Archives for 2018

Dec
21

Happy Holidays

  Last week of 2018! What am amazing journey we are sharing! We started our last week of school with the “Hour of code” thank you Mr. JD for this great experience!   We shared some lovely time with our reading buddies from Peony singing some songs together! Our class meetings are getting better and […]

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Dec
21

Happy Holidays!

We have been working with understanding place value. We have discussed how each digit has a value and this helps us to determine which one is greater, less, or in some cases equal. We focused on using the appropriate symbols and language: greater than, less than, and equal to. We had special guests in our classroom, […]

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Dec
21

Merry Christmas

Hard to believe four months of school have already passed by. Our last two weeks of the year have gone fast and so many things have happened. Snowflakes falling through the air, in my face, in my hair… (the last song we learned). Snow surprised us early last week and turned our day into a […]

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Dec
17

How We Express Ourselves!

In Grade 5 we consistently  develop our reading and writing skills. Working with our Literacy Circles also helps us to understand and respond from different perspectives! We continue building community in our class, and we are learning more and more to collaborate and work together! Our Yoga class is also helping us to become more […]

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It’s winter time

Winter has suddenly arrived to Qingdao. I guess because of that, the Christmas spirit has also invaded us. We have decorated our little Christmas tree (and class) and changed some of our art trays with holiday work like this DIY Christmas ball decoration, and Christmas lights cord. Our sensorial table has also changed to white […]

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Dec
09

How We Organize Ourselves

Reflection is an important step in our learning. We identified what we learned about ourselves and our classmates in sharing our personal artifacts. We self-reflected about the attributes we each displayed this unit and the ones we really want to focus on for the next unit. For each unit we also change seats so that […]

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Dec
09

Reflection time…

We started our week reflecting about our learning from our last unit of inquiry, Where We Are in Place and Time. Writing about what we learned,  and reflecting about the learner profile attributes we were able to display is a great way to help us understand how we can continue working on becoming the best […]

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Dec
03

Arrivals and Farewells

Arrivals are always entertaining. Children enter into the classroom full of energy, smiling and with many stories to tell. They take off backpacks and coats, change shoes, and place personal belongings in their cubbies. They are all familiarized with this routine and they enjoy chatting with friends and helping each other to get ready. Children are […]

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Dec
03

Math: Tradition and Application Coupled for Success

As someone who has a difficult time learning a language—especially Chinese, I understand when students tell me that math is very difficult for them. Math, in and of itself, is a language; this language, though, uses numbers and symbols as opposed to sounds that make up words. My husband, an MYP/DP teacher, and my son, […]

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Dec
03

A Hero’s Journey

The last Grade 3 Unit of Inquiry centered on Heroes. This unit of inquiry falls under the transdisciplinary theme “Who We Are.” These everyday heroes were given the challenge of solving the following question: “How can we teach others about the difference between empathy and compassion through actions as opposed to words?” We used our […]

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