Grade 1

May
26

Books are magic

QAIS had the pleasure to host Australian author Ken Spillman. QAIS PYP students had the opportunity to hear a few stories read by their author. Likewise, they had the opportunity to ask and answer questions about books and imagination. Likewise, QAIS PYP students their passion for reading and also showcased their knowledge of literacy skills by asking about the […]

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May
25

QAIS Teachers bring stories to life

The QAIS community hosts a group of talented teachers! To support QAIS Literacy Week 2017, MYP/DP teachers and our very own principal took a few minutes to come to PYP and read to our PYP1, PYP2, and PYP3 students. Mr Dustman, Mr McCarthy, Mr Quist, and Mr North, are natural story tellers who are able […]

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May
25

QAIS Parents are Natural-born Storytellers

QAIS parents are natural-born storytellers, and they demonstrate it every time they  join QAIS literacy week. QAIS parents participate by reading stories in their mother tongue to our PYP students. Not only do QAIS PYP students get to hear and have contact with the several foreign languages that are spoken by members of our community, […]

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May
05

PYP Chinese Students Take Action

PYP 1’s fourth unit’s title is roles in based on the concept of “community”. In Chinese class, we talked about how to make our QAIS community more beautiful. So the students decided to make a free library and planted plants for the school as a group. 在第四个探究单元中,一年级的探究主题是社区中的角色。中文课上,孩子们为如何建设一个更美好的QAIS出谋划策:创建免费图书馆以及种植花草。 Text and images by Ms Hailey Chen.

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Feb
06

Happy New Year!

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 […]

By Jessica Vargas | ATL in PYP . Grade 1
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Nov
24

QAIS Trade Day

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 […]

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Nov
14

Grade 1 Cleans The Beach

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 […]

By Jon Springer | Grade 1
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Oct
31

Grade 1 and 5 Reading Buddies

  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.

By Jacqueline Oussoren | Grade 1 . Grade 5 . Language Acquisition . Uncategorized
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Oct
27

Grade 1 Exchange with Seniors

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, […]

By Jacqueline Oussoren | Grade 1 . Service Learning
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Sep
27

Screen time & Children

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 […]

By Rosemary Gosse | Grade 1 . Grade 2 . Grade 3 . Grade 4 . Grade 5 . grade 6 . Montessori
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