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
I ragazzi hanno lavorato in gruppo con materiali forniti dalle maestre e poi hanno realizzato un cartellone che è stato abbellito con disegni e immagini.
Infine, per rispettare l’oralità di queste leggende che venivano raccontate di generazione in generazione, ogni gruppo ha esposto il proprio lavoro al resto dei compagni.
Le maestre di quarta
Francesca ed Elisa
In Nursery 3, the students have been learning about themselves and their families. To explore some of the differences and similarities both inside our families, and between them, we asked each family to help with a weekend home project where the children had to trace, cut and decorate the hands of different family members.
Children enthusiastically completed the assigned ‘homework’ and brought their finished work to school for their peers and teachers to see. In class, we used the hands for a variety of purposes, such as sorting according to size (small for children, big for grownups), counting the fingers from 1-5, and much more. Soon we will place the hands on the display board right outside the N3 classroom for everyone to come and have a look.
Am I living? Is a car living? How do I know? A car moves, it needs fuel, it lets out gas. So is it living? The Grade One scientists have been investigating living and non-living things. We have been on nature walks observing living and non-living things in our garden, we have looked for pictures to identify things that are living, non-living and those that have never been alive, we have learned about life cycles, and we have even had a special visitor. Noodles the hedgehog came to class and we had so many questions. We observed Noodles closely and learned all about hibernation, how she moves, when hedgehogs have babies, along with many other things. This week some Grade Eight students are coming to teach us about plants. We are really becoming experts!
Grade 1A Science and Social Studies teacher
Kicking off the year’s “hero” theme for elementary assemblies at UIS, the Grade 5 students presented a time travel adventure to meet Human Rights heroes like Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Malala. Each spoke about their dreams, struggles, and hopes for the world. Even Batman and Spiderman, who turned up assuming they were the featured heroes to be celebrated, learned some important lessons about how each of us can contribute in our own homes, schools, and neighborhoods, to carry forth the strong ideas of these inspirational figures.
In the words of the actors themselves:
“Martin Luther King had a dream of black and white children playing together, with all families living in fair housing, with the freedom to follow their dreams.” (Riccardo)
“Nelson Mandela dreamed of a world with no racial segregation, no separation based on the color of skin.” (Edoardo)
“Malala stands for education and rights for all girls and women.” (Ginevra)
Grade 5 teacher
One of the challenges when teaching Science is to find ways, other than experiments, to make the work practical. Recently Grade Seven were set the problem of making three-dimensional models of the digestive system. All the students chose ‘poster’ versions of their models, hanging them on the wall. Some are more successful than others! This week we have developed the theme of digestion a little further, and the students are investigating ‘alien visitors’ or parasites of the digestive system. Nice! We have seen a marked improvement in the washing of hands since the start of this unit.
In Grade 2 this term, we have been comparing the past and present. We started with things we know a lot about, such as what we do, what we eat and what we play with.
We talked with our families, about why learning about the past is important and shared these ideas in class, which was a great discussion. We also asked our parents to share toys that they used to play with. Some Mums and Dads still had some of their toys!
We enjoyed seeing these toys from the past and other items that people shared from the past and it has really helped us to see real things and compare them with modern things.
We would be really happy if anybody else has some interesting things from the past to show us!
Ms Katharine Knott