Dragons spent their summer reading all over the globe, and last Friday we got together in the library to celebrate a summer of reading. There were delicious snacks from Dragon Dining; raffle prizes of pencils, notebooks, bookstore gift cards and lunch in the library; and fun activities and discussions to fill our time. Let’s keep this enthusiasm for reading going all year!
Check our Facebook and Instagram later this week to see the results of our green screen session where students posed with the covers of their favorite books from the summer.
Congratulations to Aisling, Amelia, Justin and Vivien for hosting a successful library LockIn recently. The library council members ran an adventure themed evening filled with awesome activities, delicious food and of course, reading!
We definitely appreciated Ms. Urqhardt’s help. She kicked off the evening with a survival scenario team activity, where students had to prioritize which items would be most important if they were stranded after a plane crash.
There were make your own kebabs for dinner. Big thanks to Mr. Broughton for spending the night AND manning the barbecue.
After dinner we had a very intense game of glow in the dark Capture the Flag. Our unique campus made for excellent competition.
Vivien led the masses in a wild game of Werewolf, as students tried to figure out who was the predator and who was the prey. It got wild. 🙂
After an evening of fast paced fun and adventure, it was time to settle in for some reading time before sleep. Students shared their favorite adventure stories with each other and then crawled in to sleeping bags to read before “sleep”.
In the morning, in true survival fashion, students cooked their own breakfast of pancakes on the grill (inside hollowed out oranges!) and S’mores, everyone’s favorite breakfast food.
As always, the library LockIn was an amazing evening of adventure themed fun. Thank you to all the students and adults who worked together to make this happen. We hope to see you next year!
Grade 8 Music is currently researching the Baroque period of music, which, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica, was “one of the most dramatic turning points in the history of music” when it began in Italy in 1600.
Need resources for this? Visit our Grade 8 Baroque Music LibGuide. There are library books, tutorials for Encyclopaedia Britannica and Oxford Music Online, resources for citations and paraphrasing and more.
Oxford Music Online is an outstanding resource for music related research. Learn more about how to navigate it by watching this 8 minute tutorial.
The YIS library has added a new research resource, one which I&S and History students will find particularly useful: the Churchill Archive. As described on the Churchill Archive’s about page,
Published in October 2012 by Bloomsbury Publishing in collaboration with the Churchill Archives Centre, the Churchill Archive is a digital library of modern international history. It includes more than 800,000 pages of original documents, produced between 1874 and 1965, ranging from Winston S. Churchill’s personal correspondence to his official exchanges with kings, presidents, politicians, and military leaders. This is more than a fantastic collection of primary source material; it is a unique online resource offering new insight into a fascinating period of our past.
While on the school network, students can freely access the Churchill Archive without logging in. If you want to use this resource at home, visit the library research portal for the username and password.
Interested? Take ten minutes to watch the tour so you can get the most out of this excellent digital library.
Notice you can register for a MyArchive account, a personalised account within the Archive which will allow you to save your searches and favourite documents. To create an account, you should be logged in to the Churchill Archive, then visit the Sign-in page where you will see a link at the bottom of the page to register for a My Archive account.
Of course, no Harry Potter party would be complete without a little bit of Quidditch: Brooms Up!
We ended our evening with a read aloud of the first few scenes of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”. If you haven’t read the play yet, stop by the library today to put your copy on hold! Thanks to everyone who came out to have some fun and celebrate with us. See you at our next lock-in.
As exhibition approaches, Grade 5 has been continuing to develop their research skills in preparation for their independent inquiry project. This week the Grade 5 students were introduced to creating bibliographies in MLA style. We discussed why how we cite before practicing making citations for new books about science experiments.
After they understood the philosophy behind citation and practiced making citations by hand, the students were introduced to RefME, a powerful citation tool new to the YIS community. Anyone with a YIS email can create an account with RefME. Watch this space for more information about RefME as we roll it out over the next few weeks.
Want to learn a little more about how to cite your sources according to the 8th edition of MLA? Check out our Grade 5 Citation Guide.
Lately in the Library – This section includes recent research lessons that involved the library, whether through direct instruction or collaboration
Thank you to everyone who has been involved in the conversations about research during this first half of the school year. Each “Lately in the Library” section of the Research RoundUp will include an update about recent research lessons that involved the library in some way, whether through direct instruction or collaboration. This post highlights, amongst other work, some of the collaboration with the library and Grade 7 I&S and Science.
