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Oct 21 2011

Blog Address Has Changed

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Hi Visitors,

Miss B. has moved countries and is no longer living in Thailand, but rather CANADA! Yes, that’s right…the Great White

North! I am teaching Grade 6 there and my students and I have started a new blog. We’d love it if you would add us to your

blogroll and make comments on our site!

We hope you visit us soon!

Miss B.

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Aug 15 2011

Happy First Day Back at ISB!

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It’s a difficult day for me as I think of all of you amazing students heading back to ISB today. I watched the clock tick to 7:25am your time

and was thinking of all of you in your new outfits…some with smiles on your faces…some maybe not!  It feels strange to not be welcoming

another class into Room 230 in the Gr.5 quad. I so wish I could walk down the Middle School hallways and get a chance to see some

of you. I wish you all the best this new school year. My school year in London, Ontario begins Sept.6th, so I’ve got a bit of time to paint

my  new house and head to the beach (Lake Huron!) a few more times. Do you guys remember all the names of the Great Lakes in

Canada?  (hint: H.O.M.E.S.)

Take care of yourselves…and don’t forget to read, read, read…and dance, dance, dance!

Miss B.


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Mar 25 2011

One Hour. 60 Minutes. Do it.

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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

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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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Feb 20 2011

Top 100 Blogs!

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Wow! Our classroom has been deemed to be in the top 100 blogs! Great going team! Check out the link below to see the article.

Now that’s something to smile about!

Image: markhillary

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Jan 27 2011

G’Day Mate!

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Do you know what a billabong is? How about a jumbuck? No? What about a billy? A chook? Or a jumper?These are just some of the slang words that Australian people use to describe certain everyday things.  Check out the answer to my questions at the bottom of this post!

We had a lot of fun yesterday, Jan. 26th celebrating Australia day with Ms. Hahn’s class. Why did we celebrate? Why not!?  Ms. Hahn is Australian, however, and it’s fun to learn about another country that most of us have not visited!

Do you know what Damper is? This is a type of traditional Australian bush bread that we made in class. There’s not much to it: flour, milk, salt and a few other ingredients. We really enjoyed eating it and some of us even put butter and/or Golden Syrup on top! Yum!

The didgeridoo was an Australian instrument we each had an opportunity to try to play.  It may have sounded funny when we tried it, but when done properly, it sounds truly amazing. Check out the video below of an Aboriginal from Australia playing this fascinating instrument.

Not only did we play the didgeridoo, but we also sang Waltzing Matilda and learned what the lyrics might mean. We followed the song with learning a dance. The youtube video below shows us performing the dance! Not bad!

Boomerang throwing was our last activity. We learned about how the boomerang is aerodynamic and is made a certain way. It’s a lot harder than it looks!  Did you know that the original purpose of the boomerang was as a weapon? It was used in hunting and warfare. Now, it’s a popular toy and hopefully when you throw it, it will come back to you.  We practiced throwing them outside in 5 groups of 8, each of us getting about 2 tries.  Check out our video below of us throwing! Have you ever thrown a boomerang?





billabong–waterhole            Jumbuck–sheep        billy–tin can to boil water for tea           jumper–sweater        Chook–chicken

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Jan 24 2011

Mid January Newsletter

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Jan 24 2011

Coloring Outside the Lines with Poetry

Writing Workshop is one place you’re allowed to break the rules…at least in terms of writing poetry. Free verse poetry, that is. After the holiday break, we have been immersed in our Poetry unit and have recently been studying interesting images and what kind of words they evoke from us. Students were encouraged to bring in an interesting image that caught their eye and begin to jot down creative words that came to mind when they saw it. We are learning that we don’t need to make a poem right away, but rather, we create an entry that we can manipulate and turn into a poem perhaps at a later time.
Sometimes we need to simmer our initial ideas and see what we can create with more thought and time.

We are not conforming to structure, such as in Haiku or Diamante poems. Rather, this year, we are learning to write free verse poetry where there are no rules! We are trying to do things such as looking at the world through ‘fresh eyes’, and it’s not easy! Letting our minds study an object or image or thought and write about it in unique ways takes a lot of practice. Studying mentor poems is very helpful, too. We are a few weeks in, but already we are able to compile a long list of strategies that poets use such as meaningful line breaks, alliteration, onomatopoeia, metaphor, simile, personification, and so on.

I have been blown away by some of the creativity and vivid imagery Room 230 has come up with. I can’t wait for more. Stay tuned to individual student blogs where students will be posting some of their poems they would like to share with you.

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Nov 26 2010

Learning to Read Like a Teacher: Nonfiction

It’s not easy to read like a teacher does. Primary teachers, in particular have perfected this seemingly innate skill.  Today, we learned how to read a part of a nonfiction text by reading OFF OF the text, not reading all the words on the page.

We had to make decisions as to what was important to share with others, what were some questions we had that we wanted to share, connections, and so on.

We also learned the importance of using a loud, clear, teacher voice, expressive face and hand movements and how to hold the book so others held their interest in what we were saying.

Teachers make it look so easy!  In the picture below, Max is doing a great job of trying out the skills we learned today.

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