Monday, February, 4, 2019

Welcome back!  Last week was a bit different, but we wanted say how much we appreciated so many students taking the time on Thursday and Friday to try their home-learning assignment. The teachers really enjoyed interacting with the students online and we were impressed with the quality of work that came in.

We spent a couple of days last week getting ready for our 3-way conferences. This ties in really well with our first UOI – Who We Are – and so it’s been very productive for the students to take this time to reflect on their progress and to set personal goals and action plans for the rest of this term.

The students continued to learn about different kinds of scientists, and here are a couple of different groups of students acting as paleontologists during their break times.


This week, we will continue to focus on Who We Are as we do our 3-way conferences, while the students will sort out what they’ve been learning in regards to States of Matter.

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Finding Out – How the states of matter change

Language Arts – Procedural Writing; Poetry

Math – Measuring

 

Upcoming dates

February 4-8 – 3-way conferences

Thursday, February 7 – Chinese NY celebrations, Lion dance performance for all  students to watch. Students can wear Traditional Chinese Costume or red on this day too.

Wednesday, February 13 – Primary School Sports Day

February 14- 15 –  February Break – No School Day!

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School Closure – January 31 – February 1

Dear students and families,

As you will know the school will be closed tomorrow and Friday – please visit the ‘Home learning (emergencies) link on the right hand side of this page to find all information regarding the expected home learning and how to share it with us.

We will be available via email for the next couple of days, should you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Many thanks for all your support.

Mr. Karl, Ms. Siera, & Mr. Marc

Home Learning Page

 

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January 28, 2019

This past week, we continued our exploration into what the three different states of matter are, and what the characteristics are of each one. The students have begun to help guide our UOI as they learn more about the scientific method, and they have started to do their own experiments.

This is a huge step for our students. They are completely in charge of deciding which experiment they want to do that relates to states of matter. The students then bring in their supplies, explain to their classmates what they are doing and why, and then become risk-taking scientists as they do the experiment in front of everyone.

Here is just the first of many images of our students leading experiments.

In Language Arts, the students continue to read and analyze the different components of poetry. They also finished up their research about different scientists and shared with their class about what they had learned.

In Math, the students continued to explore different kinds of measurement. They will also begin getting into addition strategies this week.

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Finding Out – How the states of matter change

Language Arts – Procedural Writing; Poetry

Math – Measuring

 

Upcoming dates

February 4-8 – 3-way conferences

February 13 – Primary School Sports Day

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January 21, 2019

Last week we did our provocation for our new unit, Matter Changes. The students were given three balloons to examine, one filled with air, one with water, and one with ice, and they shared and discussed their observations with one another. The students were also given a piece of chocolate which they had to hold in their hands until it melted. This provocation led them to understand how our next unit is about States of Matter, and the different changes that can occur.

 

On Friday, the students were introduced to the scientific method, where they need to come up with a hypothesis before doing an experiment, and then they have to write down what they observe and what they learned. This week, we had two beakers, one with cold water and the other with hot water, and a plastic bottle with a balloon attached to the top of it. The students then put the bottle into each beaker and recorded what happened.

 

In Language Arts, the students were introduced to poetry and they spent most of the week reading and analyzing different kinds of poems. They also researched different scientists and wrote about what kind of scientist they would like to learn more about.

In Math, the students developed a deeper understanding of measurement, and how it can be used to measure any object.

 

 

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Turning in – States of Matter

Language Arts – Procedural Writing; Poetry

Math – Measuring

 

Upcoming dates

February 4-8 – 3-way conferences

February 13 – Primary School Sports Day

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January 14, 2019

We spent most of our first week back focusing on our Who We Are UOI, which is running throughout the year.  Using the Central Idea – Self-development engages people in meaningful action – to guide us, we did a number of STEAM activities involving teamwork and planning.

The students had to work together to build lego bridges and towers, paper chains and structures, and some students even worked together to measure most of the G2 area and the every day objects that we can find therein.

 

 

 

Starting this week, we will begin to tune in to our new UOI about States of Matter.

 

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Turning in – States of Matter

Language Arts – Procedural Writing; Poetry

Math – Measuring

 

Upcoming dates

February 4-8 – 3-way conferences

February 13 – Primary School Sports Day

 

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January 7, 2019 – Welcome Back!

Dear Parents,

Sawasdee Pi Mai – Happy new year! We hope your break was restful and enjoyable.

We would like for the children to get back into the routine/habit of working on their IXL and their RAZ Kids at home. This week, we are asking the students to logon every day for 20 minutes of IXL and 20 minutes of RAZ kids.

In IXL, the children are doing Grade 2 – Mixed Operations (L1 – L17).

In Raz Kids, they need to click on the “Level Up” reading link and read a story and answer the questions that come after it.

Have a great week from the Grade 2 team!

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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!

Christmas tree reminder

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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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