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Monthly Archives: March 2016

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Manila International Schools Athletics Association

CISM Basketball Team (6-8 years old)

CISM Basketball Team (6-8 years old)


CISM is a member of the Manila International Schools Athletics Association (MISAA), an organization that holds annual competitions to develop sports skills and camaraderie among participating students and schools.


Doris of 2MP joined the basketball team for 6-8 year-olds (Division 4 category).  The team comprised of students from Grades 1-3, and played against Beacon International School, Domuschola International School, European International School, Everest Academy Manila and Reedley International School.  Last 5th of December, the team won 3rd runner-up in 3-on-3 Division 4 basketball, and 3rd runner-up in Division 4 basketball game!


Congratulations to the whole team and their coaches!  We are proud of you!

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Changes in Matter and Mixture

Changes in matter – some changes may be caused by heating or cooling that can or cannot be reversed

  • Physical changes – changes that can be reversed (e.g., water and butter at different temperatures)
  • Chemical changes – changes that cannot be reversed (e.g., cooking an egg, freezing a plant leaf, burning a paper)

Mixture – made of two or more things but does not result to a new matter (each part is still there)

  • Mixture with parts that can easily separate or take apart (e.g., mixture of cereal, raisins and dry fruits)
  • Mixture with parts that can dissolve or break up into pieces too small to see (e.g., mixture of drink mix and water)
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Home Country: Food, Folklore and Fashion

Food demonstration

  • China:  cong you bing and tomato omelet
  • Indonesia:  bakwan jagung
  • Japan:  sushi
  • South Korea:   japchae and kimbap
  • Sweden:  chocolate balls
  • Philippines:  calamansi juice


Folklore:  folktale - story passed down through telling from generation to generation that is believed to be true or is based on superstition

  • China:  Monkey

Long ago, Jade Emperor, the ruler of the Heavens, was unhappy that China was in great chaos.  He wanted to destroy the people but Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy, suggested to find Buddha’s scriptures in India to help the people become peaceful and kind.  Xuan Zang, a monk, was chosen to do the job and was given the name Tripitaka, the Great Scripture Seeker.  In his journey, he met Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy who were cast out of Heaven for displeasing Jade Emperor.  They helped Tripitaka in his journey to be accepted in Heaven again.

  • Indonesia:  The Mouse Deer and the Tiger 

  • Japan:  The Two Frogs

  • South Korea:   The Tigers of the Kumgang Mountains

Long ago, a marksman went up the Kumgang Mountains to shoot the tigers for eating people, but he never returned.  His son did the same thing and met people with fangs, paws and tails.  The son thought they were tigers and shot them.  When he saw the grandfather tiger who was as big as a mountain, he shot it but was swallowed whole.  Inside the tummy, he found his father’s bones, among others, and the daughter of the prime minister who was swallowed a day ago.  He cut through the tiger’s tummy that later became weak and they were able to escape.  In the end, he married the daughter of the prime minister.

  • Sweden:  The Evil One and Kitta Grau

Kitta competed with the evil one.  She won when she made a couple fight.  The evil one had a deal with a merchant that if he sold everything in 3 weeks time, he would belong to the evil one.  Kitta met the merchant and told him to sell her as an ugly bird in a cage.  When the evil one returned, he saw Kitta disguised as the bird that was not sold and knew he lost again so he left.

  • United States of America:  Squanto’s Journey

Long ago, Squanto was one of the American Indians who traded with the Englishmen.  One day, he was invited by an officer to feast on the ship along with other American Indians, but they were taken to Spain as slaves instead.  He became friends with the Christians who helped him go to England.  He knew that English ships often go to his land.  He learned their language and became useful to them that they took him to their ship.  When he reached his land, he discovered that a lot of his people died because of a disease brought by the Englishmen.  Still, he convinced his people to live in harmony with the them and the American Indians taught them to plant and hunt.


Fashion – Below are a few traditional clothing.  At present, clothes have been influenced by Western fashion.

  • China:  cheongsam, foot binding
  • Indonesia:  batik for men, sarong for women
  • Japan:  kimono
  • South Korea:  hanbok
  • Sweden:  regional/national dress
  • United States of America:  Western (dress shirt, coat, trousers/jeans, boots, hat)
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Friendly Letter, Pronouns and Verbs

Reading and Writing

  • Realistic fiction – (a) tells about characters that are like people in real life, (b) characters have feelings that real people have, (c) setting could be a real place
  • Writing a friendly letter – (a) heading, (b) greeting, (c) body, (d) closing, (e) signature


  • pronouns – take the place of nouns (e.i., I, you, he, she, it, we, you, they; my, your, his, her, its, our, your, their; mine, yours, his, hers, ours, yours, theirs)
  • verbs – words that show action


  • sight words, r-controlled “e,” -at family words, -or- pattern, final blend -mp, vocabulary


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Master Chefs

China:  Cong you bing

China: Cong you bing

South Korea:  Japchae

South Korea: Japchae

Indonesia:  Bakwan jagung

Indonesia: Bakwan jagung


In Social Studies, the children had a taste of food or drink from each other’s home countries.  They chose a simple food or drink and showed the class how to prepare it.  They wrote the recipe on a sheet and brought the ingredients and materials they needed for the food demonstration.


Japan:  Sushi

Japan: Sushi

Sweden:  Chocolate balls

Sweden: Chocolate balls

South Korea:  Kimbap

South Korea: Kimbap


The children enjoyed eating and drinking… and having second rounds!  They also made a chef’s hat to take home.  Thanks to all the parents for helping out the children with this exciting and fun-filled activity!


China:  Tomato omelet

China: Tomato omelet

Philippines:  Calamansi juice

Philippines: Calamansi juice