May 30 – June 3

What a fun week at “CAMP 3-GM SAS”!!!  It’s been a memorable week of fun, games, creativity and cooperation!  Amongst all of it, we were able to wrap up some of the fantastic projects that we have been working on in our core classes.  ONLY 3.5 days left of GRADE 3 after today!!!!!

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Literacy and Social Studies

Students presented their “Significant Person” in an iMovie for all to see. They made sure to focus on the contribution(s) made by the person they researched in the Biography unit and the impact it had. Students also created a “camp” community in the classroom this week by pitching tents and creating an environment that felt as if we were somewhere outside of our classroom. The imagination and creativity used during this experience was absolutely amazing.  The way the children came together to make fun, games, and new ideas was truly inspiring and will, no doubt, be a memory that we all take with us for a very long time.

Math

This week students began the last unit of 3rd grade math in Geometry.  We explored polygons, quadrilaterals and quadrangles by categorizing them based on their different attributes.  

Other Business:

FIELD DAY!!!

Field Day for Grade 3 will be on Monday, June 6th!  If it is raining, it will be canceled and it will NOT be rescheduled, so let’s hope for good weather! Here are a few things to note for FIELD DAY:      

  • Bring your own lunch- Grades 1-5 will NOT be eating in the cafeteria, so please remember to send children with their own lunch from home.
  • Bring a towel and change of clothes.- There will be time to dry off and change out of wet clothes after the field day ends.
  • Please send water bottles and sunscreen!

 

 

 

May 23 – May 27

ONLY 8 days remaining of school this year!!!!!

The time is flying by and the growth I see in each of the children is remarkable.  I am so proud of each of them.

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Social Studies and Literacy 

Students have continued to research their biography subject, and will continue to answer questions related the aforementioned topics in the last blog post. They will present their findings in a poster, report, or Keynote. The unit will be wrapped up in order to provide enough time for other end of the year activities and projects.

Math 

This week students began the last unit of 3rd grade math in Geometry.  We explored polygons, quadrilaterals and quadrangles by categorizing them based on their different attributes. Next week we will extend our knowledge by working with tessellations and complete the unit on Geometry by the end of the week.  

Other Business:

Coming up! 3rd Grade Camp SAS

CAMP:

One of the most fun parts about third grade is our annual tradition of Camp SAS at the end of the school year. Camp provides the students a chance to say goodbye to each other for the summer and to remember the fun times in third grade.  The children will turn our classroom into a campsite by setting up tents.  Throughout camp they will tell stories, engage in sing-a-longs, enjoy arts and crafts, and participate in other “camp activities.”

Grade 3 End of Year Party:

On June 3rd (Friday) the whole third grade will be outside from 11:20-12:15 under the Pizza Hut covered area with pizza,  popsicles, and drink provided by the school. If parents choose, they may come to snap a few photos before the kids head to recess at 12:15.

 

 

 

May 16 – May 20

We had an amazing week of learning and sharing in our classroom and school with some lovely 3rd and 4th grade children from Xuangqiao Chinese School.  Many of the students from this school come from orphaned families and face learning challenges.  It was incredible to see how our children embraced them and made their experience here at SAS a very memorable one.

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Social Studies and Literacy 

As students read about their biography subjects, they are beginning to understand the time period during which the person lived. They are looking at the early years, struggles, life work, and contribution their significant person has made to society. Students will eventually use their notes to create a presentation on the public figure they have chosen to study in a poster, report, keynote, or imovie.

Math 

Students are working with collecting data and representing their findings on a variety of graphs such as pictographs, bar graphs, and line plots.  They are learning how to use the data to solve a variety of word problems as they analyze the data collected.  This is a short unit on data collection and graphing and most students will have the end of unit assessment next week.  The last few weeks of school will be spent on solving word problems and a brief introduction to Geometry.   

Other Business:

Coming up! 3rd Grade Camp SAS

One of the most fun parts about third grade is our annual tradition of Camp SAS at the end of the school year. Camp provides the students a chance to say goodbye to each other for the summer and to remember the fun times in third grade.  The children will turn our classroom into a campsite by setting up tents.  Throughout camp they will tell stories, engage in sing-a-longs, enjoy arts and crafts, and participate in other “camp activities.”
If you have two large tents that can be set up in the classroom please let me know. Please send in tents prior to Monday, May 30th.

