PYP 3

PYP 3 Teachers:

PYP 3D Kerstin Svanberg

Kerstin.Svanberg@isgr.se  

 

PYP Support teacher Karen Myrick Nilsson

Karen.Myrick.Nilsson@isgr.se

 

PYP 3E Janiffer Kelly

Janiffer.Kelly@isgr.se

 

 

Courses:

Language Arts

Mathematics

Units of Inquiry

Computers

Peace Works

Art

Music

Swedish

EAL Beginners

EAL - Intermediate

Physical Education

 


 

 

 

 

 

Program of Inquiry - Language Arts Focus

Teachers:

 Kerstin Svanberg, Karen Myrick Nilsson, Janiffer Kelly

 

Topics Studied

Reading:

  • Focus on comprehension
  • Story elements, characters, setting, problem and solution
  • Introduction to genres, fantasy, tales, realistic fiction, biographies, poetry, etc.
  • Reading to find information
  • Small size reading groups and literature circles

 

Writing:

  • 6 traits of good writing – ideas, organization, word choice, sentence fluency, voice, conventions and presentations
  • Applying the writing process – drafting, revising, editing, publishing
  • Sentences and paragraphs
  • Personal, subject, research and poetry writing
  • Writing connected to the current unit of inquiry
  • Mechanics, usage and grammar, parts of speech
  • Diffrentiated spelling

 

Speaking and Listening:

  • Project presentations
  • Teach and Tell

 

Textbooks:

Write on Track Student Handbook, Scholasti cGuided Reading Program book sets, Primed Spelling workbooks levels D, E, D’Nealian Cursive Handwriting work books

 

Homework

Homework is assigned every Monday and expected to be returned the following Friday. Any missed work or late work will be recorded. If a pattern of missed homework is noticed, parents will be contacted and a meeting set up. Children are expected to read for between 15-30 minutes daily and complete their reading log.

 

Assessment:

  • Reading running records, reading comprehension standardized test, ongoing assessment during reading groups
  • Assessment of published writing
  • Regular spelling tests through dictations

 

Homework:

  • 15 min daily reading, reading journal
  • Spelling worksheets
  • Occasional language/writing work and completion of work begun in class

 

Material and supplies (provided by the school):

  • Learning Log
  • Spelling book

 

Missed work:

All work is expected on time unless approved by instructor. In case of absence, it is the student’s and his/ her parents responsibility to catch up on what was missed.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Program of Inquiry – Mathematics Focus

Teachers:

Kerstin Svanberg, Karen Myrick Nilsson, Janiffer Kelly

 

Text:

Harcourt, Abacus, The Problem Solver 3

 

Topics Studied

  • Place Value
  • Rounding
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Time
  • Multiplication
  • Introduction to Division
  • Data Handling / Graphing
  • Fractions
  • Measurement
  • Shape and Space
  • Money

 

Assessment

Students are assessed before each topic starts. A further assessment will take place at the end of the topic. These assessments will be kept in the assessment file. An overall assessment will also take place at the start of the year and at the end of the year. The children will also sit a yearly standardized test.

 

Homework

Homework is assigned weekly. Students must bring homework back in on time. Each week the child should receive practice tasks and one challenge task. Any missed work or late work will be recorded. If this occurs on a consistent basis there will be a meeting with the student as well as the parents.

 

Supplies Required

Materials include: Textbook, Learning Log, and topic specific items.

 

Missed work

If a student misses class it is his/her responsibility to catch up on missed work.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course: PYP Units of Inquiry, (including Social Studies and Science)

Teacher:

Kerstin Svanberg, Karen Myrick Nilsson, Janiffer Kelly

 

Text:

Relevant library resources & FOSS Kits

 

Topics Studied

  • Who We Are
  • Where We Are in Time & Place
  • How We Express Ourselves
  • How the World Works
  • How We Organize Ourselves
  • How We Share the Planet

 

Assessment

Students may be assessed using:

  • Assigned projects and presentations
  • End of unit assessment
  • Observation reports
  • Self or peer assessment

 

Homework

Homework will be assigned sporadically. Students will receive more homework during the end of each unit which shall be based on their projects. This could be in the form of data collection, research or collecting materials. Any missed work or late work could harm their projects as these will mostly be done as group tasks.

 

Supplies required

Learning Log

Specific supplies could be required for certain units.

