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What are Different Types of Literature?

As we inquire into how to express ourselves creatively through writing, we wondered about the different forms of writing/literature. We got some new books for our classroom library and this was our task: Imagine you are a team of librarians in charge of sorting and labeling the classroom books. How would you organize them? What labels/categories would you use? Who is your audience? Some of Read full article »

Tuning into Creative Expressions

To tune into our Creative Expressions unit, we went to the Little Theater where different teachers and administrators shared one of their favorite books with us. It was interesting to find out about different types of books and see different ways authors creatively express themselves. Read full article »

Tzu Chi Field Trip

The kids had a wonderful learning experience at Tzu Chi Foundation. They had the opportunity to sort recyclables in a fun way, sort various types of plastic, crash PET bottles, and make products from recycled materials. I'll let the photos and reflections speak for themselves. "I wondered what PET means." -Ms. Remoroza "I used to think paper cannot be made into Read full article »

Gardenia Bread Factory

The students were so amazed at what they saw at the Gardenia Bread Factory! I'll let them tell you themselves... "I think the machinery there were really advanced because they made 650,000 loaves daily." -Nick "I really liked the automatic bread bagger which packaged the bread very quickly." -Yuka "I use to think that bread is only made by hands, but now I Read full article »

Beans on Toast

What are the stages involved in processing familiar foods? To help answer one of our unit's essential questions, students were given copies of the pictures from a book Beans on Toast by Paul Dowling. The pictures were out of order and the students' task was to put the pictures in correct sequence. Then as class we read the book. Read full article »

Raw vs. Processed Foods

Students brainstormed about different types of food. They thought of junk food, healthy food, breakfast foods, snacks, etc. Then students were split into groups and were given pictures of a variety of foods. The challenge was to sort these pictures into two groups without using any of the categories mentioned during our brainstorm. There were great discussions which took place Read full article »

Sports Day 2015

It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. The importance of good sportsmanship and being active is the message the kids got today as they had a blast during Sports Day. It was awesome to see handshakes, teamwork, and smiles as they cheered each other on during each event. Thank you to all our PE coaches Read full article »

What’s in Your Lunchbox?

This week Grade Two is launching our new Unit of Inquiry called, “Sustainable Production and Consumption.” In this unit the children will be inquiring into: How food gets from the farm to their tables. As a tuning in, students were asked the question "What's in your lunchbox?" Like scientists, they investigated/observed what was in their lunchbox and wrote about Read full article »

Reader’s Theater

During reading groups, students got a chance to practice their reading fluency through Reader's Theater. We discussed how understanding the story and paying attention to punctuation marks can help with reading expression. Students had a blast practicing reading fluency and presentation skills! Read full article »


What do you think of when you see/hear the word difference? After sharing our thoughts and finding out that the difference is the amount left when one quantity is subtracted from another, we then proceeded to apply what we learned about difference during an activity called Gummy Stretch. In pairs, students had to measure the length of the gummy worm Read full article »

What is Kakooma?

We visited Ms. Conjamalay's class this week so they can teach all about Kakooma. The idea is in a group of numbers, find the number that is the sum of two others. Sounds easy, right? Sometimes it is, but other times the answer is right in front of you and you just can’t see it. To solve a single puzzle, Read full article »

1000 Museum

Students were so excited to share their 1,000 project. Before our 1,000 Museum, students reflected on their project and practiced explaining the strategies they used to their classmates. They thought about how they decided on the object, what ways can they count their item and which transdisciplinary skills they used while doing this project. What thoughtful mathematicians they are! Read full article »

How are Living Things Interconnected

Students were given a set of pictures which included living and non-living things (ie. water, tree, ant, spider, wind, etc.) Their task was to use as many of the pictures as they can to show their understanding of how living and non-living things are interconnected. Read full article »

Philosopher’s Club

We read some parts of a book called Philosopher's Club by Christopher Phillips. Students found out that philosophers are people who love wisdom. They like to think and ask deep-thinking questions about life and the world around them. So students put on their 'philosopher's hat' and thought about such questions as: If you had a different name, would you be Read full article »

Fiction vs. Non-fiction

What are the similarities and differences between fiction and non-fiction books? Students worked in pairs to compare and contrast a fiction and non-fiction book. They recorded the similarities and differences they found on a Venn Diagram. Students found features of non-fiction books such as headings, table of contents, glossary and index, which they can use when researching. Read full article »

How are living things interconnected?

How are living things interconnected? We thought that for us to answer this essential question, we needed to understand what interconnected means. So during reading groups, students inquired into the concept of interconnectedness in various ecosystems through stories. We read such books as Mangrove Tangle, Are You the Forest King? and Trouts are Made of Trees (river ecosystem). After reading Read full article »

What is an organism?

As we tuned into our new unit 'Connections to the Natural World', students wondered what is an organism. Students looked up the word in the dictionary and we learned that an organism is any living thing. We then inquired into what are the characteristics of living things by observing things around us, then critically thinking if they are living or Read full article »

Filipiniana Fun

Today, the students had a lot of fun learning about the country we live in. They had a chance to make and taste turon which is deep fried banana rolls (a typical Filipino merienda or dessert). They were so enthusiastic as they were making their kites! It was definitely a memorable experience as students danced along with the tapping of the bamboos in the tinikling dance and walked around using coconut shells as slippers. Students Read full article »

Similarities and Differences

To help deepen students' understanding about the similarities and differences between family groups, students discussed their reflections about their culture. Using a Venn Diagram to help guide their discussion, students compared and contrasted their family traditions with a partner. Read full article »

How Big is a Foot?

To tune into our measurement unit, we read the story How Big is a Foot? by Rolf Myller. In the story, the king wanted to give the queen a bed for her birthday, but the apprentice was not sure what size the bed should be since during that time, beds were not invented yet. The king measured the queen using Read full article »

PE Class with Coach Holly Chapman

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Music Class with Mr. Robbie Smith

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Art Class with Ms. Martina O'Connor

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