QAIS - IB Primary Years Programme Blog

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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Exploring Civilizations in Grade 3

The third grade class has been studying how past civilizations can be used to make connections to present day societies.  The class  field trip to the Qingdao Municipal Museum, students explored the museum by completing a scavenger hunt.  The students observed artifacts throughout Qingdao’s history and were able to see and make connections to their […]

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Nov
06

The Latest in the Library

Greetings from the QAIS library, where we are keeping very busy these days. PYP students have created their own personalized library cards! These cards have helped to foster a sense of responsibility for the students, where they enjoy taking turns distributing and collecting the cards during each visit. The cards have also helped to streamline […]

By Shannon Carney | Grade 1 . Grade 2 . Grade 3 . Grade 4 . Grade 5 . grade 6 . Library
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Oct
30

Halloween, culture celebration and expression

In PYP it’s not just about dressing up: we examine how we value the meaning of traditions and festivities, not just how you celebrate them and get ready for them. Here are some snapshots of our Halloween celebration in PYP.                                  […]

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