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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

Plum Garden Planner – May 4-18, 2010

May 4 – May 18 Kindergarten / Plum Garden planner In the next two weeks, we will continue to inquire about the growth process of plants and learn how plant and human lifestyles are interdependent. Here are my questions for the children to reflect upon: How do flowers pollinate? What do you know about edible plants? Language: We will continue to learn the new lesson—Lesson 5, 悄悄话 / Whispering. We will continue to write our fourth poem “我想 I want” The children and I will start brainstorming a story topic. We have made a group storybook called “A Happy Bean.” I will record the children reading it. I will email each family with the audio file and book attachments. The children will also learn new vocabulary from our weekly inquiries: “How do flowers pollinate? And, What do you know about edible plants? Math: We will introduce how to count money, counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s to 100. The children will understand the purpose of money and how it is used. They will learn how to identify coins and other values. They will learn how to count small amounts of coins and how to compare numbers. Therefore, the children can practice their coin counting for when they sell their plants. Science and Life Science: We have discussed the right foods for our worms and what they cannot eat. The children will continue to learn more about worm composting. We will continue to learn about chlorophyll (叶绿素) and how a plant goes through the process of photosynthesis (行光合作用). We will be discovering different flowers and taking a very close up...

Plum Garden Planner – April 21 – May 4, 2010

April 21 – May 4 Kindergarten / Plum Garden Planners We will continue to inquire about the growth process of plants and learn that plant and human lifestyles are interdependent. Here are my questions for the children to reflect upon: What is worm composting? How does the body of a red wiggler worm work? Why do plants need soil, water, and the sun in order to survive? Why do we need plants? How do plants grow? Why are native plants important to their communities? How do we properly take care of plants? What do you know about edible plants? Language: We will continue to learn the new lesson—Lesson 5, 悄悄话 / Whispering. The children will learn new words, 子 (child), 也 (also, and, too), 雨 (rain), 悄 (quiet, sad, silent), 里 (inside), 话 (word, language, saying, speech), and 说 (said). We will continue to write our third poem “我会…也会… I can…also can…” The children and I will start brainstorming a story topic. We would like to make a group story. This group story project will continue on until the end of the semester. Each child will make her/his story sentences and they will include picture drawings as well. The story will be based on the child’s oral skills and I will take notes for them and type and put the story together. We will have a topic discussion soon. This is a very good exercise for the children to learn imaginative thinking and reading skills. The children will also learn new vocabulary from our weekly inquiries: “Why do plants need soil, water, and the sun in order to survive?”...

March 31 – April 20 Kindergarten Planners

March 31 – April 20 Kindergarten Planners Our new theme is about 小小园丁/Little Gardener. Five weeks, from 3/29 to 5/7, are the total number of learning weeks for this unit. The subject will focus on Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, PSE, and the Arts. The central idea is about how plants and human lifestyles are interdependent. The inquiries are: * Worms and compost / 蚯蚓和堆肥 * A tiny seed / 一粒小种子 * What are our native plants? / 什么是原生种植物? * Yummy edible plants / 美味又可食用的植物 We would like to inquire about the growth process of plants and learn that plant and human lifestyles are interdependent. Here are my questions for the children to reflect upon: What is worm composting? How does the body of a red wiggler worm work? Why do plants need soil, water, and sun in order to survive? Why do we need plants? How do plants grow? Why are native plants important to their community? How do we properly take care of plants? What do you know about edible plants? Language: We will begin a new lesson next week—Lesson 5, 悄悄话 / Whispering. Children will learn new words, 子 (child), 也 (also, and, too), 雨 (rain), 悄 (quiet, sad, silent), 里 (inside), 话 (word, language, saying, speech), 说 (said). The children will also learn new vocabulary from our weekly inquiries: “Worms and compost” and “A tiny seed.” Math: We will start the chapter “Introduction to addition”. We will learn addition with manipulative numbers, number lines, math sentences, and math signs (plus signs, equal signs, etc.), story problems, adding groups of 10, ordinal numbers, recognizing and counting...

