Week 16 – Summative

Last week was a busy week, made more so by having a short break from school from Father’s Day on Tuesday, December 5.

We are continuing to put together everything that we’ve been learning this unit about how the consumption of resources impacts the sustainability of the Earth. It’s interesting to see the different directions that each class is following based on things that have sparked their interests. Class 3A has spent quite a bit of time talking about the impact on animals, while class 3B is busy putting together a speech/video/poster campaign to persuade others about having a Nature Saver in the classes who will help save energy. Class 3C has been busy learning about how much food is wasted by humans and the impact of this and what we can do to help make things better.

On Thursday, we had the Hour of Coding. This was building upon the coding that the students do with Mr. Eric each week, and they learned more about how coding can control machines and how it’s possible to make beautiful, intricate art through coding.

We’ve also been spending time making/designing eco-friendly bags, which Mr. Matt was kind enough to bring back from the UK with him. The students have been extremely creative and we have all been impressed with the wide range of messages that they are trying to share on their bags.

On Friday, 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/

A group of girls from class 3B decided – on their own – to make a mindmap about what they had seen Friday after we returned to class. I was very impressed with their initiative, which was continuing from the field trip when many students were taking notes and drawing photos of everything they were seeing and hearing.

During our Holiday Party, we have our Secret Santa on Wednesday, December 13, so please make sure that your child has brought their gift before then.

The Holiday Concert will be Friday morning.

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Summative Assessment

Language Arts – Persuasive writing/speaking, guided reading

Math – Data handling, subtraction strategies, word/story problems, and mental math

 

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Week 15 – Sorting Out

As our first term gets closer to the end, the students continue to work hard in the classroom.

To find out more about our new unit on sustainability, under the transdisciplinary theme Sharing the Planet, students explored further about the different resources that we consume and environmentally friendly practices, which is our third line of inquiry.

The students have continued to progress with their persuasive writing and are now beginning to write their final persuasive essays, in which they choose something that  they have learned about regarding our environment/natural resources and then try to support their opinion using several reasons and examples.

In math, we are continuing to work on collecting data and organizing it in tables and bar graphs.

The students are also really enjoying the hour of coding that they do with Mr. Eric each week in the ICT lab. This is something that they can do at home as well. It’s a great way of improving their logical thinking as they learn to organize and write computer code.

The holiday concert will be on Friday, December 15.

Concert 1`7

We are also encouraging our KIS families to participate in the spirit of giving with our Red Bins Collections.

 

Red BIns Dec 17

 

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Tuning in –  Environmentally Friendly Practices

Language Arts – Persuasive writing/speaking, guided reading

Math – Data handling, subtraction strategies, word/story problems, and mental math

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Week 14 – Finding Out

To find out more about our new unit on sustainability, under the transdisciplinary theme Sharing the Planet, students explored further about the different resources that we consume and the ways that we use different types of resources, which is our second line of inquiry.

The students created surveys, which relates to our data handling mathematics strand, and asked others about their habits and the resources that they created. They then used the data to created bar graphs in order to share the collected data with one another.

The students also spent some time learning about the OREO strategy for writing persuasive essays (Opinion, Reason, Example, Opinion restated). The students have a shown a lot of progress in their understand as to how paragraphs should be structured and how opinions and reasons must always be supported in order to persuade others of one’s opinon.

 

D.E.A.R Time

After lunch every day, we look forward to D.E.A.R (drop everything and read). Its  a time when we can all  lose ourselves in our favourite books and read totally for enjoyment. You can hear a pin drop as we’re all engrossed in our books.  We love reading!

 

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Tuning in –  Environmentally Friendly Practices

Language Arts – Persuasive writing/speaking, guided reading

Math – Data handling, subtraction strategies, word/story problems, and mental math

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Week 13 – Tuning In

 

To tune in to our new unit on sustainability, under the transdisciplinary theme Sharing the Planet, students unpacked the central idea and worked in small groups to identify the key and related concepts they felt were connected to the unit.

Students brought in a range of items from home to investigate. Students were given the task of grouping their objects into natural and synthetic materials. This learning engagement brought about much discussion such as ‘what is it made of…?’,  ‘how can you tell what it is made of?’, ‘…but this object is made of more than one thing…’ They also brainstormed about ways that we could use this “trash” and build things with it.

