Week of May 21

Dear Parents,

What an eventful week last week was! We had two field trips and four special periods of Maker Space lessons. The students were really excited throughout the week. We have about one week left until the last teaching day – time flies.

 

Maths update:

We have started a new unit about Geometry and Measurement, which is the second Geometry and Measurement unit in G3. During this unit, students develop ideas about the attributes of 2D and 3D shapes. Students come to understand how we these attributes to classify shapes.They also develop ideas about measuring length, area, the measurement of angles and volume.

 

Focus 1: describing properties of 3D shapes

Students notice and describe important properties of the shapes. They learn to distinguish between polyhedra and non-polyhedra.

 

Focus 2: translating between 2D and 3D shapes

Students determine the number of faces of cubes and other rectangular prisms and how they come together to form the whole. The flat shape which can be folded into a 3D shape is called a net.:

 


They design their own flat nets to create different 3D shapes shapes

Focus 3: structuring rectangular prisms and determining their volume

Students look for relationships between the dimensions (length, width, height) of rectangular boxes and the number of cubes and number of rows of cubes (arrays) that fit inside. Gradually, they learn to visualise the capacity of the boxes and volume of shapes without actually filling them with cubes. Understanding the structure and capacity of these rectangular prisms is essential for students’ to later understand of volume – it is a difficult concept for many.

For more information, please refer to the Related ActivitiesUnit 9 Family Letter

Some photos from Kodomonokuni and Sankeien (Thank you Mrs. Hayashi!)

week of April 30

Dear Parents,

Thank you very much for your and your family’s support during the Food Fair. The Grade 3 guessing game went very successfully – thank you to the students for advertising!

I have a few updates about our learning.

 

Maths

Next week, we will start a new unit: Addition, Subtraction and the Number System. This is another addition and subtraction unit, however, our focus will be different from the past addition and subtraction units.

This time, the emphasis is adding and subtracting numbers in the hundreds accurately. Generally speaking, the bigger the number, the more difficult it is to handle accurately since it is more difficult to grasp the magnitude of the quantities. Learners can easily follow the steps of computational procedures but often lose track of the meaning of the quantities and then make errors. Learners need to notice when the results of their computation are not reasonable, given the quantities in the problem. Therefore, in this unit, estimation is another key focus.

For more information, please refer to Unit 8 Family Letter 1  Unit 8 Family Letter 2

 

Reading

Research Clubs:

We are working on a group project to present what we learned about animals. In groups, we plan and create a Google slide presentation. We are careful about subtopics; we took into consideration what might the audience not know and might want to know. We also consider the text structure of our presentation (e.g., sequential, compare and contrast, boxes and bullets). We asked ourselves “What structure best suits what we want to present?”  

 

Writing

Adapting and Writing Fairy Tales:

We have selected our own, classic favourite fairytale and started writing our own version of the story. We have learned a lot of strategies to write fairytales, which are also applicable to other types of narrative stories. We are applying this learning to our own writing. We have become more independent; we have been self assessing our writing against the checklist and the charts on the wall independently to make it even better. We will ‘publish’ our book at the end of the unit.

 

Other

  • Field trip to Sankeien on 16 May: Please refer to the printed letter provided for details.
  • Field trip to Kodomonokuni on 18 May: More information will be available soon.

week of April 16

Dear Parents,

I have a short update about Maths. We have just started a new unit: Fractions and Decimals.

During the first two weeks, we aim to develop our understanding of the meaning of fractions as equal parts of a whole. This Investigations unit does not emphasise automated application of formulas converting one fraction into equivalent fractions. We will instead be using a lot of visual representations to grasp the concept of fractions and to develop deeper mathematical understanding. For more details, please refer to Family Letter and Activities

Please return your child’s unit 6 pre assessment, post assessment and reflection sheet by this Friday.

Thank you.

week of April 2

Dear Parents,

Spring has come! I hope you and your family had a great holiday. There are approximately two months left until the students move to the next grade! We have some events coming up in this month and your continued support is much appreciated.

