Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Japanese Class and Guitar ASP performances


 まず最初は  Lower Japanese の曲で「にじ」というタイトルです。この曲は手話を使って歌っています。 歌詞がよく分からなかった子どもたちも、ハンドサインがあることで歌の意味を理解できた様子でした。
 また、Lower Guitar ASPの子どもたちはギター演奏で参加しています。毎週練習を重ねて、弾いて歌うことができるようになりました。

 次に、Upper Japaneseの曲で、「パプリカ」です。この曲は2020年の東京オリンピック応援ソングとして、日本の小学校などでよく歌われています。画面には映っていませんが、Grade1 の子どもたちも一緒に通路に出て踊りに参加してくれました。曲の途中で何か所か、それぞれのクラスで考えたオリジナルダンスを取り入れています。そちらもお楽しみください。

 次はUpper Guitar ASPの発表です。タイトルは、「Take me home, country road」です。発表が近くなると、朝練習もしました。歌の始まりが難しくて何度も練習を重ねてきました。Grade3 とGrade4 の、5人の子どもたちの息の合った演奏をご覧ください。

演奏の始まりは、50 seconds 辺りです。



Sunday, June 23, 2019

Grade 3 Year End Performance

What a great year grade 3 had!  The students accomplished many things.  I am very proud of how hard they worked all year, especially on their year end performance.  The students wrote and choreographed their performance!  Congrats on another successful year and have a wonderful summer!

Grade 3 students were also part of Drama Club and Dance ASP!

Cat in the Hat

The Ugly Duckling

There Was An Old Lady Who...

Dance ASP

Friday, June 21, 2019

Graduation and Celebration of Learning G5 and 6

Congratulations to Diego, our 6th Grade student, for graduating from Shinagawa International School. 

We had a cap and gown ceremony. 

This is our version of Alice in Wonderland. 

As a PYP Graduation Project, this student gave a presentation about Air Contamination that he researched. This was one of his initial runs through the material. After the 5th time, he was an expert. 

Grade 2 Year End Performance

We wrapped up the 2018 - 2019 school year with our year end performances. Grade 2 chose to do a play based off the book The Great Kapok Tree. I wish nothing but the best for the students who are now moving on to grade 3. Enjoy your summer vacation and be ready for another great year!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Grade 4 - "What's This?" Year End Performance

Here is Grade 4 performing their own rendition of the song, "What's This?", from the movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas.  Some of the 4th Grade students changed the lyrics to be about the curiosity, inquiries and progression of scientific understanding by Issac Newton and Galileo.  Enjoy!

What’s This? (SIS Grade 4 Newton/Galileo version)
lyrics by Beyza, Rui, Anisa, Busra and Mr. V

What’s this? What’s this?
There’s something very new
What’s this?
Discovery everywhere
What’s this?
I can’t believe my eyes
This is fantastic
Can I possibly learn more?
What’s this?

What’s this? What’s this?
There’s something moving there
What’s this?
An apple falling down
What’s this?
The trees are filled with apples falling
All of them hit something different
Can I possibly learn more?
What is this? What’s this?

There are balls all over here
And motion everywhere
Will the big ball knock ‘em down?
The small balls, they go where?

There’s a big ball over there
I can’t believe my eyes
When I throw the ball from one side
It’s making them fall down

Oh, look! What’s this?
Remember Newton’s Laws, they’re right!
I add a thing to them, inspired!
We’re gathering around to hear
What he will say about the world
What’s this?

What’s this?
Right here, I’ve got two different rocks.  Let’s try
To drop them from the top
And see?
If they fall at the same time
Could it be my guess was right?
I’ve just discovered something new
So, now correct me if I’m wrong
I got it right!  I got it right!
My hypothesis was really right!
What’s this?

Oh my, what now?
Saturn’s over here
But look, now it’s over there
I use my telescope to see the moving planets
And it seems that we are moving around the sun
What’s this?

The churches all say I’m wrong
But they’re just ignorant
Why don’t they just listen
‘Cause I know that I’m correct

Instead of hearing what I say
They always think they’re right
So instead I’ll just say sorry
But actually I’m right

The things I learned
Are all around my head, and so
I’ve never learned so much, before
This empty place inside of me is filling up
I simply cannot learn enough

I want to, oh, I want to
Oh, I want to know much more
I’ve got to know
I’ve got to know
The science of the world
What is this?

Grade 2 Sharing Our Learning

This week, grade 2 had the opportunity to share their learning with grade 1 students. In our last unit of inquiry, students had to make a brochure for an organization they created that helps endangered animals.They were really excited to share their organizations! Why should students share their work? One reason is that when students know they are going to share, they are more engaged and motivated to do their best work. Another reason is that it shows the students they have a voice and purpose for creating meaningful and authentic work. Lastly, it helps students become more confident because in sharing, work is being valued.

Grade 1 - End of the Year

It's hard to believe we're finished with the year! We've all learned and grown so much this year in Grade 1. We've learned to share our ideas appropriately as communicators, to listen to others' opinions and be open-minded, to become thinkers who can inquire about the world, and to reflect on our learning so we can continue to grow. We are proud of the work we have done this year and excited to share our portfolios for our student-led conferences.

It's been a wonderful year, Grade 1! Best of luck next year in Grade 2!