Reflection

May
25

Authors and the attributes of the IB LP

Two great Canadians,  Ellen Uhlig Rumsey (author) and Debra Toutloff (illustrator) FaceTimed with PYP4,5,6 students. This interaction focused on discussing Uhlig and Touloff’s first collaboration”Finders Keepers”. Besides sharing with students how the ideas for the book emerged, and some important details about their creative process, Ellen and Debra took the time to answer questions our PYP students […]

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Nov
06

Road Transport Museum!

We began our week by dressing up in our favorite costumes for our Autumn Festivals Carousel. We really enjoyed learning about Diwali (India) with Mr. Skinner and guest, Día de los Muertos (México) with Ms. Cecilia and Ms. Jessica, baking delicious Halloween (North America) cookies with Mr. O and Ms. Jackie, and learning dance moves with […]

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Oct
25

Who We Are…Unit Celebration!

We were very excited to work on our summative project for our first unit of inquiry, Who We Are, which was all about celebrations. We really enjoyed organizing our personal pictures about celebrations that are important to us. We wrote about how we celebrate them and why. We then took some to share with each […]

By Jessica Vargas | Chinese . Connection . Form . Grade 2 . Reflection . Who we are
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Sep
30

Everyday should be Peace Day

Can peace truly be achieved? It is a dream worth dreaming? How can we make a difference? These are just a few questions that emerged from a quick brainstorming session in which students reacted to as they entered their classroom, and read the following on the board: Let’s Celebrate World Peace Day! Nothing makes me […]

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Aug
25

Who we are…. in Memes

PYP3 students are currently unpacking the following central idea: Building communities involves understanding our rights and accepting our responsibilities. They have decided to take a fun and creative approach to define how rights and responsibilities are connected. Look at the amazing collection of Memes they have created!      

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May
06

Life Beyond the POI

Naomi Shihab Nye said she became a poet partly because of poetry’s great mystery, and partly because of a second-grade teacher she had who believed poetry was at the center of the universe. Today, at QAIS, it certainly was. PYP2 led an assembly in which they shared some of the outcomes of the unit they […]

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Feb
02

Shadow Puppets: Grade 3 Explores Expression

                       The third graders visited the Qingdao Museum to see a Shadow Play about the ancient folktale A Journey to the West. We learned about the story from Ms. Sarina through an interactive PowerPoint before we visited the museum. The students were able to watch […]

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Dec
16

PYP 4 has a Special Guest: MYP Science teacher

PYP 4 students are conducting an exploration into the natural world and its laws, as they work on the transdisciplinary unit How the world woks. In order to diversify their experience and to expose them to the expertise of other teaches at QAIS, Ms. Canan Cermen, MYP and DP Science teacher, has visited the PYP 4 […]

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Exploring Civilizations in Grade 3

The third grade class has been studying how past civilizations can be used to make connections to present day societies.  The class  field trip to the Qingdao Municipal Museum, students explored the museum by completing a scavenger hunt.  The students observed artifacts throughout Qingdao’s history and were able to see and make connections to their […]

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Sep
30

Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands?

For a learning community such as QAIS, embracing International Mindedness and Understanding is not an added value to the institution QAIS is, but a defining life style trait of ours. Each day, we, students, teachers and staff,  welcome one another with different sounds  and gestures that carry different meaning but aim at demonstrating one thing: […]

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