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February 2019

The month has flown by with many different activities like Chinese New Years, Valentine’s Day, and of course their much awaited Field trip. The students continue to learn to connect their lessons from the classroom to the different exhibits in the National Museum of the Filipino People, the Natural History Museum, and the Planetarium.

In ELA students continue to practice their reading comprehension with the different stories we learn. They also get to practice writing in response to a question about the story, practice grammar and spelling. In SS students continue to learn more about Ancient Mesopotamia like the important inventions, the temples called ziggurats which they were asked to build their own using different shapes and legos. In Science the students did a wonderful job researching about a dinosaur together with a partner and created a Powerpoint to present to the class using the information they learned. The different presentations were very impressive with what they were able to generate. In Math we have finally wrapped up with fractions as students learned to compare fractions, order fractions, and find equivalent fractions.

Science Presentations

Ziggurat Building Activity

Making Fractions in Order

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January 2019

Happy New Year! The students were very excited and eager to get back into the spirit of school. We started the year by reflecting on 2018 and making goals for 2019 not just in school but in our lives outside school as well. We also celebrated 100 days of school this month where the children contemplated on how much they have grown and learned in those 100 days. They even practiced their creative writing by writing about an invention they would produce 100 years from now and it showed how much imagination they have!

In ELA The students have continued working on their spelling, grammar, writing, and reading comprehension. They are learning how to use text as a reference when answering questions. It helps them to find evidence from the text and use it in their answers to support their claims which they will slowly start working on for our writing project this semester, which is informational writing.

The students are so excited to learn more about Fossils in Science and learning how finding fossils can tell many things about the past like which dinosaurs existed. They loved imprinting clay with objects from outside like leaves and twigs to create their own versions of a fossil. They have also made the connection to Social Studies through artifacts from Ancient Mesopotamia like clay tablets with cuneiform writing on them. They even tried making their own clay tablets with their names in cuneiform.

For Math they have continued working on their fractions and have now learned to compare fractions with the same numerator and the same denominator. They have learned to use different strategies like diagrams, cross multiplication, and reasoning to figure out which fraction is larger. The students have learned to use this knowledge to help them solve different word problems about fractions.

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November 2018

Another month has flown by and the students of 3BR have continued to build their knowledge and apply themselves throughout all the different subjects. They are gearing up for the end of the first semester and are able to show how much they’ve progressed with just one semester. I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for them!

ELA

Students have been continuing to work on reading comprehension skills, grammar, and most importantly their writing. This month we have been focusing on their Opinion Writing where students are able to pick any topic of their choice. By looking at mentor texts and examples of Opinion Writing they have learned to organize their thoughts in a way that shows their opinion, reasons, and examples to back up their opinion. We have also been practicing writing in response to a topic about the different stories we’ve read in class and have started sharing their ideas to the class so they can showcase their writing and learn to be great presenters.

SOCIAL STUDIES

It has been wonderful to see how the students are interested in the country they live in. They have learned about the different cultures that arrived before the Spaniards, the Spanish Colonization, and the American Period. They continue to make inferences and see how these events in the past still have an effect on the Philippines today. They love to learn about the Philippines and have learned how to discuss both the positive and negative effects of each country that has ruled over the Philippines.

MATH

The students were able to apply their knowledge of all the 4 operations in solving two step word problems. Although it did come as a challenge in the beginning they learned different steps to break down the words and further understand and decipher which operation is necessary for the question. Once they were able to look at it step by step they realized that they are capable of solving difficult word problems.

SCIENCE

They have loved learning about the different plant and animal life cycles in Science class. Through videos and activities they have learned which animals belong in different classifications. With the help of Epic books they have even started doing their own research about a specific animal. The e-books have definitely aided them in understanding how to do research on a topic.

This month’s main activity was Book Week and the kids loved doing DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) as well as preparing for the class book blurb. They did “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein and it was a great effort on everyone, they were all so excited and helpful in creating the shadow play presentation. Through their hard work and perseverance they were able to win the competition for the Grades 1-3!

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October 2018

The month has been filled with so many different activities. Starting with Spirit Week, the students did an awesome job of coming to school wearing their Meme Monday, Tropical Tuesday, Wake Up Wednesday, and our Sport attire for Thursday. Friday was very active as we had Sports day and students were able to show how to be good sports and collaborate with their house teammates.

We also celebrated UN day where students were able to show the national attires from their countries. They enjoyed the performances from the parents, teachers, and students. They were able to use their skills with the recorder for the amazing musical performance. After students went to many different workshops to learn about traditions of other countries from the Upper School Students. They also enjoyed having a feast of all the different food from all the regions.

