Monday, October 19, 2020

This week, we had an exciting day on Thursday when we had a B00m-Ball House competition. Naga was victorious on this day, as they showed the best cooperation and positive encouragement among each other.

UOI –  We are continuing our inquiry into how the climate and geography of a location can affect how the people live there. This past week, we began learning about biomes and are using graphic organizers to help guide us in learning about the key details that help us understand how each biome is unique.

We are also adding to our new world, Nadroj, where we will see how different biomes will affect our individual communities.

Literacy – We have taken what we have learned about non-fiction texts, and are now going further as we learn to note-take the important details, which we are then using to write our own infomative texts.

Math – This week, we sorted out what we have learned about coordinate points and planning paths, and we began to design our treasure maps that we will use to show our understanding of directions and map grids.

We also continued to work on our addition and subtraction skills and to help build our foundation of numbers.

 

Upcoming Dates – 

October 17-25 – No School – Fall Break

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Monday, October 12, 2020

Last week, we continued finding out about what we know about the Earth, and then we took what we learned and applied to the world that we are creating, called Nadroj. The students are working in groups and they will be in charge of communities that must adapt to the landforms around them, as well as the biomes in which they are living.

 

In math, we have continued to find out more about coordinate grids, which we will be using to create treasure maps using coordinate points in a couple of weeks.

In Literacy, we have been working on reading non-fiction texts and learning how to take notes about the important details. We will be using this knowledge to write our own factual summaries of biomes or some other natural feature from the environment in a few weeks.

A link to a description of our Homework can always be found HERE.

 

Upcoming Dates – 

Tuesday – October 13 – No School – “In remembrance of HM King Bhumibol”

October 17-25 – No School – Fall Break

 

 

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Monday, October 5, 2020

This week we began to find out what we know about our planet as we tuned into our new UOI, Where We Are in Place and Time.

We used different tools to explore the Earth, including Google Earth and different maps, as we began learning (or re-learning) the names and locations of the continents and the oceans. We will continue building upon this knowledge next week as we learn more about different landforms.

For our UOI, we are having the students imagine that they are living on an undiscovered land with different biomes, landforms, and resources. We will continue to add to our project as the students learn about how our environment affects how the people there live. This week, they chose where they want to live on a “blank” map. Soon they will learn about what kind of environment they have chosen for their communities to try to survive in.

 

In Math, we are beginning to look at co-ordinate points, as well as directions on the map. If you would like to have extra practice, IXL has some fun activities here, here, and here.

In Literacy, we are tuning in to how nonfiction texts use supporting facts to give information about a topic, as this is something that we will be doing ourself later in this unit.

A link to a description of our Homework can always be found HERE.

 

Upcoming Dates – 

Tuesday – October 13 – No School – “In remembrance of HM King Bhumibol”

October 17-25 – No School – Fall Break

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House Shirt Day – October 2, 2020

Hello, parents.

We apologize for the late notice, but tomorrow (Friday, October 2) will be house shirt day. A few students pointed out today that we didn’t have a house shirt day on the last Friday of September due to the holiday, so we agreed that it should be moved to tomorrow.

If your child does not wear one, it’s not that big of a deal. This is just a little fun thing that we decided to do based on the students’ suggestions.

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Monday, September, 28, 2020

This past week, we began doing provocations for our newest UOI, Where We Are in Place and Time. A provocation is used to get the students thinking about what we might be studying in the next UOI and for the teachers to see what kind of prior knowledge the students have.

On Wednesday morning, we created 3 different biomes in our classrooms – a polar region, a desert, and a rainforest. We then blindfolded the students and had them use their senses of touch and hearing to introduce them to the different biomes.

In the afternoon, Mr. Eric said of VR headsets for the students and they travelled virtually around the world and explored different biomes.

 

Math – We are finishing up our investigations into patterns of colors and shapes and are moving on to investing number patterns. This connects to our skip-counting and addition that we have been doing in our classes. We will also begin exploring directions next week.

Literacy – In our guided reading groups, we are beginning to make self to text connections, as well as analzying the texts to see how authors can use description to enhance their stories. We are hoping to use what we learn and try it in our own writing. We are also working on spelling and being more consistent with starting each sentence with a capital letter and ending each sentence with a full stop (or other punctuation).

UOI – We will be starting our next unit when we return from our September break. The first line of inquiry that we will investigate will be about different geographical features around the world.

 

Important Dates

  • PYP Parent Teacher Conferences – 
    • G2A – Monday, September 28
    • G2B – Tuesday, September 29
    • G2C – Wednesday, September 30

A link to a description of our Homework can always be found HERE.