After discussing their groupings, G3 students then aimed to identify the materials their objects were made of and sorted them into natural or synthetic resources. This week, we will make further connections exploring our first line of inquiry, renewable and non-renewable resources.

As one example of living balanced lives, the G3 boys and girls both had soccer (football) games on Wednesday afternoon. Both matches were hard-fought and showed how well our students are able to work and play together.

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Tuning in –  Renewable and non-renewable resources

Language Arts – Persuasive writing/speaking, guided reading

Math – Data handling, subtraction strategies, word/story problems, and mental math

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Week 12 – Summative Assessment

To end our unit on exploration, students showed their knowledge and understanding of exploration through the lens of the key concepts – form, function, change and perspective. They chose a variety of creative ways to present their understanding of what exploration looks like. We had presentations about scientists, arctic explorers, artists, musicians, and so many other examples of explorers from different backgrounds!  Students were also required to re-write the central idea in their own words. Finally at the end of the summative assessment, everyone had the opportunity to personally reflect on what they did well, what they found challenging and what they need to improve. Well done G3!

 

Our next unit will start this week and comes under the transdisciplinary theme Sharing the Planet – an inquiry into communities and the relationships between them.

Central Idea:

Consumption of finite resources impacts the sustainability of our earth

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Renewable and non-renewable resources (form)
  • Ways that we use different types of resources (function)
  • Environmentally friendly practices (responsibility)

As always, we  welcome parent guest speakers. Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher if you would like to come in and share any expert knowledge you may have in connection with this UOI.

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Tuning in –  natural and synthetic resources

Language Arts – Language conventions, guided reading

Math – Subtraction strategies, word/story problems, and mental math

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Week 11 – Loy Krathong and Halloween

After having a week off, it was good to come back to school and see everyone excited about taking up where we had left off.

We had two holidays this week – Loy Kratong and Halloween. On Thursday, the students made things related to Loy Kratong in Thai class and watched and cheered as their teachers competed in traditional Thai games. On Friday, many of the students and teachers came to school dressed up in costumes, and after a PYP parade/assembly in the morning, we spent most of the day doing Halloween activities, ending with carnival games that G5 had so generously prepared and organized.

(Special thanks to all of the parents who came in and helped decorate our classrooms for Halloween. It really made a huge difference and everyone really appreciated it.)

Loy Kratong photos –

Halloween photos –

 

Math –

We finished up with addition last week. We learned about three different strategies when adding two-digit numbers.

Break apart – 47 + 52 =  40+50 + 7+2 = 90 + 7 = 97

The straight down method =

47

+52

And Compensation = 65 + 99 =  64 + 100 = 164

Next week we will begin going over subtractions strategies and focus on the relationship between addition and subtraction so that the students can begin to recognize patterns which will help them add/subtract more readily.

UOI

This week we continued researching and organizing data about the explorer/discoverer who each student chose, which they will use to write a report next week as part of our Summative assessment.

We also spent time applying our knowledge about coordinates and the compass and what it means to turn ninety degrees or one-hundred eighty degrees.

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Summative Assessment

Language Arts – Report writing (lap books), past-tense,  guided reading

Math – subtraction and mental maths

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Residential Trip Preview

On Thursday, November 2, we had a coffee meeting about the upcoming residential trip in February.  Here is a link to the blog of our counselor, Alex, where she talks about how you can prepare for this trip as best as possible.

http://klearning.ict.kis.ac.th/kblog/counselor/

Here is the video that was shown at the coffee meeting. If anyone has any questions about the upcoming residential trip, please don’t hesitate to ask one of the homeroom teachers or Gerry.

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Week 10 – Sorting Out

Parent Teacher Conferences

Our parent-teacher conferences were very helpful and informative. It was good to finally get the chance to meet all of the parents individually and to have a chance to share with them about how each child is progressing in third grade. Open communication between parents and teachers allows us to work together and helps us maximize our efficiency in helping our students as best as we can.

STEAM/STEM Research

Last week, we spent some time talking about what it would be like to discover a new planet and what kinds of machines we would need in order to explore the different environments. After putting the students into groups, each one was giving a planner on which they created and planned a machine to do specific tasks after having discussions with their groups. When they were ready, we proceeded to the Maker Space and used Lego’s to try and make their creations a reality.