March 18 – March 30 Kindergarten Planners

March 18 – March 30 Kindergarten Planners The inquiries are: Art Can Talk too / 会说话的艺术 My Favorite Artists / 我最喜爱的艺术家 When the East meets the West / 当东方遇见西方 We would like to inquire about famous artists’ paintings and compare Eastern paintings with Western paintings. Here are my questions for the children to reflect upon: How do artists shape a story by creating and arranging elements in their painting? What is the mood or feeling of the painting? Has the story (that the painting tells) occurred in the past or present? Is the story indicating the time of day? What is the most important part of the story? Why? What is happening in the scene? What happened just before and after the action in the painting? What is the composition? Why does a composition have both positive and negative spaces? What are the Yin and Yang concepts in Chinese brush painting? Language: We are continuing to work on, using the 31 characters that we have learned from the text, frequency words that we have read, and the vocabulary that we have explored from the inquiries to build sentences. This exercise focuses on verbal and written sentence structures. The children have made their first “I have…” poem, using 有 (have) and some of the vocabularies and phrases that they have already learned about. The children will use 爱 (love) to make “I love…” for their next poem. I have created a book of word banks that has pinyin and an English translation with each vocabulary word. It will be sent home with your child in his/her Wednesday envelope. Please keep...

Plum Garden March Planner

Plum Garden February 24 – March 17 Our new theme is about Communication in the Arts/画中话. Five weeks from 2/22-3/26 are the total learning weeks. The subject will focus on Language, PSE, Social Studies, PE, Mathematics, and the Arts. The central idea is that human express their feelings and ideas through the arts. Lines of inquiry: * The Colors of the Rainbow / 彩虹颜色 * Art Can Talk too / 会说话的艺术 * My Favorite Artists / 我最喜爱的艺术家 * When the East meets the West / 当东方遇见西方 In our first inquiry, we would like to inquire about colors. Here are my questions for the children to ponder upon: What is color? How do we perceive colors? How do colors affect us? How do we mix and separate colors? Does color communicate a feeling or expression? Can color make sounds? Based on these questions, we will find out what the children want to know and what they already know about colors. We will experiment through science, art, and group project to learn colors. Language: The first week back from the mid-winter break we learned new vocabulary from lesson four: Draw a picture / 画画—— 友 (friend), 四 (four), 可 (can), 有 (have), 地 (ground, land), 朋 (peer, friend), 草 (grass), and 张 (a piece, Chinese last name). We are going to work on using the 31 characters that we have learned from the text, frequency words that we have read, and the vocabulary that we have explored from the inquiries to build sentences. This exercise focuses on verbal and written sentence structures. This exercise might be a little challenging in the...

Plum Garden February Planner

Plum Garden February planner 2/3-2/23 Language: How exciting! We are ready for the new Chinese lesson, lesson four “Draw a picture / 画画。” 友 (friend), 四 (four), 可 (can), 有 (have), 地 (ground, land), 朋 (peer, friend), 草 (grass), and 张 (a piece, Chinese last name) are the new vocabularies in the new lesson. We have learned 31 characters so far since September. The children have been working very hard to build sentences during the past few weeks. Now, they are more comfortable to use different words and phrases to construct sentences. 张 (a piece) is our first Chinese classification word. In this lesson, the children will start exploring how to use Chinese classification words (Quantifiers) in sentences. Therefore, we will be continuing to learn new vocabulary that relate to our inquiries “Animals undergoing hibernation and Celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year” in the next two weeks. Math: From “more” and “less” we will move on to what is “greater than” “less than” and “equal to”. The children will use a dice to find the ‘equal to’ and ‘greater and less than’ numbers. From using the paper clips and the 1-inch block for measuring, we are learning how to use the ruler to measure and compare “longer” and “shorter” within the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. The children will continue to recognize and count with numbers from 1-30 and write numbers from 1-30. We will make the February calendar. By practicing how to count the days at school, we are getting ready for the 100th day of school. In the next two weeks, the children will continue to...