Math is not the easiest subject to teach because not all children like it. In grade 3, for the first semester, we were able to discuss Multiplication and Division this Semester and before the holidays, we will be learning about fractions.
It wasn’t an easy journey teaching Multiplication and Division to the students. There were a lot of trial and error made in teaching different strategies to the kids. Some strategies were not effective, some strategies were very effective but what is important is that even if we took time, they were able to get the lessons right before moving to the next. Slowly, each of them are getting more independent as days pass.
Some strategies that we used in the classroom is by using Go! Math, games, speed tests, memorization of times and division tables, and just recently, we do learning centers for mastery of skills. These strategies are all effective and the children were able to grasp the concept being taught to them.
ELA stands for English Language Arts and for the third graders, September has been a very busy month for them when it comes to this subject. We came up with a routine that we do weekly. We always start our week with a pre test in spelling which helps them compose better sentences with correctly spelled words. After which, I read a loud to them a selection from the book which helps them improve their listening skills and focus. After discussing the vocabulary words from the “read a loud”, we ask them to read a short story from their Journey’s book. From there, they work on the vocabulary and getting meaning of new words just by reading the sentences in the reading passage. We end the week with a spelling post test and weekly skills test in vocabulary and grammar.
Our recent topic in ELA is writing their own personal narrative. They started off with brainstorming, choosing a topic, writing a draft, and now finally, we are publishing it by typing it in the computers. I’m very excited to see the final product that each of my students will produce!
GRADE 3JA SCHEDULE
HOMEROOM (8:20 AM)
|8:30-9:00||ELA||ELA||OUTDOOR PLAY||INDOOR PLAY||OUTDOOR PLAY|
|9:20-9:50||INDOOR PLAY||INDOOR PLAY||ELA||LIBRARY||SCIENCE|
|1:40-2:30||PE||ART||DIGITAL LIT||PE||DIGITAL LIT|
- WEDNESDAYS – Late Start at 8:20 a.m.
- EARLY BIRDS (7:00-7:25 a.m.) – Students leave their bags in designated areas along the first floor hallway and wait at the cafeteria.
- LATECOMERS – Students secure a late slip from the Admissions Office.
- DISMISSAL – Students wait at the cafeteria.
- MONDAY AND THURSDAYS – Students wear P.E. kit and bring a CISM shirt.
- FRIDAYS – Students have the option to wear casual clothes. Nail polish, make-up, jewelry (except for stud earrings), flamboyant hairstyles, and immodest style of clothes (e.g., short shorts, hanging shirt/top) are discouraged.
NOTEBOOKS, LIBRARY BOOKS, AND STUDENT PACKET
- NOTEBOOKS – Label, cover with clear plastic, and return on or before August 16.
- ASSIGNMENT NOTEBOOK – Check for notes, sign, and send to school everyday. Homework is assigned only when needed.
- READING LOG – Daily independent reading at home is encouraged by using Library or any available books.
- LIBRARY BOOKS – Students borrow and return books on Thursdays.
- STUDENT PACKET – Supplies will be kept in the classroom.
- LABEL your child’s things with his/her full name and class.
- WATER BOTTLE should be sent to school everyday.
- HYGIENE KIT – Students leave extra clothes, underwear, socks, small towel, comb/ brush, and apron in a small box or bag at school.
- GADGETS AND TOYS are not allowed at school.
FOOD AND MEDICATION
- Healthy food and drinks (Chips and soda are highly discouraged.)
- MEDICATION – Give this along with instructions to the school nurse.
HOMEROOM TEACHER: Mrs. Julia Ponce – Aquino (Ms. Julia)
Ms. Julia handles the Grade 3JA Homeroom class. It is her 1st year of teaching in Chinese International School Manila and her 7th year in the field of Education. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities, with a major in Early Childhood Education from University of Asia and the Pacific. She gained experience teaching children at The Little Apprentice Preschool, Intergow Pre School, Lourdes School of Mandaluyong, and Everest Academy Manila. She has a lot of experience handling children ranging from Kinder to Third Grade.
MANDARIN TEACHER: Ms.Viola Huang (Huang Laoshi)
Viola’s Chinese name is Huang Fang. She is from Guizhou,which is located in the southwest part of China.She graduated from Guizhou Normal University with a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Major in English. She has lots of Mandarin and English teaching experience as a bilingual teacher at Qi Hang Education Center in Guizhou, China. She has been teaching Mandarin to Elementary school students at Bethel International School, Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines these past two years. She likes traveling abroad and making friends with local people so that she could learn multi-culture from them. She believes that every student is unique and should be taken seriously. Her goal is for students to develop divergent thinking while enjoying Mandarin language teaching.
MUSIC TEACHER: Mr. Ronald Peter T. Palma (Mr. Ronald)
Ronald holds a Bachelor of Music Major in Guitar degree from Centro Escolar University. In 2014, he earned his Master of Music in Performance: Guitar Arranging and Orchestration degree at IISF Nagoya Japan. Ronald has been teaching music for more than 15 years. This is his first year at CISM, and he is very excited to share his knowledge and God given talents with his students. He is married and has a son and a daughter.
VISUAL ARTS TEACHER: Mr. Nelson Suarez (Sir Nelson)
Nelson Suarez teaches Visual Arts to elementary students at CISM. He is very passionate about creating Artwork and sharing his enthusiasm, skills, and values to educate young students. He also has a background as a Math teacher in the United States, graduated (2006) from the California Polytechnic University of Pomona in Pomona, California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and holds a Professional Engineering License. His technical background and life-long interest in the visual arts has enabled him to structure his work and teaching in a very clear and methodical way, making it engaging and fun, simple to understand and emulate. He believes it is important for young students to develop art skills and appreciation; nonetheless, he emphasizes the importance of original work, exploration, idea creation, imagination, expression, and even beauty that visual arts provides to his students empowering them to make a difference in their own lives and the world around them.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER: Mr. Zuriel Castro (Coach Zuriel)
Coach Zuriel handles the Physical Education class. He holds a Bachelor of Physical Education degree from the University of the Philippines, Diliman and is taking his Master’s degree in Human Movement Science from the same university. He has been teaching Physical Education for 5 years, and it will be his 1st year teaching at Chinese International School Manila.
DIGITAL LITERACY TEACHER: Ms. Zen Martinez (Ms. Zen)
Zen Martinez is the current Lower School Digital Literacy Teacher for Grades 1 to 4. She graduated from University of the Philippines. Zen taught Digital Literacy in the Upper School division of Chinese International School Manila (CISM) from 2016 to 2019. She is a Google Certified Educator. Zen loves teaching and learning about Digital Citizenship, Google Apps, Scratch, Makey Makey, Robotics, and MIT App Inventor.