Language Arts

We continued to work on having the students use connectives/transitions correctly in their writing, while also emphasizing the importance of using capital letters and using full-stops after writing complex sentences.

We also began learning how to skim and scan non-fiction texts for key details. This is a skill that they need to develop in order to do their own research in the future. Some classes read about Columbus’s voyage to the New World while others read about the first man to conquer Mount Everest.

Math

We continued to focus on one addition strategy – addition by splitting apart numbers. For example, if we had 54 + 69 = ?, then we could write this as (50+60) + (4+9) = 110 + 13 = 123.

Next week we will focus on another strategy as we continue to stress to our students the importance of understanding how numbers can be taken apart and put back together, and how there is always more than one way of solving any particular problem.

For our UOI math, we used co-ordinate points to dig for dinosaur bones (on a website), and the students seem to quickly be grasping the concept of plotting coordinate points. Next week we we go a bit deeper into this concept as this is a skill that the students will build upon repeatedly over the next few years. It’s very important that we give them a strong foundation now upon which to build so that they will be successful in future years.

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Sorting out –  Changes that occur as a result of exploration /

Finding out – People experience exploration in different ways

Language Arts – Report writing (lap books),  guided reading

Math – position, compass points, co-ordinates, addition strategies, and mental maths

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Week 9 – Sorting Out

 

Last week we continued to explore our first line of inquiry – Explorations that have taken place over time.  Students chose an explorer to research. Using a variety of sources, they developed their research  and note taking skills by observing, planning and collecting data about their chosen explorer’s exploration.

In math, the students learned how to map and began using simple grid co-ordinates in order to plot their maps better.

The students also learned how to break down two digit numbers in addition and change the problem into simple addition, which they practiced as mental math exercises.

In class 3B, the students used what they had been learning about connectives/transitions and wrote nice get-well cards to their classmate, Chloe, and wished her a speedy return to school.

This week students will create a report containing the key events  connected to their explorer’s exploration.  They will also begin to identify changes that have occurred as a result of exploration (our second line of inquiry).

BOOK DRESS-UP WEEK CANCELLED

Dear Parents,
Out of respect for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej we will be cancelling our book dress up day on October 10th. We will however be having a Primary School Halloween celebration on Friday November 3rd. This will be organized by Grade 5 and they will send out information closer to the date.
If you have already begun to work on a costume this can be used for the Halloween event, if not you have half term to make something spooktacular!
I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at junev@kis.ac.th

 

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Sorting out – Explorations that have taken place over time / Finding out – Changes that occur as a result of exploration

Language Arts – Using connectives to write more complex sentences; Skimming, scanning, and note-taking on famous explorers;  students will learn how to organize data which will lead into Report Writing;  Guided Reading

Math – Using different strategies for adding – Splitting up numbers (25 + 43) = (20 +40) + (5+3); using the number line to solve addition; Using co-ordinates to plot point on a grid map.

 

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Week 8 – Tuning In

 

Our new unit, Exploration leads to discoveries, opportunities and new understandings which come under the transdisciplinary theme Where We Are in Place and Time began last week. We started off with a provocation where Mr. Matt came into the classroom dressed as Sherlock Holmes and he discussed with the students what it means to explore and to wonder about things and how to ask questions that could lead to new discoveries.

The students then went around in groups to ten different stations and discussed among themselves and questioned what the different discoveries were that were featured at each station and what kind of explorations could have led to those types of discoveries.

 

We also continued our reading buddies with the younger grades. The EY2 teachers have remarked that their students look forward to these visits each week, and I think it’s become clear how much the grade 3 students enjoy reading to these younger children and being role models for them.

Our math focus on patterns and sequences came to a close last week. Starting this week, we will be focusing on UOI-related math, such as mapping and plotting coordinates in quadrants, as well as reviewing/teaching multiple strategies for addition and subtraction, which will better prepare the students when we move on to multiplications and division facts and strategies in the near future.

In this unit we will be inquiring into:

  • Explorations that have taken place over time (form)
  • Changes that occur as a result of exploration (change)
  • People experience explorations in different ways (perspective)

Learning Engagements

This week’s learning engagements include:

UOI – Finding out – Explorations that have taken place over time

Language Arts – Research Skills,  Guided Reading

Math – Mapping, Addition Strategies, Mental Maths

 

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