Ecosystems

In grade four, this semester’s second unit focused on ecosystems. In the first lab, students picked a biome and brought in supplies to recreate the conditions in that biome. In the second lab, students used the same animals and plants from the biome box to create a food web. The food webs were made using paper plates and string. For the final ecosystem lab, the students were given a biome and they were asked to design an animal with special adaptations that allowed their animal to survive in their given biome.

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MathWhizz P6

Prathom six students in Mr. Brian Mallon’s math classes have been working along quite nicely. In addition to their regular math classes, the students head to a computer lab once a week and go online to use a math program called MathWhizz.

Math-Whizz is an online virtual math tutor that caters to your child’s unique ability – helping them reach their true potential and preparing them for success in school. It is a tutoring device designed to deliver ideal lessons to progress children’s learning ability.

Math-Whizz uses ‘Math Age’, just like a ‘reading age’. You want your child’s Math Age to go up. Experience has shown that children who use Math-Whizz for 60 minutes a week improve their Math Age by, on average, more than 18 months in their first year of use.

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Writing

Prathom one students in Ms. Sina’s 1/9 class have been busy writing.

First graders should write many times a day to express their ideas and interests — they should writing with a purpose, through, stories, letters, and lists. They should print clearly and leave spaces between words. Children in first grade should able to write simple but complete sentences, and they are beginning to understand when to use capital letters, commas, and periods. In their writing, you’ll see a combination of invented and correct spelling (especially words from a word wall or vocabulary list). First graders will also begin to use “story language” in their own writing, for example, incorporating phrases such as “once upon a time” and “happily ever after.”

Some exceptional examples our students’ work can be seen in the pictures below.

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Bridges

A recent Grade 6 unit was about bridges.

In the spirit of the unit, students researched different bridges, designed a bridge, then tested the strength of their bridges. The bridges were to have a span of 30cm; be made from Popsicle sticks, glue, string, and tape. After construction was complete, students wrote up their results using the scientific method.

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Student Elections

Not long ago student elections were held for primary school students at BCC. The students had to vote in a new council, president and vice-president of the Student Council.

On the morning of the elections, one by one, the pupils entered the polling station – complete with a table for the election staff, a waiting area, a polling booth and a ballot box.

The students names had to be checked against a list, and their IDs had to be stamped at the time of their vote. At the table of the election staff they received slips for the candidates. Then they waited their turn before being escorted to the voting booth, where they could make their choice in the utmost privacy.

The candidates campaigned with lots of enthusiasm during recent days. They prepared many creative campaign posters that they placed all over the school. All the candidates were promoting peaceful values, showing their willingness to contribute to improving the life our their fellows during the school year.

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MathWhizz P5

Recently, Teacher Tom conducted the first MathWhizz class for students in Grade 5.

In preparation for the upcoming Grade 5 Math quiz on Multiplication Strategies, Teacher Tom tailored the MathWhizz session so students focused on a range of Multiplication Problems, all of which will compliment the upcoming quiz perfectly.

MathWhizz was developed by a company from London, England which aims to help students increase their ability in Math by learning at their own pace.

The software gives students Math exercises which are at their ‘math age’ level so they are always challenged to an appropriate degree.

MathWhizz say that if students complete 60 minutes of MathWhizz every week for 12 months, students will be able increase their ‘math age’ by 18 months, 50% more progress than what would be normally expected.

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Boomwhackers

Third grade music students are developing their music skills in Mr. Ron’s classroom with Boomwhackers!

What are they? Boomwhackers are tuned percussion tubes which make wonderful and unique instruments. They have already brought the joy of music to hundreds of thousands people. The majority of Boomwhackers are sold in the U.S., but they have also been shipped to Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, and of course Thailand.

The set of tubes we are using is the C Major Pentatonic Set, which consists of 6 notes: C’-D’-E’-G’-A’-C”. This set is great for people who are less familiar with music, as all the notes sound good together. As you can see, the kids love them!

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Cell Lab

Prathom three Science students have been in the lab utilizing, and learning how to use, microscopes!

This is a lab intended to get the students introduced to microscopes. It is structured in such a way as to show them how to use the microscope while looking at prepared slides, and diagramming what they see.

As you can see our microscopes aren’t gathering dust in the lab’s cupboards, we are using them! And, our students LOVE them!

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Reproduction Lab

Mr. George’s Prathom Six Science students have been in the lab using EIP’s microscopes to look at cells dealing with reproduction.

A cell is the basic unit of life, because their individual cells carry out all the functions carried out by living things.

Two scientists (Matthias Schleiden and Theodore Schwann) who studied cells combined their observations to make a hypothesis … all living things are made up of cells.

Rudolf Virchow contributed his observation and together the Cell Theory was formulated:

• all living things are composed of one or more cells

• cells are the basic units of structure and function in all organisms

When viewed with a compound light microscope these cell structures become visible to the naked eye. There are certain factors that can affect what you are able to see inside a cell.

These factors are:

• The type of microscope you use

• The power of the lenses

• The quality of the prepared slides

All cells, plant and animal, have structures and each structure performs a specific function in order for the cell to maintain life. The specialized structures inside the cell are called organelles and they carry out specific functions.

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Inspiration Hall Tour

On the 5th of May, all native English speaking teachers, and native Chinese speaking teachers were treated to a tour of BCC’s Inspiration Hall. The tour was conducted by student tour guides from the EIP program. Everyone found the tour very interesting and informative. If you haven’t had the chance to tour the Inspiration Hall, please look into doing so.

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