November 2021

FROM THE LOWER SCHOOL HEAD TEACHER

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our UN Week celebrations have made us appreciate our individual uniqueness and creativity as a community. Thank you for participating in the discussions, assemblies, dress-up day, and other fun activities exploring the creative economy for sustainable development! You can continue the conversations with your family on how you can contribute to the efforts of the UN by using this 17 Global Goals resource.

This November we will be having Reading Awareness Week, to celebrate the National Reading Month. A Lower School assembly will be held to revisit the value of reading more and the connections we build from the books we read. Get ready to join our Read-A-Thon, book trivia games, and a dress-up day contest featuring well-loved book characters. You may expect a letter outlining these activities to be sent in the coming weeks.

Though we still have a month before Christmas, we already have activities in store for you to feel the holiday spirit. Your child/ward’s part for the Christmas production will be shared with you at the beginning of this month. Dance and character rehearsals will be scheduled within class time, but we also encourage our students to take time to practice and memorize their lines or their dances at home.

Here are the important days for LS in our School Activities calendar:

Date Activities
November 9th, Tuesday LS Assembly – Happy/MeritGrams
November 10th, Wednesday Chapel
November 17th, Wednesday LS Assembly – Reading Awareness Week
November 17th – 30th Read-A-Thon
November 22nd -26th Book Trivia Games
November 26th, Friday Book Character Dress-Up Day

Let’s keep our spirits high in all our events this November! Please continue to regularly check updates posted on the Brent website, Brent Announcement emails, and messages sent via our homeroom apps.

May we all stay safe and healthy

Warm regards,

Ms. Kim Arganda
BISB Lower School Head Teacher

Grade 1
Mrs. Adamey Peniano

It is exciting to think about growth in learning as the Grade 1s pick up their pace and interact more. Routines are in place and they are doing a great job in being life-long learners. Keep it up! To support them in their daily lessons, it would be good to ask them for a simple summary of their classes using the keywords “topic” and “main idea”.

Language Arts – Clusters (R and L), Drawing Conclusions, Parts of a Sentence, Informational Texts/Nonfiction Writing

Essential Questions:

What is non-fiction?

How can I use writing to teach my readers about a topic?

Why do we read non-fiction texts?

Essential Questions that promote inquiry in school and at home. 

“Be a learner for life.”

Math – Addition and Subtraction Relationships

Essential Questions: 

  • How do I determine if the problem requires addition or subtraction?
  • What strategies can I use to answer an addition or subtraction problem?

Science – Plants

Essential Question: What do plants need in order to survive?

Social Studies – Mapping

Essential Question: Why and how do people use a map?

Grade 2
Ms. Elaine Ferrer

Hello November! 

Welcome back 2nd Graders! I hope you all had a restful break and are now ready for more action in the coming weeks. 

Last month, we had an amazing celebration of United Nations week. Thank you so much for participating. I learned a lot from the videos you submitted and I loved your amazing costumes.

Essential Questions that promote inquiry in school and at home. 

“Be a learner for life.”

Language Arts:     Reading Nonfiction 

        Writing – Information

Essential Questions:

  • How does reading influence readers?
  • Why do readers need to evaluate what they read?
  • What do writers of nonfiction undertake?

Math:     Two-Digit Addition and Subtraction with Regrouping

Essential Questions:

  • How can I use regrouping to help solve an addition problem?
  • How can I use regrouping to help solve a subtraction problem?

Science:     Earth Science

Essential Questions:

  • How does earth change?
  • How do living things use earth’s water?

Social Studies:     Rules and Laws

Essential Questions:

  • What happens if there are no rules or laws?
  • What should we do to maintain peace and order?

Religious Studies:     Celebrating Christmas

Essential Question:

  • What is Christmas really about?

GRADES 3 & 4

Happy November to everyone :). We’ve started our unit on Multiplication in Math and your kids are soaring. We’ve also started our unit on Living Things last October so we’ll be continuing our creepy crawly inBESTigations!