 

Missed work

If a student is away from class it is his or her responsibility to catch up on any missed work. This also applies to work not completed in class.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course title: Computer

Teachers:

 Kerstin Svanberg, Karen Myrick Nilsson, Janiffer Kelly

 

This year, the computer classes are taught by the classroom teacher with the support of the IT staff, in effort to better integrate IT with classroom instruction.

 

Topics Studied:

  • Knowledge of computers
  • Basic File management
  • Word Processing and Keyboard skills
  • Communication and messaging
  • Grade appropriate software

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Social Curriculum: Responsive Classroom

Teachers:

All teachers


Students will develop social skills to use within the classroom and school community.

The ISGR teachers focus specifically on the development of the following social skills:

 

  • Cooperation (working smoothly with others)
  • Assertiveness (confidently putting forth your ideas and opinions)
  • Responsibility (taking charge of yourself and working hard at your learning)
  • Self-control (thinking before acting)
  • Empathy (listening to others and understanding how they might respond to your words or actions)

 

Read more about Responsive Classroom at: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course title: Art

Teacher:

Cina Olsson

 

Topics Studied:

  • 3D – clay Clay - Emphasis on pinching, addition, subtraction. Mark making and textures.
  • Construction – Juxtaposing materials such as paper and card to produce 3 dimenional forms (eg. 3d Collage / diroma, junk sculptures)
  • 2D techniques – drawing / colouring, painting, collage.
  • 2D visual elements and concepts
  • Mark making – scratching, smearing etc.
  • Colour theory – primary and secondary
  • Colour mixing, Tints and shade, Analogus , complimentary.
  • Background - Foreground
  • Basic Perspective - Horizon review and observation and depiction of far / small, close / big. Overlapping, leaving / entering the page
  • Observation - Isolating key details, looking, responding, depicting.
  • Abstraction
  • The random /accidental in art
  • Composition
  • Pattern – radial
  • Symmetry – vertical and horizontal
  • line and shape.
  • Shading introduced.
  • Expression – Feelings / emotions
  • Art appreciation - Integrated throughout the year, an emphasis is placed on individual artists. This is integrated into hands on Art lesson where students are shown and discuss the works of Artists.

 

Assessments

  • Individual portfolio: For self evaluation and teacher evaluation.
  • Teacher observations
  • Verbal self reflection (group and as often as possible individually)
  • Criteria: Application of skills and techniques.
  • Working as part of a group.
  • Taking care of materials and work.
  • Effort and participation.

 

Homework

Homework is assigned periodically. This usually takes the form of evidence of planning an artwork or gathering of reference material to be used in class.

 

Material and supplies required:

Occasionally students are required to bring in extra materials from home to lend diversity to projects. The focus here is for students to be creative in their choice of materials, with an aim to recycle. Examples: magazines ( for reference and photo collage), plastic bottles, textured materials etc.

 

Missed work

An effort is made to make students aware of work missed due to absence. If time and schedule allows, students are helped to catch up.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course: Music

Teacher:

Joël Leyssalle

 

Topics Studied

  • Music appreciation (Music feelings/instrumentation)
  • Music games (communication, expression, rhythmical, dancing)
  • Instrumental skills:
    • Recorder (call answer games/tunes/performances)
    • Drums: basic rhythms with 2 sounds (right/left hand; hand/foot)
    • Keyboards (tunes using handposition1/ both hands)
  • Music notation/music language (sound devices)
  • Singing skills
  • Song accompaniment
  • Performances/inquiry activities
  • Lucia performance

 

Classroom Guidelines

  • Respect – peers, teachers, and school property
  • Be attentive – Listen when a person, a group or a teacher is speaking
  • Cooperation – students will be expected to cooperate with others and fully participate in class is allowed in the classroom unless otherwise arranged with the teacher.
  • Raise your hand to ask a question or make a comment.
  • Be positive – make the most of your learning experience
  • Food – no food/gum is allowed in the classroom.
  • No portable electronics, mobile phones, recorder, CD player unless otherwise arranged with the teacher.
  • Outdoor shoes: Not allowed in the music room.

 

Assessment:

  • Participation/ classroom behavior
  • Effort
  • Teacher observations
  • Individual/collective presentations/ performances
  • Music portfolio

 

Homework

Homework is assigned sporadically. It often consists on training on a special musical activity shortly but regularly. (eg. A rhythmical pattern to clap and tap, a few lines to learn by practicing) . It can also be a research to do at home about music we listen to or advertisement/movies.

