Grade 4 Selling Slime

Dear Parents,

Grade 4 students have been studying money as part of their UOI. For their STEM project we have decided to make slime and then sell it to learn about profit, expenses, and overhead. Wednesday, February 14th is the last day Grade 4’s will be selling their product. The cost varies between each “company” within Grade 4 but the range is between 13 RMB and 16 RMB. We have about 40 jars of slime left to sell. If your son or daughter is interested in buying from Grade 4’s tomorrow please send along a little bit of money. They will be selling in the elementary kitchen from 12:25 – 12:45.

Thank you,

Jason Inghram

STEM Teacher

Plastic Bottles Needed By Monday!

Dear Parents,

Grade 2 will be doing an art activity during UOI next week. For this activity, we will need one empty plastic bottle per child. The bottle should be medium to large in size and can be any shape (the more variety the better!). If you have more than one bottle please send it in with your child in case someone forgets to bring one. Kindly send them in by Monday at the latest. Thanks for your help and please see below for some examples:

Book Celebration

Dear Parents,
Tomorrow morning Grade 2 students will be having a small book celebration in the library. They have invited the Grade 1 and 3 students to listen to their persuasive letters, written to convince others to read their favorite books. We understand this is “last minute” but if you are available, students will be sharing in the library from 8:30-9:30am. You are most welcome to join for the morning and hear about students’ reading and writing. If you are unavailable, keep an eye on student blogs as videos of the students will be posted shortly.
This week, you may have also noticed that no reading books have been coming home with your child. The reading homework which has been set for the students this week is to practice their poem for the Speaking Time Competition. The poem that your child has chosen can be found in their homework books. We will be holding the first round of auditions on Monday afternoon in the Grade 2 classrooms. Good luck!

Field Trip and Chinese Bazaar

On Friday 9th February, Grade 2 will be taking a field trip to a local dessert factory to observe the process of making Ma Hua. They will be able to observe a production line first hand and even have a taste of the final product at the end! Permission slips went home yesterday. Please sign the form and send it back to school by this Friday if you wish your child to attend.

The Chinese Bazaar will also be held on this day from 9:30 – 1:30. There will be Chinese arts and crafts, small toys and treats, clothing, and more for sale. Grade 2 will have the opportunity to attend the fair at break and lunch time should you wish to send money to school with your child.

It’s Speaking Time

“It’s Speaking Time” is a poetry recital and is an annual event on our IST school calendar. It was introduced as a fun way to help students develop their oral language and presenting skills. This week all of the Elementary students will be choosing a poem that they would like to learn to recite or read depending on their level confidence in their classroom. Students will be given an option to compete in the school wide competition and will receive a form to be signed by their parents giving them permission. Those entering the competition will be encouraged to learn and practice their poem at home and will be judged in a more formal setting at each Grade level.

The finals will held in the theater on Friday the 16th of March.

Happy poetry reading everyone!

How is Peanut Butter made?

As part of our new unit, we have begun inquiring into the process that materials go through to become a finished product. This week 2V got into the kitchen and learned how to make peanut butter. 2G will have the opportunity to learn this process next week. Together as a Grade, we read a book which explained how the peanuts start on a plant and go through a process to become the finished product that we eat. We all drew a flowchart which documented the process from the beginning to the end. Who knew there were so many steps!



Personal Projects and New Unit

This week in Grade 2 we started to wrap up our unit on Sharing the Planet. Students chose an animal and advocated for them and their eco-systems. Most students chose to create e-books or iMovie presentations to share their findings. Over the next few days students will be posting their presentations on their personal blogs so feel free to check them out!

Our next unit is based around resources and the processes they go through to meet our needs and wants. Students will study various materials and learn about production lines and the different ways things can be processed into a final product. Listed below are our specific areas of study.

Unit: How we organize ourselves

Central Idea: People process resources in order to satisfy needs and wants

Lines of inquiry:

·       Natural resources & materials

·       The process of change that resources go through

·       Why humans change resources and how they use them


First Week Back

We hope that all families had a wonderful and relaxing vacation and we have loved hearing about all your winter adventures from the kids. We have started back to some busy learning in Grade 2.

In math, we have been looking at odd and even numbers and multiplication. We have learned that we can show multiplication by making equal groups, creating arrays or through repeated addition.

In literacy, we have been choosing books and learning how to talk about the characters from those books. Once we have formed an opinion about our chosen character, we have been practicing writing persuasive letters to our writing partners. In these letters, we have stated our opinion and given examples to back up why we believe our opinion to be correct.

We have also spent this week wrapping up our learning from our Sharing the Planet unit. As a final project, the children have been asked to choose an animal that they would like to keep safe. Their project must:

  • Teach others about which eco-system their animal lives in.
  • Name some threats to their animal or to their eco-system.
  • Suggest some ways that people can help.

They have had choice in the way that they would like to present their project with some having chosen to make a video, some a book, and others a poster. We can’t wait to see the final result!


Last Week in Pictures

Congratulations to Grade 2 for a wonderful performance at Tuesday’s Winter Show. Yesterday, we enjoyed a small celebration in class. It was lovely to see many of you and to celebrate the end of a successful first semester. Thank you to everyone who helped prepare the food, and for the kind and thoughtful gifts which we received.

Have a wonderful vacation everybody!