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Monday, September 21, 2020

This week we finished up our first UOI, How We Learn and Organize. Our learning intentions for this first unit were

  • How we respond and adapt to challenges
  • Understanding ourselves as learners
  • Learning and communicating online

We made quite a bit of progress in reflecting upon what we need to do better as learners, as well as what we need to work on individually in regards to our self-management, learning, and communication.

We also spent quite a bit of time on the Learning Pit and realizing that true learning is never easy, and it’s okay for us to struggle and feel like learning something new is really difficult. We just need to keep trying and figure out different ways of accomplishing our goals.

And finally, we had several good discussions about the advantages and disadvantages (still learning these two words) about offline and online learning.

Math – We have started investigating patterns, and went on a pattern hunt in the playground to find repeating and growing/shrinking patterns that occur naturally in our environment. The students also began creating their own patterns using shapes and had to explain the rule that they created for each pattern.

 

Literacy – In our guided reading groups, we are beginning to make self to text connections, as well as analzying the texts to see how authors can use description to enhance their stories. We are hoping to use what we learn and try it in our own writing. We are also working on spelling and being more consistent with starting each sentence with a capital letter and ending each sentence with a full stop (or other punctuation).

UOI – We will be starting our next UOI, Where We are in Place and Time, next week. We will be investigating into the different biomes and geographical around the world, and how these different places can influence the people who live there.

Important Dates

  • PD Day – Thu. 24th September (NO SCHOOL for students)
  • Sept. Break – Fri. 25th September (NO CLASSES)
  • PYP Parent Teacher Conferences – Sept. 28th – Oct. 2nd

A link to a description of our Homework can always be found HERE.

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Message from SEA about Forms/Agreements

“Just a  reminder to all our returning families, you should by now have reviewed and completed –

  • the family address form
  • the health update form
  • the PYP ICT agreement
  • the school bus agreement (if applicable).

If you haven’t already done so, please go to https://sea.kis.ac.th to complete as soon as possible.

Any questions, please email kisletter@kis.ac.th  attention School Services department. Thank You”

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Monday, September 14, 2020

This past week we continued reflecting upon who we are as learners, and what we want to improve upon in terms of self-management and communication skills. We are using these to set our goals for the upcoming term, and we are looking forward to seeing how much we have progressed when we meet with the parents for the 3-way conferences in Term 2.

We have also been discussing about the advantages and disadvantages of online learning and using technology to learn, which could help us better adapt to the challenge of online learning if we ever have to do remote learning for an extended period of time.


Math – We have been working on place value and had a lot of fun with our mystery numbers last week. We will be moving on to patterns this week, and talking about repeating, growing, and shrinking patterns, as well as creating our own and finding them in the world around us.

Literacy – We are still working on including description in our writing, as well as analyzing texts to see how authors choose to use descriptive words in stories to help us visualize stories.

UOI – We are finishing up our first UOI and creating a Learning Pit for our entire Grade 2 class. We will also formalize our goals for this year and begin thinking about our next UOI.

 

Important Dates

  • PD Day – Thu. 24th September (NO SCHOOL for students)
  • Sept. Break – Fri. 25th September (NO CLASSES)
  • PYP Parent Teacher Conferences – Sept. 28th – Oct. 2nd

 

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Coffee Meeting

Coffee  meeting

Thank you for attending the coffee morning it was lovely to see you all there. If you have any further questions please feel free to use the email accounts below. If you were unable to join us for the coffee morning please see the slide show here.  Or see the PDF version below.

Mr. Marc  marc.fi@edu.kis.ac.th

Mr. Jordan – jordan.ro@edu.kis.ac.th

Mr. John – john@edu.kis.ac.th

Grade 2 Coffee Morning Term 1 2020

 

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Monday – September 7, 2020

Dear G2 Parents,

Last week, we finished up doing our reading assessments and we had a lot of fun learning how to describe things and people in and outside of the classroom. Our numeracy skills are being fine-tuned, and we are looking forward to setting our own personal goals and focusing on how to be more descriptive within our writing by being risk-takers and using more difficult words.

Maths 

This week we will do Mystery Number Riddles to help us go further with our understanding of place values.

Literacy 

In Literacy, we will continue to focus on how how desciption is used in the stories that we are reading, and then sort out what we have learned and try to utilize it within our own writing.

U.O.I

We will find out more about the different skills that we need to be successful in school, mainly social skills, thinking skills, and self-management skills. We will then reflect on what kind of learner we each are and what area of development do we need to focus on within each skill to improve as a student. These will become our goals for this term that we will later discuss at the 3-way conference.

 

Important Dates

  • PYP Back-to-School G2 Coffee Meetings – September 8, at 8am in the Auditorium
  • PD Day – Thu. 24th September (NO SCHOOL for students)
  • Sept. Break – Fri. 25th September (NO CLASSES)
  • PYP Parent Teacher Conferences – Sept. 28th – Oct. 2nd
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