Transdisciplinary Themes

Apr
26

Every day is Earth Day!

At QAIS we care! PYP2 and PYP3 joined forces on Earth’s Day and decided to spend part of the day learning outdoors while taking action and collaborate to clean part of our beloved ShiLaoRen Beach.

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Apr
20

Grade 2 Poetry Slam!

We began our unit on poetry by putting together our central idea and lines of inquiry in small groups and then discussing as a whole class what we understood and the questions we had. We then decided to create our Book of Poems so that we could organize poems we would read and study throughout […]

By Jessica Vargas | Connection . Form . Grade 2 . How we express ourselves
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Apr
20

Beginning of 2017 Memories

After various activities where we practiced how to regroup when adding we moved on to borrowing. We had a conversation about why we need to borrow and then applied our skills with multiple exercises that we recorded in our math notebooks. For this unit in writing we learned and practiced how to write about reading. […]

By Jessica Vargas | Grade 2 . Where we are in place and time
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Mar
08

Grade 4 Chinese Work in the POI.

结合四年级探究主题——材料,我们组织学生们进行语言实践——做泡芙。将做泡芙的过程制作成教学文本,带领学生掌握过程中重要的语言知识,随后带领学生进行制作实践。结束后学生品尝到自己所做泡芙。最后一起将制作泡芙的过程,做成一个海报,巩固所学语言知识和实践能力。 Combine with the POI of grade 4: material , in our Chinese class, students learned the language knowledge of how to make puff . Then we made puff together . Finally, students made a poster of how to make puff in Chinese.   Words and images by Ms Stephanie Liu.

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Mar
08

4 Great Inventions

本单元结合二年级的探究主题——发明创造,我们重点学习了中国四大发明之一——造纸术。使学生了解各种纸的中文名称,并能够动手将各种纸分门别类粘贴定位。与此同时,由纸的话题延伸至要节约用纸的观念培养,并以“节约用纸”为文本进行语言知识的学习。 Connecting with grade 2 POI—invention, we learned one kind of China’s invention— paper. Students learned how to identify different kinds of paper in Chinese. Then using the “save paper” lesson, students’ sense of saving paper has been improved.   Images and text by Ms Stephanie.

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Grade 4 field trip: Matter and materials unit

Grade 4 students are learning that “natural materials can undergo changes that may provide challenges and benefits for society and the environment.” This is the central idea for the Matter and materials unit of inquiry which falls under the transdisciplinary theme How the world works. To learn how materials undergo changes, the class visited 二月二农场”February Second Farm” where we learned […]

By Kirsten Loza | Grade 4 . How the world works
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Feb
17

Grade 5 Unit Sharing

        Grade 5 students did a fantastic job this week of sharing their unit work in Language, Mathematics and our unit of inquiry. Our unit, part of Sharing the Planet, focused on our use of energy, its sources and how it needs to be sustainable used. Students created board games as part […]

By Sean O Oussoren | Grade 5 . Sharing the planet . Uncategorized
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Feb
16

PYP 5 Gets a Look at Renewable Energy

(Text by Ms Trisha H) PYP 5 students had the opportunity to see how China is taking the lead on renewable energy investment and development as an extension to their classroom investigation of how energy may be converted, transformed and used to support progress.  This is all a part of their unit of inquiry into How […]

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Feb
16

A Behind the Scenes Look: Seussical the Musical

(Text written by Ms Trisha H.) “Now I’m here, there is no telling what may ensue with a cat such as me, and a thinker like you!” – Cat-in-the-Hat, The Seussical. That’s right, Dr. Seuss and his beloved cast of characters are coming to QAIS! Students from grades 3-12 will bring this funny, heartwarming, and highly […]

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Jan
08

In Grade 2…

We started our third unit of inquiry, Where We Are in Place and Time, before the winter holiday. Our central idea is “Throughout history, people have invented and innovated to improve their quality of life.” As a tuning in activity we were engaged in a sort of 8 different inventions and their innovations. We know […]

By Jessica Vargas | Grade 2 . How the world works
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