Students geared up for our spelling test today by getting some practice using the words in a guessing game. In this game, students select one of the 20 words they’ve written from our list and give clues of meaning to help them guess. If I could make every lesson a game, I would. Its so encouraging to see students engage themselves in learning.
This week in Health class, 4A students got some useful practice measuring in centimeters. In order to track their growth through the year, they helped each other to measure different parts of their bodies, including head, hands, and feet. We’re looking forward to checking back at the end of the year to see how they’ve changed.
Today, students in 4A put into practice the traditional scientific method. Their task was to determine which surfaces were the bounciest. We’ll try to keep science as hands-on as possible this year to ensure that scientific principles and vocabulary really stick.
To reinforce our ESLR (Expected Schoolwide Learning Results) “Altruism”, student groups planned, directed, rehearsed, and performed skits which demonstrated how they might be altruistic in different settings. This group was given the setting “in the street”. They showed how one might approach defending someone, befriending them, and asking forgiveness all in about 30 seconds. It was heart-warming to see.
Hello 4A Families!
Welcome to the 2017/2018 EduBlog for Class 4A. My name is Ms. Corie, and I’m so happy to be getting to know your children. We have been having a lot of fun so far, and I have witnessed many moments of success in our class. The best part is…It’s only DAY 13 of school.
What have we been learning this week:
ELA – Students are getting acquainted with the Reading and Writing Workshop again. Every class at TAS has their own style of approaching the workshops, but overall, our goal is to get students to enjoy reading and writing. We hope to build stamina and engage students in finding meaning in what they read and creating engaging texts for others to read. So far this year, students have been reading from books of their choice. We have also begun to read the book Holes by Louis Sachar together as a class.
In spelling, we’ve been focusing on grade-level words with first short and then long vowel sounds.
In grammar, we are looking at different types of sentences and their corresponding punctuation.
Math – Students have been learning all the many facets of geometry. There is a lot of tricky vocabulary, but many of our learning activities have been hands-on, so we hope that students are able to remember all of the names and properties for all the shapes in the world around us.
Science – We’re just getting started with science, so we want review the basics. We’re asking students what a scientist is, and what makes a good scientific question? We’re also becoming familiar with some of the tools that scientists use. Next week, we will make sure we learn how to safely use them.
Social Studies – This month, we will focus on our 4 major ESLRs : Academics, Athletics, Altruism, and Aesthetics. This week, we looked at ways to take care of our mental and physical health. We learned some ways to deal with stress and resolve simple and serious conflicts. Next week, we will examine what it means to be altruistic. This ESLR is very important here at TAS, and many of our monthly ESLRs fall into this category.
We’ve also made some time for songs, dancing, and games. We wrapped up this Friday with a dance and song about not reading like a robot, some Tai Chi, and a final meditation to end the day.
I hope this helped to send students off on the right foot for the weekend.
Until next week…. Ms. Corie
It’s raining cats and dogs at the moment in Ho Chi Minh, but we had a safe and dry field trip this afternoon to Jump Arena in Thao Dien. This new addition to the neighborhood is housed in a warehouse-style building and includes a large trampoline course, a dodge ball trampoline court, climbing walls, a padded block “swimming pool”, and a large inflatable bag to jump into. The students were so excited to go all week, and Friday couldn’t come soon enough. Before we were clear to go, however, we had a lot of academic ground to cover.
The week started with an assembly on Monday to announce the winner of the Heartbeat Vietnam fundraiser. The winning class was Grade 7, with an average of over 800,000/dong per student. Their prize was the chance to tape Mr. Matt Bailey to the wall. Our students didn’t get to witness this, but they did get to see Ms. Chelsea, Vice Principal of the MSHS, get a pie in the face. This was the prize for another one of the fundraiser events. In total, The American School raised over $7000 USD to fund at least 5 heart surgeries for children in need in Vietnam. We are so proud of our students for the hard work they put into our bubble tea stand and heart face painting.
Academically, students had a very dynamic week.
