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Home Country Festivals

Kite-flying was a blast!

Kite-flying was a blast!


“Sakura, Sakura…”


In Social Studies, the children have been getting to know each other’s home countries by talking about the 6Fs:  Flag, Famous People, Festivals, Food, Folklore and Fashion.  In Indonesia, one activity that people do to celebrate the Krakatoa Festival is by flying kites.  The children had to wait for a windy day at school in order to fly the kites they made.  In Japan, people celebrate the Hanami (Cherry Blossom) Festival.  The children learned the “Sakura” (Cherry Blossom) song and observed how the koto instrument is played, which accompanied the song.


"The Little Frog" dance

“The Little Frog” dance

We are thankful for...

We are thankful for…


In Sweden, people dance around the maypole to celebrate Midsummer.  The children had fun learning the steps for “The Little Frog” dance.  In the United States of America, Thanksgiving is celebrated with a dinner featuring the turkey.  The children made paper bag turkeys and wrote down on the feathers five people and/or things that they are thankful for.


Tuho game

Tuho game


Finally, in South Korea, people play the tuho game to celebrate Seollnal (New Year).  The children enjoyed a friendly competition of shooting the sticks in the tin can.

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Home Country: Famous People and Festivals

Famous People

  • China:  Cai Lun (paper inventor), Yuan Longping (hybrid rice inventor), Qin Shi Huang (king who unified the country), Xi Jinping (current president), Jackie Chan (martial artist and actor), Yao Ming (former NBA basketball player)
  • Indonesia:  Pratiwi Sudarmono (scientist), Yohanes Surya (Physics team coach), Sukarno (first president), Fatmawati (wife of Sukarno who made the first flag), Joko Widodo (current president)
  • Japan:  Ted Fujita (Fujita tornado scale inventor), Michio Kaku (Science popularizer), Natsuo Yamaguchi (politician), Daisaku Ikeda (philosopher)
  • South Korea:  Yi So-yeon (first astronaut), Hwang Woo-suk (stem cell researcher), Park Geun-hye (first female president), Ban Ki-moon (current United Nations Secretary-General), Kim Yuna (Olympic figure skater), Park Tae-hwan (Olympic swimmer)
  • Sweden:  Alfred Nobel (dynamite inventor), Carl XVI Gustaf (current king), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (football player)
  • United States of America:  Sally Ride (first female astronaut), George Washington (first president), Barrack Obama (current president), Pocahontas (made peace with colonial settlers)

Writing:  What they want to be famous for


  • China:  Chinese New Year
  • Indonesia:  Krakatoa Festival, Nyepi (Day of Silence)
  • Japan:  Hanami (Cherry Blossom) Festival
  • South Korea:  Seollnal (New Year)
  • Sweden:  Midsummer
  • United States of America:  Thanksgiving
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Time and Money


  • days in a week, month and year
  • weeks in a month
  • months in a year


  • American dollar and coins
  • value of a penny (1 cent), nickel (5 cents), dime (10 cents), quarter (25 cents), half dollar (50 cents)
  • different ways of making an amount (e.g., $1.00 = 100 cents, 20 nickels, 10 dimes, 4 quarters, or 2 half dollars)

Problem solving

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Informational Texts and Nouns

Reading and Writing

  • Informational (nonfiction) texts
  • Proofreading – using editor’s marks:  3 short lines for using a capital letter, a full stop in a circle for adding a full stop, and a circle for checking the spelling
  • Revising – using editor’s marks:  an arrowhead for adding a word, and 2 curved lines for taking out a word
  • “Who’s Who” book


  • singular and plural nouns
  • possessive nouns
  • common and proper nouns


  • sight words, r-controlled “u,” long and short -ea- patterns, -ew pattern, vocabulary


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Chinese New Year Celebration



The 5th of February was another exciting day at CISM as the school celebrated the Chinese New Year!  Grade 2 students from both Mandarin classes performed in the opening program.




The lion dance was next.  The children enjoyed watching three lions dance around especially when these lions came closer to interact and have a little bit of fun with them.  The lions, along with the musicians, also went around the school to visit each classroom.




It was one full day of fun activities from making Chinese lanterns and characters, eating Chinese food like noodles, siomai, lumpia and taho, to learning a little bit of Wushu, and finally ending the day watching Kung Fu cartoon!  (See a few more pictures in the Gallery section.)