Student Learning Sept. 16-21st, 2018
This week started off with an inquiry into the bake sale – how did we do? What were the profits? Counting the money earned. How can we best represent our data from the bake sale? We reflected on what and how we did things and reflected upon how things might have impacted our sales and profits. We looked at the compass points in relation to our bake sale – Well being, Economy, Nature, and Society – how are these represented in the choices we made? Were some groups better at helping nature? Reducing, reusing, and recycling? What if any thought did we give the compass points before the bake sale? Were there healthy items? What sold best? Why? What were the approaches to packaging? What made some groups more successful than others? What can we learn from this? What would you do better or differently next time? We then looked at other businesses and broke down elements with the compass points in mind. What is a business? Using examples of Nike, Pepsico, and Nintendo and how these companies use the compass points that we can see and analyze.
Here is one example we analysed from Pepsico:
We ended the week with the video of the bake sale which students really enjoyed. It was a very successful provocation that had so many areas of inquiry for students and everyone really enjoyed the activity and will continue on in the coming weeks. Once again, a big thank you to staff, parents, students, and our school community for such a successful event!
In math we started an inquiry into what are graphs? What are they used for? What are different types of graphs? How do we create them? We drew graphs and represented group information and added other groups. We then looked at Google Forms and Graphs with Google Sheets and student created digital graphs of the bake sale data both in class with the Chromebooks and in the ICT lab integrating our unit work. It is fun and exciting for students to learn how to use Google forms to create surveys and we will continue working on learning how to build questions in the next couple of weeks. We also in math used the money to count and to start to learn about decimals. We also did our math post- test for adding, subtracting, rounding, and place value.
In language arts we started to learn about persuasive writing. Students are learning how to organize their writing to persuade the reader to take action or feel something. Here is one excellent example of the students’ hard work (and we are sorry if there are students asking for pets, video games, and later bed times!!! It just makes it more fun for them!):
“Why Homework is not good for you.
Why should we not do homework and have proof to prove it. Researchers asked students if they experienced physical symptoms of stress, such as headaches, exhaustion,sleep deprivation,weight loss and stomach problems. Also only less than one percent of students said that homework is not a stressor. Teachers do you know how people get physical and mental health issues, do you know what causes it? This has been proven by Stanford university research says too much homework is bad for kids. Piling on the homework doesn’t help kids in school in fact it lowers test scores.”
We enjoyed reading all of the student work this week and for the first week of working with persuasive writing the students are all doing well. It will be the focus for the next couple of weeks along with figurative language in their writing. We also continued the word work and reading groups to focus on spelling, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and inference.
Another fast and exciting week! Enjoy the photos below:
Student Learning Sept. 10-12th, 2018
This was such an exciting week! We had our bake sale which raised a total of 26,110 baht for charity! Students were so excited and had such a wonderful day. We all would like to thank Parents, teachers, PYP students, and school staff for such amazing support and helping students to work independently to make the bake sale such a success. So much learning has come out of this and we are going to continually be looking at this example of running a business in our unit.
In math we were looking at doubles and near doubles and working with methods to help mental math strategies such as rounding, compensation, and expanded form. Then we moved on to graphing and looking at the data collection from the groups for their bake sale profit. ICT is being integrated as we make graphs on paper and through Excel Spreadsheets and Google Forms. Students are just beginning to learn this and we will be looking at it further over the next few weeks.
In Language Arts students are working with similar levels to help them develop their reading skills. Our reading groups are focusing on summarizing, vocabulary, reading aloud, making connections, comprehension, and inferring. Groups are using Seesaw to record their work and each day the teachers, Ms Marie, Ms Koong, Ms Rin, and Ms Nitcharee are meeting with different groups to work on the skills in more depth. For vocabulary work we are doing centers that have a menu choice for students to do activities to develop their vocabulary and spelling. We are going to be looking at persuasive writing in this unit to develop skills in writing advertising.
Here are some pictures of the week, enjoy!