 

Material required

Bring your own recorder when needed

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course title: Swedish – beginner-intermediate-advanced

Teachers:

Maj Britt Lax and Eva Hed

 

Topics studied/Skills learned:

  • Language sounds/Pronunciation (skill)
  • Vocabulary building (skill)
  • Reading (skill)
  • Reading comprehension (skill)
  • Writing (chosen and given topic) (skill)
  • Oral work (skill) Grammar (skill)
  • Rules for written language (skill)
  • Translating texts (skill)
  • Unit of Inquiry – How we organize ourselves (Home sweet homes)
  • Inquiry – How We Express Ourselves (Art inspiration)
  • Inquiry – Who we are (Rights are Rights)
  • Inquiry – How the World Works (Inventions)
  • Inquiry – Where We Are In Time And Place
  • Unit – Vocabulary building
  • Unit – Grammar rules

 

Textbooks:

Svenskbiten (Läsebok + Arbetsbok) A2, B1-B2

 

Assessment:

Reading, interacting in class, homework tests, book reports (written and oral).

 

Homework:

The students will receive homework (such as reading, writing, grammar etc) once a week.

 

Material and supplies required:

Bring notebook (given by teacher) and folder to every class. Willingness to listen and do his/her best while showing respect to other students and the teacher.

 

Bring to class:

Willingness to listen and do his/her best while showing respect to other students and the teacher.

 

Missed work:

All work is expected on time unless approved by the teacher. Missed or forgotten homework will be handed in next Swedish lesson. If homework is repeatedly missed or forgotten a note will be sent to the parents.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

EAL (English as an Additional Language) – Beginner Level

Teacher:

John McBride

 

Course

  • Comprehension training
  • Vocabulary development
  • Training in expression
  • Reading Spelling
  • Guided writing
  • Grammar
  • Creative writing
  • Group projects
  • Individual projects

 

Course Material

  • Chatterbox 1 – 3 ( course + activity books)
  • Longman Picture Dictionary
  • Guided Readers (Ladybird, Oxford, Cambridge)
  • Selected grammar activities

 

Homework (weekly)

  • One reading book
  • 2-3 units of Chatterbox a week
  • 1-2 units of Picture Dictionary
  • Spelling
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary assignments

 

Assessment

  • Conversation
  • Reading once a week
  • Spelling tests
  • Written assignments
  • Quizzes Language competitions
  • Project presentations

 

If the teacher does not get responses that show progress from a student; then the student is asked in the mother tongue (when possible) if the homework is being completed. Should a student continue to show lapses in completing the homework; then the parents are contacted

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course: EAL (English as an additional language) - Intermediate

Teacher:

John Mc Bride

 

Topics Studied

  • Grammar (65 irregular verbs in 7 tenses)
  • Creative writing
  • Individual projects
  • Graded readers
  • Vocabulary development

 

Course Material

  • Guided Readers (Oxford graded readers, levels 3 - 6
  • Selected grammar activities (Grammar 2 by Jennifer Seidl)
  • Test your vocabulary 2
  • It’s crossword Time 2

 

Homework (weekly)

1 reading book and new vocabulary written and translated to mother tongue. 1 grammar assignment

 

Assessment

  • Written grammar tests
  • Vocabulary check
  • Reading aloud
  • Monthly vocabulary review
  • Summary tasks, e.g. ‘Project presentation’.

 

If the homework is not completed, the student is informed by the teacher. If there is no improvement, the parents are contacted.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Course title: Physical Education

Teachers:

Peter Sjöberg

 

Topic Studied:

  • Teambuilding
  • CPR, Athletics
  • Gymnastics, Movements to music
  • Games
  • Team-Sports
  • Net games
  • Swimming
  • Health related exercise and adventure challenge.

 

Resources and Materials:

Resources include a wide variety of balls, rackets, gymnastic equipments, etc.

 

Assessments:

Acknowledging differentiated learning styles, students will be assessed by the following criteria:

  • Participation / classroom behaviour
  • Effort
  • Teacher observations
  • Presentations

 

Homework:

Homework will be given out occasionally in forms of “Activity diary”, “food diary”

 

Material and supplies required:

Students are required to wear proper P.E. clothes each class. This includes a t-shirt, shorts and sports shoes or a track suit if P.E takes place outdoors during fall and spring.

 

Missed work:

Any assessed work will be made up for whenever it is possible.

 

 

 

 
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