Monday, December 10, 2018

 

Last week, we continued going further about the choices that people make which can affect our planet.  We have taken all of the information that we have learned over the last few weeks, and are using that to write a persuasive essay using the OREO template. We first give our Opinion (O),  and then two supporting Reasons (R), and then and example or fact to support the reason (E), and, finally, we re-state our opinion (O).

Once we finish writing our persuasive essays, we will use the facts that we have collected and create persuasive piece of work, either a poster or a video or something else. We will have these displayed for the class party.

The class party is Thursday, December 14, starting at around 12:15. The students have been asked to think up stations or different arts and crafts centers that they can do for the parents. It would be great if you would like to discuss this with your G2 child and see if there’s anything that you could do to help out.

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Sorting Out – Choices people make that affect natural systems

Language Arts – Persuasive writing/speaking, guided reading

Math – Data handling, surveys, addition strategies

 

Upcoming dates

 

Wednesday, December 12– Ey1 – G2 Awards 8:30am – 9:30am

Thursday, December 13 – G2 Class Party – 12:15 – 2:30

Friday, December 14 – End of Term 1/ PS Holiday Concert

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Last week, we began sorting out about the choices that people make which can affect our planet.  We will continue to collaborate with our partners this week as we try to figure out how we can we use our knowledge to help inspire the people around us.

This week, we have no class on Wednesday, December 5th. However, the students still have homework to do. A few of the activities encourage the students to share with their parents and have discussions together. I know how happy our G2 students are whenever they can share about what they’re learning with their family.

Homework – December 3rd – 7th, 2018

Secret Santa = The students randomly drew names today for the one classmate who they’ll be the Secret Santa for.

  • The maximum amount that we can spend for any gift is 300 baht.
  • Please have the students bring their gifts before the Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 14.
  • Our latest UOI is about ‘Sharing the Planet’ and the Choices that People Make. Please use this as an opportunity to brainstorm with your G2 child about making the wrapping for the gift as environmentally-friendly as possible.

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Sorting Out – Choices people make that affect natural systems

Language Arts – Persuasive writing/speaking, guided reading

Math – Data handling, surveys, addition strategies

 

Upcoming dates

Wednesday, December 5 – In remembrance of HM King Bhumibol’s

Birthday (school closed)

Monday, December 10 – Constitution Day/ Professional
Development Day (school closed)

Thursday, December 11 – G2 Class Party – 12:15 – 2:30

Friday, December 14 – End of Term 1/ PS Holiday Concert

 

 

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Christmas Giving!

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Last week, we finished up creating our food webs which we worked on collaboratively with 2-3 other students. At the end of the week we began finding out about the factors that affect natural systems and the choices humans make which can affect our world.  G2 students looked at different images and shared their ideas about what was causing these things to happen and what they believed the possible effects could be.

 

In G2, we like to spend as much time reading as we possibly can. Developing a love for books and reading can have an immeasurable impact on our lives. Besides our reading stations and our daily DEAR time, we often try to read with our students as much as possible. Here is Mr. Karl sharing his love for reading with 2C.

 

On Thursday, the students celebrated Loy Kratong in their Thai classes. Many students chose to come to school wearing traditional clothing, and I think everyone appreciated how amazing they all looked.

 

On Friday, Dr. Puk set up a robotics room for the students to explore and experiment with. The majority of G2 students chose to use their passion time on Friday to learn more about robotics.

This Friday, November 30, is the last day that students can check out library books for the holiday. Please make sure your child brings back their books on that day so they’ll have two new ones they can read during the holiday break.

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Finding Out – Choices people make that affect natural systems

Language Arts – Persuasive writing/speaking, guided reading

Math – Data handling, surveys, addition strategies

 

Upcoming dates

Friday, November 30 –  House Spirit Assembly (Wear House T-shirts)

Wednesday, December 5 – In remembrance of HM King Bhumibol’s

Birthday (school closed)

Monday, December 10 – Constitution Day/ Professional
Development Day (school closed)

Thursday, December 11 – G2 Class Party – 12:15 – 2:30

Friday, December 14 – End of Term 1/ PS Holiday Concert

 

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Last week, we continued sorting out about natural systems. The students began to use the knowledge that they have accumulated over the last few weeks, and tried to recreate food webs in a habitat of their own choice. Later this week, we will move on to how human impact on these habitats and what the possible consequences could be from our actions.

 

On Thursday, a couple of G4 students, Kin and David, took action came to our class to help spread awareness about the decimation of sharks due to the demand for shark fin soup. A number of students seemed to be quite moved by the presentation, and it is something that they may like to discuss further at home with their families.

 

Last Wednesday, G2 was in charge of the monthly assembly, and everyone agreed that the students did a stellar job of creating a thought-provoking performance. All of the students worked hard at trying to figure out how to share our knowledge and concerns with our fellow students, and the entire G2 student body worked tirelessly on Monday and Tuesday as they wrote and memorized their lines for the assembly.

 

Tuesday, November 20 – Tomorrow – is Universal Children’s Day!

EY1 has been inquiring into what this day means. They have talked about children that live all over the world and the issues that they face.

