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High Flying Mathematicians

High Flying MathematiciansFolding, throwing, gliding, and cheering have become common sights in the grade 4 classrooms.  Part of unit 4 in our Everyday Math program focuses on whole numbers, decimals, and measuring to the nearest millimeter.  These concepts are quite tricky, yet fourth grade has found a fun and exciting way to make these ideas more clear and concrete: paper airplane races!

Students have been designing, testing, and racing paper airplanes in front of Parkside and on the sports field.  They have recorded multiple flight trials; tracking the distance their planes have flown and recording those measurements as accurately as possible.

Taking this data, students have found the mean, median, mode, and range of each trial.  They also constructed bar graphs and had discussions as to why their planes flew the way they did.

Teachers lead conversion lessons where students took their data and changed it from inches into millimeters, centimeters, and decimeters.

Groups focused on changing decimals into fractions, and competitions became camaraderie as kids shared their new found knowledge related to flight and math.

This real world application has made math more interesting to all of the 4th grade students.  At recess time, kids huddle together discussing better designs. Occasionally words such as “fraction,” and “converting” float through the air. But, it is the large smiles on the faces of everyone whenever math time is announced, that makes the learning meaningful to teachers and students alike.

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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