We were very fortunate to have author/illustrator Matthew Holm visit our school this week. The students were enthralled as Matt shared the story of how he and his sister collaborate to create the two series. His presentation was not only entertaining but filled with real world reasons for young people to not only use the writing process but to also find their passions and pursue their dreams. During independent reading, the pages were flipping through many of these books.
The students were actively engaged as they shared the responses of their interviews of parents, siblings, and friends about the causes and consequences of peace and conflict in our world. Many learners discovered that their parents had experienced conflict directly. As they discussed these ideas with partners, the conversation was peppered with wondering questions and amazed statements. Thank you to all of you who volunteered your ideas and shared your emotions.
SIS is excited to host Matthew Holm on Tuesday, May 26th. Fifth grade students will meet with Matthew Holm and learn about his characters and books. Matthew will also promote and celebrate the joy of reading for pleasure!
MATTHEW HOLM is the author and illustrator of more than 25 books for children. He is the co-creator (with his sister, Jennifer) of two series of graphic novels for children: the Eisner Award-winning BABYMOUSE series and the Indiebound-Bestselling SQUISH series, both from Random House Children’s Books. He is also the co-editor of COMICS SQUAD, a new anthology series of comics for kids. He currently lives in Portland, Ore., with his wife and dog.
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We have raised 37575.70 RMB, $6047.04 U.S. dollars, for the victims of Nepal’s devastating earthquakes. Through selling “Year of the Sheep” items, the Walk-a-Thon, two student initiated bake sales at the Middle and High School, selling hand made bookmarks at the ECLC, and donations at the Art Show, the SIS community has once again made a huge difference in the lives of others in need. Well done!
What is the water cycle? How does a water molecule move about it? Through an interactive game, the learners explored the various locations and paths of the different states of water molecules. During the activity, some students found that if they started in a glacier, they were likely to stay there. Others who were lapped up by an animal were quickly released as vapor or liquid and moved into the atmosphere or soil. From this game, the students worked in collaborative groups to create something that demonstrated their understanding of the cycle. The creativity was wonderful. We had two comics, one rap, one readers’ theater script, another with a script and a keynote to go along with it, and an slide show. We certainly enjoyed making them and learning from each other today.
Yesterday, the 5th graders visited the 8th grade students “Cold War” Museum to begin our final social studies unit “Peace and Conflict.” They were exposed to a variety of interactive exhibits created and taught by 8th graders. From “Espionage” to the “Space Race,” the learners were exposed to the various causes and outcomes of this time period in world history. Though the concepts are very complex, the 5th graders came away with a deeper understanding of how decision making at the government level has major impacts on the daily lives of all. Understanding and learning from history will help build these young leaders’ capacity to make positive impacts as global citizens.
As we continue our exploration of water in its various forms, we investigated condensation. The students readily shared experiences with condensation on a hot day with a glass of ice water, but they were unsure from where the water came. Using colored water, red for room temperature and green for ice water, the young scientists discovered that the water condensing, or going from water vapor, water in gas form, to liquid depends on the surface temperature. Water vapor in the air turns into liquid form, or condenses, on colder surfaces. The same process occurs in cloud formation. We also discussed that warmer air temperature can hold more water vapor. Since we live in a very humid environment, the first hand knowledge added to our conversation.
Today, the writers were involved in analyzing each others’ claims/thesis statements after researching for two days in order to gain more insight into the environmental issue in which each is focused. It was a very excited group of writers sharing what they have learned about their topic of interest. The “for” and “against” arguments were heard as the small groups helped each other refine their individual thesis/claim. I know that these young writers will have very effective persuasive pieces.