May 9 -13

IMG_3973It was a fast week with so much exciting learning and playing here in 3-GM.  The highlight of the week had to be the Grade 3 Soccer Day on Wednesday.  Our classroom really came together to make it a positive and winning experience for everyone who played.  I’m so proud of the teamwork, encouragement, and dedication that they showed on one of their favorite days of the year!

 

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Social Studies and Literacy

Now that students have wrapped up the Ecosystems Unit in science, the children are focusing on our social studies unit on biographies. As they read about their biography subjects, they are beginning to understand the time period during which the person lived. They are looking at the contributions he or she made to society in order to figure out what made that person so influential. They have also been thinking about what types of experiences and events in a person’s life can help create an interesting biography. Students will eventually use their notes to create a presentation on the public figure they have chosen to study.

Math 

Many of the classrooms in third grade spent math time reviewing and assessing what students learned about fractions.  Our unit culminated in a variety of small, hands-on projects that had students breaking up cakes, pizzas, chocolate bars and even baking to further examine fractions in our every-day life.  Our next Module in math examines data – how to collect it, analyze, and interpret it.  Watch for survey questions coming home, trends your student needs to observe and a LOT of graphs!  

 

Other Business:

Reminder:

On Thursday, May 19, and Friday, May 20, third graders will be hosting visitors from Xuanqiao School. Please remember that all third graders will need to bring a sack lunch on those two days.  Please see the letter that your child brought home.

 

May 3 – May 6

Science and Literacy 

This week the students are presenting their ecosystem research reports. All of the teachers have been impressed by the content of the presentations and and the quality of the writing. Well done!

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We will begin launching our last literacy unit, biographies, next week. This unit of study focuses on identifying qualities of leaders and analyzing how they have made an impact. Students will be  using skills they acquired during the ecosystems research unit to help them find important information about their subject of study. In the culminating activity, students will develop an end-of-unit presentation.

Math 

This week students used their knowledge of representing fractions on the number line to explore equivalent fractions.  Students learned that when the whole is the same, the more equal parts you share the smaller each equal part becomes.  In doing so, they learned simple equivalent fractions such as 3/9 = 1/3 , 2/4 = 1/2, etc.  Students were able to apply this knowledge to a variety of real world application problems in preparation for the end of module assessment next week .  Our next module will be on Collecting and Displaying Data.  

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Other Business:

P.E. Swimming Unit: Your child should have brought home an information note for signature to participate in 3-GM’s upcoming swimming unit.

3GM Swimming Dates are:

1. Thur May 12, 10:45-11:15 2. Tue May 17, 10:45-11:15 3. Thur May 19, 10:45-11:15 4. Mon May 23, 10:45-11:15
5. Thur May 26 10:45-11:15 6. Mon May 30, 10:45-11:15 7. Wed Jun 1 10:45-11:15  

Reminder:

Grade 3 Soccer Day is coming up on May 11th and you are invited to attend!  Your child should have brought home a note with information.  Please be sure your child wears sunscreen, brings running shoes (no soccer cleats), and brings a water bottle and hearty snack. See you on the field!

April 25 -April 29

Here is a recap of our hard working, fun-filled week here in 3-GM!

Science and Literacy

This week the students have been busy completing their final ecosystem organism research project as a poster, report, or Keynote presentation. Many of the students will then present their research to the class as an expert on the topic this week or next. The children learned a great deal about research and notetaking as they used library books; SAS research databases, and their own observations from their trips to Zhudi Park to work on their chosen organism. They learned how to write strong introductions, include important details, and wrap up their findings with a powerful conclusion. Our final final field trip to Chenshan Botanical Gardens on Thursday was a great success with engagement, observations, and curiosity at an all-time high.  It was an absolutely wonderful way to wrap up our unit as a grade level. Once again, we want to thank all the parent chaperones that have assisted us in all our trips to Zhudi Park and the Botanical Gardens. 

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Math 

This week students focused on translating their concrete knowledge of fractions to abstract representations of fractions on the number line.  Students have used concrete manipulatives such as fraction strips, or measuring activities, fruit-by-the-foot, and chocolate to solidify their understanding of fractions as parts of a whole.  We even ventured into the kitchen this week to help perfect a recipe of “Ooblek”… be sure and ask your child about this.  As we continue to deepen our understanding of fractions, students will begin to apply this concrete knowledge to abstract representations on number lines.  Next week students will use number lines to help compare fractions and calculate equivalent fractions.  