Grades 3

Essential Questions that promote inquiry in school and at home. 

“Be a learner for life.”

GRADE 3

Reading: Because of the incredible work that has been happening in Reading, I decided to skip ahead and do Unit 3: Character Studies as we focus on Alvin Ho as he grows and changes throughout the series.

     Essential Questions:

  • How can I think deeply about characters?
  • How can I come to know the characters so well that I can “step into their shoes” and get lost in their world?

Writing:Changing the World (Persuasive Writing)

     Essential Questions:

  • How do writers come up with ideas?
  • Why is it important that our writing is organised into paragraphs?

Math: Continuation

     Essential Question:

How can you use multiplication to find how many in all?

Science:Living Things

     Essential Questions: 

  • What are the features / characteristics that plants and animals need in order to survive in their environment and how do they utilize them?
  • How have changes in the environment affected the way plants and animals adapt?
  • How does human impact on species’ environments affect their habitat/growth, specifically in the Philippines?

Social Science: Continuing Current Events

Religious Studies: Continuation

     Essential Questions:

  • Why do Christians worship God?
  • Why do Christians think Baptism and the Eucharist are important?
  • How do Christians believe God answers our prayers?
  • Who is God?
  • Who made God?

Grade 4

Essential Questions that promote inquiry in school and at home. 

“Be a learner for life.”

GRADE 4

Language Arts: 

Reading: The American Revolution

     Essential Questions

  • How do researchers locate accessible resources to build prior knowledge and overview of a topic?
  • How do researchers organize incoming information and notes?
  • Why do researchers need to pay attention to people, geography and chronology when reading history?
  • What are the strategies in prioritizing and synthesizing information?

Writing: Bringing History to Life (Research Writing

     Essential Questions

  • How do writers imagine the text they are going to make?
  • How do writers plan the structure of writing?
  • What strategies can writers apply in new situations?

Math: Division

Essential Question: How can you divide by 1-digit numbers?

GRADES 5 & 6

I hope everyone had a refreshing break, with quality time spent with their loved ones. Your wonderful participation during United Nations Week makes me excited to see our 5th and 6th graders join more fun-filled activities this November. 

We continue some of our units from the previous month and begin some new ones. We will also start planning for our research reports and Christmas production. To keep improving in the skills that you are learning, you are encouraged to practice using the activities given for homework, and to use feedback given in class or in the Google Classroom assignments. Check out what topics we will be learning in the next sections.

Grade 5

Language Arts:

Continue with Moving Up Levels of Nonfiction

Essential Question

  • How can I read tons of high-interest nonfiction texts, reading to learn all that I can, and to read faster, smoother, with absorption—while also learning from the texts? 

Math 

Chapter 2: Dividing Whole Numbers

Chapter 3: Adding and Subtracting Decimals

Essential Questions: 

  • How can I divide whole numbers? 
  • How can I add and subtract decimals?

Science

Mixtures

Essential Question: How are mixtures formed and separated? 

Social Studies

Economics

Economies are organized around how people use resources to meet their needs and wants, and are affected by their geographic location.

Essential Questions: 

  • What are resources?
  • What everyday decisions can I make in response to knowing about nonrenewable and renewable resources?
  • Is it possible for everyone’s needs and wants to be satisfied?

Grade 6

Language Arts:

Continue with Identifying and Understanding Character (Literary Essay)

Essential Question: 

  • How can I use argument writing techniques to write about characters?

Math 

Chapter 2: Fractions, Decimals, and Percents

Essential Question: 

  • When is it better to use a fraction, a decimal, or a percent?

Science

The Structure of Atoms

Essential Question:

  • What effect does changing the number of particles in an atom have on the atom’s identity?

Social Studies

Regional Studies of Latin America 

  1. Develop an understanding of the five themes of Geography and how they work together to define regions.
  2. Understand how people are connected through culture and society.

Essential Questions:

  • How do early cultures impact modern cultures?
  • How does man change and/adapt to his physical environment?
  • What elements combine to create modern cultures?