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January 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR! As we welcome back the students this 2019, we can see students who are absolutely excited and motivated to improve and learn more. The students of 3SL made their New Year’s resolutions and it was wonderful to know how each child wanted to improve more on himself/herself. Being the active learners that they are, they are eager to learn and try out different activities with their classmates. They are constantly excited to learn about Mesopotamia for Social Studies, conduct Fossil experiments for Science, do hands on Fraction activities for Math, and begin learning about information writing for ELA.



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We also welcomed a new student to the class, and she was welcomed wonderfully by all the boys and girls. It was heartwarming to see how helpful and charitable each person was, making her feel like part of the 3SL family. January 30 also marks the 100th day of school and the students were thrilled to share 100 awesome ideas. The students of 3SL were asked interesting questions and it was amazing to see what they thought of. They also did creative writing, coming up with a drawing and essay of what they can create 100 years from now. Giving them the freedom to explore their thoughts and creative minds definitely allows us to see what they are capable of doing and becoming in the future.

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November 2018

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Halloween was one activity the Grade 3SL students were looking forward to. Aside from the Trick or Treating, we also played lots of games like the scavenger hunt and even turned classmates into mummies.

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This month was definitely exciting for the students of 3SL. We learned all about the life sciences, particularly plants and animals. The visual learners were very interested when watching different plant and animal videos. Aside from watching videos, they loved reading about plants and animals on Epic, a learning resource for children. The e-books motivated the children to read, learn the basics in doing research activities, always wanting to learn more interesting facts.

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This month was a little more challenging for the class in math. Applying everything they learned about the 4 basic operations, they had some difficulty in solving two-step word problems. They surely needed much practice in this area, learning how to take each problem a step at a time, visualizing and understanding each one. Learning the basics in the order of operations also tested their mastery for the basic operations. After learning the challenging topics, they were looking forward to learning about fractions, excited to share what they already know about it. They continue to be challenged with comprehension and understand of the different word problems, but their motivation and love for learning is what makes them move forward.


Social Studies this month was interesting, learning more about what happened in our own backyard. The students of 3SL studies the history of Spanish Colonization and American Colonization in the Philippines. The most fascinating thing were the questions and inferences they were able to make, realizing the effects of particular events and relating it to today. Though connecting and relating the different times in history was a little confusing for them, their excitement and eagerness to find out more definitely makes them wonderful learners.


A more fun and interesting type of writing was introduced this month. Opinion Writing was surely more exciting for the children because they were allowed to write any topic of their choice, of course, together with supporting details and proper grammar. They were glad to be able to express whatever interested them, from Roblox and Fortnite to the Presidency of Trump. Listening to each one’s opinion will surely be something to look forward to.


For this years Book Week, the students of 3SL took a vote and decided to have a short presentation of Harry Potter. They were very excited to plan the Sorting Hat scene, wear their costumes, and perform. Though they were disappointed they did not win the Book Blurb competition, they still enjoyed watching the different performances of Grades 1-5.


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October 2018

This month was filled with a number of fun filled and memorable activities for the third graders! They taught us all about the IB Learner Profile Caring. Being caring can be shown in a number of different ways but they focused on 2 main points, being kind to others and caring for the environment. They worked hard during practice and showed the lower school a wonderful performance. Their dance number “I’ll Be There” reminded us how to care for others and they showed us how to “Imagine” our world of kindness through sign language.

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Spirit Week was special for the entire student body. Students dressed up for Meme Monday, Tropical Tuesday, Wake Up Wednesday, and our Superhero Class Theme Thursday. CISM ended Spirit Week with the annual Sports Fest. The Grade 3 students, together with the entire school community, played games and learned all about sportsmanship and camaraderie. Though not all could be winners, they spirit and teamwork they showed were the most important.


This month, we also celebrated our differences in culture and race. On UN Day, we all came in traditional costumes of our home country, performed a special number, and had a feast of Filipino food. It was timely that we are also learning all about the Philippines for Social Studies!

