Everything Matters!

Everything Matters!January marks the launch of a fascinating new science unit in Grade 1: Solids and Liquids. Students investigate the essential question, What is matter? and come to the understanding that everything in the world is matter!

A unique feature of this science unit is our Grade 1 collaboration. My teammates and I each facilitate a different experiment every week. The students in 1A, 1B, and 1C rotate to a new classroom each day to investigate a new aspect of solids and liquids. This allows us teachers to become experts in a specific area and gives the students an opportunity to learn under different teaching styles!

During our investigation of solids this past week, students used their five senses to observe solid materials with me. They generated a list of properties to describe solids, including such apt descriptors as “scratchy,” “see-through,” and “bendy.”

With Mrs. Serio, students sorted solid objects into like and unlike groups and translated their initial list of descriptors into scientific properties, such as “rough,” “transparent,” and “flexible.”

With Ms. Ruebush, students constructed towers using solid materials. They applied their understanding of the properties of solids to select the best materials for their creations.

Everything Matters!With the help of Ms. Gomez in the ESOL department, Grade 1 students are also learning and applying new scientific vocabulary, such as “observe” and “compare” through many word games and activities. Students get excited over Solids and Liquids Bingo or the Science Word of the Day and start to make connections to their expanded scientific vocabulary.

In the coming weeks, Grade 1 will explore liquids, solid materials as particles, and, most exciting, changes in solids and liquids! I’m looking forward to that “A-ha!” moment when students realize the liquid in their salt water mixture has evaporated and left behind only a solid—salt!

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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