April 24 Update:

Greetings from 211!

I hope all of you had a restful Songkran holiday and are ready for the final stretch of Grade 3! As usual, there is a lot to be excited about.

In writing, students are putting the finishing touches on their informational pieces. Students are publishing using Google Docs or Adobe Page. Be on the look out for some great writing in coming days. 

In reading, we have been diving in to reading chapter books containing social issues. The students did a great job identifying possible issues we might find in our reading. They named everything from fitting it and bullying to warfare, poverty, and homelessness. I have been amazed at how insightful they have been in initial conversations and look forward to more to come. Chatting about social issues at home is always a great compliment to this unit so hopefully you can share in their learning.

Marketplace is here! All ideas have been approved and some students have already jumped in. Marketplace is an exciting project… but it can also be overwhelming. Make sure to schedule time to work on products and planning well in advance of our market days on May 17th, 24th, and 31st. This is intended to be fun, so take your time and plan ahead. Students may be talking at home about how they might get taxed for buying things from the store or for “employing” parents to work in their business. Taxes are levied to keep student business owners thinking about the costs of the choices they make. They are not intended to add stress or worry! So remind your students it is all in fun, to make the wisest choices they can make, and get creative. Remember, this unit is also about sustainability and how consumer choices impact our world. So feel free to help us connect what you do at home with what we learn here in class. 

In math we are wrapping up our brief data and graphing unit. Students have been learning to read and make line plots, bar graphs, and pictographs. 

Thanks for reading,

Nate Bailey

nateb@isb.ac.th

March 31 Update:

Greetings from 211!

As I write this, I realize that I forgot to include my Marketplace informational letter in mailboxes this afternoon. Oh No! I apologize for the error and will send it home next Monday. Regardless, the enthusiasm is rising as we discuss topics surrounding the unit. This week, we really delved into Fair Trade and had a great visit from our partners at SCB. The students were really intrigued and began to ask questions about what to think about when buying products. More to come!

We are really into our non fiction reading and writing. Students wrapped their research on a second animal this week and really made the step into having their own thoughts and ideas rather than just collecting facts about their animals. In writing, they researched at home and at school, and should be mostly done with the process, so they can begin drafting their pieces. 

Math saw us wrap our Fractions unit. It was not an easy unit, as plenty of new ideas arose that we had to struggle with. We tried out knowledge on a few transfer tasks this week that were challenging but showed that these mathematicians can persevere and apply their learning. We are on to our new unit on data next week.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

-Nate Bailey

nateb@isb.ac.th

Marketplace Update:

Greetings from 211!

What is this Marketplace unit you’ve been hearing so much about?! Well…

Students are actively involved in a study of economics where they earn credits and debits. The students’ potential to earn credits and debits (incentive!) also helps to foster a productive and well behaved classroom.

While economics is considered part of the elementary math curriculum, textbooks and other programs often neglect to incorporate economic instruction. The classroom economy can fill this void while serving as a fun way for students to act as both consumers and economists in a real world setting.

Students will:

  1. Participate in a classroom economy designed to mimic real world economic activity.

  2. Compare economic systems over time and history.

  3. Evaluate the importance of classroom jobs and daily responsibilities.

  4. Perform classroom jobs to earn daily salaries.

  5. Budget their money.

  6. Use a decision making model to make consumer decisions.

  7.  Reflect on the importance of saving money.

  8. Discover that every decision has an opportunity cost.

  9. Observe consumer behavior to understand the law of supply and demand.

Culminating Activity

By the end of the unit, students have learned diverse economic concepts while participating in an economy that mimics activity in the real world.

As part of our study of economics, the students will be participating in Marketplace. For Marketplace, each student will be conducting his/her own business. The dates selected are: May 17, May 24,and May 31(parents will be invited to join on the 31st!).  Students can also market their products by creating advertisements on posters or even filming commercials.  Though students may have ideas, I encourage them not to start doing any real work until after the business proposal has been given out and approved by me. A detailed letter will be sent home next Friday with more information.

As part of the unit we also study the importance of Fair Trade and the power of consumer choice. The essential understandings are:   

SOCIAL JUSTICE

•     Choices matter–what people buy can detract from or enhance the quality of life of people in other locations

•     Economic justice results from people being paid a living wage for their work

SUSTAINABILITY

•     Producers’ decisions regarding the natural, human and capital resources used determines the environmental impact

INTERDEPENDENCE

•     Producers determine the demand (how much and by whom) for goods or services when planning for marketing and production.

More to come soon!

Thanks for reading,

Nate Bailey

nateb@isb.c.th

Guidance Update:

We are now on lesson 2 of our safety unit in Guidance.  The theme this week is on safe, unsafe, and unwanted touches.  At the end of the lesson students will be able to identify these 3 types of touches.  They will also learn how to respond to unsafe or unwanted touches assertively, and to report to an adult that they trust if necessary.  Students will learn that physical abuse is a type of unsafe touch, and that they should report physical abuse to a trusted adult.

March 17th Update:

Greetings from 211!

I want to begin by thanking all of you who took time out of your day to join your child for their student led conference. I hope you were as impressed as I was with the way in which they all shared their learning. The students displayed knowledge and confidence, and they are to be congratulated for their hard work!

It is hard to believe that we are in our third and final trimester. So much growth and learning has taken place… and we still have more to come. Currently, in math, we are deep into working with fractions. Our current focus is placing and comparing fractions on a number line. Next, we will move into finding equivalent fractions.

On Wednesday, we began one of the most anticipated units of the year: Marketplace! I am as excited as the students are to dive in. They will be learning the basics of economy, how consumer choice effects the world, and about fair trade. Students will also create a product to market, and eventually sell it in our own grade 3 marketplace. More information will be coming home at the end of next week regarding this exciting project.

