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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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Jan
14

Learning Through Art

Grade 3 Field Trip Central Idea:  Through the arts people use different forms of expression to convey their uniqueness as human beings In our current PYP unit the third graders are learning how people use different forms of expression to convey their uniqueness as human beings. The third graders visited the local school Smart Art […]

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Jan
14

How much art is there in earth’s biomes?

PYP 2 is approaching the culmination of their unit on biomes. As they work on their central idea: Changes in the Earth and its atmosphere have an impact on living things, which is hosted in the transdisciplinary theme How We Organize Ourselves, they are demonstrating full transdisciplinary integration by showcasing elements of science, arts and […]

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Jan
13

Food ‘Matter’!

      In order to witness another example of matter in the real world, PYP 4 took a field trip to Casanova, an Italian restaurant in High Sense Mall. Chef  Yoiri, a native of Cuba, engaged students in a couple of processes that exemplified how matter changes in the process of making food. Students […]

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Jan
13

Architecture at Shilaoren Beach

In the week before the holiday, Grades 5 and 6 trooped down the hill to Shilaoren Beach for a morning exploring architectural challenges using silicon dioxide and dihydrogen monoxide as their primary materials… which is to say, they were castles and tunnels using sand, water, and other things that they found on the beach! In […]

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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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Nov
23

Words are our voice

  On November 9th and 10th, Kenn Nesbitt, former US Children’s Poet Laureate, taught QAIS students from grades 1-6 not only what poetry is and how to write it, but also how to enjoy and laugh along with the creative process. “In my own small way I’m trying to do my part to help people laugh, […]

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Nov
23

Green Energy

Last Friday, Grades 5 and 6 took a field trip to visit Huasheng Green Energy in Jimo (a sub-city of Qingdao), as part of their IB Primary Years Programme unit on How the World Works. Their Central Idea is that “Energy is used to support life, but its use comes at a cost,” and they took […]

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Nov
16

Technology: A tool of our modern civilization

As PYP 3 students commence the path towards their summative assessment, Ms. Szyman invited me to have a brief tech integration session with students in which they would learn about  book creator, an App that they will use to organize the findings of their research, and to create a book about the civilization of their choice. Not […]

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Nov
16

Education for Life

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.” – Dr. Maria Montessori In the Lotus Cottage, we bake our snack every day. This month we are making pumpkin muffins, in honor of the season. This is one of the most […]

By Katy Porray | Montessori
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