Grade 2ML

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United Nations Day

Perhaps one of the most exciting events we celebrate at CISM is United Nations Day, where we all come in wonderful costumes and we get to parade about, showing off our different cultures and traditions.  We traditionally start with the parade of costumes, as well as some performances by after school clubs like the Kids Dance club and the Glee club. The kids are then treated to a “trip” of sorts as they cycle about different workshops wherein they learn about certain countries and the culture and traditions there.  One of the most awaited parts is the “Global Potluck” in which everyone brings in food from different parts of the world and everyone is invited to partake in the feast. It is a great day of camaraderie and celebration that definitely highlights unity in diversity.  This year’s UN Day was no exception.

The parade was fun as we got to see all our friends from Early Years and Elementary in their wonderful costumes. We also got to listen to some of our friends perform an African dance; the Glee Club also serenaded us with a beautiful medley of songs.

After the morning’s program, the kids were treated to various cultural workshops that taught them about countries like Australia, India, South Korea, Indonesia, and the Philippines. They danced, played games, prepared food, and painted in these different workshops. It was an absolute blast!

We then had the Global Potluck, where the kids were able to try all sorts of food.  Many of them were quite adventurous and decided to try different kinds of food, not just those they usually ate.  I believe they were pleasantly surprised :)

The day ended with a film showing, and a reflection activity. The activity had them making their own coat of arms, including in the said coat of arms aspects that are important to them such as their country of origin, special traditions and celebrations, and things they hold dear. I believe it somehow showed them that though they are quite different from each other, there are many similarities as well.

Below are some photos of the day’s events :)

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First Quarter Frenzy

It’s quite hard to believe that an entire quarter has gone by.  Time has definitely flown these few months.  But then again, they do say that time flies when you’re having fun, and we sure did have tons of fun in Grade 2ML this past quarter! :)

We made books and posters about ourselves too!

We made books and posters about ourselves too!

We spent some time learning about our classmates by interviewing as well!

We spent some time learning about our classmates by interviewing as well!

We got to know each other by playing lots of games!

We got to know each other by playing lots of games like Ice Breaker BINGO :)

It did not take the kids long to get into the groove of school.  They took to the rules and routines of our classrooms so seamlessly, that our days were like clockwork.  So what did we keep ourselves busy with these past few months?  Read on to see all the fun we’ve had during the first quarter of second grade!

Fun with Math Manipulatives

During the first quarter, we learned all about digits and place value.  We used snap cubes, tens cubs, and lots of toys and materials to explore how to count, how to group objects into tens and ones, and even into hundreds, tens, and ones.  We learned that counting things in groups of tens makes things a lot easier to count too.

Exploring the World Around Us

What better way to learn about the world around us than to explore and experiment?  Science class gives us a chance to ask questions about the world around us, and to try to see how things work.   We also had a hand in seeing how everyday materials we use can be made better by making improvements on them.  We learned that this is a part of science called engineering design. It was definitely a lot of fun to see how instruments work, and try to make our own instruments using scrap material.

We also learned about the scientific method, which is a process that scientists use to answer questions and learn more about the things around us.  It was really cool to do experiments using the scientific method too!

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Practical Social Studies

We started Social Studies with learning about the country we live in. It was so interesting to learn about different festivals celebrated in the Philippines, and realizing that we live in such a diverse and exciting country.  It was especially fun when we were able to taste some food local to the Philippines that our classmates brought to share with us.

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Welcome to Schoolyear 2017-2018

August 7, 2017

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Second Grade! I hope you all had a wonderful and restful summer break.
I am Cristina Lagdameo and I will be your child’s homeroom teacher this year. This is my third year with Chinese International School Manila, and my tenth year in the profession, having taught at various schools in Manila, Philadelphia, and New York City. I hold a Master of Science in Education degree, with a major in Reading, Writing and Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In addition to this, I am also an AB English Literature graduate from Ateneo de Manila University.

I am very excited at the thought of a promising year ahead and I look forward to working in partnership with you as we develop your child’s potential. This year will be filled with a multitude of fun activities aimed at helping your child become an independent, responsible, critical and eager learner.

Attached are a few general guidelines for the Grade 2-ML Class (PDF: Guidelines SY2017-2018).

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You may email me at, 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,

Maria Cristina Pilar A. Lagdameo
EY/ES English Language Arts Subject Leader
Grade 2 Homeroom Teacher

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Easter 2017

While we did not make that big a deal out of Easter this year, we did try to ensure that many of our activities were Easter-themed, while still being in line with our curricular topics.   It was quite fun for the children to be doing their Math topics but with an Easter bunny hopping about on the worksheet they’re answering, or hunting for eggs to count the money they could find inside.  Aside from these, we were also able to make Easter Egg themed sun catchers, and listen to Easter themed stories.

Perhaps the highlight of our Easter celebration was our Easter Egg Hunt, which we held on the Friday before our Easter break.  During outdoor play, the children searched for various plastic eggs that we had hid earlier.  The kids seemed to have a blast, and it was especially nice to see how they helped one another look for eggs, particularly when they noticed their classmates didn’t have any yet.

Here are some photos of the week that was.  As always, please click on the photos to go to our flickr page, where there are even more photos to see :)


We're Going on an Egg Hunt!

We’re Going on an Egg Hunt!

Making Egg Suncatchers

Making Egg Suncatchers

Math Money Egg Hunt

Math Money Egg Hunt