BROADCAST Beijing BISS International School

Issue 3, August 30th 2013

The 1000 Project! As part of an investigation into place value and numeration, Mr Sadler posed this question to his 3rd Graders: “What does 1000 look like?” While all students were able to write large numbers and perform calculations on paper, the children were certainly challenged when asked to visualize, deconstruct and reconstruct this

number in a logical representation. First, the students worked in groups to brainstorm real items that could be collected as a set of one thousand (playing cards, leaves, seeds). Then, they began the arduous task of collecting and counting the items accurately. Here, their sequencing, addition and subtraction skills were essential. The next step was to manipulate and display the items so that someone could instantly recognize the quantity 1000. The students experimented with and argued over various formations. They finally settled on bundles of 100 (x 10), piles of 10 (x 100) and groups of 50 (x 20). This component of planning, discussing and problem solving was the essence of the project, as students gained a deep understanding of the base-ten number system. Continued on page 2.

IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE: • The 1000 Project! • G2 team learning • Elementary Art News • Counsellor’s Corner - University Visits • FCD • BISS Buddies

UPCOMING DATES: 10th-11th FCD - Freedom from September chemical dependancy event 10th September 8:30-9:30

FCD Parents coffee

12th September

PTA meeting

18th September

Half day

BISS is an IB World School serving the international community, committed to the ideals of the International Baccalaureate. Our Mission is to educate and empower our students to attain personal excellence and positively impact the world.

Continued from page 1 Finally, the students displayed their 1000 items on chart paper. What does 1000 look like to you? Check out the Grade 3 displays! Mr Cory Sadler Ms Shannon Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Dwyer Grade 3 Teacher OLC Teacher csadler@biss.com.cn sodwyer@biss.com.cn

Team Learning in Grade 2

Continued on page 3 BISS Broadcast: Issue 3 August 30th 2013

page 2

Continued from page 2 In Grade 2, we consider team activities as valuable opportunities to learn from one another as well as to learn important teamwork skills. Grade 2 students often undertake tasks in teams. This week, students worked together to “unpack” the Learner Profile attributes and Key Concepts related in particular to our current UOI. Some of these words, such as “Communicator” and “Reflective” are new for most students, so thinking and talking with team members helps students become familiar with the words as well as consider what they mean from different perspectives. At the completion of this task, we reflected as a class on the important skills we need to be an effective team member. Student responses included “sharing”, “talking to help think about our ideas” and “talking about what we want to write”. Good teamwork Grade 2! Mr Roger Hawke Grade 2 Teacher rhawke@biss.com.cn

BISS Broadcast: Issue 3 August 30th 2013

Visit our BISS blogging network @ http://blogs.biss.com.cn/

page 3

Elementary Art News

A productive week has passed in Elementary Art. All of our units are in full swing and we are using many technologies to inform our art-making process. The Grade 4s are using their computers to source a variety of font types and imagery in the visual brainstorming stage of their personal logos. Grade 3 worked on a portrait unit by photographing themselves with the iPad and using the Photoshop Express app to manipulate the image down to 3 tones; black, white and grey. Each iPad was plugged into the projector and every student traced and enlarged their portraits onto painting paper. Ms Anna Davies, Elementary Art Teacher adavies@biss.com.cn

BISS Broadcast: Issue 3 August 30th 2013

page 4

BISS Broadcast: Issue 3 August 30th 2013

page 5

Continued from page 5. Wednesday October 23rd (10:30-10:50 in BISS Courtyard) University of Rochester Isthier Chaudhury Senior Admissions Counselor i.chaudhury@rochester.edu Friday November 15th – (10:30–11:35 in room 345) Loyola Marymount University www.lmu.edu/international Dwayne Zamora International Admissions Counselor Dwayne.Zamora@lmu.edu Further information from: Ms Karen Shrimpton BISS School Counselor kshrimpton@biss.com.cn

FCD Freedom from Chemical Dependency Dear Parents: Please join us for an FCD coffee morning on Tuesday September 10th 8:30-9:30 in the BISS Annex. As part of our health education program and ongoing commitment to prevention and wellness, we have invited Prevention Specialists from FCD Educational Services to join our community. FCD is a non-profit organization that provides substance abuse prevention education for schools. Since 1976, they have taught over a million students of all ages. Their mission is to: • Empower young people to make healthy, responsible choices regarding alcohol and other drug use • Encourage and support the non-use of alcohol and other illegal or illicit drugs during the growing years. Continued on page 7

BISS Broadcast: Issue 3 August 30th 2013

page 6

BISS Broadcast: Issue 3 August 30th 2013

page 7

BISS Buddies at Meet the Teacher Night

BISS Broadcast: Issue 3 August 30th 2013

page 8

Beijing BISS International School - Broadcast - Issue 3 August 30th

The BROADCAST is a weekly Beijing BISS International School publication, showcasing our students’ academic, sporting, arts and cultural lear...