The usual questions:
“Do you like reading?”
“What genre of books do you like?”
“Have you tried…..?”
“What does reading mean to you?”
Imagine my delight when one voice piped up, “Reading is life!” And several students stood up in support and to be photographed for posterity!
But not all…..”What about sport?” someone asked and several others backed him up with “Life is sport!”
Difficult to argue with that… not so difficult to argue when someone very tentatively and mischievously came up with “Life is Fortnite!” Luckily with a decided twinkle in his eye. “Only a virtual life, not a real one.” I answered.
“Why can’t life be both reading and sport? Surely we can find time for both. The important thing is to find a balance.”
The whole class stood and posed for that one. Phew!!!!
By a happy Middle School Literature teacher!
Le vacanze di Natale non sono solo un momento da passare con la famiglia e i propri cari ma anche un periodo in cui avere del tempo per sé e coltivare le proprie passioni, tra cui la lettura. Ai bambini di terza è stato consigliato di leggere un libro a scelta di Roald Dahl, così da dare la massima libertà di seguire i propri gusti personali.
Tornati dalle vacanze abbiamo immediatamente cominciato un lavoro di gruppo sulla recensione dei libri letti. Abbiamo unito le due classi e i gruppi sono stati creati in base al titolo del libro, in modo che i membri siano il più possibile variegati tra le sezioni. Dopo aver riportato le informazioni iniziali come titolo e autore, i bambini hanno subito dovuto confrontarsi con la difficile arte del riassunto: presentare i personaggi con una descrizione concisa ma evocativa. Poi è venuto il momento della trama. Forse non sembra, ma sintetizzare un intero libro, in modo che il racconto sia breve e anche completo, non è cosa da poco. Infatti è un punto su cui stiamo ancora lavorando, assieme agli aspetti più personali come gli elementi che sono piaciuti o meno e perché consigliare il libro. Il progetto è ancora in corso ma si vedono già dei buoni risultati e le capacità di sintesi si stanno via via affinando.
“Non ho niente da insegnare. Voglio soltanto divertire. Ma divertendosi con le mie storie i bambini imparano la cosa più importante: il gusto della lettura”. Ci auguriamo che questo progetto sia uno stimolo quanto le parole di questa citazione di Roald Dahl.
I maestri di Grade 3
Federico e Francesca
We had a great time before Christmas doing lots of experiments for our exploration of liquids and solids. We made gloop and decorated Christmas trees, brewed up Christmas Slime, and constructed a snow globe!
We also did an experiment that turned solid into a solution and then back into solid again, but in the form of crystals! We dissolved salt in warm water and then designed a way of hanging a candy cane made of pipe cleaners above the solution using newspapers. As the solution soaked up the pipe cleaner, the water evaporated, leaving us with salt crystals!
We looked at these under a microscope and then carried out our own careful drawings of our observations.
Christmas Science was really good fun!
Welcome back and Happy New Year everyone!
We closed last year sipping hot chocolate in our pyjamas, sharing Choosing Time in the foyer and wished each other Happy Holidays with winter stories and songs.
We start the year with new energy and excitement, and our first day back was a chance to look around and say hello to old and new friends: some have had haircuts, some have lost a tooth, some have grown taller, and some have new shoes, as the old ones didn’t fit anymore.
We also welcomed a new ECC teacher, Ms Salvina, who has joined the Pre-Nursery teaching team.
We are all eager to start on our learning journeys again, and see where 2020 will take us!
Head of ECC
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
Keeping in mind the impact of positive emotions in learning, students are constantly involved in “hands on” activities which have the aim of making the topic meaningful by performing physical activities while having fun.
Grade 6 students are learning numbers. What better way to consolidate learning than having fun playing BINGO and getting some little prizes? The students were also asked to make a drawing out of a written text with the topic “WHAT CAN YOU SEE FROM THE WINDOW?”, thus learning how to get on top of a text using the dictionary.
Grade 7 students performed a DIALOGUE AT THE MARKET buying fruit and vegetables. Their performances were recorded and subsequently analysed by the students themselves focusing on pronunciation and on possible improvements. The Grade 7’s also made a poster describing their recent FIELD TRIP TO FLORENCE, thus consolidating the verbs in the past tense, means of transport, places to visit, weather and food.
Grade 8 students are working on a VIDEO PRESENTATION OF THE SCHOOL. Students are writing the script with data about the school and imaginable conversations with a visitor and will subsequently film all parts of the school presenting the building to a visitor.
Grade 7 and 8 students were also involved in the TRANSLATION PROJECT from German into English of the Christmas Calendar containing stories about how Christmas is celebrated all around the world.
Frau Laura Seraffini
Middle School German Teacher
The Elementary students were in fine voice again for their Winter Concert. This year we were lucky enough to have our friends from Kindergarten make their debut, singing along with the older children! With the help of our maintenance staff, the car park became a concert venue as our students sang for the parents on the steps in front of the school. The repertoire included the usual favourites and some less well-known songs from around the world. It was a wonderful atmosphere and certainly reflects what makes The Udine International School a very special place.
And this was not the end of the story! We then moved to Largo Dei Pecile to enchant shopkeepers and passers-by with our charming voices! The encore was a success once again!
Our sincere thanks to everyone who helped to make the event a great success – with a special thanks, as always to Maestro Denis!Read More
Cronaca, reportage, articolo di spalla, taglio basso sono solo alcune delle parole chiave protagoniste delle lezioni di italiano nelle prime settimane di dicembre in sesta. Dopo aver analizzato la struttura della testata di un giornale, gli studenti hanno provato a cimentarsi con la lettura di alcuni articoli di quotidiani, proposti dall’insegnante, e li hanno commentati insieme.
Oltre all’argomentazione rispetto alle vicende e ai fatti accaduti, locali ed internazionali, gli alunni hanno notato, a livello testuale, una diversa struttura sintattica e lessicale. Proprio la terminologia specifica è stata oggetto di spiegazione ed approfondimento, e si è cercato di rendere alcune delle nuove parole più fruibili ed accessibili anche nelle produzioni scritte richieste in classe.
I ragazzi hanno risposto all’attività con entusiasmo ed interesse, proponendo loro stessi la lettura e il commento di alcuni articoli di cronaca locale degli ultimi giorni. Chissà se questo esperimento darà l’impulso ad una sana curiosità nei confronti dell’articolo di giornale… io lo spero proprio!
Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
“If music be the food of love, play on, give me excess of it!” So begins Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, a comedy of mistaken identity, romance and general tomfoolery. In their work with learning more about literary history, the Grade 7 literature students have recently studied the bard in great detail. They have read and written some sonnets, learned more about the state of England in the Elizabethan age, and finally had the chance to perform some of his immortal lines themselves – though whether they achieved greatness or merely had greatness thrust upon them is still up for debate!
Mr OsmundsenRead More
Move over Ms Cinzia and Ms Cristina, the new secretaries have arrived! Thanks to the Kindergarten parents who kindly donated phones, laptops, keyboards and calculators, our classroom has been turning into all types of offices this week. Children have been writing names and numbers and discussing appointments, orders, and passwords. Used tickets and maps have enhanced our learning spaces even more, and helped us to recognize numbers and words everywhere. What a great reminder that we can find new uses for old items, instead of throwing them away.