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.
Shared book reading – “A Wizard From the Start”, by Don Brown
Our recount writing time
We are up to revising and editing our recounts
Math – drawing angles that are less than (acute) or greater than (obtuse) a 90 degree angle
Math – calculating change in written form
Math – Calculating change using manipulatives
Math – probability experiments connected to fractions
Math – probability activities
Math – elapsed time to the hour and ten minute amounts
UoI – creating chatterboxes with our facts about inventions
UoI – informing the Elementary and Upper School classes about the compost pot plant competition (from the previous Unit of Inquiry – Sharing the Planet)
UoI – Viewing what we have brought into class for our time capsules