Teman Teman Collaboration, the Writing Process, Showing Our Thinking

Week 6 in 3A brought forth learning opportunities in a wide variety of ways. We were thrilled to have our 8th Grade Teman Teman buddies come by to spend some time with us on Monday. Ibu Dora created a new challenge for the buddies as 3A continued to focus on communication as the theme for the term. The challenge was to create a multi-player game, complete with a name, directions, and a container (should game pieces/materials be necessary). Buddies worked together to create something fun and challenging. Students made board style games, games involving gymnastics, as well as games that only required their fingers and hands (similar to “rock, paper, scissors,” or “chopsticks”). Grade 3 students also took a special trip to kembali to gather some materials that could be repurposed! It was exciting to see the students meet this challenge and create fun games for others. It was especially a challenge to write out the directions in a way that could be understood by many, without having to verbally explain. During the feedback session, students expressed joy over being able to spend this quality time together, meet the challenge, and then play each others’ games. We are keeping the finished games in the classroom so they can be played again and again!

In writing class, we are excited to be completing our personal narratives. Students were able to make revisions using by adding adjectives to make their pieces come alive. We also learned how to peer edit so that we can help each other out. Resources used were word lists, as well as incorporating editing marks and symbols. We are now creating the covers to our books and will be working on making our final copies. We look forward to completing our first writing cycle and sharing our stories together!

Along the lines of communication, during math class, students learned and practiced more ways to show their math thinking. When we come across a story problem, how do I show what I was thinking in order to solve it? Using real life stories is helpful for students to apply math strategies as they see how mathematics is used in everyday life, and it also helps us imagine the story. We shared different strategies of solving a problem because we all think differently. This is an important reason why we need to show how we solved something. We now have a math checklist in the class to help remind ourselves of how mathematicians can show their thinking when working on a story problem.

In Bahasa class, the focus of the week has been reading comprehension. Students read a short biography, discussed the new words, and used information from the text to answer some questions such as dari mana dia berasal?- where is he/she from?, di mana dia tinggal?- where does he/ she live?, apa kesukaan dia?-what does she/he like? siapa nama ibuny? – what is her/his mother’s name?.  It was a great review of last week’s sentence structures. Students also learned third singular pronoun dia – he/she, and a suffix to show possessive pronoun such as namanya-his/her name, ibunya-his/her mother. Meanwhile in the cultural class, the students continued to discuss about Pulau Bali (Bali Island); students shared where they have been visiting and marked them up in the Bali map!

Reminder: No school on Thursday, 21st of September for Muharram. Terima kasih!

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