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The Rights of the Child

In our current Social Studies unit, ‘Is it Fair?’, we’re focusing on the rights of every child. We’ve learned that every child, and every human being, has inalienable rights. That means that a person’s human rights should not be taken away.

The essential questions of our unit are:

What are our rights ?

Why are some children’s rights not met?
What can we do about it?

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPWr6Eg_dC4[/youtube]

As you can imagine, a discussion on children’s rights can spark some debate. We will be discussing issues like child labor and child soldiers, as well as the right to an education and discrimination. Along with our current reading unit on social issues, the students have become very interested in topical issues and current events. Many students are naturally empathetic and feel deeply for the children they read about or see in videos made by NGOs. You may find that your child wants to discuss these issues in more detail at home. If they are moved by the issues they may even want to take action.

Our essential question, ‘What can we do about it?’, encourages students to think about ways society can help, including organizations, governments and individuals. Your child may be keen to support these organizations, sponsor a child, donate money or even take action by helping out in the community or writing letters. I will be illustrating how helping out may mean volunteering time in an organization that helps underprivileged communities. Over the summer, I will be volunteering in a local village school, in Katuuso village, Uganda for an organization called School for Life. Every little bit counts, and ISB encourages all students to become caring global citizens. We would appreciate your support in your child’s endeavours if they do wish to take action. I do realize that many families are already committed to helping out in other ways, and many of you may have donated items to previous collections in the school. Please use your own discretion and support your child in a way you determine to be appropriate.

What are some ways we can help others whose rights are not protected?

Leave a comment to let us know how you would like to help others.

 

 

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In 4 Terry, we’re working on inquiring into our own questions.
What’s more fascinating than finding out what you’re really interested in?

There is so much information out there that it can just be mind-boggling. So how can we make it easier to find out the answers to our burning questions? Here are some kid-friendly search engines that make it easier for us. This way, the search engines do the hard work for us and help us filter out all the inappropriate sites. Why don’t you try them out!

Boolify

Our favorite search engine is Boolify.
Boolify helps us to search by visualizing the process and lets students interact with the ideas behind the search process in a hands-on way.

Check out this video on how to get started with Boolify:

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ANTAtVQsOs[/youtube]

Dib Dab Doo & Dilly Too

Another great search engine is Dib Dab Doo & Dilly Too!
The search engine is based on a Google Custom Search. The content aims to be child friendly.

SquirrelNet
SquirrelNet is a kids only search engine that has a Google SafeSearch activated within it. From the homepage, you can also access a Google directory of websites which are suitable for children.

Kids Click!
A web search site designed for kids by librarians – with kid-friendly results!

Search Engines for Kids
– and what they search –

Remember, no search engine is entirely 100% safe. Custom search helps to keep out a lot of inappropriate links, but it is definitely not foolproof. Most of the search engines for kids also display ads with some undesirable ones sneaking in.

Information adapted from: Make Use Of: 10 Search Engines for Kids with Safe Browsing

Thanks to Chrissy Hellyer for her help in introducing Safe Search Engines.

Which safe search engine do you find easiest to use?
How does it help you to narrow down your searches?

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International Week Activities- Wanna Get Involved? October 7-12

International Week is coming up soon and we’d love to share more from our international community. I know that many of you are busy organizing activities for International Day, but others are keen to share their culture/ country with our class. If you would like to share a presentation or demonstration, sing a song, cook, read a book (cultural) or share another activity related to your culture, please let me know. Activities need only be 15-20 minutes, but it would be great for them to be hands-on and connected to your culture/ country.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Pick Your Time Scheduling: Last Friday the login details for each family were sent home for the Pick Your Time scheduling that will be used for the Elementary School. Please ensure that you have logged on and picked a time- especially if you have multiple children at ISB.

Please Bring Your Child to the Conference: I will be conducting ‘3-way conferencing‘ for these upcoming conferences. This is where the student, parents and teacher sit down together to discuss your child’s successes, challenges and next steps. Involving your child in discussions about their learning is important and empowering. Students are the most important stakeholders in their own learning and a 3-way conference will help your child to become a self-directed learner. During the conference your child will be able to share their progress and set goals for their learning. If you would like some time to talk privately, please email me and we will set aside ten minutes to talk at the end of the conference. There will be supervision provided in the playground and the ES Hub for students if needed.