In writing, we have begun learning about writing to teach others. Students have begun to explore topics they are interested in or know a lot about. We have been developing a few of these ideas into focused pieces with riveting sub-sections. Writers will choose an idea next week to commit to and begin their research. This ties in perfectly with our current reading unit….

In reading, we are becoming experts! We have returned to nonfiction reading and the students have been researching animals to become experts on. This unit will serve as a platform to practice reading to find information, as well as note taking and growing ideas of our own.

Thanks for reading!

-Nate Bailey

nateb@isb.ac.th

February 27th Update:

Greetings from 211!

As I write students are completing the writing portion of their ISA testing (International Schools Assessment). They have been great test takers today, focused and serious. They will take the second part tomorrow. Please help your child by making sure he or she gets to bed on time tonight and has a good breakfast in the morning.Thank you!

Important Dates

  • February 27 – Scheduling for Student-Led Conferences opens
  • February 27 & 28 – ISA Testing
  • March 3 – Out of uniform day
  • March 9 & 10 – Student-Led Conferences

From Our Counselor, Mrs. Thomas

In guidance, we have begun our Child Protection Unit, which will include 3 lessons on safety. Our first lesson this week will focus on general safety rules. We will specifically discuss fire safety, gun safety, street safety, and the “Always Ask First” rule. The latter rule states that children must always ask their parents or the person in charge first if someone wants them to go somewhere or if someone wants to give them something.  Please ask your child to demonstrate what he or she would do in the following situations:

  • What would you do if a neighbor offered you a ride home from school?
  • What would you do if you were at the park and someone you don’t know asked you to help them find their lost dog?
  • What would you do if someone who lives down the block wanted to give you a present?
Thank you for helping reinforce these important safety rules.
 
Report Cards and Student-Led Conferences

Report cards for Trimester 2 are now available in PowerSchool. If you have any questions about how to access them, please contact Khun Tom at cholthis@isb.ac.th. If you have any questions about your child’s grades, please contact me to set up an appointment. You should also have received information about Student-Led Conferences and how to schedule a conference through Pick-a-Time. Please note that Student-Led Conferences are a time for your child to reflect on his or her progress throughout the year and share his or her accomplishments and areas for growth with you. If you have concerns about your child’s progress or grades and would like to meet privately, please schedule an appointment at another time with me. I’m looking forward to seeing you on March 9th or 10th to celebrate your child’s learning this year.

Thanks for reading!

-Nate Bailey

February 17th Update:

Greetings from 211!

The big new from 211 is that writers are almost finished publishing their realistic fiction pieces. This is no small accomplishment. They have already grown so much as writers this year, and it shows. To be honest, a lot of teaching happens from the start to the finish of a unit like this one. And, it can be quite challenging for writers to take all the teaching points, and use them skilfully in their own pieces. However, as I conference with writers, it is very apparent that they are listening! They have woven in bits of “show not tell” writing, dialogue, and action. They have structured their stories with rising action and fulfilling conclusions. They have created characters that are believable and nuanced. I can’t wait to get these stories home so that you can read for yourselves and celebrate these writers’ accomplishments. Be on the look out for copies next week!

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

-Nate Bailey

nateb@isb.ac.th

February 10th Update:

Greetings from 211!

As we wrapped up our last multiplication unit, it became clear that many students still need to continue to work on mastering their basic facts. It is expected that these students will know facts between 1 and 10 fluently by grade 4. This knowledge will provide a foundation for a lot of future math thinking to come.

Our remaining units deal in other areas such as data collection and geometry. So, in order to keep multiplication “in the mix” students are taking self-managed multiplication tests. I say self-managed, because they keep track of their own progress, grade their own tests, and decide what test they should practice for and take each day. The tests are timed as quick recall is important(2:30 for 24 facts). The focus around these tests is on personal best, not competition between classmates. If students get stuck on a certain fact they are welcome to take a few extra copies of that fact’s test home to practice.

On the home front, make sure to celebrate progress, and offer help if one fact is challenging. Flash cards, casual oral quizzing, and the Xtramath website are all great ways to practice. 

Hopefully this will be a fun way to get all of our students ready for grade 4. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks for reading,

Nate Bailey

nateb@isb.ac.th

Guidance Update:

 
This week is our 3rd and final lesson in our Emotional Management Unit.  Students are learning that everyone feels angry sometimes, but hurting other people’s feelings or bodies is not okay.  When they feel big emotions in their bodies, students are learning to stop, name their feeling, and calm down using one of 3 techniques (belly breathing, positive self-talk, and counting).  The are also learning how to use assertive communication skills to get what they want or need in response to scenerios.  Look for the homework that will be sent home and please sign the bottom and return back to school.

Our next unit will be focusing on safety.  Please see the elementary e-news for more information or feel free to contact Ellen Thomas, school counselor, with any questions you may have on this important unit.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

January 27 Update:

Greetings from 211!

Today was fun! We took a break from our usual studies to take a look at ISB’s Culture of Care that was introduced this year. We discussed the 4 pillars: Being cared for; Caring for self; Caring for others; Caring for the world. The students had fantastic insights about each one, as well as real word examples of each. They worked in partners to begin making slide shows displaying their understanding of the Culture of Care. You should be seeing those pop up on Seesaw in the near future.

The other big news this week was taking our sprouted seeds to our hydroponics system for planting. Pairs are now observing their plants and they grow outdoors. Ask your scientists how his or her plant is doing and how it can grow without soil. Amazing stuff!

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

-Nate Bailey