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Working with Fraction Tiles

Use of manipulatives in Math has been proven effective since time immemorial. Even in the ancient times, many people have used physical objects to help them solve Math problems.

For our fraction lessons, 3JL students have been using fraction tiles in order to visualize and have a deeper understanding of fraction concepts.

It’s a joy to watch them figure out Math problems by using manipulatives which allow them to move from concrete experiences to abstract reasoning.


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Celebrating English Week

On  March 23, as Lower School celebrated English Week, the third graders took the opportunity to show off their spelling skills by having a Grade Level Spelling Bee. First, each class had a friendly competition amongst themselves wherein they got to spell out words with varying difficulties.
20170323_12532520170323_125336After obtaining the Top 3 winners for each section, both classes were merged to have a face-off round for the 6 spelling masters.

It was a good chance for the students to get to know the mechanics of a spelling bee and practice their spelling skills as well. At the end of the activity, Martin emerged victorious and was declared as the Spelling Bee winner!



At the same time, the students also had the opportunity to show their creativity and  writing skills by constructing narratives. I will always be a proud homeroom teacher of these energetic and creative kids!




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Happy 100 Days of School!

CISM celebrated its 100th Day of School on February 7, 2017. In line with this academic milestone, 3JL students enthusiastically contributed to the said event by making their own 100 Days Hats and filling up “time capsules” that asked them to imagine how they see themselves as 100-year olds.

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Fantastic February!

Chinese New Year Celebration

On January 27, the CISM community welcomed the year of the Fire Rooster with a program that made everyone excited, especially the students of 3JL exhilarated. The series of activities started with a Dragon Dance in the school parking lot and was followed by the dragon’s “visitation” in each classroom. A mini-concert where kids got to perform different Chinese song and dance numbers followed after.

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After the celebration, the students were divided by their houses for the second round of Sports Day. 3JL got to play different games like relay and basketball. It was indeed a fun and exciting day for everyone!

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Grade 3 Assembly

On January 19, Grades 3BR and 3JL gave a presentation on the IB Learner Profile “Balanced.” The presentation was a great success as the kids showcased their many talents through various mediums. The presentation began with the students dancing to a song entitled “Balance on One Foot.” This light-hearted song highlighted an important aspect of being “Balanced,” which is to do things in moderation as well as to maintain an active lifestyle!

Next, the students recited a poem entitled “A Balanced Life.” We believed that reciting the poem helped drive the message of living life in a balanced manner. As a bonus, the poem was also a great memorization activity for the kids.

However, the final component of the presentation was the much anticipated singing performance. The students worked tirelessly to perfect the dance routine to the song “Seasons of Love” from the musical Rent. This special song encouraged both students, teachers and parents to reflect on the many aspects of their life and to understand that it is important to balance all aspects of our life–whether it is our home or school life. As a special treat for EY/EL students, our kids performed a black-light routine which required them to work together to create images and words with only their hands. I was very proud to see all of the students hard work pay off as they displayed the words “Love,” “Life” and other images such as birds, candles and a heart. The audience erupted into applause after the performance and the students were complimented on a job well-done throughout the day.

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January, Be Happy!

As we begin another fantastic year, 3JL went full academic mode as they continue to show enthusiasm and excellence in different academic activities. Some of the highlights our January activities are as follow:

A Closer Look at Mosquitoes’ Life Cycle


Rights and Responsibilities of Individuals


Mastering Multiplication and Division


Writing and Publishing Personal Narratives

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This Is It December!

Months go by so fast! We can’t believe that it’s already December! Indeed, time flies when you’re having fun! Here are the things 3JL had been working on for the month of December. As part of Lower School’s Service Learning project, 3JL together with the other grade levels decorated parols that were put in auction for the benefit of MoveEd kids.

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Spreading Love on Christmas Month

On December 9, students in the Lower School held their annual Service Learning Activity in partnership with the Move Ed Foundation. Each grade level prepared an activity that Move Ed kids got to enjoy and learn from. Grade 3 spearheaded the puppet-making and story telling sessions in the library.

It was a great opportunity to see students of 3JL reach out to these younger Move Ed kids, making sure that they were able to make them happy in one way or another. Seeing them help the little ones fold and cut paper and reading stories to them (even if there were some sort of language barrier)made me one proud homeroom teacher of these kiddos. At teh end of the day, we asked the children to make a reflection about the activity that they did with the Move Ed kids and we got excellent responses from them!

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Learning by Doing

“Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.”

-John Dewey

The past months were filled with different Science mini-experiments that involve learning varied Scientific concepts such as force and motion, friction, magnetism and etc. They got to work in groups to make observations, discuss hypotheses, conduct experiments and come up with conclusions about various Scientific processes.

It’s such a joy to see these children learn lots of new information through collaboration and hands-on experiments!

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“Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.”


Science Nature Walk 2

The kids went on another Nature Walk but this time, they focused on observing organisms that can be found around the campus.

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Math Centers

3JL had another round of Math Center activities where they worked in different stations to gain mastery of multiplication concepts.

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Social Studies Debate

The kids oriented with the basics of debate and were later on asked to come up with arguments and counter arguments to defend their stand about different branches of government.

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Writing Personal Narrative and Developing Reading Comprehension

3JL has been consistently working on their personal narratives and is about to publish their works in a few weeks. They’re also working on their chapter packets of The Mouse and Motorcycle/The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe in order to gain proficiency in comprehension.