Monday, December 2, 2019

Last week we found out more about our third line of inquiry – human responsibility to nature. The students learned about different ways that we are trying to help prevent and/or fix the damage that humans have done to the Earth.

This week, the students will go further and think about the pollution that’s affecting Thailand – air pollution, water pollution, and land pollution. They will then work in pairs and try to figure out what are some factors contributing to the pollution, and then what are some steps that WE (or they) can take to help make a small difference.

As always, as we continue inquiring into our new unit, you can visit this page to find out more about our learning outcomes and to see how we create transdisciplinary integration.

Upcoming Dates –

  • Dec 5th  -School Closed
  • Dec 6th – Parent workshop QLBs- Parent Rights and responsibilities.
  • Dec 9-13 – ‘Hour of code’ week
  • Dec 10th – Celebration of learning certificate assemblies
  • Thursday, Dec. 12th – G2 Class Party – 1:30 – 2:30
  • Dec. 13th – last day of term, EY1-Grade 2 Concert (students finish 11:30)
  • Dec. 13 –  KISPA holiday Fair finishes at 1:00ish

 

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Caring Through Giving

Christmas Giving Letter 2019

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Last week, the students worked in groups as they went further to try and expand their thinking about our second line of inquiry, Human Impact on Nature.

Working together, the researched about how humans are negatively impacting on environment. Deforestation is happening due to the need for grazing land, and/or wood to make things. Coral reefs are being destroyed due to the oceans warming and pollution. Desertification is spreading into the savannas due to overgrazing and global warming. And animals are being poached and pushed towards extinction for a number of reasons.

However, this week, we will begin tuning into our thgir line of inquiry – Human Responsibility to Nature, where we look into what people are doing – and what WE can do – in order to help make this world a better place. It will be a more positive and uplifting message than last week’s where we saw all of the damage that we were causing.

As always, as we continue inquiring into our new unit, you can visit this page to find out more about our learning outcomes and to see how we create transdisciplinary integration.

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Grade 2 Cares – making bath salts

During our inquiry “Living Planet” we have been looking at the human impact on our biomes. We watched a video on the plastic in the ocean that is destroying our coral reef. Part of that plastic is micro beads that are in cleaning products and skin care. Tara (G2A) decided that we should make our own soaps without the micro beads and sell to parents. The money raised could then be used to help our environment, animals or people in need.

So we need your help. During passion time next week we will be making our own bath salts using natural ingredients. We will use recycled glass jars and then sell after school the following week.

We need any small glass jars with lids that could be used to hold bath salts and any flowers that could be dried to add. Send them to school before Friday 29th November. If you would like to come and help Tara’s cause, please email lisa.di@kis.ac.th.

We love it when students want to take action!

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Last week, the students worked in groups as they went further to try and expand their thinking about our first line of inquiry, the interconnectedness of nature.

Working together, the students chose an animal to start with, and then used their research skills to determine its predators and prey, and then continued expanding the food web until it encompassed animals from almost every biome.

When they were finished, the students then drew the animals and labeled them as producers, decomposers, or consumers, and herbivores, carnivores, or omnivores.

This week, we will begin tuning into our second line of inquiry – Human Impact on Nature. The information that we delve into will be mostly dealing with how humans are hurting the Earth, but in the third line of inquiry, we will focus on what can we do to make things better.

As always, as we continue inquiring into our new unit, you can visit this page to find out more about our learning outcomes and to see how we create transdisciplinary integration.

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KIScares

Some of our G4 students have started KIScares, a group that is dedicated to collecting toys, school supplies, and books (written in Thai) for children who are living in an orphanage. This is an amazing example of trying to help others, and we hope that everyone in our community is inspired to contribute something this holiday season to children who are much less fortunate than we are.

KISCARES Donation Flyer

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Friday, November 22 – Dress-down Day

Non - Uniform Day Information

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Winter Concert Information

The music blog page has information about the Winter Concert.

Here is additional information about the songs that G2 will be singing if you would like to practice with your child at home and sing along with them.

The costume description is in (parenthesis) for each class. We will ask Mr. Chris about G2A’s costume and update it ASAP.

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Board Game Workshop

This is a great workshop that shows parents how playing board games can strengthen your relationship with your children.

Board game workshop 1Board game workshop 2

 

 

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Last week, we continued to find out more about our first line of inquiry in this unit – the Interconnectedness of Nature. Students first began to make simple food chains, but then some of the more risk-taking students began adding to their chains, which inspired other students to see how many animals they could include in their chains.

As a result, on Friday, we followed the students’ lead and let them group up and make chains of paper, where a different animal was written on each. I believe Kira and Yuki had the longest, most complex food web, which included 29 different animals.

This week, we will sort out what we know and the students will work in groups to research and draw complex food webs, which will show them how connected everything in nature truly is.

As always, as we continue inquiring into our new unit, you can visit this page to find out more about our learning outcomes and to see how we create transdisciplinary integration.

 

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