Week 38

Language Arts

Some of the people in the BIS community may be interested in how the Language Arts are covered at BIS since the report cards will soon be at their doorsteps. The following is a quick breakdown of the language strands Elementary teachers cover throughout the semesters.

The Language Arts at BIS are broken up into key strands following the PYP Language Scope and Sequence. The strands range on the aspects of being receptive (language for receiving and constructing meaning) to expressive (language for creating and sharing meaning). The language strands are oral language, viewing language and written language. Oral language ranges from listening (receptive) to speaking (expressive); Visual language ranges from viewing (receptive) to presenting (expressive); and written language ranges from reading (receptive) to writing (expressive). Over the week it is the aim of the teacher to involve the students in most of the language strands from receptive to expressive activities. Some of these strands may cross over each other. For example, the Grade 2 students will be working on readers’ theatre activities next week which include reading (receptive skills such as decoding, vocabulary, reading comprehension and so on), to presenting (expressive skills such as vocal phrasing, contextual reading and intonation).

So as you read through the school reports in a few weeks time remember to view your child’s English language development (and their improvement in the arts of language, hence the name language arts) in the receptive strands of listening, viewing and reading, and the expressive strands of speaking, presenting and writing.

LA handwriting

Handwriting activities


LA reading inventions

Shared book reading – “A Wizard From the Start”, by Don Brown


LA recounts

Our recount writing time



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We are up to revising and editing our recounts


Maths angles

Math – drawing angles that are less than (acute) or greater than (obtuse) a 90 degree angle


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Math – calculating change in written form


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Math – Calculating change using manipulatives


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Math – probability experiments connected to fractions


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Math – probability activities

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maths time

Math – elapsed time to the hour and ten minute amounts


UoI chatterboxes

UoI – creating chatterboxes with our facts about inventions


UoI composter competition

UoI – informing the Elementary and Upper School classes about the compost pot plant competition (from the previous Unit of Inquiry – Sharing the Planet)


UoI time capsules

UoI – Viewing what we have brought into class for our time capsules

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Week 37

The students continued working on their recounts this week. We discussed points such as creating our drafts with the events in sequence, adding details, and thinking of a a particular point in time. We viewed a recount as an exemplar and had a mini lesson on adding direct speech.

Some of our math activities related to fair and unfair games with probability. We played an online game that had a mixture of games with poor or better odds of the players winning. We also did probability experiments to find out how often a certain number comes up using a single die and then dice. We then conducted experiments with a coin toss to compare our odds with only two outcomes.

For our UoI, ‘Where We Are in Place and Time’, we did activities to find out how inventors use forced connections to help them innovate items we use everyday. We also did researching activities such as create a timeline for different inventions. One of the activities we did was visit the Grade 6 students to find out what they know about inventions and what causes inventors to create or innovate an invention. We also connected our research to the Grade 6 experiments and to scientific methods they are currently using to create a presentation for the BIS Science Fair.

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Planning out our recounts


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Conducting probability experiments with a die and then dice


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Experimenting with the odds by doing coin tosses


UoI research

Creating group inventions through forced connections – innovations

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UoI timecapsule

Investigating the BIS time capsule which will be opened in 2022


UoI timeline research

Researching various inventions and placing the information on a ‘Inventions and Discoveries Timeline’.


UoI unit composting

Grade 2 placing the compost bins around the school (connected to the previous unit, ‘Sharing the Planet’).


Our visit to the Grade 6 class to find out how inventions can be connected to the scientific method of inquiry

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Week 36

Language Arts

Grade 2 worked on syllables this week for their word study. We figured out that for words with more than one syllable each syllable has a vowel sound. We also read a few stories connected to periods of time. This week we read books connected to Victorian times and the 1920s. The book reading were in connection to the current UoI, ‘Where We Are in Time and Place’. As well, we did activities on recounts. We revisited the language features and text organisation of a recount, did a mini lesson on how we could plan our recounts and started our own recount plans.

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Most of the lessons over the week focused on probability. We did activities to figure out likely and unlikely outcomes and we also conducted a series of probability experiments. As well, we connected multiplication and fractions to probability so that we could figure out how likely or unlikely and outcome would occur.

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Some of the activities the class has been doing this week are aimed to help front load the students on different inventions from a particular period of time. We also have been finding out how some inventions and discoveries meet our wants or needs. This week, we also went on a field trip to the Bandung Postal Museum and to a Bandung restaurant that has some vintage artifacts on display – Roemah Nenek Cafe. The trip allowed the students to find out more on how some inventions have changed over time and how some inventions have made way for new types of inventions.

