21 Sep

Here is a video playlist which nicely describes memoirs.

Out of Eden Walk

19 Sep


In class we are learning about early humans and migration. Follow this great story and blog by National Geographic writer, Paul Salopek as he makes a seven year journey following the footsteps of man.  His Out of Eden blog can be found here. Read more about his project here:

From 2013 to 2020, writer Paul Salopek is recreating that epic journey on foot, starting at humankind’s birthplace in Ethiopia and ending at the southern tip of South America, where our forebears ran out of horizon. Along the way he is engaging with the major stories of our time — from climate change to technological innovation, from mass migration to cultural survival — by walking alongside the people who inhabit these headlines every day. Moving at the slow beat of his footsteps, Paul is also seeking the quieter, hidden stories of people who rarely make the news.

You can follow his blog or dispatches on our class blog. There is an RSS feed listed on the right side of the blog and you will see his most recent posts. You can also ask Mr. Salopek questions about his journey. He posts thematic maps here and you can see where he currently is, if you see this Google Map. This is a very cool story, one that you can follow for the next several years. In class, we are brainstorming questions we would ask Paul. We will collect the best questions and post a message on his blog, Out of Eden Walk. Hopefully we will respond during his trek. Below is a video playlist about his journey and human migration (see pages 46-47 in our textbook).


United Nations International Day of Peace

19 Sep


Celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace at AISC. Post a comment and tell us something you enjoyed about how UN Day was celebrated at school and your feelings about peace. What does peace mean to you? Watch UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s video message.




E-Books @ AISC

18 Sep

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Mr. Jet came to our Language Arts classes this week to talk about e-books and how to access them. We learned that we have thousands of new e-books. You can access the list of e-book links and passwords via Moodle. Go to the main Middle School Moodle page, scroll down to the CIC section and click on the link that says ‘Great CIC online subscriptions and e-books.’  You can also find them on our Moodle page under general resources. Just as we are reading ‘just right’ books, please choose just right e-books. Have fun exploring the new e-books and tell a friend about a great book you have read.



International Mindedness @ AISC

15 Sep

This week at AISC, we celebrate Dot Day and UN International Peace Day. How do you define international mindedness? What have you learned about ‘international mindedness’ as a student at an international school like AISC? (click on the images below to see a larger image).  Share your opinion. 

United Nations

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Website

International Mindness (1)

International Mindness Mug Design

Source: AISC website

Source: AISC website



History is Cool!

10 Sep
Source: G. Hartwig/Universal History Archive/Getty Images

Source: G. Hartwig/Universal History Archive/Getty Images

Here is a really cool article I saw on National Public Radio (NPR) about a ship that was lost more than 160 years ago. It was recently discovered by Canadian archaeologists. Click on the link to read the story.


9 Sep

In advisory class today, all grade 6 students did an activity related to The Dot by Peter Reynolds. What does this story mean to you? Do you ever feel like Vashti? How do you feel about starting something new? How do you feel when things seem difficult to do? What is something you would like to improve? How will you “make your mark” on 6th grade? Post a comment, and answer one or more of these questions. Share a story or your opinion on The Dot.  Here are some other links related to the story:

Peter Reynolds website – the author of The Dot

International Dot Day – September 15th is DOT Day


Scholastic Book Fair!

7 Sep

Book-Fair-ArrowThere will be a Scholastic Book Fair from Monday to Wednesday this week in the Black Box Theater (BBT). Stop by before class, during recess or lunch, or after school. We hope you find something great to read!



Sadako, Paper Cranes, and Perpective

6 Sep


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Students in Block H (SS) were treated to a demonstration of how to make paper cranes by our Japanese students. This was a wonderful opportunity to enrich our learning after reading “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes”. Thanks to Rin, Miyu, and Yumi who demonstrated and to Hidetaka and Yuki H. who helped students when they needed it!  Check out some of these book reviews and trailers that students did last year. You can find copies of the book in the CIC. We will continue talking about perspective next week. Remember to update your books you are reading on the 40 Book Challenge document you have in your L.A. folder.
Book review 1, book review 2, & book review 3.

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

4 Sep

In our final lesson from chapter 1, you will learn about primary and secondary sources and how historians study the past.  Click on the hyperlink to see an Infographic that highlights the differences.  The video playlist has several videos on primary and secondary sources. Check them out!



New Books in the CIC!

3 Sep
CIC Party

CIC Party

The Collaboration and Inquiry Center (CIC) has over 1,500 new books for students to check out, beginning on Thursday. There are a wide range of new books from fiction to non-fiction, and we have many that support our curriculum that are in Japanese, Korean, and other languages. You can see the books on display now, if you visit the CIC (bottom and top floors). The CIC catalogue of books can be found HERE and at the bottom of this blog. Mr. Jet and his staff, along with your teachers, encourage you to visit. Check it out!