Student Learning Sept. 3-7th, 2018
G4 has been so busy! We have just started our UOI 2 – Entrepreneurs this week with tuning in by looking at images related to business and entrepreneurs – we did a See, Think, Wonder, Brain Storm, and Categories. Students had such a wide range of prior knowledge that they could share with our class about different business and skills needed to run a business. We did a “Diamond Ranking” of the 4 compass points – Nature, Well being, Society, and Economy and debated which was the most important for Entrepreneurs. Finally, the fun part – we planned out our bake sale and looked at the responsibilities and skills needed to run a business. This is going to be a really fun unit!
In math we are working with number sense, place value activities and word problems with addition. We rotated through the 3 activities in our classrooms to do word problems. We have been doing IXL and will start Khan Academy Mappers to help students get familiar with these resources.
In Language Arts we are continuing our Reading Groups and building vocabulary with “Word Work” activities. This week we did some writing and editing in different classes and will be looking at advertising/persuasive writing in this unit.
We had a wonderful Anti bullying workshop with Ms Alex in the Audibox and we are still continuing with our first unit on working on really living the learner profiles in school and at home with building a caring and inclusive community.
Finally, we had Passion Time Clubs – we had Dance Club, Science Club, Cooking Club, Drawing/Art Club, Newspaper Club, So You Think You Can Dance Club, and Lego Club. Students will be planning for their passion time each week and can try many different activities to help them learn about and develop their passions further.
This week we will have the Bake Sale on Wednesday at breaks and lunch – students are so excited for it and are busy planning and making their advertising. This is going to be a really fun event – please remember to have students work as independently as possible.
Don’t forget for Thursday and Friday there is no school this week!
(See photos in the page below)
Student Learning – August 27-31st
We had a great week last week and had so much fun learning! We had rotations between all of our classrooms and did fun kinesthetic activities to learn about the “Approaches to Learning’:
- Social Skills
- Self-Management Skills
- Research Skills
- Communication Skills
- Thinking Skills
In math we are working with number sense, place value activities in groups, rounding, and practiced place value with fun activities. This week we are looking at odd and even numbers, addition and subtraction strategies, and will do IXL and Khan Academy Mappers to help students get familiar with those resources.
In Language Arts we are doing Reading Groups and working to learn the group roles. In writing we are looking at “Ideas” in the writing process with the book “Stripes” and a T-chart to help students find ideas for their writing. We will also build vocabulary with “Word Work” centers which we are just introducing to students.
For our UOI will will do more goal setting and Learner Profile puzzles, matching, and sorting centers. We will then do a self-assessment for students to check where they are with each profile for the beginning of the year.
We all had an exciting visit from Ms Kirsten our new PYP Coordinator to introduce herself to everyone and do some really fun activities with each class. We look forward to learning and working with Ms Kirsten – Welcome to the KIS family!
Finally, we planned and started are Passion Time Clubs – we had Dance Club, Science Club, Cooking Club, Minecraft Club, Drawing/Art Club, Newspaper Club, Lego Club, and Tinkering Club. Students will be planning for their passion each week and can try many different activities to help them develop their passions.
We look forward to another awesome week with G4!
Student Learning – August 20-24th
This week we will be doing lots of activities for our UOI Inspiring Individuals. We will be looking at our own learning in math and reading levels and setting goals for this year. We will be continuing to work on the Learner Profiles and focusing on applying them daily in our community. We will be looking at the Approaches to Learning and doing a rotation of activities to help us build social skills, self-managements skills, and communication skills.
In math we will begin “Number Sense” with place value and rounding and will be checking up on addition, subtraction, and multiplication. Activities will be different and we will be doing rotations in-class, between classes, and will be working with small groups on different skills as necessary. Remember – students need to work on building skills at their own level in order to find success and progress, we would never expect every student in G4 to wear the exact same size of shoes or clothes, and their learning is the same – everyone will be working at the level they need to find success.
In Language Arts we will be reviewing the writing process and working on the 6+1 Writing Traits to help students improve their writing. We will be doing reading assessments and begin guided reading groups. Finally, we will be introducing “Word Work” and doing daily centers to help students improve spelling, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency.
We are so excited for the second week of school and hope students are enjoying our new unit to start the year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us.