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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:

MAP Begins Monday, Sept. 28th

Please note: The huddles at home do not sign-in to Webex during MAP testing. Teachers will provide asynchronous lessons for these students to do during MAP. Please see the dates and times below for MAP assessments.

In the coming weeks, our Grade 2-5 students will take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment which will provide our teachers with another view into your child as a learner. The children will take the Math, Reading, and Language forms of the assessment. The MAP assessments provide us with external data that compares your child’s performance with a set of recognized norms. Because the assessment is adaptive, we are able to gather information about children outside of the constraints of grade-level bands.

This is not an assessment that your child can study for. In order to help her or him do their very best, please ensure that your child gets plenty of rest and eats a healthy breakfast.

You will receive information about your child’s performance on the MAP assessment after all students have completed the tests. For more about the MAP assessment, you can read the document at this link

Third grade will be taking their MAP assessments on the dates listed below.  

It is important that your child eats a healthy breakfast and arrives on time on these dates:
Monday (Huddle A) – September 28th at 8:30am

Tuesday (Huddle B) – September 29st at 8:30am
Friday (Huddle A) – October 2nd at 8:30am
Monday (Huddle B) – October 5th at 8:30am

Please ensure your child has a healthy lunch to eat on these dates:
Monday (Huddle A) – October 12th at 12:45pm (after lunch)

Tuesday (Huddle B) – October 13th at 12:45pm (after lunch)

There will be MAP assessment make-up dates in between the scheduled dates for those students not able to attend on the days listed above. All MAP testing, including make-ups, will conclude on October 15th. Families who are not in Moscow or in quarantine will be contacted regarding “home MAP assessment procedures.”

Photo Days

Yearbook Photos 

  • Starting next week, and for the next three weeks, AAS students and staff will have their photos taken in the Malyy Theatre. 
  • These portraits will be included in the AAS Yearbook and will be used for school access badges. 
  • Parents and classroom teachers will receive more details on the date and time of each child’s photo.
  • We ask ES and MS parents to dress students in formal wear on their photo day. 

AAS will be taking all of the necessary safety precautions during photo days. There will be no group photos due to social distancing requirements. Students will only take their masks off briefly to take the photograph.

Homeroom teachers will be in touch with the specific days their classes will be taking photos. Don’t forget! Formal uniforms are required for school photos.

Goal Setting Conferences Next Week

Goal Setting Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, September 24 and Friday, September 25. These conferences will be held through Webex, so a parent can attend even if they are not in the same location as their child. 

  • What is a Goal Setting Conference?
    • The student, parents, and educator will meet for approximately 20 minutes.
    • A short conversation about how a student is settling into the school year.
    • Together, the student, parents, and educator will discuss the student’s strengths and the goals (s)he has set.
  • Logistics
    • Students should wear their formal school uniform or similar attire in order to support the formal nature of these conferences.
    • September 24 and 25 are non-instructional days but students are expected to attend their conference with their parents.
    • An email with instructions on how to sign up for a conference will be sent from the ES Office, please keep an eye out for it.
    • Parents may send an email to Single Subject and Special Educational Needs (SEN) Educators in order to set up a Webex Meetings with them if they would like to talk about these specific areas around settling in, goals and strengths. Students should attend these meetings.

Grade 3 Math – Unit 1


To support your understanding of Math – Unit 1, grade 3 has developed and collected some support resources that can be used to help your child move through the unit and explain to you what the lesson could look like. 

The first LINK outlines the expectations for grade-level competence. 

The second LINK provides examples of how the lessons flow and develop. 

The following LINK is to a folder for problem sets and homework sheets that students away from class may need to print to support their learning (because they do not have the actual booklet). If you have the Unit 1 Booklet you do not need this link.  

We hope this is helpful to you and your child as they work through our first math unit.

Warm regards,
The Grade 3 Team

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