Xmas homework & home-based activities


Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in English, Homework & home-based activities, Math, We are reading… | Posted on December 18, 2014

Dear Parents, thank you for reading our blog and for participating with your comments!

It’s almost Christmas and we are all very excited about the holidays! It’s been a great semester so far and our students are enjoying learning and they are all improving day by day. This holiday is time to relax and have fun, but it would be a shame we don’t keep practicing those skills we need to keep working on 🙂

So… this post is a reminder of our Xmas Homework and a chance to suggest some Home-Based Activities that can help your child improve and get more confident in English and Math.


Xmas Homework:

1. Spelling List and Spelling Task 17 (Spelling notebook)

2. Writing task (Journal)

3. Reading (15 minutes/day). Each student has borrowed a book from the library to read during the holiday.

4. Math: Go Figure p. 30 + p. 31


Would you like to help your child with some fun home-based activities?

These are some ideas that can help them improve their Math skills as well as their reading and writing skills.

Mathematics Grade 3: In Grade 3 your child learns about numbers to 1000, using place value. They will understand, apply and recall addition and subtraction facts to 18, and add and subtract 2- and 3-digit numbers. Your child will understand and recall multiplication and related division facts to 5 x 5. They will solve problems involving number, patterns, measurement, data and maps, and use symbols to solve one-step addition and subtraction equations.

A great website they can use to play and practice their Math skills is MATH IS FUN. Different activities and games to practice those topics we’ve learnt during this semester (measurement, multiplication and division are the topics that need more practice).

English Language Arts Grade 3: Grade 3 students use their language skills to describe things in greater detail. They make their own stories more interesting and notice how they can add excitement by saying certain words louder or at a higher pitch. Words become more colourful than ever!

It’s very important your child reads and writes everyday. This brings an opportunity to learn new words and be more aware about language and the world, either through fiction or non-fiction stories.

These are two activities your child and yourself can enjoy while helping him/her get more confident at writing and speaking.

Retelling a story – We’ve done 4 literature units so far. The books we’ve been reading together are: George’s Marvellous Medicine and The BFG (by Roald Dahl), Freckle Juice (by Judy Blume) and Strega Nona (by Tomie de Paola). You can ask them to tell you these stories and write a summary of one of them and make a drawing as a Christmas present for you.

Write a recipe – We’ve learnt how to write a procedure this semester. This writing activity is a fun review and maybe you can make this recipe at home with your child! WRITE A RECIPE 

George's Marvellous MedicineGeorge’s Marvellous Medicine, Roald Dahl


Thank you,

Ms. Marta

Express Yourself & Listen to Others


Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in School goals | Posted on December 17, 2014

This month’s school goal is to express ideas, thoughts and feelings in a variety of ways and listen appropriately to others. The two slogans we are using for this school goal are: Express yourself everyday & Listen with your brain, ears, eyes and heart 😉


Our students are doing a great job preparing our school ASSEMBLY which will be held on Friday 19th, before Christmas Holidays. They are showing that, as we are all different, we are good at different things and we have different ways to express our ideas and feelings.

These are some examples of our students’ abilities and their preferences to express their thoughts:

Riley: “I love talking and sharing my ideas talking to my friends”

Irene: “I love writing stories where I can let my imagination fly…”

Da Eun: “I love music! When I’m feeling a little bit moody, I like playing my violin.”

Kith: “I enjoy doing class presentations because I can express my ideas and thoughts about something. This is our class presentation about endangered animals.” photo4

Malika: “I love drawing… I express my feelings in my drawings”.

Samady: “I dance when I’m happy.”

Jessie & Hui Sang: “We love singing!”

Phalratht: “I love laughing and sharing my happiness with my friends.”

Because we have different nationalities and languages in our class, languages play a very important part of our daily life, both at school and home. Our students love languages and, because they know I love them too and I can speak other languages, they always ask me how to say this or that in French or Spanish or Chinese… We have learnt a useful expression every month since we started this school year.

September: “On y va!”, which means “Let’s go” in French. We use it when we come back from the playground 🙂

October: “Hao de” (的), meaning “OK” in Mandarin.

November: “Grazie” (Thanks in Italian)

AND… in December, we’ve learnt a Christmas song in 3 languages: English, Spanish & French: “Jingle Bells, Vive le Vent, Navidad…” They love it! And it will be part of our assembly this month.

I’ve noticed they are becoming more aware of languages and how the same thing can be expressed in another language. For instance, when we were studying shapes in Math, they learnt where the words for shapes come from (“polygon”, coming from Greek and meaning “many sides”). When we were studying “Homophones” in English, they learnt the meaning of this word, also coming from Greek (1 sound) 🙂

This has awaken their interest about other languages and cultures, and it also means I can share my passion about it with them.

To close this post, let us show you some of the posters we’ve done for our assembly!





… If they are not listening at home, you can use the magic words:


Thank you for reading this post and following our journey through Grade 3! Your comments and ideas are much appreciated.


Ms. Marta



Welcome to our class blog!


Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in Welcome | Posted on December 2, 2014

Welcome to Grade 3M at East-West International School!


We are very excited to be able to share this blog and hope it allows us to share our experiences and learning opportunities with you. This is a class project managed by the teachers, Ms. Marta & Ms. Panha, and shared with our students and their families, from different nationalities, all hoping to bring the best out in each other.

As we make our way through our second semester at Grade 3, we hope you will join us in celebrating our achievements; please post comments to help and support us as we bravely share our work and learn how to improve.

🙂 #eastwestinternationalschool #grade3m #letsgetitstarted


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