Hello, January!

I can’t believe that January is about to end! Fifth graders has full of hands on activities in Mathematics and Science. We have been busy discussing Ecosystems, Water Cycle and some of the major biomes on earth such as deserts, grasslands or savannahs, temperate deciduous forest, temperate rainforest, tundra and taiga.

Fifth graders also made a terrarium which is a tiny garden enclosed within a sealed bottled container. Terrariums are lots of fun to make, and are also a great way to teach kids about the water cycle, as they demonstrate evaporation, condensation and precipitation. Because the water in a terrarium is trapped inside the container, terrariums can live for years without ever being watered!  Terrarium’s are made from layers of sand, stones, gravel and soil, with a few extra ingredients mixed in, which help the soil breath, and the water move up and down the water table. Plants are then planted in the tiny world and moss is added. Finally, children can choose tiny decorations to live in their gardens (like fairies and dinosaurs!) making this a fun, wholesome and beautiful living craft project! On top of that, they get to record their observations on the organisms placed in their terrarium for two weeks; whether they were still alive or dead; and explain the appearance of the bottle as a whole every time they check their terrariums.

Terrarium 1


Terrarium 3




Terrarium 2









Mathematics, on the other hand, has always been jam packed with activities. It is in this quarter where operations on decimals were taught; as well as the conversion of fractions to decimals to percents, and how was discounted price being computed. Third quarter focuses more on the process skills in solving multi-step word problems in fractions, decimals and percentages.

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Working in groups, students were given a task to shop the items listed on the shopping list with a budget of one thousand pesos. They were tasked to ensure as well that all the items in the list will be procured and yet, they will not go above their budget.

Math 1

Fifth graders were challenged to procure all of the items listed in their shopping list and spend the closest total amount to one thousand pesos.








An October To Remember

October has been an another busy month as the students were filled with exciting activities. They get to dressed up in their pyjamas, tropical-themed clothes and favorite hobbies; as we celebrated Spirit Week.

It was in this month as well, when our Grade 5 students were officially announced as the TetraPack Officers of our school.  As part of the campaign of Tetra Pack, students became more environmentally-conscious and into healthy and active lifestyles. Among its benefits is that a Tetra Pak carton is a Pack That Grows Back since it is renewable and recyclable. Lower School students get to bring their empty tetra packs. Our grade 5 students count and record it and bring it to the tetra pack garbage bins on a weekly basis.

It is also in October that we have celebrated United Nations, with the theme of “Greening the Blue”, where our students were able to wear their own country’s traditional costumes.

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We have also done our trick-or-treating in this month. Students enjoyed visiting and collecting candies from the accounting office, PSA’s lounge and Ms. Feli’s office. They were so happy and were even mesmerized with all the costumes, office make-overs and make-ups.


It was also in this month that Grade 5 students had their assembly featuring the IB learning profile: communicator. They had truly showed us how to become a good and effective communicator on that day as they get to speak in seven different languages (Filipino, Spanish, Mandarin, French, Russian, Indonesian and English) on their opening salvo. They danced and sang remarkably well, too!

I must say, October is really something to remember!



All Aboard to Fifth Grade

I can’t believe it’s been two months already since we have welcomed school year 2018-2019. Time flies so fast! It feels like we have accomplished so much already in that span of time.

The kids have been busy working, learning and adapting to the routine of fifth grade. Since this is also a transition period from Elementary to Middle School, they are being trained to be socially responsible and to always show empathy and care to one another. Circle Time is also being done with the Guidance Counselor to help the kids cope with the challenges in fifth grade.

For the past seven weeks, kids have been spending a lot of time doing hands on activities and experiments in Science. They have been observing, exploring and note taking the changes in matter- whether it is a physical or a chemical change.

Math continues to be a challenging and fun class as they get to do Mental Sums and Speed Tests for 2 minutes, with 20 to 30 questions; solve problem sums and exit questions and do active and engaged activities. Power School (PS)  has also been introduced to the kids. They get to see their numerical grade (in real time) for both Maths and Science and how are their grades were generated in the Power School. Parents can also access their child’s grade in the Power School by logging in to their accounts.

Below are some photos from the past two months. I can’t wait to see more of their activities as the rest of the year goes. :)




Estimating the area and perimeter of the enclosed figure using yarn and pinky finger’s width of 1 centimetre.


Working in pairs, they are to tasked to inflate a balloon using baking soda and vinegar


Discussion time! Estimating the area and perimeter of the enclosed figure using yarn and pinky finger’s width of 1 centimetre.


