Transdisciplinary Themes

Sep
24

Sneak Peak at Magnolia Cottage

Time flies when you are learning and having fun! We just finished our first month in school! We love our community , every Friday in Magnolia Cottage we take some time during our morning meeting to appreciate our friends as part of our Thankful Friday! During the past 2 weeks we celebrated the life of […]

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Sep
03

Sunflower Cottage’s First Month!

We began our first few days of school discussing and sharing what important essential agreements we should agree to follow in order for our classroom to be a safe learning environment for everyone. We had fun working together to act out the essential agreements. These essential agreements are in our classroom as friendly reminders as […]

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Sep
03

Welcome to Magnolia Cottage / 欢迎来到木兰班 / Magnolia 반에 오신 것을 환영합니다!

We are very excited to start sharing our journey as a Montessori-PYP class where friends from years 1,2 and 3 will learn and grow together! We started building a community by creating our Essential Agreement to create a safe learning environment for all to learn! 我们非常激动地开始蒙氏–小学混合班级的全新旅程, 1、2、3年级的孩子将在这里一同学习和成长!  我们正在建立一个社区,希望通过制定协议书为所有人创造一个安全的学习环境!  1,2,3 학년의 친구들이 함께 배우고 성장할 수 있는 […]

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May
29

Grade 4 – Sculpture Park Gallery

In Grade 4’s unit of inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme How we express ourselves, students visited the gallery at Sculpture park to view the work created and curated by art students at the Universiy of Qingdao. Below are the images from the field trip.     The central idea for this unit is “Throughout history, people have interacted with each other […]

By Kirsten Loza | Grade 4 . How we express ourselves
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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

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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May
23

Learning to Convey Message through Illustration

PYP5, PYP6 and MYP2 participated in an illustration workshop with  猫小四  AKA Mr. Happy, a local Comic book writer, and also had the opportunity to practice their Chinese language skills. Mr. Happy explained his approach to illustrating to students, and gave them an example of how to use space, width and opacity of lines. After that, […]

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Grade 4 – Calligraphy

Ms Hailey, Chinese language teacher and after-school teacher on calligraphy, visited the Grade 4 class to talk to the students about the history of calligraphy in Chinese culture. She showed the different styles of calligraphy and offered students a workshop on how to hold a calligraphy brush. Students wrote  “艺术” which means “art”. This workshop supports the […]

By Kirsten Loza | Grade 4 . How we express ourselves
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May
05

Using Chinese in a Real-Life Situation

三、四年级“虚拟世界” 本单元,我们带领孩子们去了如是书店,让孩子们就所学中文知识,对在书店阅读的中国读者进行中文问卷调查,从中了解到大家对于在书店买书与在网店买书的不同态度,并以此结合四年级的探究单元——虚拟世界,让孩子从不同角度加深对虚拟世界的认知。 PYP 3 and 4 Language Acquisition students had the opportunity to use the Chinese in a real context!! They went to a bookshop and interviewed local people!  Chinese Language Acquisition’s unit was integrated with PYP 4’s POI: Virtual and real environment. First, students wrote a questionnaire about different opinions about bookshop shopping and book Internet […]

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