Archive for March, 2011

Mar 25 2011

One Hour. 60 Minutes. Do it.

Published by under Sustainability,Teacher Talk

Earth Hour. It’s right around the corner…

Sat. March 26th at 8:30pm local time.

Flick those lights off, get off those computers, turn off those TVs…and make a difference!

It starts with YOU!


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Mar 24 2011

Author Keith Baker Visits!

We were very lucky and honored to have author Keith Baker visit the Elementary school this year! You may know him the most from his Mr. & Mrs. Green series (4 books).

He started off his hour with us by explaining how he was really an illustrator first before an author. He loved all aspects of art and went to college to study it. He showed us some of his ‘old’ drawings from when he was younger. Boy, is he talented! He drew 9 blank faces on a piece of chart paper and quickly explained how he gives emotion to his characters–he showed us happy, sad, angry, mad, laughing, thinking, and more! Check out the photos below to see what I mean!

He did an oral retelling of The Magic Fan, and how the idea for the book came to be. I’ve included the youtube video below of this. Mr. Baker explained to us that a lot of thought goes into his character. For instance, in his book Who Is the Beast? it took him several tries to get just the right drawing of what he wanted the lion to look like. He looks at photographs to help him draw.

He also told us some secrets about how he likes to hide animals in each of his pictures. Look carefully the next time you pick up a Keith Baker book!

He told us he’s really into sketching penguins at the moment and will probably create a penguin character for a future book.

Overall, a fantastic visit! We wonder who will our next author visit be?


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Mar 23 2011

Passing on the Gift of Education

Published by under Teacher Talk

Our Gr.5 students are beginning to prepare for our annual BookSale that spans across two days at the end of April. Books have begun to find their way into the donation boxes in front of the 3 school offices (Elementary, Middle and High School).

The Grade 5 students at I.S.B. have been supporting the education of poor children in Bangkok for several years now. We feel very privileged to come to school each day with our backpacks full of colorful markers, notebooks, and work we are proud of. It is our turn to give back to the community by helping other children to experience the gift of education that we sometimes take for granted.

The money raised from the booksale goes to sponsoring as many children as we can by sending them to school. It costs 8000 baht to send 1 child to school for 1 year! That’s only $275.00 (U.S.). Last year we were able to send 20 children to school for a year. What an amazing job!

Mercy Centre is the organization that directs this money in the right way. Their mission statement says,

We work to help the children and communities of the many slums of Bangkok. Together with our neighbors in the slums we create simple-but-progressive solutions that touch the lives of thousands of the poor every day. We build and operate schools, improve family health and welfare, protect street children’s rights, combat the AIDS crisis, respond to daily emergencies, and offer shelter to orphans, to street children, and to children and adults with AIDS – always together, hand in hand and heart to heart with the people we serve.

Please visit their website that will explain all of the services and opportunities they provide, beyond just education.

Here is a PhotoPeach project made by Adam, Jonah and Max, advertising the need for used books!

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Mar 15 2011

Social Issues Rap!

Published by under Reading Workshop

As our Social Issues unit has ended, the students in Room 230 got creative and wrote and performed their very own musical raps! Some even wrote songs! Click on each group below to hear their group projects on a social issue of their choice. Can you tell what social issue they are rapping/singing about?







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Mar 02 2011

Poets a Plenty

Published by under Writer's Workshop

We have wrapped up our poetry unit with the students each responsible for completing a poetry anthology. Check out the individual student blogs for a few of their specially selected poems they’d like to share with you!

As one of our strategies for gathering ideas for poetry writing, we went outside, found a spot to sit or walk quietly around and wrote down anything that popped into our minds.  Some of us sat under trees, while others sat on bleachers and just let the sights and sounds speak for themselves and inspire.

We took our ideas and each of us turned them into a poem. Next, our poems were used to create a piece of art inspired by our poem. We used techniques from Barbara Reid, a well-known Canadian author/illustrator who uses plasticine (modeling clay) to create her illustrations! I’ve included a link to her website which has videos showing you exactly how she works her magic! Click here to visit now.

Check out the photos below of our finished plasticine artwork and us at work!

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