We came back from our winter break and jumped right back into literacy circles. We read together, summarized, asked questions about the reading, illustrated an important event & character in the story, looked up unfamiliar words, and shared with each other. We really enjoyed playing the game Scoot in which we went from one chair […]
Inspired from a story read in class, as related to our Sharing the Planet Unit of Inquiry, the idea to create a Trade Day was initiated by the students in grade 1. Creating a Trade Day event was identified as one solution that we could put into action in order to reduce our consumption, to reuse what we already have and to reduce the amount of trash that […]
Grade 1 students successfully and enthusiastically accepted their “Mission Possible” on November 11th, by taking direct action and assuming responsibility to ensure a healthy and clean planet. After learning about The Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the thousands of pounds of trash that are dumped each year into the world’s oceans, students were determined to […]
Please enjoy the photographs of grades 1 and 5 students reading together last week in the grade 1 classroom. This sharing opportunity is meaningful and significant for all students to help further develop their literacy (reading fluency, pacing, vocabulary, confidence, etc.) skills and to foster meaningful cross-grade relationships within our QAIS learning community.
At the end of our first unit of inquiry, Grade 1 PYP students took the opportunity to share their summative “suitcases” filled with significant artifacts representing their personal histories, powerful memories and stories with a group of seniors from one of the Qingdao nursing homes. As ideal ambassadors of our QAIS mission, students demonstrated respect, […]
This is a fascinating article about how the child’s brain interprets screen time. It recently appeared in Psychology Today. Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy and Lazy Victoria L. Dunckley, M.D. Mental Wealth Children or teens who are “revved up” and prone to rages or—alternatively—who are depressed and apathetic have become disturbingly commonplace. Chronically irritable […]
Grade 1 students enjoyed a second opportunity to share their love of books with the grade 5 students this morning. It was a fantastic collaborative experience that supports literacy for the both the younger and older students, while forming important multi-age relationships across the PYP community.
On September 15th, grade 1 students celebrated the mid-autumn festival in class. In connection with our studies, many students brought in moon-cake artifacts (moulds). We took the opportunity to speak about the similarities and differences of these meaningful artifacts and discussed how they give us insight and information about time and place. We also shared traditional stories, information, made our own moon-cakes and created moon […]
Last week grade 1 students had a unique opportunity to visit the Qingdao Municipal Museum in connection with our central idea, “personal histories are documented to show journeys through time and place” within the PYP organizing theme Where We Are in Place and Time. At the museum students were invited to analyse recently […]
After school activities started for all students this past Tuesday. New to this school year, we have added activities open to early childhood students. They are learning to dance, cook, kick in Tae Kwon Do, and draw language thoughtfully in calligraphy.