Grade Level & Subject
7 – Science
Step 1 – Task Definition: Students establish clear and focused inquiry / research questions within a determined topic
Modeling it off of the Influence notetaking sheet the students had used in another unit, Grade 7 developed this notetaking sheet as a class, creating the inquiry and research questions off of the task sheet.
7 – I&S
Step 3 – Location & Access: With support and scaffolding, students can select and navigate age-appropriate general library resources (databases, encyclopedias, catalogs, etc) to locate specific information sources.
Students watched tutorials on how to use Encyclopeadia Britannica effectively and discussed helpful tools and features before starting their background research. There was a strong emphasis on EB’s usefulness in the early stages of research, developing effective keywords and search terms, and using the available tools.
7 – Science
Step 3 – Location & Access:With support and scaffolding, students can evaluate sources for currency, relevancy, authority, accuracy and purpose CRAAP.
Spotlight On – This section highlights research resources developed independently by classroom teachers.
Grade Level & Teacher
Weekes & Nanwani – Grades 3 & 5
1. Task Definition
Provide outline of task definition; Define the information problem; Identify information needed 2. Information Seeking Strategies
Students are able to determine all possible sources and select the best sources.
Planning my Research – Julian created a resource template for Grade 5 students to plan/track their research resources, and Sangeeta modified it for Grade 3. I recommend using this as a planning document to help students direct their research, not as a mandatory checklist for required types of resources.
Weekes – Grade 5
1. Task Definition
Provide outline of task definition; Define the information problem; Identify information needed
Inquiry Questions through key Concepts – Julian created a template for students to brainstorm inquiry questions through the lens of the PYP key concepts. Great way to get students thinking about what they need to know!
Do you have any resources you’ve found or created to support student research? Please share them on this form so we can start a bank of resources.
Research about Research – This section includes research on best practices for teaching research skills to elementary and/or secondary students.
It’s a new school year and we’ve got a new library space for you! Come by the library today and check out all of the changes.
More Space: By deleting dated materials from the collection, we were able to remove several shelves and open up more space. Now we have a dedicated secondary space in the back for study hall students as well as classes, plus a wider elementary space in the front for reading and whole group instruction.
Japanese Nook: We’ve got a Japanese nook with the Japanese language books and three couches which is reserved throughout the week for our Japanese class visits as well as any other mother tongue classes. When it’s not being used for studying Nihongo, anyone can settle in and enjoy.
New Hours: The library will be open from 8-5 Monday through Thursday and 8-4:30 on Fridays. As always, you’re welcome before and after school, during break and lunch. Come by today to check out a book.
New Picture Book Shelves: Our new record style shelving means it’s easier to see the covers and explore our picture book section. Come in for a shuffle through; you might discover something new!
Of course, some things will stay the same:
Food in the library: Snacks and small lunches from home are okay. Full cafeteria meals need to be eaten in the cafeteria.
Sakura Medal Books: They’re here! We’re processing brand new Sakura medal books. Check in this week to see when they’re ready for you to take home.
A big thanks to our student helpers, without whom we couldn’t have made these exciting changes happen.
The time has finally come! Vacation starts today, and no matter where you’re going, you’re going to need a book. Instead of putting together a prescribed list of books, students at YIS have put together their best recommendations. Whether you’re staying in Japan or traveling for the break, check out what your classmates think you should be reading this summer.
Congratulations Sakura Book Bowlers! In a tight finish, the YIS book bowl team won 2nd place at the 2016 Sakura Book Bowl competition. On Tuesday April 12, eleven teams from international schools all over Tokyo and Yokohama came together to compete for the honor and glory of winning the Book Bowl championship trophy.
Over the course of the school year, members of the book bowl team read the 20 chapter books that are contenders for this year’s Sakura medal. Book Bowl includes five different rounds of competition in which teams had to answer questions that showed their knowledge of the stories by identifying quotes, recognizing symbols, and answering comprehension questions. There is also a highly competitive expert round, where one representative from each team goes to the front of the room to answer questions about a specific book they’ve been assigned to know inside and out.
While YIS students were pleased to place 2nd at the book bowl, they said the best part of participating is getting to work as a team and read a lot of really interesting books. 4th and 5th graders are eligible to participate every year. We hope to see many of you join us next year as we attempt to win back the trophy!
Thank you to Adam Clark for taking photos of our day.