During Term 3, Ms. Bowler’s Grade 1 class has been learning about the water cycle and how to write instructions (“How To” writing).
The students have enjoyed doing hands-on learning for both of these units. For the water cycle, they created their own “Water Cycles in a Bag,” which allowed them to witness the stages of evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and collection.
When learning about “How To” writing, the students wrote instructions for their teacher to follow while making a peanut butter sandwich. They realized they left out some important details (like how many pieces of bread to use and the importance of using a plate and knife) when the teacher spread the peanut butter on the table and tried to make the sandwich using the whole loaf of bread! The students then fixed their instructions to include better details, and we all enjoyed delicious peanut butter sandwiches together.
Earthworms are ideal specimens to use for teaching basic anatomy and investigating simple organ systems. They also provide an economical and convenient opportunity for students to practice their dissection techniques before progressing to more complex specimens such as frogs or pigs.
What are pH indicators?
A pH indicator is a chemical detector for hydroxide (HO+) or hydrogen (H+) molecules. pH indicators change color depending on the pH of the solution they come in contact with.
pH indicators can be liquid solutions or pieces of paper that have been treated with a chemical solution. Indicators also come in a variaty of sensitivities, some change many colours over a wide range of pH levels and others will only change a single colour when in contact with a very specific pH.
Examples of pH indicators: Phenol Red, Phenolphthalein, Methyl yellow and Bromol blue.
pH meter is a sensor which we use to measure acidity, the lower the value is on the scale the more acidic the solution is.Water is a mutual solution and has a pH around 7.
Students are investigating respiration with universal indicators.
They also try super bouncing bubbles with Magic Gloves.
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This week’s challenges are taken from the Waterloo Math Competition. Our students will soon be participating in this world-wide contest. Enjoy.
On Saturday February 11th, TIS hosted the 2017 ISCOT MS Five-a-Side Indoor Soccer Exchange at the Curves school. This year, 7 boys’ and 4 girls’ teams in total participated in this event. Our athletes played very well and displayed a great level of sportsmanship throughout the day. Their behavior was in line with the spirit of ISCOT sports, which brings together student athletes from all over Tianjin, to know each other a little bit more, and competes at the highest level of their potential.
By Chinese Department
Did you know that the celebration of Chinese New Near actually lasts for 15 days with Lantern Festival marking as the end of the half-month celebrations? Last week, students in TIS learnt how Chinese people celebrate the Lantern Festival with yet another year of hard work ahead of them. Students made paper lantern crafts and guessed lantern riddles. What’s more, Chinese teachers also boiled the traditional food, yuan xiao, the sticky rice ball and shared with the students. The students tried different flavor and chose their favorite flavor. Yuan xiao or tangyuan symbolizes reunion and unity because of its round shape and is loved by almost everyone.
The students also finished the Rooster Art which was started during the Chinese Culture Week and had their work presented in the Primary and Secondary School Chinese hallways. Parents are welcome to come and look at the great work done by students.
As the Chinese saying goes, a year’s plan starts with spring. After all the celebrations, students and staff in TIS will work hard in the year of the rooster. Go, TIS!
On Feb. 9th, 2017, TEDA International School’s service club visited Tanggu’s Shine Home.
This was the first time that we had visited Shine Home after the Spring Festival Holiday. We were so happy to see and play with them again. When we arrived, the kids welcomed us all with big hugs. They were very happy to see us. We felt as though we were family. This time, we did paint and colorful paper collages in shine home. The kids had a great time with these games. We had a lot of fun with the kids. We are excited to visit them again soon!
Work Time, aka Choice Time, is the heart of our preschool program. The children decide what they are going to do, where they are going to work, and whether they are going to work with others or work alone.
While some children enjoy playing collaboratively in a group; making plans, giving roles and directing play; others may choose to play with just one or two friends, or even just by themselves. Children are encouraged to explore materials and ideas and independently solve problems as they carry out their intentions. The children feel ownership of the classroom and confidence to use their imagination and try out new ideas.
This past Wednesday, the 5th grade class from TIS had the amazing opportunity to visit the Old Folks’ Home and spread some cheer and happy New Year’s wishes. The students performed a New Year’s skit entitled “The Great Race” that explained the history of the zodiac animals. They were also able to sing a couple of Chinese New Year’s songs in Chinese, and one group of students even performed a brief song and dance that they learned in music class. To finish out our program, the students recited some poems in Chinese and English, wishing the members of the home a happy new year and many blessings in the year of the rooster. Before we headed back to school, the 5th graders were able to say happy New Year to the members of the home individually and chat with them briefly. The members of the old folks’ home were very welcoming and supportive, and we had a great time with them.