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Week 35

Language Arts

The Grade 2 students completed a rubric on their persuasive presentations as a self-reflection on their writing. The class started work on their new writing type this week – recounts. We have investigated a few different types of recounts already such as diary entries (personal and some entries created by Anne Frank), comic strip recounts and news recount. Other activities the students have done this week include the word study (ous words), reading and grammar lessons to name a few.

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Recount – comic strip stories


LA reading

One-on-one reading sessions



LA reflection persuasives

Self-evaluation and reflections of our own writing pieces – persuasive writing


LA synonyms antonyms

Vocabulary – antonyms and synonyms


LA text investigation

Recount text – Finding Out activity to learn the language features and text organisation



The students have continued to do activities with fractions this week and we did an investigation into equivalent amounts. This can sometimes be a difficult concept though the class was able to complete most of the tasks. The students also did regrouping activities with addition and subtraction and a logical problem activity. The class continued to do activities to develop their basic facts in all operations.

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Testing equivalent fraction amounts with manipulatives


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Maths – logical reasoning and problem-solving


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Maths – regrouping amounts for take-away and addition



The class did a final reflection on the UoI, “Sharing the Planet” and many of the students stated concepts they had learned, what they wish to continue learning and what they would like others to know about with waste management. The actions do not stop with the unit, however; as the class still wish to implement their waste management ideas at school.

Our new Unit of Inquiry, “Where We Are in Place and Time” started with the students finding a time capsule. We are currently investigating some of the inventions and discoveries from different time periods and how they have influenced our way of life. Our central idea is: inventions and discoveries change the world.

Currently our class is investigating different forms of inventions and we have already created a poster with our ideas. We also wanted to find out the causes for creating inventions. We will continue this investigation next week.


Music class – computer activity



UoI book search

Finding books to help us research our new UoI – inventions and discoveries


UoI composting

Continuing our waste management projects


UoI invention poster

Listing the inventions we think have helped change our world


UoI invention research causes

What causes people to create inventions?


UoI invention research

Researching inventions and discoveries



UoI inventions

Sharing what we know about inventions


UoI reflection

Sharing the Planet reflection sheet


UoI time capsule

Introduction into our new unit on inventions and discoveries with a time capsule




Week 34

Language Arts

The students competed their waste management persuasive presentations this week. In the previous weeks they proposed their idea, planned it out on a graphic organiser, researched their topic and created an initial draft. Later the students revised and edited their writing and had conferences with the teacher to prepare their presentations and put it on Powerpoint. The class were highly motivated to complete their persuasive writing pieces as they knew they would be shared with the Elementary School as part of their aim to share their knowledge of waste management issues with parents, teachers and students.


Whole class reading demonstrating persuasive text used in books



The class has been doing the Mad Minute activity at least four times a week for the past few weeks. This allows the students to improve their basic facts either in addition, subtraction, division or multiplication. Currently, we are concentrating on their multiplication skills. As well, the class is now completing the whole sheet to help practice the facts they are still learning. As well, the class did fraction activities using manipulatives and continued to do activities with map reading – north, south, east and west points.


Fractional amounts using manipulatives



The Grade 2 students did a lot of preparation for their Fabulous Friday. They practised their speaking parts, finished off their waste management presentations, chose questions for the waste management quiz and helped prepare and collect materials for the six activities for the other Elementary students. As well, they met with Mr. Lane, the Elementary Student Council Teacher Representative and proposed the idea of using the compost bins at the school. We are currently working on this form of action.

The Fabulous Friday was very busy and the students did a lot of things within an hour. Overall, a lot of the Elementary Students enjoyed the session and left with some knowledge of what people can do to help with waste management.


Grade 2 Fabulous Friday – Sharing the Planet, Waste Management




Presenting our persuasive presentations





Waste management group quiz



Elementary Students participating in the composting activities





Working together to create the waste management game



Meeting with the Student Council Representative to propose our idea to use compost bins at school



Week 34

Language Arts

All of the Grade 2 students have finished writing a personal persuasive paragraph this week and we have put them up for display outside of the classroom. Now the students are working on a persuasive paragraph of their own choice based on the management of waste. Also this week the class worked on some of their presentations which they performed this week. More information regarding the presentations will be mentioned in the UoI section of the this week’s blog.



