The Final Days of Grade 3…

Dear Families,
 
First, I want to thank all of you for your support during our Market Place unit. I know it takes a lot of work at home to launch the successful businesses that I saw over the last three Market Days. Thanks also for coming and supporting us today in class on Wednesday.
 
I also want to say what a great year it has been in room 211. This group has grown so much together. They have truly become a class family and this is evident in the cooperative learning that they do in class every day. They had bumpy times, as every family does, but they have persevered and truly have an understanding of each other and how to work (and have fun!) together. I will truly miss each one of my students, as they have given me a year to remember.
 
Now on to the business of the last days of grade 3:
 
  • Student work will slowly be coming home over the next six school days. Be on the look out for it in back packs and folders.
  • Next week will hold a few special events. On Wednesday, we will hold “Camp Learned A Lot!” where students will move between classrooms, doing fun activities.
  • Thursday, the 8th, will be game day, where students may bring in board games or card games to share and play (no electronic games, please)
  • Friday the 9th, we will have a special pancake breakfast from 8 to 8:30 to celebrate the end of the year. Though this event is for the students, parents are welcome to stop by and say goodbye if they would like to. 
If I don’t see you before the summer break, I wish you all a relaxing and enjoyable summer. I will be teaching grade three again next year, so come by and say hello.
 
Thanks,

Parent Market Day: May 31st

Greetings from 211!

It is hard to believe we are wrapping up our year. Two weeks left to go! There is excitement ahead as business owners are preparing for their last Market Day, and perhaps their most important! They are excited to welcome all of you to the classroom that day to see them in action, but also to see the amazing things their classmates have created.

I’d like to invite you all to arrive in the classroom at 8:00 on the 31st so we can have a brief end of year celebration. We will watch a slideshow of our year together and celebrate all that this amazing group has accomplished. Stores will then open for business at 8:20. We hope you can join us.

If you do join us, a few details about the Market Day experience:

  • I will have plenty of Bailey Bucks for you to shop with so don’t worry about money!
  • Though your child will love for you to shop at their store, it is very important for you to shop with other businesses as well, including those in other classrooms.
  • Market Day closes at 9:20.

Please email me with any questions at nateb@isb.ac.th

Thanks for reading!

-Nate Bailey

Market Day Approaches!

Greetings from 211!

Excitement is building for our very first Market Day, on May 17th, when we host Grade 4 students and teachers. They will be our first customers and will give business owners feedback on their products to use as they move forward. 

These business owners have been hard at work on advertising, as they have been crafting video commercials, posters, and speech blurbs. This activity ties in great with the persuasive writing we have been doing and these writers have been learning to use “tricks” that advertisers have been using for decades. On Tuesday, they will visit a 4th grade class to give their sales pitches in person, in an attempt to build some interest in their products.

On Friday, spaces were auctioned in the classroom for businesses to use on Wednesday. There were many types of spaces on offer. Some paid large sums for “hot spots” while others played it safe and settled for smaller spaces in less traveled locations. On Monday, business owners will interview with the Mayor (me!) to discuss the creation of their product, how many “employees” they needed, how much material they found at home, recycled, or reused, or if they had to buy much of their material from the store. This interview will determine what kind of business licence they will have to buy: the cheapest being the “greenest” most self sufficient businesses.

Exciting times in 211! The students will learn a lot during their first Market Day. They will then use their learning to make improvements for the final two, culminating in our parent Market Day on May 31st at 8am. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thanks for reading!

-Nate Bailey

nateb@isb.ac.th

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