Working in groups, they are tasked to inflate a balloon using baking soda and vinegar


Working in groups, they are tasked to inflate a balloon using baking soda and vinegar


Working in groups, they are tasked to inflate a balloon using baking soda and vinegar.


Working in pairs, they are tasked to inflate a balloon using baking soda and vinegar


Working in pairs, they are to find a way to control the amount of gas produced in a baking soda and vinegar reaction


Working in pairs, they are to list down the changes they have observed when one tablet of Berocca was dissolved in a cold water.


Jotting down their answers on the area and perimeter activity.


Welcome back, Dragons!

Dear Parents,


Welcome to Fifth Grade!  I hope you all had a wonderful and restful summer break.   I am excited about the opportunity to get to know you, and I am looking forward to a happy and productive school year.


I am Mrs. Gracia Tamayo and I will be your child’s Homeroom, Mathematics and Science Teacher this year.  This is my second year in Chinese International School Manila and my fifteenth year in the profession, having taught Mathematics in Grade School, Middle and High School at various schools in Singapore and Jakarta, Indonesia; giving teacher trainings to various international schools in Jakarta and coaching students for various Mathematical Olympiads.


On the following pages are a few general guidelines for the Grade 5-GT Class, as well as the class schedule.


Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch.  You may email me at gtamayo@cismanila.org, send me a note via your child’s homework notebook, or set an appointment through the school office (at 02 7980011).  I look forward to meeting you soon, and working with you in ensuring your child’s success in the coming year.





Warm regards,




Gracia D. Tamayo

Mathematics and Science Facilitator

Grade 5 Homeroom Teacher

After-School Activities and Club (ASAC) Coordinator



  1. Hours / Schedule
    • 7:30 am to 2:30 pm
    • 8:20 am late start on Wednesdays.
    • 3:30 pm dismissal on club days (some clubs may go on till later).
    • Punctuality is emphasized.
    • Library Day is on Thursdays.
    • Pastoral (Guidance) is every third Friday of the month.
    • Attached is a copy of your child’s class schedule for your guidance.


  1. Personal Belongings
    • All items should be clearly labeled with your child’s name.
    • Please send a water bottle in with your child each day.
    • Gadgets and toys are to be kept at home unless required by the teacher for academic purposes.


  1. Personal Hygiene Kit

Each student is required to have a personal hygiene kit, which will be kept                               in their classroom cubbies for them to use when needed. Please use a                                         container that is durable and compact. This kit should contain the                                             following items, each clearly labeled with your child’s name:

  • extra set of clothes (shirt, shorts/pants, underwear, socks)
  • insect repellant
  • cologne
  • powder
  • wet wipes
  • alcohol
  • tissue
  • comb
  • small face towel
  1. Notebooks
    • Please label and cover your child’s notebooks with plastic, and send them back to school by Friday, August 10.
  1. Snack and Lunch
  • Healthy food and drinks are encouraged.
  • Please refrain from sending junk food or soda.


  1. Uniform
  • P.E. days are Mondays and Fridays. Please be sure to send your child’s P.E. uniform on these days.
  • Friday is casual dress day. We do not want to restrict your child in terms of their clothing choice for Fridays; however, for safety purposes, we encourage them to ensure their choice in footwear will enable them to participate in the day’s class activities.
  1. Medication
  • Should your child need any medication, please ensure that it is left with our School Nurse at the Clinic on the first floor.
  1. Homework
  • Homework will be given Monday through Thursday; Friday only if it is a necessity or a long term project.  Homework is given to ensure that the child understands what was taught in class and allows the student to practice the skills learned.  This independent practice is essential to learning the concept and will also teach responsibility. Your child will have approximately 30 minutes of homework nightly. Long term projects will be in addition to this time not a part of it. Should you have any questions about a particular subject or concept, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher.
  1. Grading Scale
  • Your child will earn letter marks for their report card grade.  Class work, homework, projects and tests/quizzes are used to calculate your child’s grade. Percentage of each category as well as the grade boundaries for each letter grade will be informed soon.
  1. 10.      Home-School Communication
    • Your child’s homework notebook will be sent home daily. Please make sure to check and sign it daily.
    • I will also be sending home communication letter every two weeks that contains the incoming topics and assessments in Mathematics and Science so that you will be in the loop of your child’s progress in the subjects.
    • Email: gtamayo@cismanila.org
    • If you wish to set an appointment with me, please contact the school office at (02) 7980011.

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