It was all about the community for the first and second graders as we began to explore what a community is and what community helpers are.We made connections with their social studies classes as we discussed good citizenship in relation to community.The children were able to give some great responses and seemed to benefit a lot from our discussions in class.We also learnt about possessives with the second graders and they learned how to use them correctly in daily language.They also had a chance to practice in a writing activity.
In third and fourth grade, we had vocabulary quizzes. On the other hand, in order to improve student's speaking skills, we also focused more on individual read aloud, questions and answers practice, phonics practice etc. Students are asked to read their readings to their parents and share the stories with them. This can be a good chance for parents to spend some quality time with their children and know how well they're progressing, too.
With the fifth graders, we began talking about powerful forces of nature and the world around us.Our discussions brought to light the different types of natural forces that affect us all over the world.Most students were able to respond very well with examples from Taiwan and other parts of the world.They also got a chance to see different forms of extreme weather from other parts of the world through videos we prepared for them.
Community heroes was the topic for the 6th graders as we explored the meaning of a hero.The children responded well as we discussed heroes in the community and what they do and risk to help us.The students were very excited to start this unit and even more excited to start their first project for the semester.
Teacher Paddy and Christina
Er Xin Reporter