Language Acquisition

Dec
14

Shadowy Silhouettes

6th grade English A and B students visited Mrs. Indah’s 1st grade class today to finish up their Shadowy Silhouettes project. During our last session, we traced their shadows onto paper to laminate and cut out their silhouettes for their own personalized puppets to take home soon. Today they took them down to add sticks […]

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Dec
05

Sharing What We’ve Learned Through Graphic Novels

9th and 10th grade English Language Acquisition students used graphic novels to study the Islamic Revolution in Iran through the story Persepolis and how writers can merge images and text to tell powerful stories throughout Unit 1. To put what they studied to good use, they combined all they learned about the conventions of graphic novels […]

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Nov
30

6th Grade Students Become the Teachers

6th grade English students took on a big task today by using their English skills to teach Mrs Indah’s first-grade students about shadows. One group worked in Ms Michelle’s room to show the 1st grade how a light casts their shadow against the wall and then traced their heads onto black paper. After the little […]

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Nov
26

Grade 12 Chinese Ab Initio Food Culture class

  In our Grade 12 Chinese Ab Initio class, students learned about food and drinks. In this unit, we focused on investigating daily meals across different cultures by interviewing staff from different nationalities, and considered the differences of Asian and Western eating diets.  They discussed and analyzed the connection between food and festive celebrations, the […]

By Almon Yao | IB DP . Language Acquisition
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Nov
05

Jimo Village Field Trip – Learning About Community and Building Relationships Close to Home.

Friday, November 2nd, Ms. Michelle’s English B and Mrs. Katie’s English A students took a trip to Jimo Village with Mrs. Meredith’s 3rd grade class. We were treated to a morning of picking apples and learning about life at a small farm. Students gathered all they could carry to bring home to their families and their […]

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Oct
18

6th Grade Steps Up!

6th grade English students have been hard at work and are now putting their skills to use to serve their community. In English B, students are developing their reading fluency and comprehension, and practicing speaking and writing in an academic setting.  To put their growing skills to work, they have taken on the role of […]

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Oct
11

How do we co-construct a conceptual understanding?

Concept-based teaching is one of the approaches to teaching in the IB Programs. What makes Concept-based teaching different from other methodologies is how teachers guide students to move beyond the facts, and to find relationships and connections among the concepts they are working with. In a few words, these means engaging students in discussing and […]

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Oct
11

Team Work Makes the Dream Work

For our current unit in 7thand 8th grade English Language Acquisition class, we are focused on how communities, identities, and relationships can be better understood through a meaningful exploration of the systems and organizations that surround or control them. We seek to know: How our relationships with other people and the organizations we are part of […]

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Oct
11

Using Graphic Novels to Explore Our World – A Study of Persepolis

9thand 10th grade English Language Acquisition students worked together this week to deepen their understanding of the elements of graphic novels and the realities of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. We seek to know: How graphic novelists can share rich and important stories by merging text and art. How the conventions of graphic […]

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Jun
15

Grade 6 & 7 Language Acquisition Exploration while travelling

In Grade 6 and 7 Language Acquisition Chinese class, our current unit is about exploration. In this unit, we focus on what exploration while traveling. The objectives of this unit are: a) Reflect on what to explore and how learn about history, cultural expression, sightseeing, relics, shopping and food. b) Understand that language can be […]

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