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In Other News…

Grade 3 Soccer Day is coming up on May 11th!  Please be sure your child wears sunscreen, running shoes (no soccer cleats), and brings a water bottle and hearty snack.  

April 18 – April 22

It’s been another busy week with Earth Week activities such as planting flowers, turning the lights down, watching the amount of trash we produce, etc.  The kids weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and see how they can really make a difference in the world.  Relay for Life was another exciting event that brought the kids out with encouraging messages of hope, and remembering those that they know and care about that have battled cancer.

3-GM walked 5 laps as a class and made a strong impact in donations with support of the cookie/slushie sales, as well as the Girl Scout’s lemonade stand.

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Here’s some of what we’ve been doing this past week!

Science and Literacy

This week the students started working on their final ecosystem research project and presentation – be in poster, report, or Keynote format. They used library books; SAS research databases, and their own observations from their trips to Zhudi Park to work on their chosen organism. This project incorporates all their field research and observations together with comparisons with other species and their personal connections to them. They also learned how to write strong introductions to get their readers’ and/or listeners’ attention and powerful conclusions to their research projects. As a culminating activity to this Literacy and Science Integrated Lessons, the students will wrap this up with a final field trip to Chenshan Botanical Gardens next week. We hope to can join us then one more time. Once again, we want to thank all the parent chaperones that have assisted us in all our trips to Zhudi Park.

Math 

Fractions have been a lot of fun to learn about these past few weeks…especially when we use FOOD!  We have extended student learning past a single whole to now include two or three whole objects and dividing them up into equal parts.  We have transferred this knowledge into using number lines with starting points and ending points (linear progression) and therefore identifying the number of segments the line has been broken into versus the number of marks we used to get those segments (hint, hint: n + 1 if you are starting at 0!).  Next week your child will explore more fractional strategies on the number line that include estimating and equivalent fractions.
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In Other News…

We have our Chenshan Botanical Gardens field trip on Thursday, the 28th of April!  If the weather is overcast and damp we will still go.  However, if it is pouring rain we will not go and instead have a normal teaching day in school and unfortunately we won’t be able to reschedule the trip SO HOPE FOR NO RAIN!!  We plan to leave from school no later than 8:30am on the buses and we will return by 2:00pm.  PLEASE PACK A SNACK AND LUNCH FOR YOUR CHILD!

For reference, here is what our day on the field trip will look like:

8:25 – leave SAS

9:00 – arrive Chenshan Garden

9:15 – 9:45 – visit one biodome

9:45 – 10:00 – snack

10:00 – 10:30 – visit second biodome

10:30 – 11:00 visit third biodome

11:00 – 11:30 – decide which area of the park to explore and walk there (ride may be an option)

11:30 – 12:00 – explore the area

12:00 – 12:30 – lunch, including 15 min free play in the area

12:30 – 1:00 – walk back to the main entrance

1:10 – board bus and return to SAS

April 11 – April 15

It was a great full week back after successful student-led conferences.  I was incredibly impressed with the students and their ability to discuss their learning, projects, and excitement for school.  Thank you to everyone who was able to come and participate.

Here’s a look at what we did this week.

Science and Literacy 

This week, students have continued to read and write about ecosystem-related topics. They are continuing to take notes and make connections.In addition, they are learning to paraphrase as they use their notes to compose a first draft. Students are also learning about organizing their reports and will soon be gathering photos in order to enhance and further illustrate their final reports. Students will also be preparing for the last Zhudi Park walk next week, which will allow them to make comparisons and connections to previous walks. After that, they will incorporate their field research  into their final reports and write conclusions about their findings.

Math 

Students have been working on dividing whole parts into equal parts to create fractional units (halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, etc).  This week students began to focus on using unit fractions  (½, ⅓, ¼, ⅙, etc) as the begin to build their understanding towards representing fractions on a number line.  Students learned the key vocabulary term unit fraction is used to represent the equal parts of a whole when drawing the picture.  Students learned that any fraction is composed of multiple copies of a unit fraction and used number bonds to represent this fact.  Students then extended their learning to construct fractions greater than 1 using multiple copies of a given unit fraction (5/4 is equal to ¼ + ¼ + ¼ + ¼ + ¼ ).