Here is some information about what is happening this month.

 

World Book Day

  • Celebrate World Book Day by joining the ESSC “Extreme Reading Challenge” and “Book Drive”. We dare you to share a photo of yourself reading a book in an unusual (but safe) way. How: Put your printed “L” size (89mm x 127mm) photo into the photo box by the ESSC bulletin board from April 2nd – 23rd. Photos will be displayed in the Elementary hallway.
  • We encourage you to donate used books to help Shine On Kids. Shine On Kids supports children with serious illnesses.  How: Put used books into the collection box by the ESSC bulletin board from April 2nd -23rd.
  • On April 23rd, celebrate books with your class! How: Ask your teacher to help you take an “Extreme Reading Challenge” photo with your WHOLE class! Be creative! Can you and your teacher come up with other ways to celebrate?! Awesome, but don’t forget the challenge photos! Have your teacher email your class Extreme Reading Photo to the ESSC. 

Please refer to the attachment for more information: #1      #2    #3

 

 

Food Fair

This will be held on 29th of April. Details are enclosed in the letter which was provided on Wednesday, 4th of April. The 30th will be a late start; more information will come later.

 

Mathematics

We have been working to make and use graphs to represent and compare pairs of marble sequences, including sequences that start at the same point and then diverge and sequences that intersect. We have been working hard to describe the relationship between two quantities in a situation with a constant rate of change, taking into account a beginning amount and  a constant increase. There are many ways to work out the total number but it can be confusing. Next week, we’ll be making graphs from tables, plotting points on a graph to represent a situation in which one quantity is changing in relation to another.

 

Writing

Adapting and Writing Fairy Tales:

In this unit, we will enjoy traditional fairy tales and think creatively in order to write our own, unique version. Later in this unit, we will write our own, original fairy tale. To do this task we need to understand the usual structure and components of a fairy tale and how to  make adaptations. For the first two weeks, we will be studying what famous authors changed in traditional fairy tales and what they kept the same.  

 

Reading

Research Clubs:

What are different ways to discover information? One way is to read a written text e.g. a book or a website. For the first two weeks, we will be working to become expert researchers. We will be critiquing ways to research deeply and effectively. With such an abundance of resources available, we will be considering how we can be selective and strategic about the resources we choose to read. We will be learning steps for effective research, identifying important subtopics across books and learning how to organise important information effectively.

Thank you.

Kyoka

Week of March 5

Dear Parents,

Here is our learning schedule until the Easter holiday and some updates. March 23rd is Japanese Culture Day and the detailed schedule will be shared a little later.

 

Kyungeun

Sadly, Kyungeun is departing St. Maur as of March 23rd. We wish her and her family good luck in their new destinations!

Maths

We just finished Unit 5: multiplication and division. The students are encouraged to practice multiplication combinations learned for further fluency. From next week, we will be starting a new unit: Patterns, Functions, and Change. For the next two weeks, we will be learning more about making and reading line graphs that show a relationship between two variables through looking at temperature change over time in different places around the world. We will be thinking about the overall shape of a graph and what that overall shape means.

For more information, please refer to the attached family letters M7-8 M9-10.

Reading

We will be continuing learning to understand characters deeply. We have learned what we expect when reading a fiction story and how to follow a character’s journey, understanding it at a deeper level. We have formed book clubs. Each book club shares the same book and talks deeply about the the story and the author’s work. In the next two weeks, book clubs will be continued and we will be focusing on the skills to compare and contrast characters using many strategies.

Writing

We have almost finished learning about persuasive speeches. The students are recording their own speech on Seesaw, making sure their speech is powerful enough to convince the audience. From next week, we will transfer and apply everything we have learned to write other types of opinion pieces: petitions and persuasive letters. As independent writers, we self-check our writing against the checklist as well as peer assess our writing.

 

Here are some pictures from the past weeks.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend!

Kyoka Frost