A Final Note

Passion Day: Have you talked to your child about what activities they might want to do during Passion Day on November 8th? Here is the link to the online survey again. Please make sure that your child has completed the online survey so we can try to match them to the most appropriate activity type.

Online Passion Day Survey

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Dear Grade Four Parents,

We would like to invite you to a parent information meeting on Tuesday (Sept. 24th) in the MPB 2 and 3, starting at 6:30 PM, which will introduce the Grade 4 Overnight Trip to our Grade 4 families. The excitement is building as the dates draw near for our overnight trips to Ayutthaya. We see this as a very valuable learning experience for your children, and look forward to participating in a  variety of highly engaging activities. It will be great working closely with The Traidhos Three Generation Barge Program to make this trip truly memorable for the kids.

Over the course of 2 days, learners will:

* investigate the importance of water, linking to our first FOSS Science Unit “Water”

* consider human impact on the river and our responsibility to the natural world

* understand Ayutthaya’s role as an ancient capital and its connection to the Chao Phraya River

* explore history in creative ways

* have fun working, learning and growing together as a Grade 4 community

 

Field Trip Dates (mark your calendars!):

Oct. 17 + 18: Jamie Hamlin and David Crimi

Oct. 30 + 31: Cheryl Terry and Alan Ward

Nov. 5 + 6: Mike Jessee and Caryn Macky

 

Important information:

1) As one of our goals is to foster independence within the children, we will not be taking parent chaperones on this trip. We will address this topic further during our parent information session on Sept. 24th.

2) Electronics (mobile phones, iPods, portable game devices) are not needed during this trip, so please make sure they stay home. Again, we can provide information about this at the parent meeting on the 24th.  Students are permitted to bring digital cameras, but please emphasize that they are responsible for them at all times.

3) Money is not needed, but can be brought to purchase souvenirs. The Barge group have a very small shop and kids can buy t-shirts, pencil cases etc. Please make sure it is no more than 300 baht.

4) We will expect children to be at school at 7:15 on the morning their class leaves for the trip. The bus will leave as soon after 7:30 as we can.

More information, along with permission and packing forms, will be coming home in the next couple of weeks, so watch for these please.

Regards,

The Grade 4 Teaching Team

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In our current Social Studies unit, ‘Is it Fair?’, we’re focusing on the rights of every child. We’ve learned that every child, and every human being, has inalienable rights. That means that a person’s human rights should not be taken away.

The essential questions of our unit are:

What are our rights ?

Why are some children’s rights not met?
What can we do about it?

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1BFLitBkco[/youtube]

As you can imagine, a discussion on children’s rights can spark some debate. We have discussed issues like child labor and child soldiers, as well as the right to an education and discrimination. Along with our current reading unit on social issues, the students have become very interested in topical issues and current events. Many students are naturally empathetic and feel deeply for the children they read about or see in videos made by NGOs. You may find that your child wants to discuss these issues in more detail at home. If they are moved by the issues they may even want to take action.

Our essential question, ‘What can we do about it?’, encourages students to think about ways society can help, including organizations, governments and individuals. Your child may be keen to support these organizations, sponsor a child, donate money or even take action by helping out in the community or writing letters. I will also be helping out over the summer in local schools, preschools and orphanages in Zimbabwe, so some children may wish to help by donating books or toys which I am more than willing to take over with me. Every little bit counts, and ISB encourages all students to become caring global citizens. We would appreciate your support in your child’s endeavours if they do wish to take action. I do realize that many families are already committed to helping out in other ways, and many of you may have donated items to previous collections in the school. Please use your own discretion and support your child in a way you determine to be appropriate.

 

What are some ways we can help others whose rights are not protected?

Leave a comment to let us know how you would like to help others.

 

 

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In 4 Terry, we’ve been reviewing our use of images to tell a story. We already know that Compfight is a great source of Creative Commons images which we are able to use if we give the photographer credit.

