Grade 4 and 5 students have joined the Maker Club. Students take control of their own learning and choose projects to work in the field of STEAM. Projects chosen so far have included cooking experiments, robotics and lego.
The Lower School students participated in Read in the Dark day. They came suitably attired in their pyjamas (it makes reading more comfortable) and built forts with tables, chairs and blankets. Once these were made the blinds came down and the lights were turned off and Operation: Read in the Dark began!
Next week December 4th – 8th the Lower School will be participating in the global movement that is called Hour of Code. Students will be spending an hour learning the basics of programming. If the students are still interested they can continue the fun at http://www.hourofcode.com or check the library for books about learning to code.
We have recently launched the Hansel and Gretel Readers’ Choice Award with students from grade 3 – 5 in the Lower School. There are 16 nominated books which the students can choose to read from. In January the students who have read at least four titles can start to vote. There will be three voting rounds to determine which book our readers have decided is their favourite. 19 other International schools in Germany will be participating by reading the same books and we will combine the votes. The books are being checked out constantly and the Hansel and Gretel shelf is the first stop in the library for many of our borrowers.
The Lower School were amazed by the wonderful books that arrived with The Little English Bookworm yesterday. Funny or factual everyone found a book to love. Miss Lydia now has a wonderful new stack of books to add to the library. The Upper School and Sindelfingen have a treat to look forward to.
ISS Degerloch campus students were fortunate to meet and have a session with author and math extraordinaire, David Schwartz this Wednesday and Thursday. David dazzled his audiences with really BIG numbers. We learned how big a Googol was ( a 1 with a 100 zeroes), about exponents, about proportional ratios, what 10 000 pieces of popcorn looks like and for the older students why there is math when a hippo makes a grunting noise.
David inspired so many of our students. He gave us a message that we all can come up with big, interesting ideas and in fact, children are particularly good at this. David explained that many of his ideas for writing came from the things he wondered about as a child. He told us he used to ask many many questions as a child and these questions were the building blocks of his books which he then wrote as an adult. Of course this fits into our learning framework at ISS and is something that is encouraged and supported every day in the classroom, it is something we call; being an Inquirer.
ISS Sindelfingen will be meeting David on Friday the 13th of October.
American author David Schwarz will be visiting ISS (Degerloch and Sindelfingen) from October 11th to 13th. David is an award winning author and is well known for his books which carry a maths and science theme. He is well known for making kids excited about these topics and developing curiosity and wonder in children. You can check out David’s books from any of the ISS libraries.