In ELA, students have wrapped up their opinion writing unit and will continue to read opinion pieces and other literature that ties in with our current science and social studies units. Their writing focused on the use of auxiliary verbs such as must, can, should, will, etc. Presently, we are working on identifying the correct prepositions to use to note time, place, and manner of doing something.
In Math, students were assessed on their ability with fractions, and have moved on to discovering reflections. We did some really fun activities to investigate how reflection works, and we’re excited to move on next week to more geometry.
In Science, students looked at how living things can change their environment, and how living things must compete for resources. We tied this into our Social Studies unit, which deals with basic economics including the study of scarcity. Next week, we will look closer at renewable and nonrenewable resources in science, and we will tie this into our Social Studies economics unit as well.
We can’t believe that only a few weeks remain of school. It has been a wonderful year, and we plan to learn as much as we can and enjoy every last minute of our remaining time together.
Until next time…
Another busy (partial) week is coming to an end here in TAS Class 4A. After an excellent trip to Dong Nai Province last Thursday and Friday, we’re embarking on another extended holiday for Spring Break.
What did we get up to this week in class?
ELA – Students continued working on their informational reports that they’ve built into Powerpoint “books”. Today, we learned how to use an online tool to create our bibliography citations quickly. Next week, we will finish proofreading and publish our final products.
Math – We’ve begun Unit 7 which deals with fractions and probability. Today we analyzed a deck of playing cards and figured out the probability of drawing different suits, face cards, colors, and numbers. Students got to learn that probability is just that; sometimes you get lucky, and sometimes you don’t. The odds do not always match the outcome.
Science – Students have been investigating what sound is and how it travels. We built telephones and compared different materials to see which ones conducted sound better.
When we return from Spring Break:
Earth Week – April 17th-21st
Recyclable Art Competition- students have been instructed to collect recyclable materials to create upcycled art for a campus-wide contest being held throughout Earth Week. Please see my pinterest board to get some ideas.
Stuff Swap – In an effort to practice one of the “Three Rs” – “Reuse”, students are asked to bring gently used books, toys, or clothes to swap with each other and avoid throwing them out throughout the week of April 17-21st. All remaining items on Friday will be donated to charity.
That about wraps things up. Please enjoy a safe and pleasurable Spring Break!
This week, our class synthesized the American presidential election experience in select our Fitness Friday policy supported by candidates. At the beginning of the week, students became familiar with their designated parties : Purple Party and Orange Party. Purple Party candidates were meant to value creativity, competition, and liberty. Orange Party candidates were meant to value equality and cooperation. Students ran for a primary election and voted for their favorite party candidate according to the values and policy they supported most. In the running for the Purple Party was Haylie Chong. The candidate selected for Orange Party was Mads Vikkelsoe. Students then created campaign materials such as press releases, tweets, bumper stickers, and t-shirts as seen below.
Today, students reviewed and selected voting rules. They then cast their ballots with the freedom to choose whichever candidate represented them best. It was a tie vote, in the end, which was settled by a coin toss. Mads Vikkelsoe for Orange Party was declared the winner. Our new Fitness Friday policy will be a bit more democratic. Students will get to vote for their favorite of three options and then everyone will be required to participate. Not all were satisfied with the results, but I think they learned a valuable lesson on the value of democracy and also some of its pitfalls.
Next week, students will get a better idea of how the Vietnamese governments fits into what we’ve been learning.
In math, students will wrap up Unit 6. Please encourage your child to continue reviewing and practicing strategies for long division and angle measuring skills learned in this unit before the test on Thursday.
In ELA, students will continue researching for their informative text presentation/poster. Ask your child about their chosen topic. They have been asked to continue and supplement their in-class research with online research at home. I’ve also let students know that if they choose to make a poster rather than a powerpoint, they will need to supply their own paper. I’m hoping students can have an opportunity to work online for this assignment. If you have any issues or questions about this activity, please ask me.
Finally, in science, we will be solving another science mystery and learning how engineers decide on where and how to add hills to roller coasters.
Please be reminded that Friday the 24th of next week will be a teacher in-service day and there will be no classes. We hope everyone enjoys a little break after working so hard these last few weeks.
Until next week! – Ms. Corie