The students had a Frightful Friday indeed as they went trick or treating around the school and saw many different rooms that were transformed into the Halloween theme.

In Social Studies students haven been introduced to the Ancient Philippines through geography, videos, and mini-lessons. They enjoyed using the epic app to help them learn more about their home country, the Philippines. They also learned about the different influences that create the melting pot that we now know as the Philippines.

For ELA students worked on finally publishing their Personal Narratives. They struggled with their writing but we practiced many different techniques to help them throughout the process and it really showed in their final products. They were very proud to share what they had worked so hard on for a few weeks and it showed how much they improved and practiced using the whole writing process.

In Math students used their multiplication skills in order to understand and learn different strategies to help solve division problems. They also moved into solving word problems for both multiplication and division using different visuals and strategies like making groups, arrays, and number lines. They eventually worked on understanding two step world problems which are definitely a huge challenge but nonetheless with more practice and perseverance they will learn to apply all the skills they know in Math to help them find the solutions.

For Science the students were excited to make their own electromagnets although not all of them worked the first time they learned that through trial and error they can achieve the goal for their experiment. Not only is doing the experiment important but also learning how to write down their observations and findings were practiced. They also learned about the plant life cycle, seeds, and flowers where they had to find out which varieties of certain fruits or vegetables were grouped together based on their appearance, insides, and seeds through a card game.

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Start of the School Year

The first quarter has flown by and the students have been so eager to learn throughout all subjects. They have developed in such a short amount of time I cannot wait to see what else they will be able to accomplish this school year.

Social Studies

They have loved learning about Early Humans and how life was during the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic Eras. They continue to be curious about how Early humans lived during those times. They have learned about Homo Habilis, Homo Erectus, Neanderthal, and Cro-Magnon. They were able to do a simulation about a difficult Math problem where they had tools that helped make solving the problem easier and easier through time to signify how Early Humans’ knowledge continued to make lives easier throughout the different early human groups. They also used their knowledge in answering a BINGO game about all the vocabulary and facts they have learned.

Math

Students have been working on their multiplication skills throughout the last two months. They have continued to improve their multiplication knowledge by using various ways to show their understanding like arrays, groups, number line, and repeated addition. They have been doing speed tests to practice their fast facts and have been using different interactive and fun worksheets to help make multiplication more interesting for them.

Science

Students are always excited about Science as they get to practice the scientific method through the different experiments they have conducted. They have learned about Forces, Motion, Friction, Magnets, and Static Electricity. They’ve tested static electricity through balloons, the strength of different magnets and what materials they are attracted to, how to create strong bridges, and how to make the fastest slide with the least amount of friction. Through the experiments they learn to predict, follow a procedure, observe, write down data, and have a result for the experiment. It has also been a great opportunity for them to work together with classmates and realize that trial and error is necessary in different experiments.

ELA

Students have been working on their reading stamina, fluency, and comprehension throughout the different stories we have read and discussed from our “Journey’s” Text book. They also learn daily proofreading, grammar, and writing responses for different questions to help them become better writers. They have been working on their personal narratives through the writing process such as brainstorming ideas, drafting their ideas into writing, revising their written work, editing what can be improved in their writing, and finally publishing their work. They have been practicing how to make their narratives stronger by adding more details.

Lastly we ended the month with a bang through the assembly where they were able to show how to be a caring person towards themselves, parents, classmates, and the environment. They reflected about what it means to be a caring person and made promises of how they can continue to be a caring person throughout the school year. It was a great way to end the first two months as they showcased all their hard work and perseverance.

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Welcome to 3BR!

August 1, 2018

Dear Third Grade Families,

I would like to welcome you and your child to an exciting school year! My name is Bianca Romero-Salas and I will be your child’s homeroom teacher! This is my third year teaching at Chinese International School Manila and I look forward to another great school year ahead. I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Applied Psychology in Human Development from Boston College. In addition to that, I have worked with students from preschool up until 4th grade in different schools in Boston and Manila.

I am passionate about teaching children and forging relationships with them to help build their confidence and encourage them to be good learners.

My goal this year is to help your child be able to make their own decisions and to reach their full academic potential. I will be coordinating with you throughout the year to ensure that we are addressing your child’s needs while also providing the best learning experiences for them.

I believe that communication is the key to a successful classroom experience. So if you have any concerns please feel free to email me at bromerosalas@cismanila.org, send a note through your child’s student planner, or set an appointment with Ms. Kitin Conchu through the telephone number (632) 798-0011 local 103 or 116.

I look forward to meeting you and your child as we embark on this amazing adventure together!

