Classroom Highlights (Learning in Action!)

Mr. Jeff’s Grade Three (December 2019)


Am, Is, Are


In Grade Three we have been learning about the helping verbs are, is, am, was, and were for two weeks. Helping verbs are important in grammar because it helps tell others what someone is doing at that moment. We use these helping verbs every day in our vocabulary, but sometimes get confused and use them incorrectly. So, to reintroduce the students to these helping verbs I showed the students how to form a sentence using subject and predicate. First, I gave the students ideas of what a subject of a sentence is. It is a person, place or thing. Then, I asked the students to name nouns for me to begin the sentence. 


Next, we moved to our helping verbs. The students chose what helping verbs to use in the sentence depending on what the subject was. The students then finished the sentence with the predicate. The predicate of the sentence always has a verb. The students were able to make up the sentence with whatever verb they wanted to add to the sentence.


In the final step the students wrote a story using the helping verbs. The students made up a story using the all the students names at their table. First, they had to write a rough draft of the story.  Once the rough draft was perfect, they then wrote their story onto color paper as nicely as they could. The students had a fun time making up their make-believe stories and working as a group to finish this assignment. The students came up with some very creative stories!

Mrs. Marit Grade Three (November 2019)


Being Thankful


This week the students learned about what it means to be “thankful”. First, the students were briefly presented with information about Thanksgiving in the U.S.A, which falls annually on the fourth Thursday of November.  During this time each group took turns reading examples of what it means to be “thankful”, and also looked at pictures to help with understanding. Next, the students watched a short video clip of a third grade class in the United States telling about what they are thankful for.


After the video, the students were asked what the students in the video were thankful for. Following the video, students were asked to brainstorm what they are thankful for, so we drew a word web on the board with a few examples. Then, the children worked in groups to come up with their own word web about what they are thankful for. Each group had 5 minutes to brainstorm on their whiteboards. After the 5 minutes were up, each group presented and spoke about what they are thankful for.


Our next activity was writing about what they are thankful for. First, we reviewed the work sheet categories:  people, places and things. Next, the students used a lined worksheet titled, “What I am thankful for”, and had to use their neat handwriting to write, “I am thankful for ______because________. During our “Being Thankful” activities, students learned the meaning of the word “thankful”. They also learned how to use “thankful” while speaking and writing.


Mrs. Ashley's Grade 3 Class (November 2019)


Measurement Fun


Grade 3 classes have been learning about measurement, centimeters, meters, and kilometers. The students learned that centimeter is used to measure smaller objects such as pencils and books, while meter is used to measure bigger objects such as a door, and the classroom floor. Kilometers are used to measure distance. For example, the distance from Guangzhou to Shanghai is 1,434 kilometers. We played a game where the students looked at a picture and had to shout out whether we would measure with centimeters, meters, or kilometers.


The second part of the lesson was more hands on. The students worked with a partner. Using a sheet of paper, they made a chart labeling centimeters, meters and kilometers. The students measured four items using centimeters, two to four items using meters, and then picked two places for kilometers. Drawing and labeling pictures of the items measured in centimeters and meters. They also drew pictures of cities for kilometers. Students chose one item and wrote a sentence. For example one group measured a finger, drew a picture of the finger, labeling and write a sentence. “The finger is 5cm.” 


For the last part of our project, each pair of students presented their chart to the class, reading the sentences that they wrote. This project allowed the students to learn about different types of measurement, as well as incorporate writing and speaking into their project.  It allowed the students to use rulers using centimeters and meter sticks to measure items in the class. The students enjoyed this project.

Mr. Matthew's Grade 3 Class (November 2019)


A Talkative Bunch


Every day in Grade 3, students participate in an activity called ‘daily talks. This activity requires students to stand in front of their peers and speak about topics in English for one minute. The purpose of daily talks is to develop each student’s ability to communicate in spoken English.


Every daily talk is a formative assessment, which allows the teacher to listen and identify strengths and areas of improvement for each student. The teacher will frequently model a daily talk, demonstrating positive body language, proper voice projection, well-sequenced ideas and correct sentence structure. This explicitly reinforces the daily talks’ success criteria for all students.


Students are allowed to use an English plan or a stimulus picture for their daily talk, or they can choose to have no assistance. The aim is to cater to each student’s individual ability without affecting their confidence.  At the end of a daily talk, the teacher will ask questions to the class about the topic.  This ensures all students are engaged in the activity, even if they are not talking. To finish the daily talks session, the teacher will praise all participants and discuss things that were positive and things that can be improved with the whole class.


Special Events

Craig Smith (Author/Songwriter) Visit - May 19, 2016

On Thursday, Craig Smith, a children’s author and songwriter from New Zealand, came to visit Clifford Elementary Bilingual's Grade 2 and 3 students. Around 600 students went to the auditorium for the performance. Craig sang many of his famous books for us. He sang “Wonky Donkey”, “My Daddy Ate an Apple”, “Willie Bee the Bumble Bee” and others. The two favorites among the students were “Wonkey Donkey” and “My Daddy Ate an Apple”. Craig is famous for his funny stories, puppets and songs, as well as making funny noises, like his “drip, drip, drip” sound. The students sang, danced and had a terrific time. We hope many other famous overseas authors and songwriters can visit us in the future!