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Grade 4 Emojis

In Grade 4’s unit of inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme How we express ourselves, one of the lines of inquiry is how art forms change over time. This has led us to looking at emojis as these are commonly used by the students on WeChat when messaging each other. Students worked on emojis in group. They planned the […]

By Kirsten Loza | Grade 4 . How we express ourselves
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Mar
04

Grade 4 Editing with MYP

Grade 4 receives feedback on their writing from their MYP buddies.

By Kirsten Loza | Grade 4 . How the world works . Uncategorized
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Mar
01

Arts, Science, Language and Fun

The grade 3 students have just completed their PYP unit focusing on the arts and how people use different forms of expression to convey their uniqueness as human beings.  During the unit of study the class went on a field trip to the Qingdao History Museum where they watched and learned about shadow plays.  The […]

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Feb
24

The Impact of Structures

Grades 5 and 6 focused their recent inquiry on factors that influence architectural design. Over the course of the unit, they built bridges and other structures on the beach, and took a field trip to Beijing to see firsthand thousands of years of architectural evolution. For their summative project, students canvassed QAIS, researching the use […]

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Feb
02

Class Buddies: Grade 5 Read to Early Childhood

On Friday, Jan 29th, Grade 5 students joined their buddies in the Lotus Cottage to share the gift of great books! Each Grade 5 student brought a stack of favorite books, and read them with a small group of 3- to 6-year old friends. This activity was part of our class buddies program, which brings […]

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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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