Term 1 Newsletter #2
Unit 1 Who we are 当前的单元：我们是谁
Current Unit: Who we are
Summary Subject Focus: English, Mathematics, Physical Education, Art, Chinese Language, ICT, Music, EAL.
Start Date: Week 1 September
Who we are
An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.
Choices of role models reflect the beliefs and values of individuals and societies.
Lines of Inquiry
· What determines our beliefs and values.
· How and why role models are chosen.
· Influence of role models on our choices.
What have we been doing so far? 目前我们要做什么？
Unit of Inquiry
We have been establishing what it means to be a role model, what that looks like in our classroom, school and community. Many of the children have described how their family members are their role model and how they have been shown what doing the right thing looks like. We also discussed a good versus a bad role model. We talked about what the differences are whilst the students discovered that even at their age they can be agents of change. We have had fun making a dream catcher which is from the traditional beliefs of Native Indian Americans. The students have also thought about if they were a superhero what their super power would be and how that would improve our world.
我们已经建立了行为榜样的概念，在班级里，在学校以及在社会上行为榜样是什么样子。许多孩子已经描述了在他们家庭里行为榜样是怎样的，同时也展示了正确行为规范。我们同样也把正确的行为与错误行为进行了鲜明的对比，同学们通过讨论，发现了它们的区别。在制作dream catcher 关于追梦人的手工作品中，我们度过了非常愉快的时光，它源于印第安的一种传统信念，同学们进行了设想和讨论，如果他们是超级英雄，他们会如何运用他们的超能力来改造他们所在的世界。
In Math we have looked at bar graphs and how we can use these to interpret information that we collect. We have spent lots of time on our addition and subtraction which are essential basic operations that are useful in everyday life. We have worked on the use of words in math and how we explain our numbers using words. Mental math has become part of the routine to try to encourage fluency with number thinking.
During our English language classes we have enjoyed working out the difference between a sentence and a phrase. We have reflected on the correct way to write a sentence ensuring we use capitalization and punctuation correctly. With regard to reading comprehension skills, the students have been using graphic organizers to establish what a story is and the key features that make up such a narrative. We have English spelling tests each Friday morning. The spelling lists used have words from our Unit of Inquiry, high frequency words and words which follow a pattern.
Communication with CAIS 与长春美国国际学校的沟通
Communication with CAIS will be through the following options:
1. Your child's communication book
2. The school phone number
3. Homeroom teacher's email address