G6 ESL, 30 Jan- 4 Feb, 2017

What is happening in G6 ESL?

There is plenty happening at ISM this week. We will have a lot of visitors at our school as ISM in hosting the IASAS Basketball tournament. There will be games in the MS and HS gyms all day Thursday through to Saturday. Go along and support your fellow Bearcats and show your Bearcat spirit!

Mon 30 Tues 31 Feb 1 Feb 2 Feb 3
  Science Energy Quiz Science Energy Quiz    
         
Spirit Week

Pajama Day

Spirit Week

Tropical Day

 

Spirit Week

Squadgoals Day

Spirit Week

Green, Yellow, White Day

IASAS

Spirit Week

Bearcat Spirit IASAS

EAP

There will then be a rotation of stations again where students circulate around different tables with tasks related to Social Studies and Science vocabulary building. In Writing, we will start to review tenses and writing in the third person. There will also be independent and buddy reading time with both fiction and non-fiction texts

ENGLISH

Students will have creative writing time to practice what they learned about character and point of view last week. They will also focus on setting, then introspection.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students will learn about different theories and the evolution of early humans through a variety of sources. There is a lot of challenging vocab with this unit, so make sure you review the Vocab Cards. Note taking skills will be also used when students view the video on human evolution called “Walking With Cavemen.”

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SCIENCE

Students will have an Energy Quiz in the second science lesson of the week. They will then start learning about magnets and undertake a task researching magnetic strength. They will go work their way through the scientific method to complete this task.

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G6 ESL, 9-13 January, 2017

What is happening in ESL this week?

Welcome to 2017 and welcome back to school! It will be exciting to hear all the holiday stories from around the world. We are about to embark on the second semester of Grade 6 and it will be as busy as the first!  I trust that  2017 will be a marvellous year for all of us.

Changes:

Remember there is no Wellness this semester. Advisories are on Mondays and Wednesdays. Tutorials are on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Mon 9 Tues 10 Wed 11 Thurs 12 Fri 13
Student HOLIDAY Semester 2 and Quarter 3 begin
Advisory (just for day 1) Advisory Tutorial

The theme for Quarter 3 is DISCOVERYThe essential questions for this unit are:

  • How do discoveries happen?
  • How do new discoveries affect the truth?
  • Why would a discovery not be accepted?
  • What makes things true?

EAP

In EAP students will discover themselves as poets by writing haiku about their holidays. They will discover what phonemes are and how to use them in writing and spelling. They will also reflect on their semester 1 work and update their eportfolio.

ENGLISH

The new unit in English is focused on discovering yourselves as writers and what makes a good story. Students will read short stories together in class from different books and an anthology collated by Avi, called “Best Shorts.”

All students are encouraged to read selections in this book and any other short stories they may come across. Students will be analyzing and looking at techniques and strategies authors use to write an effective short story in order to prepare and guide them through the process of writing their own short story later in the term.

Students will also be reading short stories in preparation for the G6 Cornerstone writing assessment that will take place next week. This will be an expository piece of writing that reflects all the skills students learned and practiced in semester 1.

SOCIAL STUDIES

In Social Studies students will rediscover their Service Learning project. They will review the work their group has done to date, and make plans for implementing their service.

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SCIENCE

Students will review the Matter unit for an upcoming quiz.

When that is done next week, they will “discover” different forms of energy while undertaking a variety of tasks in the lab.

G6 ESL, 7-11 November, 2016

WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN ESL THIS WEEK?

GENERAL

We have a full week ahead. Year book photos will be take in EAP lessons. Make sure you look beautiful/ handsome on your assigned day!

Mon 7 Tues 8 Wed 9 Thurs 10 Fri 11
  EAP B Photos   EAP G Photos  Free Dress Day
        Benford classes: vocab cards & summary finished 
         

 EAP

Students will continue to work on:

  • Recognizing types of sentences
  • Recognizing parts of a word- prefixes, bases, suffixes
  • Learning vocabulary associated with the new units
  • Practicing reading strategies

Make sure you bring your novel to class!