In Other News…

In case you missed Mr. Allen’s parent update, here is the information regarding Class placement for 2016 – 2017.

 

2016-17 CLASSROOM PLACEMENT UPDATE FOR PARENTS

During the upcoming weeks, teams of teachers and counselors will begin creating class lists for the 2015-16 school year. When planning classrooms for next year the homeroom teachers and counselors will divide the children into balanced groups. Class lists will then be posted the afternoon before the first day of school (August 10, 2016).

Creating well balanced, heterogeneous classroom groups is our comprehensive goal at SAS. Some, not all, of the more important factors in creating that balance include:

• balanced number of boys and girls

• strong English skills vs. less developed English skills

• a mix of students from varying academic levels

• a good social blend of students

• appropriate schedule accommodations for special services

• representation from various nationalities

• individual student issues

As all of our teachers are well-qualified and able to meet the needs of all students currently enrolled at SAS, we respectfully ask that parents do not make requests regarding a specific teacher.  All SAS students should be able to be successful in any one of our classroom communities.

As we want your child to flourish while attending Shanghai American School, your input as our partner in education is important.  If there is any important or relevant information that you think your classroom teacher or counselor may not have that you feel would be helpful to consider as we make placement decisions for next year, please pick up a ES Student Information for 2016-17 Classroom Placement Parent Form from the ES Office (or download it from here http://sites.saschina.org/espuxi/files/2016/04/Parent-Placement-Form-April-2016-PDF-1ehkemz.pdf) so it can be submitted to the ES Office prior to Friday, April 29, 2016.  The information you provide will be shared with the Classroom Placement Team which includes the current and future grade level teams, counselors, and administration.  

We have an excellent teaching team and we will ensure that your child is placed into a well-balanced classroom. We will take into account the information you provide when placing your child, however the information provided does not guarantee placement in a particular teacher’s classroom.

 

April 4 – April 8

This week, students have continued to read and write about ecosystem-related topics and they have used drawings, manipulative models, and explanations to demonstrate fraction concepts.

The focus for the week, however, has been students’ reflection on their learning this year, particularly during the second term, in preparation for the student-led conferences. The students’ efforts to highlight their successes, describe challenges, and establish goals have been commendable.

March 21 – March 25

What a week with musical rehearsals, visits with famous authors, and walks to the park!!!

 

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Happy Spring Holiday to you All!!!!!

Literacy 

Students have chosen the organism that will be the subject of their research report, as we continue to tie reading and writing lessons to the ecosystems unit. Students are reviewing text features and learning how to figure out if research material is at their reading level and can supply the information they need. Students have been prepping for deeper research by participating in a non-fiction book club with their peers.

Math 

This past week, third grade students began exploring fractions!  The students are beginning to partition a whole into equal parts.  They are working on identifying and counting unit fractions using concrete models, pictures, and numerical representations so to a third grader this means PIZZA!  – and chocolate, and anything else you can share equally amongst yourself and friends.  Vocabulary that you may hear your student using includes ‘numerator’, ‘denominator’, ‘fractional unit’ (vs ‘unit fraction’), ‘equal parts’, and ‘partition’.  The growth in this unit will be apparent when your child is able to explain to you that the piece of pizza you just took was the larger one and why. Happy fraction finding!

Science 

Students continue to explore Zhudi Park and examine their living organism further on our weekly Nature Walks. They have continued collecting samples, making observations and writing questions for their upcoming research. Excitement continues to be high as the children are seeing more and more changes with each outing and are looking forward to what the next week will bring. Hopefully our next outing will feel warmer.  THANK YOU to our awesome parent chaperones for taking the time to be a part of this learning!!

 

OTHER BUSINESS:

Students will be busy upon returning from break to prepare for their student led conferences that week.

Remember that the 3rd graders will perform Aesop’s Tales at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, March 25 in the PAC!  It should be a memorable performance and you are welcome to attend.  Here is an invitation note from Ms. Earley:

YOU ARE INVITED!

An Aesop Adventure

Simple stories use animals as well as humans to present powerful and memorable messages about life!  Some of the stories presented will be:  The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Lion and the Mouse, The Ant and the Grasshopper, and more.  The children have been busy acting, speaking, dancing, and playing instruments.  Please ask your children if  they have a speaking part and, if so, help them practice and memorize their lines this weekend.  Thank you!