a service need to book a Webex day and time (school hours) to deliver their service and contact their customers.

March 2 and March 3 – Orders are delivered to school. All orders need to be in a brown paper bag with the customer’s name and homeroom placed on it. Orders will sit on a table outside the homeroom for 24 hours, then students will take them home.

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