Sharing the Planet

Dear Grade 3 Families,

We are excited to be launching our new unit of inquiry this week! The trans-disciplinary theme is Sharing the Planet. Over the next six weeks we’ll be considering the importance of water in our daily lives and as a resource necessary for all living things. Students will be inquiring into the water cycle, how water is distributed on Earth along with its varying levels of accessibility, human impact on water, and ways that we can use resources wisely.

This week’s homework is to collect data about home water use for one day. We’ll use this information to reflect on the significance of water, to self-assess personal use of water, and to compare differing levels of use.

As the unit continues, students will have the opportunity to learn about water-related issues around the world and to explore possible solutions for some of those problems.

In writing, students will develop their persuasive writing skills to educate others about importance of water and how to take care of water responsibly.  

This unit will help students become more aware of our natural resources and hopefully become more thoughtful about the way we share the planet.  We welcome any feedback on how your child is implementing their learning at home.

Thank you for your support,

The Grade 3 Team

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Things We’ve Been Doing Lately in Grade 3

  • Learning about geometry
  • Building polygons
  • Drawing and measuring angles
  • Researching inspirational people that interest us
  • Working with classmates
  • Teaching our classmates about people that inspire us
  • Writing about ourselves
  • Competing in Word Play Interhouse
  • Preparing for our Student Led Conferences

We are looking forward to sharing our learning with you on Thursday!

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Dr. Jane Goodall Visits Grade 3

During our “Where We Are In Place and Time” unit, Grade 3 felt privileged to welcome and hear from Dr. Jane Goodall. Here’s what a few Grade 3 students had to say about Dr. Goodall’s visit:

  • When Jane Goodall came to visit, we learned all about her early life and how she came to be who she is now. Grade 3 classes learned about Dr. Goodall’s life and her adventures with chimpanzees.  Mia
  • Jane Goodall visited our school to talk about herself and what she did. She told us that she wanted to see hens lay eggs.  Victoria

When students were asked how they felt about Dr. Goodall’s visit, here’s what a few students said:

*It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Ana

*I felt excited because I’ve never met a famous person. Shamoeel

*I thought it was exciting to learn things that were not in her books. Natasha

*I felt worried because I didn’t know if she would understand my questions for her. She did. Theo

*I thought it was exciting to learn about her life. Zainab

*I felt relieved because she really came. The first time we thought she was coming and she couldn’t. Hanno

*I think it’s a good way to learn about saving animals. Aimee

*I thought it was really inspirational. Ellie

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Language Diversity Week

A big thank you to all of the parents who planned and led the language carousel activities today! In grade 3 we learned greetings, numbers, letters, games and songs in Portuguese, Kiswahili, Norwegian, and Dutch. There will be a whole school assembly to celebrate language diversity at IST on Friday morning from 7:20 to 8 AM. Karibuni!

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Where We Are In Place and Time

Dear Grade 3 Families,

Where We Are In Time and Place is our fourth unit of inquiry. We are studying inspirational people and how they have changed the world. The students look at the different contributions people have made, how they were influenced by the events happening in society at the time they were living, and how the issues that were present at that time influenced them to take action. The different factors that lead people to take action and the changes in society resulting from these actions are discussed. We examine different perspectives including the question of whether a person is a hero to everyone or not and how people are affected differently by the same actions. We also look at how we can influence our communities and the responsibility we have to make a positive influence. Our Central Idea is “Throughout history, people have made contributions which have influenced our present world.”

We began our unit by asking students to talk with their parents about inspirational people from their cultures. As the students shared this information, other students were able to learn about different cultural heroes, as well as a bit of history. Then Mr. Haule and Ms. Rose gave a presentation on a local hero, John Magafuli, who has made big changes in his short time as president. They also talked about his influence in government for the past twenty years and how his strong personal qualities led to his election.

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Unit 5 Place Value in Whole Numbers and Decimals

Dear Families,

In unit 5, children will review place value up to 5-digit whole numbers. They will read, write, compare, and order these numbers before they begin to explore larger numbers.

In second grade, children studied decimals by working with money. In this unit, they will gradually extend their knowledge of decimals in the following ways:

  • through concrete models, such as base-10 blocks
  • by writing decimal values in three ways (0.1, one-tenth, 1/10)
  • by comparing and ordering numbers with symbols (<, >, =)

Please follow this link to view vocabulary used in the unit as well as Do-Anytime Activity suggestions.


The Grade 3 Team

Reading Buddies

Today 3H met their KGW Reading Buddies. Before this meeting the Grade 3s planned what they would do with their buddies. They thought it would be a good idea to introduce themselves, find out what their buddies liked and then read books together. Please click on the link below to see how their first meeting went.

On a different note:  In Art, Grade 3s are working on creating human body system models from recycled materials. Please send in items that children might be able to reuse to create their models, like bubble wrap or bottle caps. Details will follow about when and where to see the finished models.

Hour of Code

Hour of Code begins today and is a time when children can think about coding, or the planning and language behind computer games and activities. Throughout this week, students around the world are participating in computer programming activities to learn more about coding.

Are you interested in learning more about coding? Ask your Grade 3 student what they are learning and check out the Hour of Code website.

Happy coding!