Sincerely yours,
BIANCA ROMERO-SALAS
EY/ES Activities Coordinator
Grade 3 BR Homeroom Teacher

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Month of April

The students are geared up for the last quarter of the year. They took part in many activities throughout English week. Some came in their best costumes of their favorite book characters. Everyone did their best in our spelling bee sparkle game as they competed against the JL class to find the best speller for both classes.

For Science the students created their own ecosystems after they learned about the different kinds of ecosystems that exist. They also created different animals and how they adapted to certain environments to survive.

In ELA the students started doing research about the topics they will write their final writing piece about. Students have been working on brainstorming ideas, researching more facts about their topics, writing outlines for their introduction, body, and conclusion paragraphs.

In Social Studies the students learned about the culture and daily life in Ancient Egypt. They also learned about the geography of Ancient Egypt together with the importance of the Nile River for their livelihood and survival.

For Math the students have learned a lot about fractions. They first mastered the different parts of the fraction and then they learned the different ways to represent fractions, how to add and subtract fractions, and fractions of a whole number.

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Marching through March

The students celebrated Easter early with the easter egg hunt and easter themed activities throughout the last day of classes before spring break.

In SS the students have moved on from Ancient Mesopotamia to Ancient Egypt. They are very curious to learn more about mummification, pharaohs, and pyramids.

For Science they really enjoyed being archeologists and digging up different pieces of a dinosaur that they needed to work as a group to make a dinosaur.

For Math the students finished learning the last of the four operations. They have learned a lot about division and continue to build on their math skills. In ELA the students learned about reader’s theatre and how to act out certain roles. Now that the 3rd quarter is over the students are more than ready to push for the last quarter as 3rd graders!

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Spreading the Love in February

This month has flown by as we’ve had many different school activities. We celebrated the 100 days of school as we realized how much we’ve accomplished in those days.

The students had a great time during the field trip where they got the chance to visit the National Museum of the Philippines where we were able to see 3 different exhibits. We saw the artifacts and aspects about the Philippine culture through the Museum of the Filipino people.

The students also looked at many different art pieces from different Filipino artists in the National Art Gallery. They were very fascinated by the Planetarium where they felt like they were seeing everything happen in space.

Last week the school celebrated the Birthday of Dr. Seuss and did different activities related to the numerous books he has written.

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For Math the students have been learning to master their division facts and have started learning how to do long division. Although it was a struggle at first for all the students they have come a long way in understanding the different steps in long division.

In Science we wrapped up learning about the different inherited and acquired traits we have received from different family members. They learned that inherited traits are traits you are born with while acquired traits are traits that are learned over time. They created their own families in posters to highlight the different traits their person inheritted from their parents.

For Social Studies the students have learned about the different empires of Ancient Mesopotamia and even got the chance to play some of the roles of the different social classes back then to trade for their goods in order to survive. They also had to use cuneiform as receipts in order to record their trading and buying. They also learned to play BINGO to review all the different vocabulary words they have learned so far.

For ELA the students have been continuing working on their reading fluency and comprehension skills. They have been comparing and contrasting different texts as well as learning grammar. Soon they will begin to start doing research on topics they have chosen for their information writing.

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Start of 2018!

The new year has started and the students have already grown up since we were last together. They started the year with creating their own personal goals pertaining to their behavior and academics. I look forward to seeing them put their words into actions. The students have been very excited to be back and are ready to take on the year together with their classmates and teacher of course.

In Math we continued to practice our multiplication facts by playing with a classic game the cootie catcher that lets the students challenge each other and test each one of them with their multiplication fast facts. They also learned to use snap cubes as visuals to help them show how the multiplication sentence can be made into arrays and groups. We will continue to work on their multiplication this semester to help them improve their abilities and to become multiplication masters.

In Science we have been learning about the plant life cycle and have started to learn about animal life cycles as well. They learned that a seed of a plant houses the embryo and also holds the food it will use to help it grow. They also learned how bees and other animals can help in the reproduction of plants and flowers.

For Social Studies they have finished the unit on Philippine History by learning about the Japanese Occupation. They really enjoyed reading “Breaking the Silence” by Lourdes Montinola, my grandmother who survived the war and told what it was like to live through that time period. They are delighted when practicing for their role play of the different colonizations and occupation as our culminating activity for the unit.

In ELA students continue to work on their reading comprehension skills, grammar, and reading fluency. They have learned to peer edit with their classmates and use the suggestions to help them edit and revise their Opinion writing. Once they had done different drafts we were finally able to have a publishing party with our oreos. Oreos helped them brainstorm and pre-write their outlines (O-Opinion, R-Reason, E-Examples, O-Opinion). I was very impressed with the convincing paragraphs they were able to type and presented to the class as their finished product. I am very excited to see how they will do with informative writing for this coming semester.

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