MAP Testing Schedule

2 Sep


Math – Friday, Sept. 5th (G Block)

Language Usage – Monday, Sept. 8th (D Block)

Reading – Tuesday, Sept. 9th (H Block)

Science – Friday, Sept. 12th (B Block)


September Birthdays

31 Aug


Happy birthday to the following students celebrating birthdays this month: Aditya and Kazu (9/7), Sravya (9/8), Lucie (9/10), Sriya (9/12), Alice D. (9/15), and Jeremy (9/26). If we forgot anyone or made an error, tell us and we will edit this list. Have a great day!

Mr. Martin, Mrs. Hall, and Ms. Jaya

Maps and GPS

28 Aug

We have been learning about different types of maps and key terms used when reading maps.  The end of chapter 1, lesson 2 (pages 24 – 25)  features information on the future of navigation and the use of satellites of the Global Positioning System, of GPS.  What uses for GPS can you think?



How to become a better writer

26 Aug


Archaeologists and Artifacts

25 Aug

This playlist features information on archaeologists, artifacts and a nice video by Bill Nye, the Science Guy.
Comment: What do archaeologists do? After reading sections 1 – 2 (‘Finding Clues to the Past’ and ‘The Search for Early Humans’) tell us why you think studying early people is so hard for archaeologists. Tell us something new you learned from any of these video clips?

Dangerous Books?

24 Aug


Has any book changed your life?

Find that ‘Just Right’ Book

20 Aug

Just right books Just right books 3



General Reading Expectations:

  • Always bring the book you are reading to L.A. class.

  • Read every night for a minimum of 20-30 minutes.

  • You can take your literacy notebook home, but you need to bring it to L.A. class.

  • Choose a wide variety of genres that are age-appropriate and at your “just right” level.

  • Maintain your 40 Book Challenge!

What is the first book you are reading in 6th grade Language Arts? Write a comment and tell us the title and author.

What should I read next?

18 Aug
Source: Thinkstock

Source: Thinkstock


Tomorrow, the remainder of the 6th grade will go to the CIC (library) during advisory to meet Mr. Jet and his staff and to learn more about the M.S. CIC. All students will go to the CIC to get books during L.A. on Wednesday and Thursday.  In order to help you choose a book, take a look at the two book review blogs that your 6th grade L.A./S.S. teachers created last year:
Mr. Martin/Ms. Jaya’s Book Review Blog
Mrs. Hall/Ms. Jaya’s Book Review Blog
We also discovered this cool website – What Should I Read Next? Click on the links and find a book to read. The CIC catalogue link is at the bottom of this blog. Remember that you can go to the CIC before and after school and during breaks or lunch.


18 Aug
A civilization is made up of many parts. We will use G.R.A.P.E.S.  to remember them. The GRAPES acronym in Social Studies means:
Social structure
We are currently learning about historical themes (pages xxii – xxiii in your textbook).  The themes listed in the book are the same as GRAPES. Click on this link to learn more about GRAPES.


What is Social Studies?

12 Aug



August Birthdays

11 Aug

happy-birthday-picture-wallpaperHappy birthday to the following students celebrating birthdays this month: Alexandre and Raphael (Aug. 3); Soo Youn (Aug. 11); Lin and Dohun (Aug. 16); Yuki (Aug. 20); Rishi (Aug. 24).  If we forgot anyone, please let us know. Have a great day!

Welcome back!

6 Aug

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Greetings and welcome back to AISC!  It’s going to be an exciting year, and we welcome you to the middle school. This blog, along with our Moodle pages will help provide support and resources for what we will learn this year. Please take some time to look at it and to view the teacher bio pages to learn more about your Language Arts and Social Studies teacher. We recommend you ‘follow’ our blog, so add your email address and you will receive a message in your school email inbox every time a new post is created.  We also encourage you to post comments, ask questions, share information, politely agree or disagree with your classmates and use the blog to extend learning in the classroom. Check out this helpful video, if you are still having trouble with your combination lock.
 Mr. Martin, Mrs. Hall, and Ms. Jaya


Lego Ancient Monuments

12 Jun


Check out this article and the images of ancient or modern monuments made of Legos. We hope your summer is going well!

We Made It! Congratulations!

27 May

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Grade 6 Humanities Students,

It has been a fantastic year! We thank you for your hard work and positive attitude. We will miss you next year. Have a wonderful, restful summer! Enjoy your final three days.

Mr. Martin, Mrs. Hall, Ms. Jaya, and Mr. Seth


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