October 2018 archive

Scholastic Book Ordering

Good Afternoon UAS Families,
Scholastic Book Club is a fun and easy way to choose books for your children. Just follow the link below, select books for your child, and pay online. A couple weeks later, the books will arrive at school and be delivered to your child’s classroom. As a bonus, every time someone in the UAS community orders through the UAS link, the school receives free books for our classrooms and library! Please check out the link to browse the latest books and order online: http://world-schools.scholastic.co.uk/universal-american-1

Please place your order online by November 1st, 2018.

Happy reading!

Curriculum Updates for Math/Reading/Writing/UOI

 This week we are beginning the 3rd unit of Everyday Math. In this unit, students will be using their multiplication and division knowledge from third grade to begin working on algebra style equations.

At this time students should have good automatic recall of their multiplication facts up to the 12’s, as well as a strong understanding of how multiplication and division facts are related. If your child is struggling to recall multiplication and division facts we strongly recommend that they practice their facts for about 15 minutes each night. You can use IXL grade 3 math modules to assist with practice.

Students will learn to solve equations with parentheses and how to insert parentheses into an equation in order to achieve a certain answer.

We will also continue to review data handling and analysis throughout the unit.

Please find attached the family letter and start of unit Individual Profile of Progress(IPP). The IPP has linked IXL activities for the concepts we will be learning.

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Unit 2 for reading is:
Reading the Weather, Reading the World
For this unit, we will be reading nonfiction books.
We will learn that to read nonfiction well, you must:

  •  Make a connection to your text
     Preview the whole text and predict how it might go
    o Use prior knowledge of the topic
    o Scan the text features
     Figure out the text’s structure and use it to determine importance:
    o Problem/solution
    o Compare/contrast
    o Cause/effect
    o Chronological
     Tackle the hard parts of nonfiction reading:
    First notice:

    • o Misplaced, misleading, or poetic headings
    • Fact overload
    • Confusing beginnings that don’t directly introduce the topic of the text
    • Long detours with extra information that can pull you away from the main idea
    • Then take action:
      • Read and reread
      • Ask: “what is this part teaching?”
      •  Notice if a text is hybrid and figure out which lens to read through, and when Narrative lens (reads like a story, has a problem/resolution, setting,
      • Expository lens (tells about a topic, tells a big idea and details, tells about a group of things)
    •  Figure out the meaning of unknown words:
      • Look in a word
      • Look around the word
  • Some key words we are going to study to understand what type of nonfiction book
    we are reading:
  • Chronological: First, then, next, after that, finally, before, after
  • Problem/Solution:  A problem is, a solution is, if…then, so that
  • Cause/Effect: Because, since, reasons, then, therefore, so, in order
  • Compare/contrast Different, same, alike, similar, although, but, yet, or

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Writing –

We will begin working on a Journalism Unit to go along with our Reading and UOI. The students will learn how to:

  • Generate news stories by finding sources
  • Revise News stories
  • Conduct interviews and take notes
  • Edit and Publish a news story

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We will begin our Where We Are in Place and Time unit on October 28.

Central Idea: The world changes due to natural processes and human innovation.

An inquiry into…

  • How natural processes shape the land (function)
  • How people and the environment affect each other (connection)
  • The role of innovation in the past, present, and future (change)

This is a science based unit, and we will be discussing weather, innovation, and the connection between those things and the community.