Shu Ren International School
Berkeley, CA
Mandarin-English Immersion
Pre-K to 8th Grade
An IB World School
Berkeley, CA
Shu Ren International School
Berkeley, CA
info@shurenschool.org
510-841-8899
Mandarin-English Immersion
Pre-K to 8th Grade
An IB World School
Berkeley, CA
Shu Ren International School
Berkeley, CA
Mandarin-English Immersion
Pre-K to 8th Grade
An IB World School
Berkeley, CA

Pine Garden Newsletter – May 3- May 14, 2010

Dear Pine Garden families, The Pine Garden Biweekly review and planners are listed below: Language Art/ Life Science/ Art and Craft We are transitioning from the weather inquiry into the health inquiry. The class has been going into the details of the various body parts and their functions. There are a total of 33 parts that we have learned such as head/头, hair/头发, eyebrows/眉毛, eyelids/睫毛, tongue/舌头, teeth/牙齿, chin/下巴 and cheek/脸颊. We have been working on the project of building up our own robots which consist of all these body parts. The students were very creative, using different shapes and colors and varying the way connections and joints were made. The robots are now on the wall of the science center of our class, you are welcome to stop by and give your child a chance to share what they’ve learned with you. Math The class has been practicing measurement through various games. As students constructed objects from Legos and blocks, we measured these on our measuring sheet. Since some of the plants that we planted have sprouted, the students have been recording the height of the buds as well. In addition, the second graders have still been working on multiplication and applying the techniques to measurement practice. Science We have an instrument which is able to simulate a tornado. The students interaction is crucial to the experiment. They learned about the power of a tornado and how it is able to pull in anything around it. We are also investigating the ways in which water takes different forms according to reactions to its environment. These include observing ice turn...

Pine Garden Biweekly News – April 19 – April 30, 2010

Dear Pine Garden Parents, The Pine Garden Biweekly review and planners are listed below: Language Arts/ Science The class has been learning how to read thermometers and to know there is difference between Fahrenheit/华氏温度 and Celsius/摄氏温度. We’ve also learned about tornado/龙卷风, storm/hurricane/暴风. The students are going to get further acquainted with these concepts through experiments in the classroom. The class is also expected to work on more about climate/气侯 for our weather inquiry. We are soon going to learn about climate of different natural habitats, such as the desert/沙漠气侯 or the Arctic region/极地气侯. Math The class has been learning about measurement the last two weeks. We have been working on measuring objects around the classroom and have also been combining the concept of measurement with subtraction. Earth Science/ Life Science Since the students are really interested in the parts of flowers, we have been talking about how flowers become fruits, and how insects help with pollinating.(授粉) During the trip to Blake Garden, the students also got a chance to see firsthand many rare flower species which helped them put their knowledge to practice. In addition, we learned from the trip how short the life span of flowers are compared to human and animals. Music We’ve learned a new song “One More...

Pine Garden Biweekly News – March 29- April 9, 2010

松园双周报 Song Yuan Biweekly News—No.8 March 29- April 9, 2010 1st/2nd Grade Pine Garden 瑄瑄老师 Teacher Joyce joyce.chang@shurenschool.org Greeting Pine Garden families, Spring is here! Our class has noticed there are sprouts and blossoms on the trees. And while we are observing the weather, the students are aware of the change in temperature. The class decided we want to plant flowers to welcome spring and hopefully bring them to our new campus site. For our new inquiry, we learned how to read thermometers and to get to know the difference between Fahrenheit/华氏温度 and Celsius/摄氏温度. We are going to review all the elements of weather, for instance, the four seasons, variety of clouds, thunder, and lightening. We are also going to learn more about natural disasters caused by weather and water cycle. Since we are also working on plants and habitats now, we are going to go deeper in to discover the parts of plants and their life cycle. The Pine Garden Biweekly review and planners are listed below: Language/ Geography/ Art The class wrote two short essays telling stories about our family and friends to wrap up the Family and Friends inquiry.The students are expected to write 3-4 sentences to describe their family and friends. We also talked about our family members who moved from one country to another based on the homework we did interviewing our family. For our weather inquiry, we had a chance to make our first webbing map in groups while we were discussing all the elements on weather (温度/temperature, 太阳/sun, 云/cloud, 风/wind, 雨/rain, 闪电/lightening, 雷/thunder. We placed all the works we had done on...

