Grade 2MP

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My Global Community

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Learning about different cultures gives us a better understanding of people around us.  In Grade 2, Social Studies follows Project American Education Reaches Out (Project AERO) Standards and focuses on the theme “My Global Community.”  This quarter, children get to know one another even more by discovering a little bit about the geography, meeting and dining etiquette, and science and technology of each home country represented in class.  Moreover, they learn about the flag, traditional costume, festival and/or folktale.  One of their favorite activities is tasting a dessert or drink from the different countries.

 

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Philippines

 

Other activities include research work, role-playing, reflection-writing, singing or dancing, doing arts and crafts, and/or playing games.  These experiences help children see how different people are, and at the same time, realize how similar they can also be in terms of ideas and interests.  In addition, they get to know themselves more and feel proud to be citizens of their respective countries.

 

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Preparing to Become Scientists and Engineers

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What does it take to become a scientist or an engineer?  The Next Generation Science Standards (https://www.nextgenscience.org/), which CISM adopts, aim to prepare children to become future scientists and engineers.  Apart from teaching essential concepts, the standards expose children to science and engineering skills so they can continue being curious about the world they live in, as well as become problem solvers and team players.

 

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Grade 2 begins with  how a scientist learns – the skills, tools and method used, which are all important when performing investigations.  As children think about a question, they list down what they already know about it before making a prediction.  Then they set out to discover the answer themselves.  Whether they learn with a small group, a partner or individually, activities are designed to motivate them to take over their learning.  They are encouraged to share their ideas, listen to others, work together and reflect on what they have learned so far.  Moreover, they illustrate and write down their thoughts to help them remember and explain their discoveries later on.

 

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Welcome to Grade 2MP SY 2017-2018!

Welcome to CISM SY 2017-2018!  I hope you had a fantastic break with your families and are eager to work in partnership with the school to ensure that your child continues to develop into becoming a well-rounded individual.

 

I am Ms. Myles to the students, and I teach English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.  I graduated from the University of the Philippines (Diliman) with a Master of Arts degree in Teaching in the Early Grades (Kindergarten to Grade 2).  At the same school, I also took up Bachelor of Music in Music Education and graduated cum laude.  For 15 years, I have worked as a licensed teacher at different international and progressive schools in Metro Manila.  I am also a mother of three children ages 3, 5 and 6.

 

“BE BETTER THAN YOURSELF,” as William Faulkner said, is a goal that I would like to share with your children.  It is a daily journey of knowing, accepting and celebrating their uniqueness — both their strengths and weaknesses, and carrying on towards gaining self-confidence and self-improvement.  It is NOT about comparing themselves to others; thus becoming limited to what they THINK they cannot do, but about being motivated in giving their 100% in everything they do.

 

With this in mind, let us begin this academic year with much enthusiasm for a lot of fun learning!

 

SCHEDULE

  • School hours — 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays — late start at 8:20 a.m.
  • Club day — dismissal at 3:30 p.m. (with the exception of a few clubs)
  • Early birds (7:00-7:25 a.m.) — waiting area at the Multi-Purpose Hall (MPH), with designated bag area on the first floor
  • Latecomers — late slip from Admissions Office
  • Dismissal — waiting area at the cafeteria

 

UNIFORM

  • Tuesdays and Fridays — P.E. kit and extra shirt sent
  • Fridays — casual clothes (NO immodest style of clothes, expensive jewelry, make-up)

 

PERSONAL BELONGINGS

  • Labeled with child’s name
  • Water bottle – sent everyday
  • Hygiene kit — extra clothes, underwear, socks, small towel, comb/brush placed in a small box or bag to keep at school
  • Gadgets and toys — NOT ALLOWED unless required by a teacher for academic purposes

 

SUPPLIES AND NOTEBOOKS

  • Student packet supplies — to keep at school
  • Notebooks — labeled and covered with clear plastic; returned on or before August 14

 

FOOD AND MEDICATION

  • Healthy food and drinks
  • Medications and instructions – given directly to the school nurse

 

LIBRARY BOOKS

  • Thursdays

 

HOMEWORK

  • Given only when necessary (maximum of 20 minutes)

 

HOME-SCHOOL COMMUNICATION

  • Homework notebook — signed and sent to school everyday
  • Curriculum:  cismanila-public.rubiconatlas.org

 

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Learning a Little Bit About Africa

This quarter, Grade 2 was introduced to the continents of the world in Social Studies.  They started off by watching a short video about a continent, and locating countries belonging to it on a map.  Then to emphasize how countries as well as past and present events relate to each other, they tackled either a current event or a part of its history.

 

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For Africa, the children learned a little bit about slavery.  They were asked to come up with an important question about the photo shown to them.  Then from everyone’s questions, they focused on answering one question:  What is African slavery all about?

 

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The children read an article on African slavery and answered questions about it.

 

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They likewise listened to the story “Henry’s Freedom Box” by  Kadir Nelson, which related the life of an African slave.  They watched a video about the salt mines where African slaves worked.  Then they took note of important information that could help them understand the topic.

 

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The children did a gallery walk wherein they could see other children’s ideas in their models (mind maps).  They were allowed to revise their own models based on the article they read, the story they listened to, the video they watched and the gallery walk.  Finally, in their notebooks, they were asked to write an essay about African slavery and its effects on Africa.

 

Children are capable of exchanging ideas about the world, relating one thought with another, as well as working with different people.  All they need is the opportunity to practice these skills.

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Makers’ Fest

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On May 22nd, the school celebrated Makers’ Fest which showcased the digital literacy skills of students from Grades 4 to 10.  They demonstrated how their creations worked – from robots and machines to other applications and games.  They also showed their skills in making power point presentations with animation, brochures and the like.

 

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Nursery to Grade 3 were so privileged to witness and experience all these amazing technologies!  Of course, who could forget the treats that they got for listening and trying out these brilliant creations?  The children had fun learning throughout the day!  They likewise had a glimpse of what they would do in the future, and they really look forward to participating in Makers’ Fest.

 

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