Classroom Highlights (Learning in Action!)

Ms. Lisa's G1, G2 & G3 Music Program


We learn English through Music


Every week Grade 1, 2 and 3 come to music class to sing songs in English. Each song has a lot of vocabulary. During the long process of learning a new song, we learn both the meaning of the song and also the meaning of many words too. So, we learn English through music. It is great fun!


As the students come in we sing Welcome, Hello, Good Morning and Good afternoon songs. Grade 1 students love to see the videos of the songs. The teacher can ask them, by pointing at the screen, what is this and that. The students especially enjoy playing with some of the instruments we have in our music room. The song “I am a Music man” has a range of the instruments we can use in the class. So we do.


Grade 2 and 3 students are required to read the lyrics of the songs together with the video. It is good for reading development. Grade 3 students learn how to describe the song: What is the song about?  Is it sad or happy? Is it fast or slow? etc. The students have lots of conversations with the teacher about the songs.

Clapping the Rhythm is essential in the class. It gives the students a sense of rhythm and also gets their full attention.


Every Month we sing a “Month Song”. At the end of the year, the students know all the months and also what happened during that month. We also sing “Happy Birthday” for those who have their birthdays in that particular month. Every Music class we also do an Action song. The students stand up and follow the song with the actions: dance, clap, jump, stomp, touch the body parts, making rain, etc.


The students also love to “Draw the songs”. When they know and love the song very much, they have a class where they sing and draw a song on a worksheet. After, they can take this worksheet home. Music class is a lot of fun, and the students learn English at the same time!

Mr. David's G3, G4 & G5 English Computers Program


E-Learning & Creativity


When it comes to the world of computers it intertwines with both technical and creative elements. It is technical in the form of specific commands doing specific tasks, and creative in the form of people utilizing such commands in creating limitless technological possibilities. This program helps in uncovering, nurturing and enriching the students’ innate sense of creativity through English and Technology.


In the G3 program, the students’ work on the fundamental of proper keyboard placement and are engaged in different reading and listening activities. In addition, they also learn to use software with tools which allows them to create and customize different things according to their own style.


With the G4 program, the students learn how to carry out certain research on the Internet about their working project. With enough information they are then taught with adequate editing tools to essentially create nothing into something by making both subject and environment in a sandbox like setting.


During the G5 Program, the students learn about advanced editing tools and with both information and imagination dives head first into creating their own world. The passion is evident; expectations are high along with emphasis on attention to details.


The sum of all of this is what transforms a good project into an amazing project. Such project then becomes an achievement to be proud of for both students and teacher. The English Computer program teaches many computer skills as well as how to follow directions and use a computer in and English desktop environment.

Ms. Siby's G1 & G2 Library Class (June 2019) 


Reading for Fun and for Learning!


When children learn foreign languages, picture books can stimulate their learning motivation, help them learn vocabulary and grammar, and improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities. Every G1 & G2 class has an English library class once a week with the library teacher. The library teacher will lead students into the world of picture book reading.


Pre-readingBefore reading, the teacher gives some background introduction and/or information, which can help students better understand the story, and also enables them to learn some knowledge related to the story .Teacher will talk with students about picture book topic, author, illustrator, etc., and make predictions about picture book contents.


While-reading: Help students to understand the picture book’s information and train students' reading skills. The main task is to understand the general idea and to obtain specific or detailed information of the story through reading.


After reading the story, students take their cards and pick out books they want to borrow. Students will sit at the tables reading books quietly. Through reading the original picture books, children can gradually build up their English language skills. The teacher calls students individually to come up and get their books and go back to sit on the carpet. Students love the library class

Mr. Jeff's Grade 3 Class (June 2019)


Irregular Verbs


In our Grade 3 classes we have been learning about Irregular verbs for the last two weeks. Irregular verbs are different than regular action verbs because when you use irregular verbs in the past tense form, the spelling changes. Irregular verbs are verbs you need to remember because they are not the same as the other normal verbs that end in “ed” when used in past tense form. To reinforce how to use irregular verbs we did many activities to help the students understand how and when they are used.


First, we put different nouns on the board in three different categories future, present and past tense. We did this so students can know how to use these verbs in a sentence using correct grammar.  Next, the students searched in their guided reading books to find 10 irregular verbs. This was done so students can again see how to use the irregular verbs correctly in sentences using correct grammar. Then we had the students use the white boards so they can practice using irregular verbs in sentences. 


In the final step of our irregular verbs unit the students worked in small groups to create posters about Irregular verbs for us to hang in the classroom. Each small group wrote a sentence and the group picked the best sentence. The students worked together to write the sentence and draw big, colorful pictures of examples of the sentence. During this activity I heard all of the students speaking English and using verb and irregular verbs. The students worked very hard, learned a lot, and had fun creating Irregular Verbs Posters for us to hang in class!

Ms. Ashley’s Grade 3 Class (May 2019)


Making of a Story


The Grade 3 classes have been having fun using our imagination to write a three paragraph story.  We talked about the different aspects of writing a story. Each story should have a good beginning, middle, and ending.


We also discussed that a story includes the following elements: characters, setting, when it takes place, a problem, solution, and conclusion. The table groups worked together to develop their own three paragraph story. Each table came up and presented their story to the class.


Students then wrote their own three paragraph story. The writing process includes planning, a first draft, editing/proofreading, and making a final published piece.  Student planned and wrote their stories. When completed with their draft, the students had to edit their work.


After editing their stories on their own, each student sat with the teacher to do a final edit. Once their stories were edited, the students published their story and drew three pictures. After the students finished publishing their stories they presented their stories to the class. Both classes did a wonderful job on their stories and are becoming great writers. 

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!