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Grade 4 - The cultures of the past and how they influence us

Within our Grade 4 Where We Are in Place and Time unit, students are investigating how cultures of the past influence us.  Currently, we have been researching where our modern culture comes from. We have been looking at cultural contributions like concrete from Rome, plowing from Mesopotamia and even festival culture from China! Here we are making Japanese Shi Shi Mai, which are influenced by China’s New Year Lion Dance.

Grade 1 Show and Tell - Where We Are in Place and Time

In our Grade 1 Where We Are in Place and Time unit, students are learning about different countries, cultures, and families. Students brought in items that represent their culture to share with classmates during Show and Tell. We enjoyed seeing a variety of Japanese traditional toys, Japanese and South Korean outfits, Taiwanese snacks, a Malaysian game called Congkak, and many other fun and interesting items. Thank you to all parents for the help and cooperation!

KISの新地・新校舎建設場所のお知らせ

KISは2024年4月から中等部を設立します。

新校舎建設場所は、東区戸島西4丁目です。敷地面積は約1,050坪(3466m2)です。

交通アクセス:

熊本都市バス

戸島熊本線の池尻バス停より徒歩1分
東西線の立野バス停より徒歩7分

Google Map上の場所は、下記のリンクからアクセスしてご覧ください。

https://goo.gl/maps/Jb5UFZMSsDrzdjeK9

現在設計会社と新校舎の設計を行っております。

将来的には、IB以外の海外認定機関(Western Association of Schools and Colleges 『WASC』) 等や各種学校認定への申請も視野に入れており、基準に沿った形で設計を行っております。新校舎には、教室以外にも、理科室、美術室、図書室、音楽室、また会議室なども設置予定です。

お話しができる段階に来ましたら改めて発表したいと思います。

Grade 5 - How We Organize Ourselves - Sensational Clickbait

For our UOI class, Grade 5 dug into how articles on the internet latch onto your attention via the ‘curiosity gap’. We learned that ‘clickbait’ is a deliberate exploitation of this phenomenon to trick you into clicking a link on a webpage.

We also learned that a lot of images on the internet are altered in some way to make them either more attractive, to deceive you, or just for the fun of it.

Students cut out pictures from a magazine the create a new altered image and attached a sensational headline to it. Unbelievable projects. You’ll never believe how they did it!

Grade 3 Who We Are - Cultures around the world tell the same basic stories in different ways

As part of our Grade 3 Who We Are unit, we studied our theme of “Cultures around the world tell the same basic stories in different ways.”

Students studied the five basic elements of a story – characters, setting, plot, conflict and resolution.

Students were assigned a specific book and worked together in groups as they identified the elements. They also used their creativity to draw pictures representing the book they read. Furthermore, students gave a presentation on their “retelling hand” poster in front of the class. Everyone gave their best effort as they were tasked to give eye contact while speaking loudly and clearly for everyone to hear. Wonderful job Grade 3s!

Catapults - understanding levers and simple machines - Grade 2 How We Organize Ourselves

Within our Grade 2 How We Organize Ourselves unit on simple machines, students are investigating how catapults use levers to throw objects.  Students worked in groups to make their own catapults and then experimented with using them to throw small objects.  Students were completed engaged in the activity and loved measuring how far their catapult could project different things.

 

UN SDGs & Renewable Energy Models - Grade 3

Grade 3 students are studying UN SGDs as a way to help the planet.  Within this, we are investigating ways in which renewable sources of energy are important as sustainable ways to help the planet as we combat climate change.  Working in groups, students made models of six different kinds of renewable energy sources: 1. Hydro Power Dam 2. Wind Turbine 3. Solar Energy Panels 4. Geothermal Energy Source (Volcano)  5. Wave and Tidal Energy 6. Biomass Energy

パラリンピックの目指すもの - Grade 3

3年生の国語の教材に、「パラリンピックの目指すもの」というのがあります。パラリンピックの競技がどういうものか、そしてパラリンピックは何を目指しているのかということを考える教材です。学習の中で、パラ水泳の第一人者富田宇宙選手の水泳への取り組みを学習した後、直接富田選手に、質問する機会を設けました。11の質問をお願いしたうちの一部です。

Q:どうやって、目が見えない生活に慣れたのですか。

A:まだ、慣れていません。僕の障害は、だんだん目が見えなくなる障害で、まだ完全に真っ暗ではないので、今も見えなくなっていく途中です。できないことが増えるたびにどうやって克服すればよいか考えたり、見えなくてもできるように訓練したり、そういうう毎日です。

Q:どうして、そんなに速く泳げるのですか。

Aたくさん練習しているからです。たくさん練習すれば、だれでも同じくらい速く泳げると思います。

彼の、前向きに頑張る姿に、子供たちもさらにファンになったようです。

 

また、パラ陸上で、義足のランナーの存在も学習しました。そこで、今回、熊本総合リハビリテーション学院の笹川友彦先生と義足ユーザーの大内田伸也さんを学校にお招きして、義足体験教室を、1年生から3年生の児童を対象に実施しました。義肢装具の説明、そして、作り方、実際着けての体験、そして大内田さんによる実演など、2時間みっちり学習しました。子供たちはそのたびにたくさんの疑問を持ち、先生に多くの質問をしました。

今回の体験教室で、初めて知ることが多く、たくさんの学びがあったことと思います。

 

Polar bears and climate change - Grade 1

Polar bears are powerful predators that are struggling in these times of climate change. G1 students learned during the How the World Works unit that living things depend on nonliving things for their survival. Polar bears need sea ice for hunting, resting after swimming, and as a location for mother bears to raise their young. Rising temperatures are causing the melting of the sea ice they so desperately depend on. Students examined this through an activity using polar bears handmade from paper clay, containers filled with broken pieces of ice, and a hair dryer to act as the warming air.

 

UN SDG comics - Grade 3

Comic Strip SDGs – Right now, Grade 3 students are creating comic strips as we learn about UN SDGs. Student chose which SDG to base their comic on, and then planned and created their comics. Students did a wonderful job of engaging with the material and displaying an understanding of how the SDGs are intended to be a way for people to help the Earth.