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The third grade students were very enthusiastic when they found out that they are learning all about the country where they are living–the Philippines. They happily shared the trivia that they know about in class. The app, Epic, was introduced, where the students happily read and researched about this quarter’s topic.

One of the struggles of the grade 3 students is writing. The students express a lot of their fantastic and unique thoughts when speaking, but a number find it difficult to find the words and put it in writing. Going through the entire writing process for their Narrative Essays was a different experience for the third graders. From writing, to typing, and reading their work to the class definitely made the class more aware of their strengths, as well as what they had to look for when it came to the writing process.


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After mastering multiplication, the students took another step forward and learned about division. They tried their best to understand the relationship between both, and were introduced to more challenging 2-step problems. Their comprehension and understanding skills were put to the test this month, as they came across more challenging problems. Nonetheless, their admirable perseverance allowed them to continuously improve every single day.


The 3SL scientists were very dedicated in creating their electromagnets. Many did not work the first time but their dedication and love for experiments helped them succeed. Like Narrative Writing in ELA, the students were challenged putting their observations in descriptive words. But even if there were a few struggles, it all came together in our mini exhibit in the classroom.


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September 2018

The past two months of school have gone by so fast and September has been another busy month for the eager learners of 3SL. It was wonderful seeing the children motivated to learn and work together to solve the different challenges faced in class. IMG-43c1392dc4e7bc1b7a693fa2d7a6cec7-V 20180802_122148 20180830_083112 (1) 20180830_083154 (1)


Learning about Early Men was very exciting for the children. Looking at pictures, watching videos and understanding what life was like before all the modern technology was fascinating to 3SL. They asked several questions, being very curious of what life was like thousands of years ago. “How did they discover this?” “Why did they look like that?” and “Where did they live?” are some questions they asked, wanting to learn more. They documented what they have learned by making their interactive notebook, stating key vocabulary words they need to know. It was difficult at times to keep up, especially for those who take long in note taking, but knowing it is good practice for when they get to 4th Grade, they were motivated to continue and do better every time.

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The students practice their fluency and extend their vocabulary as we read and discuss different stories from the’Journey’s’ textbook. It has been a pleasure watching them discuss their insights and thoughts of the stories we have read such as “Fine, Fine, School”, “Roberto Clemente” and others.

Great ideas also need to be expressed well in writing. The students are now focused on writing their narrative essays, which at times were a struggle for them. Finding the words and details to express what they already know were challenging at times, but it was great to see them trying their best. We are helping the children by having daily proof reading exercises and by practicing the Writing Process step-by-step: brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing, to help the student pull all their ideas together in an organized manner.

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Practice makes perfect for math. Multiplication was something that was not new to my students. They used different materials like snap cubes, dominoes, and even their bodies to solve different multiplication problems. They also compared different methods they can use, such as repeated addition, arrays and number lines, to help them really understand and comprehend word problems discussed in class. This month, we focused on mastery of the multiplication times table, through daily speed tests, and fun worksheets to prepare the children for division.

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For Science, we learned all about The Scientific Method, The Branches of Science, Forces, Motion, Friction, Magnets, and Static Electricity. This is surely one of their favorite subjects because of the interesting experiments done in class. From Jumping Raisins and magnet experiments to building strongest bridges and making the fastest slides, the children use their observation skills, solve problems and work cooperatively. It was not smooth sailing for all–some experiments were not successful, some had disagreements with group mates. But this only challenges the students to think more critically, plan their investigation more comprehensively, and learn how to deal with their peers in a better manner.

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Welcome to Grade 3!

August 1, 2018

Dear Parents,
Welcome to Third Grade! I hope you all had a wonderful and restful summer break.

I am Pia Lagdameo and I will be your child’s homeroom teacher this year. This is my first year in Chinese International School Manila and my sixth year in the profession, having taught at Young Creative Minds in Muntinlupa. I hold a Master of Educational Leadership from the University of New South Wales, Australia. In addition to this, I am also an Early Childhood Education graduate from De La Salle 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.

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

Sofia Christina S. Lagdameo
Grade 3 Homeroom Teacher

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