There will be a Reading Assessment next week on The Iron Man for G block, and the following week for B block.

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ENGLISH

Students will continue with the Novel Study unit. They will learn about the elements of fiction, including theme and setting.

Homework: Novel Study

  • You should have finished reading your novel by now. If not, get reading!
  • Summary
  • 10 vocab cards

SOCIAL STUDIES

One lesson will be continuing with the Service Learning project. The other lessons will be an introduction to Cause and Effect. Students will be learning about concepts associated with this unit. Teachers will model cause and effect through a study of WW1. Students will then research their own conflict based on their interest in the coming weeks.

SCIENCE

Students will be in the lab again this week conducting experiments with solids, liquids and gases. They will work their way through the handouts with lots of predicting, observing, testing, and evaluating! Make sure you know the words on the vocab cards below.

Matter Vocab Cards

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Welcome to school year 2016/ 17 and ESL!

Welcome to School Year 2016/17!

ESL at ISM

The ESL curriculum at ISM focuses on the four skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. To achieve academic competency in English, your child has two EAP classes each week and is included in the mainstream core content areas, supported by a specialist in language acquisition in English, Social Studies and Science classes. Combining language and content instruction is essential to help your child develop both his/her language skills and age appropriate cognitive skills.

The units of study in Grade 6 are organized around the following conceptual themes: Structures, Cause & Effect, Discovery & Relationships.

G6 EAP Teacher

My name is Rena O’Regan. I graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a BA. I went on to do teaching credentials at Auckland Teachers College, NZ. I have done postgraduate work in curriculum at Oxford Brookes University in the UK, and have a Master of Arts in ESL through The College of New Jersey, USA. I have nearly three decades of teaching experience in upper elementary and middle schools teaching all subjects. I have lived in Asia for 24 years and I have taught at international schools in China and Indonesia before coming to the Philippines. I have taught ESL in elementary, and English/ Social Studies and ESL in Grade 6 at ISM.

G6 ESL blog

This is our class blog where both parents and students can find updates and discussions about what and how we are learning. For parents, there are useful tips and updates to help you support your child’s learning at school, and for students, this is a place to access information from class, review, and preview upcoming work. Students are strongly encouraged to check the blog on a weekly basis to help prepare for the week ahead.

We can look forward to a challenging and rewarding year, full of rich and exciting experiences. Let the Grade 6 learning journey begin. We are ready for take off!

16- 20 November, 2015

 What is happening in ESL this week?

Mon 16 Tues 17 Wed 18 Thurs 19 Fri 20
Beck’s classes- Location Quiz Visitor Guides- due
Novel Study -finished reading, summaries and vocab cards
EAP A Vocab Quiz EAP H Vocab Quiz Current Events- Takeru, Grace, Mitsuki
WIDA WIDA WIDA WIDA
No ASA No ASA No ASA

EAP

We will continue WIDA assessments this week. Please be on time to class and have your Novel Study book to read. If you finish your tests, you can prepare for the EAP vocab Quiz, work on your Novel Study for English, or your Visitor Guide for SS.

Vocab Quiz is a review of the words we have been using in class recently.

  • sentence fragment
  • run- on sentence
  • simple sentence
  • compound sentence
  • complex sentence
  • specific
  • general
  • migration
  • demographics
  • research
  • solid
  • liquid
  • gas
  • expand
  • contract
  • increase
  • decrease
  • dissolve
  • disperse
  • particles

ENGLISH

Students will continue reading their novel. You should have finished it by Friday. There will be mini lessons on setting, theme and cause and effect. For homework continue writing a summary and vocab card for each chunk.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students will begin to publish their Visitor Guide and include maps showing absolute and relative location. Final guides will be due on Friday.

Beck’s classes will have their location Quiz on Tues.

