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What’s up in third grade?

Unit of Inquiry Sharing the Planet
Central Idea: The consumption of Earth’s resources requires innovative solutions for sustainability.

Lines of Inquiry:
– Earth’s resources and how people use them
– The impact of people’s use of Earth’s resources
– Innovations and solutions for sustaining Earth’s resources

We are well on our way with learning engagements for this unit of inquiry. You may have noticed third-graders digging through the trash at home to check for food waste, tallying the non-organic waste items they have on a daily basis, or maybe even checking out items in the kitchen cupboard to see the journey these items had to make to arrive in the cupboard at home. A trip to the school’s recycling center is also a learning engagement many of the class huddles have had already to see where all the non-organic waste goes in our school, not to mention how much is produced! This is all in an effort to help the students understand what Earth’s resources are and the impact of our use of these resources on our environment.

Ask your third-grader what impact they feel they have on the environment as a result of the things they consume. What action could they take to have a smaller impact? For example, using reusable containers for snack and lunch instead of plastic bags or containers that they throw away. What about as a family? How could you reduce food waste? Do you use a lot of bottled water? What change could you make to produce fewer plastic water bottles? How could you save electricity or water?

We welcome anyone as a guest speaker who can talk about recycling and/or how we affect the environment as consumers.

ELA (Writing and Reading): In writing, third-graders are working on persuasive/opinion writing. They are seeing it isn’t easy to convincingly express their opinion or persuade others to agree with them or take their side. Persuasive texts have been the focus in reading.

How can parents and caregivers help at home? If your third-grader really wants something such as more screen time, staying up later, having a playdate, a pet, something new (i.e. video game, clothes, anything they “just have to have”) have him/her give some good reasons and state why those reasons are valid. For example, if your third-grader wants to stay up later and gives the reason that it would allow more time to read, which is a good reason, then have him/her convince you why staying up late to have more time to read would be helpful.

We are working on not only coming up with strong reasons to support their opinion but strong evidence or details to support the reasons.

Please encourage your third-grader to read aloud to you for part or all of their 20 minutes of reading each night, then discuss the reading. We are working with students on getting beyond simply retelling a story and being able to discuss what they have read (practice making connections, observations, inferences, questioning, predictions, etc.) with their peers and teachers. It is also important for students to read books that are ‘just-right’ for them to read on their own and not something they are reading just because their friends are reading it. Please keep in mind, while many children can read the words in a book well, they may not be understanding what they have read.

Math: We are working our way through Unit 2. We encourage families to 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. Our focus has been on metric units (grams/kilograms, milliliters/liters, centimeters/meters). It would also be helpful to practice rounding measurements to the nearest 10. Telling time on an analog clock, especially elapsed time, is a difficult concept for some students. Parents can help at home by having their third-grader keep track of the starting and ending time for an activity or daily task, then calculate how much time has passed from start to finish. Number lines are a helpful tool for calculating the number of minutes that have passed.

Note: All of the G3 Math Resources for supporting home learning can be accessed from the menu bar above.

Important Dates:

November 26 & 27 – Three-Way Conferences (Parent-Student-Teacher)

December 17 – Last day of school before the winter break

December 18 to January 8 – Winter break

January 11 – School resumes with Distance Learning from January 11 to 22

MAP Testing Update

Dear Parents, 

As you have read in the Community Message from October 6, AAS is transitioning to Distance Learning for the week beginning Monday, October 12. This impacts our MAP testing schedule, as offering the online Distance MAP test to all students in Grade 2-10 is not feasible. Our current MAP plan is to finalize the MAP Math and Reading tests this week and postpone the Language test until we return on campus.

If your child has not completed or has not begun the MAP Math and/or Reading tests, we will offer an online opportunity for completion. We will be reaching out to students and their families if they are in need of completing the Math or Reading MAP test.  They will join the Webex of Kirsten Welbes at at one of the following times:

– Thursday, October 8 from 5:30-7:30pm Moscow time
– Friday, October 9 from 11:30-1:30pm Moscow time  
– Friday, October 9 from 5:30-7:30pm Moscow time
– Saturday, October 10 from 8-11:00am Moscow time
– Saturday, October 10 from 4:00-6:00pm Moscow time

If none of these times works for your family, please be in touch with Kirsten Welbes to organize a mutually convenient time. 

In order for your child to be ready for online MAP, please ensure that your child has: a quiet location in your home to take the test a device that can run the NWEA lockdown browser, link or iPad app. 

There is an online Proctor Reference available to support parents, and there will be a few Online MAP Parent Information Sessions at:

– Thursday, October 8 from 9:00-9:30am
– Thursday, October 8 from 7:30-8:00pm

Please join Kirsten’s Webex for the Online MAP Parent Information Session.
If those times don’t work for you, again, please let Kirsten Welbes know, and she will find a mutually convenient time to connect.

If your family has already been participating in Distance MAP, Kirsten will be in touch to finalize the MAP Math and Reading tests that still need to be completed. 

For all MAP related questions, please contact Kirsten Welbes at

Distance Learning

All students will be engaged in Distance Learning October 12 – 16.

Teachers will share their class schedule for Distance Learning with their homeroom families.

All students will need to log in to their teacher’s Webex on Monday morning, October 12, at 8:30am.

Reminders . . .

Thursday, October 8th, and Friday, October 9th are Professional Development days for teachers which means no school for students.

Coming soon . . .

October 19th – 23rd

The first day back to school after the Autumn Break will be
Monday, October 26th.

What’s up in third grade?

Unit of InquiryWho We Are: This unit is a wonderful unit to start off the school year as we inquire about the characteristics of influential people and how we influence each other. Establishing a “Growth Mindset” is also a part of this unit and is an essential part of being a self-directed learner. This unit of inquiry has integrated well with reading and writing biographies as we learn about influential people who have brought about change through their ideas, actions and attitudes.

Central Idea: Through their, ideas, actions, and attitudes people have sought to solve problems to bring about change.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Characteristics of influential people
  • How people influence others to act and change
  • How we identify problems and solutions to bring about change

Key Concepts: change, responsibility, causation, form
Related Concepts: influence, action, impact

Here are some questions for the unit which families are encouraged to discuss at home.

  • What does influence mean?
  • What are the characteristics of influential people?
  • Who influences you? How?
  • Who do you influence? How?
  • What problems or difficulties have you had where you intervened (need to find a solution) to bring about change?

ELA: Students have been reading biographies and have chosen someone about whom to write a biography. They will soon be putting the finishing touches on their biography writing and publishing their work – be on lookout for their biography writing 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 third grader 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. Some reading comprehension strategies we have been working on are metacognition (thinking about what is going on inside our head as we read); asking questions before, during, and after reading; using context clues to make predictions; and making connections (text to self / text to text / text to world).

Math: We are wrapping up Unit 1 and students will be taking the end-of-unit assessment soon. THIS POST from September 11th contains information and resources for this unit. You may also refer to the “G3 Math Resources” page on the menu bar above this post for a plethora of math resources to help your third-grader at home.

Our next math 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. Please see the “G3 Math Resources” page on the menu bar above for math resources for unit two to help your third grader at home.

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. 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.

Grade 3 Swimming – Week B

Swim classes are beginning for third grade!

Grade 3 will have swim class during “Week B” only during the 6-Day schedule. Please ask your homeroom teacher if you are not sure about what day your third grader’s class will be swimming.

CLICK HERE for a note from our Aquatics Coordinator, David Ismailov, for information about swimming at AAS.

Questions regarding swim class? Please email David Ismailov at:

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