Pine Garden Biweekly News—March 15- March 26, 2010

松园双周报 Song Yuan Biweekly News—No.7 March 15- March 26, 2010 1st/2nd Grade Pine Garden Greeting Pine Garden families, The Pine Garden Biweekly review and planners are listed below: Language/ Geography/ Art While discussing the story about an immigrant family, the students were all being very insightful and provided some in-depth viewpoints, such as ” Look! the father seems not be able to speak their language so he looks stressed-out.” and ” He doesn’t know how to eat those food because they look different from the food in his country.” or ” I guess there is a war happening in his old country so there are no people on the street.” The class ended up having a discussion talking about their own family and wanted to go home and figure out how many people in their family had actually moved from one country to another. During the discussion, we learned and reviewed some countries and the seven continents and the students mentioned where their family and relatives are staying or are from. We have been putting a globe in our main center and discussing about the directions and location: 北美洲/North America, 南美洲/South America, 欧洲/Europe, 亚洲/Asia, 非洲/Africa, 南极洲/Antarctica, 大洋洲/Oceania, and 东/ East, 西/ West, 南/ South, 北/ North. Also, we have been practicing writing journals everyday, and have started with 今天的天气是…/ The weather today is…. and 我今天觉得…../ I feel…. today. Math We are learning how to make a certain amount of money in various ways by playing games and pair- practicing to get more ideas. In the meantime, we are still practicing two- digit subtraction and addition in class. Social Studies/Art...

Pine Garden Newsletter – March 1 – March 12, 2010

The Pine Garden Biweekly review and planners are listed below: Language/ History/ Art During the past two weeks, we quickly went through all the main members and relatives on both mother and father sides: dad and mom/爸爸妈妈, granddad and grandma on both sides/爷爷奶奶, siblings/兄弟姐妹, aunt and uncle on both sides/叔叔,伯伯,姑姑,舅舅,舅妈, cousins/表兄,表弟,表姐,表妹, and discussed about relationships among one another. Also, we’ve shared our feelings and emotions about our family members with the class, and have learned how to express ourselves through using happy, great, pleasant, joyful/快乐,高兴,开心, sad, bad/难过,伤心, to describe how we feel. And more about feelings such as miss someone/想,想念, like or dislike/喜欢,不喜欢, love/爱. We’ve learned how to make sentences by using adjectives– a happy frog/快乐的青蛙, a beautiful butterfly/美丽的蝴蝶. Last week, we started a long story about an immigrant father who left his own country and family, and then struggled to reestablish a new life in a different land, wishing to bring his wife and daughter to the new world. Since this story simply contains only pictures, it leaves great imaginary space for the students to really think and feel what it is about. We had a chance to interview a visiting teacher, Chen Jun, who talked about her story and introduced her family to us. Because of this, we are going to discuss about why people are willing to move to an unfamiliar place, and how do we feel when our family is far away? What do we think we can do to deal with our feelings? Math We started learning the concept of money and figuring out that we can make counting money easier by using the...

Pine Garden Newsletter – February 1- February 26, 2010

The Pine Garden biweekly review and planners are listed below: Language/ History/ Art While we were discussing the cultural practices of Chinese New Year, we’ve read many stories about this holiday– Monster of Year, New Year’s Eve, Celebrating Chinese New Year, 12 Zodiac Sings, Kitchen God, Gathering. We compare some Asian holidays with Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Kwanza, etc.. And the students held a puppet show called “12 Signs” which is based on a story we told in the class about the order and origin of Chinese Zodiac. We really enjoyed the show, so together we thought it might be a good idea to share this story to everyone in our school at CNY party. We were trying to figure out the differences among cultures, and why or how people want to get together with family and friends on holidays. The class came up an idea about making a book to tell everybody why people celebrate holidays– the purpose of celebrating holidays. After Mr. Lee visited the class to talk about Lion/Dragon Dance and cultural perspective, we learned lots of concepts and techniques of this cultural practice and decided we want to add Dragon dance in our Chinese Zodiac play. To prepare our play for the celebration, we reviewed all the colors we’ve learned from the past inquiry and all the animals and body parts we’ve known to figure out how or what we want our costume and masks look like. Math In the past two weeks, we’ve still practicing 2-digit subtraction and 1 to 10 multiplication. And we also talked about the numbers 1 to 100 to be prepared...