SCIENCE

Students will continue conducting experiments with solids, liquids and gases. These will be done back in the classroom. Work your way through the handouts with lots of predicting, observing, testing, and evaluating! Make sure you know the words on the vocab cards below.

Matter Vocab Cards

 

 

 

28 Sept- 1 Oct, 2015

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN G6 ESL?

I hope you had a lovely 4-day weekend. This week we have another short week and a 3-day weekend ahead of us!

Mon 28 Tues 29 Wed 30 Thurs 1 Fri 2
Book Club # 4 HOLIDAY
Homework: Homework: Homework: Homework:
BC Reading/BC summary BC Reading/BC job

SS- culture task

Review reading strategiesSS- culture task Review reading strategies

EAP

Lesson 1: Writing Skills & Science support EAP (H Block only once this week)

  •   Sentence structure- subject & predicate
  •   Writing practice- more expository (hamburger) paragraphs
  •   Introduction to Matter

Lesson 2: Reading Skills and Social Studies support.

  •   Reading Strategies: Book Club prep
  •   Culture task

ENGLISH

Students will practice writing expository paragraphs in preparation for writing their own expository pieces for the upcoming Create A Society project.

The fourth and final Book Club meeting will be on Wednesday 30 Sept. Make sure you have

  1.    Read chunk 4
  2.    Summarized chunk 4
  3.    Completed your BC role/ job
  4.    Ready to discuss your wonderful book

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students will have one lesson discussing mission statements, then the rest of the week learning about culture and how it is represented in different societies.

SCIENCE

Students will have their cell quizzes returned. Then they will begin a new topic on Matter. They will find out about solids, liquids and gases.

 

21- 25 Sept, 2015

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN G6 ESL?


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We all had a fantastic time at Island Cove last Thursday & Friday. I trust you had great weekend recovering and preparing for the week ahead. Fortunately it is a short 3-day week for students.

Mon 21 Tues 22 Wed 23 Thurs 24 Fri 24
Science cell quiz Teacher Work Day
Book Club # 3 Holiday for Students Holiday for Students & Teachers
Homework:Science reviewBook Club summary Homework:Science reviewBook Club job Homework:Read BC chunk 4 Homework:Read BC chunk 4 Homework:Read BC chunk 4

EAP (A Block only again this week)

Lesson 1: Writing Skills & Science support

  • Expository vs narrative texts
  • Writing practice- expository (hamburger) paragraphs
  • Cell review- Kahoot!

Lesson 2: Reading Skills and Social Studies support.

  • Reading Strategies: Book Club prep
  • Citizenship- vocab

ENGLISH

The focus is back on writing again in English. We will look at the similarities and differences between narrative and expository texts. We will also review expository paragraphs as preparation for writing our own expository pieces over the next 3 weeks.

The third Book Club meeting will be on Wednesday 23 Sept. Make sure you have

  1. Read chunk 3,
  2. Summarized chunk 3
  3. Completed your BC role/ job
  4. Ready to discuss your wonderful book.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students will finish learning about citizenship and people’s rights and responsibilities. You will then look at educational and societal structures as further background for the upcoming Create A Society performance task.


SCIENCE

Cell review will continue. Students will have their quiz on Wednesday. Use the videos to help you review and check the Science folder in ESL Resources.

http://www.theclassifiedsplus.com/video/video/PHTvqW7CzXY/parts-of-the-cell.html

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31 Aug- 4 Sept, 2015

What is happening in G6 ESL?

Mon 31

Tues 1 Wed 2 Thurs 3

Fri 4

HOLIDAY Science Lab Assessment SS Map Quiz
Advisory

Assembly

Story Teller

Block 2 G6 Assembly Story Teller
Book Club selection Small moments nearing completion (due Mon 7th)

 EAP

Lesson 1: Reading Skills and Social Studies support.

  • Reading practice
  • A Block – Mapping vocabulary and atlas skills
  • H Block- Government vocab

Lesson 2: Writing Skills and Science support.

