Thank you for your support during the first semester (it passed so quickly!). I really enjoyed working with you and your children. I wish you merry Christmas and happy new year!
We learned the different features of a nonfiction text during the past weeks. We read a lot of nonfiction texts during our reading workshops which helped us to identify the text features. We also compared the similarities and differences between the texts we read.
We spent a lot of time figuring out unknown words, utilising a range of strategies. It is easy to skip an unknown word and read on, but a hint to work out the word may be around the word itself. By figuring out unfamiliar words, we can better understand the text and deepen our knowledge about the topic. During the winter break, please encourage your child to read everyday for at least twenty minutes.
We have finished learning about a lab report, which is a type of information writing. We had several experiments which helped us to understand the parts of a lab report namely: question, hypothesis, materials and procedure, recording results, analysing data and conclusion. We are currently working on our nonfiction text. We chose our own topic and writing, applying strategies learned from Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop to help us write our own. Our information text will have at least three chapters and we are following the writing process to not sidetrack and to make sure our writing is organised and effective.
We have so far learned explicitly:
- What makes a good introduction
- Some good ways to start each chapter
- How to use apostrophes
- How to use quotation marks
- How to use connective/transition words such as and, also, first, second, third, finally
- Text features
We have started a new unit: Addition and Subtraction Part 2. Basically this unit is about adding and subtracting multiple numbers accurately and quickly. In order to make it possible, we need to utilise strategies like ‘make 10’, ‘doubles’, ‘near doubles’ and a mix of those mentioned here. The students are challenged to come up with many ways to solve problems quickly and accurately. After the holiday, we will start addition story problems and subtraction problems with multiple addends.
International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
We are about to end our Brain unit. We learned about different parts of the brain and how the brain function, but most importantly, we identified ways we can make our brain and body healthier and stronger. To gain more facts and knowledge, we read books and watched videos. We also posed our own question about the topic. We researched for answers and presented our findings to our classmates.
We worked on our fine motor skills by cutting out different shapes. We tried our best to make symmetrical snowflakes just in time for the Christmas!
Last day of first semester
We had a lot of fun activities!
Thank you very much Class Mom Saori and Kaoru for organising the fun, sweet doughnut activity!