After learning about the importance of ‘Eating like a rainbow’, the Nursery 4 children were challenged to find one piece of fruit for each colour of the rainbow, and use it creatively in cooking. Who would have thought that the fruit could be turned into a lion, a man, a sword or even a rocket?
This week, Grade 5T would like to introduce you to the newest UIS student, a porcupine they have named “Ricci Junior”. Now, Ricci isn’t just any porcupine. Ricci reads, writes, solves Math problems and even participates in Guided Reading groups. Two students in particular, Stella and Giorgia, have supplied him with everything he needs to feel right at home: a UIS school cap, a personal diary, a computer, and writing supplies. They have even offered him help with challenging concepts. The students have been brainstorming how Ricci could become a character for a series of children’s books, imagining all the adventures their friendly rodent could experience. Stay tuned for Ricci’s future escapades!
Grade 5 Teacher
Gli studenti di seconda questa settimana si sono messi sulle tracce dei loro antenati. La curiosità dei bambini per il loro passato è stata tanta e tante sono state le loro domande. Si sono chiesti chi fossero i loro bisnonni e i trisavoli, chi avesse scelto il loro cognome, dove vivesse una volta la loro famiglia. Conoscere le proprie radici, il nucleo o il posto dal quale proveniamo è importante per scoprire chi siamo, capirci meglio. La memoria è così diventata uno scrigno prezioso e pieno di sorprese che i bambini sono stati molto felici di aprire!
Grade 3 has been exploring Ancient Egypt this term, learning about what an important feature the Nile river was to Ancient Egyptian society. Even in our read-aloud stories, we have encountered characters from that far away time. The latest story was “The Little Hippo”, by Anja Klauss. This enchanting story begins on the banks of the river Nile where the hippos bask in the sun, letting the beautiful designs of water plants decorate their bodies and ends, with little Hippo finding his family again centuries later and miles away, in the Louvre Museum. Here, his family can still be visited in the form of lovely little turquoise-colored statues, along with the incredible wealth of archaeological artifacts that still guide our learning through this ancient civilization. The children drew and painted their own blue hippos, paying close attention to faithfully adding the shapes and designs of reeds, lilies and flowers that grew along the Nile.
Grade 3 teacher
Walking by the Grade 4 class may make you feel like you’ve time traveled and landed in Ancient Greece! The students have been delving into this ancient civilization engaging in numerous cross curricular activities in their exploration. They’ve deciphered the letters of the Greek alphabet, trying to decode words and even writing their names in Greek! Focusing on Homer’s Iliad and the Trojan War, these budding historians created a script and expressed their learning through an active performance. They’re currently busy at work drawing Trojan horses, even using geometrical knowledge to create 3-D versions, and writing an historical essay on the war. Some are expressing their creativity and imagination by writing a historical fiction about the Trojan War, adding their own original ideas to what may have happened during the time.
Gr 4K Teacher
The Middle school students worked very hard on their Fibonacci projects to celebrate the birthday of Fibonacci last Monday. I was impressed with how well written and researched the articles proved to be and the Presentations made the whole day come alive. The students were very receptive and enthusiastic to see the work done by their peers. The projects were done with extreme precision and it showed, as the work presented was some of the best I have seen considering the unusual subject; the students were creative and thorough in their research about how and where the Fibonacci sequence is found. The whole school student body should be thanked for their enthusiasm and hard work, they all have a great deal of which to be proud. I know that if our students show the same level of dedication to their endeavors their future is assured.
Mrs. Savoini Middle School Social Studies, Gr. 8 Literature teacher
Grade 8 is beginning the study of Nationalism and it is quite relevant to what we are seeing in the world now. The question posed to the students was how can Nationalism be both a positive and a negative force and there were many contributions given by the class. Nationalism can instill a strong feeling of pride and devotion to one’s nation and a feeling of belonging , it can also create regional divisions which can become a major threat to the nation. Students gave the obvious example of Brexit and the possibility of a future referendum for Scottish independence. They also discussed regional loyalties for example “ friulani” versus “triestini”, North Italy versus Southern Italy. It was an interesting beginning to the year.
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Oh, thank goodness that last week in Grade 1 there were doctors and nurses to deal with any health issues, policemen to arrest those who were misbehaving and even a judge to decide if they were innocent or guilty. And it didn’t end there! Firemen, trash collectors, artists, farmers, and forest rangers… to name but a few.
Each of these visitors told us something about their jobs: what they do, where they work, when they work, what tools they use and what they wear. We have learnt so much about how hard people in our community work and what they do for us.
Who knows what jobs we will do in the future?
Want to find out what really caused the grand Roman Empire to collapse? Read UIS’ new comic team’s latest release and discover the political ambitions, economic crises, and intricate balances between causes and effects, which drew the final curtain on one of the greatest empires the world has ever seen. The Grade 5 comic strip creators reveal the buildup to the final meltdown in a series of sequential drawings, each created by a single artist, yet striving to maintain unity and coherence in the overall design. The project saw the graphic artists discussing potential frames, then moving from gathering sketches and ideas, to drawing basic initial shapes, adding details, and going over the whole drawing in black ink. Evoking key ideas using sparse dialogue and lettering proved especially challenging. Stay tuned for the team’s next publication! They’re already brainstorming their latest area of exploration… Medieval Europe!
Grade 5 Teacher