Now we’re learning to choose provocative images that help us to convey a strong message and hook our viewers.

Here’s a video that I made using provocative images:

[youtube]https://youtu.be/MqY-mUQ8TTA[/youtube]

What did you think of the ‘Access to Clean Safe Drinking Water’ video?

Were the images provocative?

In what way did the images grab your attention?

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4 Terry Celebration & Songkran Water Ceremony

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Dear Parents,

We would love to invite you to participate in a special Thai cultural ceremony on Thursday, April 11. It would be wonderful if one parent from each family can join us so that your child can pay their respect in this special ceremony.

A big thanks to Zai’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Limwatanakul for bringing this special Thai cultural event to our class.

The students in 4 Terry would like to invite you to our class Songkran celebration.

  • Thursday April 11

  • 9.15- 10.25am

  • Room 222

  • Please bring cultural snacks to share

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During our celebration, we will share some of our latest technology creations with you. Afterwards, we’d like to invite parents to participate in a special Thai water ceremony. This will help us all better understand the significance of Songkran to the Thai people.

As a part of the celebration, we would love to share New Year treats from around the world. If your culture celebrates New Year with special treats, please bring them in on Thursday morning to share with the class.

Do you know the significance of Songkran?

Have you ever taken part in a traditional Thai water ceremony?

Leave a comment to share your experiences or what you know about Songkran.

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In Social Studies, we are learning how our actions and choices can affect people and the environment. As a part of our Influence unit, we watched videos on inspirational kids who have made a difference in the lives of others. We were amazed at just how brave these kids are and how they had the courage to stand up for their rights and save others as well.

Take a look at these courageous and awe-inspiring kids:

Malala Yousafzai

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgjN0h-N7WM[/youtube]

Iqbal Masih

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVwiIe0CQVk[/youtube]

Ryan Hreljac (Ryan’s Well)

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUx4zHLcgmY[/youtube]

What did you think of these videos?

Leave a comment with your reaction.

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It’s that time of year.

It’s time to clear out your cupboards, spring clean and make way for new toys and gifts you might be receiving in December.

How about donating toys you haven’t used in a while, or have buried under a pile of your favorite toys, to the Green Village Toy Library? Imagine our library, but instead of books, the library’s filled with toys! If kids in the village do a good deed, they will get to choose any toy from the library to play with for a week.

At this time of year, when many of us are celebrating festivals such as Christmas, Hannukah and Divali, it’s important for us to remember those children in the world who are not as privileged as us. We are all blessed with a fantastic life full of love, laughter and fun, so it’s important for us to stop and think, and consider how we can spread joy to others.

Check out this video to find out more:

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fyfl74tFBYI&feature=player_detailpage[/youtube]

When you’re looking through your toys, think about things that other children might love to play with. The donated toys should still be useable, so please make sure your toy is still in good condition and has all the pieces and parts that make it fun to play with. You might consider giving a handful of legos, toy cars, dolls or a basketball. Stuffed toys are not recommended as they get dirty very fast.

If you have a toy, drop it off in the boxes in front of the ES library.

What toys have you found that you would like to give to others less fortunate than you?

Leave a comment to let us know what you’d like to donate.

Credit to Xuan Fan, who wrote a fanastic blog post on the Green Village Toy Library!

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Each of us is an individual. We are all different, with different likes, dislikes, nationalities, cultures and interests.

Help us to get to know you better.

Prepare a presentation to describe who you are. You can choose how to present your ideas: Poster, Photo Peach, slideshow (Key Note/Powerpoint), VoiceThread, imovie, short skit…

Be creative!

You will have the chance to share your presentation during International Week, November 26-30. Please choose a day between Monday November 26 and Thursday November 29 to present your project to the class. We look forward to getting to know you better and understand how your culture and background have helped to create your unique personality. This will also be a great introduction to our influence unit, where you’ll develop a greater understanding of who you are and the factors that influence our personal identities and actions.

Leave a comment to let us know what kind of presentation you’d like to make to describe your personality and who you are.

Please Add a Title

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