For the past two weeks the students have been practising their multiplication skills by doing ‘Mad Minute’ activities. It has also been a good incentive for the students to continue learning their tables to better their daily performances. We have also been learning about fraction groups and doing activities such as fraction games and representation activities. Another skill we used this week was compass reading with north, south, east and west points. We will continue developing this skill next week.

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Finding our direction – compass points

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“Which way is north?”

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It is not the ‘Macarena’, it’s about compass points


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Fractional groups game


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‘Bigger than’ and ‘smaller than’ fractional amounts



We had the opportunity to look at our biodegradable materials experiment this week. We checked our results and wrote up the rest of our experiment sheet which included the results, conclusion and an experiment reflection. As well, the class continued to work on their persuasive paragraphs that we hope to present at the next Elementary School Fabulous Friday. Lastly, the Grade 2 students were asked to present their findings and actions from the ‘Sharing the Planet’ unit at the PYP Coordinators’ Meeting that BIS hosted on Thursday. The students will also present some of these finding again at the next Fabulous Friday.


Grade 2 presentation at the PYP Coordinators’ Conference



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Grade 2 Award – Elementary School Awards


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Biodegradable materials experiment – checking our results

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Week 33

One of the marvelous things about process-based learning is that students can make strong connections to concepts that are real life. Earth Day this week presented students with many opportunities to connect to learning opportunities in areas of English Language, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. As well, the Grade 2 students had the opportunity to work with students from other grade levels from Elementary through to Upper School as well as with adults in the BIS and wider community.

Below are pictures of different events that took place in Week 33.


Creating a school composting bin after measuring out the container



Cutting up food scraps for composting



Creating a composting bin by drilling in air holes



Watering our herb garden for the composting pots



Creating dry composting materials – paper and leaves



Digging for earth worms







Finding leaves for composting



Grade 2 having their ‘Fruit Feast’ with EC 2-3




Mapping out details for our recounts


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An instructional example of a division story


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Recording the language used in addition, multiplication, subtraction and division stories


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Creating our own division stories and recording them  on Thinkboards

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Week 29

One of the highlights in “Week 29” was our trip to “Kubca Samakta” in Lembang. The students learned how the organisation creates their version of recycled paper and the ingredients that go into it. The class then had the opportunity to create their own paper and they went through the process of changing scrap paper into a sheet of their own recycled paper. Once the students were back at school they used their new knowledge to create recycled paper using waste paper on the school grounds.

Other activities the class continued in this week included their work on fractions. We added simple fraction amounts created fraction stories using ‘thinkboards’. We also used thinkboards to share out equal amounts and discussed how multiplication and division are connected. The students continued their investigation into persuasive texts and we used organisers such as the ‘hamburger paragraph’ and ‘OREO’ to help us formulate reasons for our opinions.

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Fractions with the same denominator

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UoI barrier1

UoI barrier game – learning new UoI terms and vocabulary


Photos of our visit to Kubca Samakta





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Creating our own paper at school

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Week 28

Language Arts

One of the activities we did in “Week 28” was sort out a variety of different texts. We classified them as stories, recounts, recipes and so on until we came to a persuasive text. The students shared their knowledge of what they already knew about persuasive writing and talked about why they might want to use a persuasive paragraph. Later that week the students had a book reading and then they were read a persuasive text in the form of a book review. We talked about when they might come across other persuasive texts such as in advertising, when groups want people to join a cause or in class debates.

LA persuasive story



The class has continued to learn grouping in equal amounts and multiplication. We have used multiplication to help us learn how to do certain tasks quicker such as add up how many items there are in groups. The students also did time activities. We used clocks to work out A.M. and P.M. times to the minute and how to use a calendar to work out days, weeks and months in a year. We also did activities with fractions including definitions of a fraction and what is a numerator and a denominator.

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The students took some time to discuss the knowledge they already know about waste and the management of it. We brainstormed on the different types of waste we might come across and how different groups feel about waste and why we may have different views on how it is managed. One of the activities we did later was take a walk in our local environment to see how waste is managed in our local area. We came across water drainage systems, city-employed waste crews and local waste bins. We also noticed the efforts of local groups such as people reusing materials, locally-created waste tips and people who recycle materials. This led us to start finding out how our school, BIS, handles waste and to look at the waste management systems we have in place. Grade 2’s aim is to collect data on waste over a week at BIS and find out how much of a certain type of waste is thrown away at our school.


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