  • Writing practice.
  • Parts of Speech
  • Review science vocabulary related to cells. Form and function of cells.

 Homework: 

  • Reading new Book Club book- chunk 1
  • Practice vocab for
  • Science (cells)
  • SS (maps & government)

English

Students will revise and edit their small moment narrative. This will be due on Friday (Benford) or Monday (Beck).

Parts of Speech will also continue (conjunctions, prepositions and interjections) as students continue to look at the structure of language and focus on improving their word choice and fluency in writing.

Book Clubs will be introduced. Yahoo! Students will be shown a selection of books available and make a choice. Book Club groups will then be determined and students can check out their book and start reading. There will be mini lessons on different reading strategies over the next two weeks. We will be going through all the details step-by-step in class.

Social Studies

There will be a Map Quiz on Wed. Make sure you review all the types and parts of a map.

Be sure to use the ESL Resources O’Regan 2015-16 folder in (see the bar on the right of this blog) to help review.

We will also introduce terms and concepts that are used to describe social structures and government systems. We will participate in some fun role-plays to help us understand these concepts. Below are the terms we will learn about:

  • Government
  • Society
  • Democracy
  • Communism
  • Monarchy
  • Constitutional Monarchy
  • Theocracy
  • Dictatorship
  • Transitional Government
  • Capitalism
  • Socialism
  • Communism

Students will then be introduced to different types of Government Systems. There will be a lot more vocabulary to learn with this unit!

Current Events presentations will start on Friday.

It would be very useful for you to discuss the meanings of these words with you parents and make sure you understand the terms in your first language. All students are asked to talk about what kind of government and social structure is in place in your home country. Feel free to talk about other countries with your parents as well, perhaps other countries your family has lived in, or visited, or countries that are in the news at the moment. Be prepared to come and share this information with your classmates.

Science

Students have a practical lab assessment on Tues or Wed. They will then work on an information gap activity to practice and review their learning on cells. Again make sure you check out the ESL Resources Science Folder to help you!

 

 

13- 17 April 2015

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN ENGLISH AND SOCIAL STUDIES THIS WEEK?

GENERAL

Welcome back to school! I hope you had a wonderful holiday. We certainly needed that break and I hope it’s given you the chance to rest, relax and prepare for the “final leg” of the Grade 6 journey. You have just 8 weeks left!

ENGLISH

In English we will get back into Writing Workshop mode by reviewing the elements of fiction. We will share our characters with peers to remind ourselves what we did last term, and plan and develop the SETTING and PLOT of our short story! We are now putting the IDEAS of our short story together and beginning to think about ORGANIZATION. Then, we will finally put fingers to keyboard and begin our drafting. Yay!

Reading for Genre Wheel should now be finished. Conferences will continue for Genre Wheel this week. It will be the last week for conferences. I am sure there was lots of reading done over the holiday so there will be lots of conferences to get through. Make sure you sign up early and pay attention to alternative choices for conferences and due dates for these tasks- (see O’Regan Eng/ SS Resources).

SOCIAL STUDIES

In Social Studies, the Fossils are Missing assignment will continue. Remember you will be paleoanthropologists this week recreating and researching your assigned hominid fossil for the upcoming Manila Institute.

The Fossils are Missing Overview and Rubric 2015

…and here are some helpful websites for you to look at if you wish!

Early Human Website For Kids

Fossil Brain Pop

Human Evolution

Prominent Hominid Fossils

Prehistoric Life

Home Tasks: Fossil research, placard & making

Here are some options!

The Fossils are Coming!

REMINDERS

Mon 13 Tues 14 Wed 15 Thurs 16 Fri 17
Wellness O’R HB C Block Wellness V HB F Block Current Events: Joseph, Stefanija and Isabelle
Setting due end of class O’R HB Setting due end of class V HB Plot due end of class O’R & V HBs
Genre Wheel finished