They discussed The HUB that visits KIS each month for swimming and activities and how some of these children do not have families or access to clothing, food, medicine, etc.

They decided that to benefit the HUB, raise awareness, and support local children, they would have a Free Dress Day tomorrow, Nov 20th for a minimum of a 20 baht donation. (Please have the students give the donations to their teachers)

 

 

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Sorting Out –  Natural Systems – Deducing food webs in habitats

Language Arts – Persuasive writing/speaking, guided reading

Math – Data handling, surveys, pictographs

 

Upcoming dates

Thursday, November 22 – Loy Kratong – Students can wear traditional clothing.

Friday, November 30 –  House Spirit Assembly (Wear House T-shirts)

Wednesday, December 5 – In remembrance of HM King Bhumibol’s

Birthday (school closed)

Monday, December 10 – Constitution Day/ Professional
Development Day (school closed)

Friday, December 14 – End of Term 1/ PS Holiday Concert

 

 

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Monday, November 12, 2018

 

We have spent the last week or so finding out about the different habitats where natural systems can occur. At the moment, the students are busy learning about three different kinds of habitats in the various classrooms, which will help give them a solid foundation when we begin to explore the types of natural systems that exist and which factors can affect these systems.

On Tuesday, we had our field trip to Metro Forest. The students seemed to really enjoy walking around and exploring the little bit of forest that has been grown from a wasteland in the last five years. A number of students talked about how they would like to return with their families and/or friends. For more information about it, please click here – http://www.landezine.com/index.php/2016/07/metro-forest-bangkok-urban-reforestation-by-lab/

In math this week, the students have been exploring sorting and data handling. This week, we did an inquiry into the amount of trash created from our trip to Metro Forest, and then sorted it and used it to create graphs.

On Friday, the students explored coding and/or virtual reality with Mr. Eric.

Every Friday morning, G2B class visits our EY1 buddies and we explore their classroom with them, and read to them, and try to create an inclusive and caring community that can hopefully continue after this year.

 

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Finding Out –  Natural Systems – What are habitats and who lives in them?

Language Arts – Persuasive writing/speaking, guided reading

Math – Data handling, surveys, pictographs

 

Upcoming dates

Wednesday, December 5 – In remembrance of HM King Bhumibol’s

Birthday (school closed)

Monday, December 10 – Constitution Day/ Professional
Development Day (school closed)

Friday, December 14 – End of Term 1/ PS Holiday Concert

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Our new unit, Human Choices Affect Natural Systems which comes under the transdisciplinary theme, Sharing the Planet, began last week. We started off with a provocation whereby students had to explore the playground and the surrounding areas in order to find and draw things from the natural world. Many of the students were quite excited about some of the things that they found when they used their magnifying glasses to examine everyday object in nature that they were used to seeing  (plants, flowers, spiders, etc).  After this, students reflected on the task.

In this unit we will be inquiring into:

  • Natural systems (function)
  • Factors affecting natural systems (causation)
  • Choices people make (change)

Last Friday we celebrated Halloween as a community. We started with a school-wide costume parade in the early morning, and then spent the rest of the day visiting the Halloween games event that the fifth graders did an excellent job of putting on. In the afternoon, there was a bake sale to raise money for breast cancer awareness, and one of our very own second graders – Mildy – made soap at home and set up her own booth to sell the soap in order to help raise money.

In writing during this UOI, we will begin to learn how to organize our reasons and support them in order to write persuasively. This is a huge step for the students as they will need to spend quite a bit of time preparing before they actually write, and then thinking more deeply about their opinions in order to support them.

In math, we will be focusing on data handling. This includes creating surveys and recording the results using pictographs, bar graphs, etc.

In reading, we will continue to focus on both fiction and non-fiction readings, and the students will begin to use skills to break down questions in order to use the key words to find the answers in the reading passages. We will also be reading quite a bit about nature, especially animals, and this would be a great chance for parents to share any interests they may have in the natural world with their child.

 

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Tuning in –  Natural Systems – What are habitats and who lives in them?

Language Arts – Persuasive writing/speaking, guided reading

Math – Data handling, surveys, pictographs

 

Upcoming dates

Tuesday, November 6 – Field Trip to Metro Forest

Wednesday, November 7 – So You Think You Can Dance competition

Wednesday, December 5 – In remembrance of HM King Bhumibol’s
Birthday (school closed)

Monday, December 10 – Constitution Day/ Professional
Development Day (school closed)

Friday, December 14 – End of Term 1/ PS Holiday Concert

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Monday 29th October 2018

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Good morning everyone! It’s great to be back and we are hoping you all had a wonderful break. If you took some photos during the holidays please send them in to your teacher. You can then share your adventures with your classmates during morning news sessions and in our recount writing.

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We will also be unpacking our new UOI this week which looks more closely at the ways in which humans impact the environment in both positive and negative ways.

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Reminder, this Friday is the school’s Halloween Celebration. Children are encouraged to come in wearing their spookiest costumes.

Have a wonderful week and remember to login for updates and information.

 

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