The Composition

compositionLast Thursday, grade 5 students spent the day in Middle school and during library orientation, Mr Loste read them the captivating story, The Composition written by Antonio Skármeta and illustrated by Alfonso Ruano. The main character in this story, Pedro, is faced with an ethical dilemma when he is asked to write an essay for a government official representing the military dictatorship of his country. This brilliant book is well deserving of the many literary prizes it has been awarded and illustrates many of the IB attitudes.

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Chopsticks

chopsticksWe read another clever book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal this week in ELC library classes. She wrote Duck! Rabbit! and many other books we have in the ELC library. Chopsticks tells of two close friends who found that sometimes being apart made each of them stronger. This book illustrates the PYP attitudes of independence and confidence very well. We also learned a little about word play from this witty book.

We then had fun making puppets using wooden chopsticks using our own pictures and some Mr Men pictures from here.

Aesop and Michael Morpurgo

aesop mmThis week Grade 1-5 classes read some more Aesop’s fables but this time retold by Michael Morpurgo! Many of our students love stories written by Michael Morpurgo and we have a great selection of his books in our library.

Michael Morpurgo would like all children to get into writing and he gives a very inspiring talk to young people here:

Some classes then listened to him read the first part of The Butterfly Lion and now we all want to read it! Thank you Michael Morpurgo for inspiring us to read your books and write our own.

Learning about Dr. Jane Goodall

the watcherThis past week Grade 1-5 library classes have learned about the life of Dr. Jane Goodall. The Watcher by Jeanette Winter is a very simplified version of Dr Goodall’s life, but gave us much to discuss about what distinguishes humans from animals, animal intelligence and emotion, and the importance of preserving natural habitat for wild animals.

We learned about her famous chimp greeting by watching this video:

And some classes learned a bit more about her work from this 60 minutes documentary:

16 years in 16 seconds!

sammyThis past week, Grade 4 & 5 have read another fascinating biography, this time about diving legend Dr Sammy Lee. Sixteen years in sixteen seconds by Paula Yoo and Dom Lee tells how Dr Lee grew up in California, at a time when non-white people could only use the public swimming pool one day a week. But Sammy Lee, son of Korean immigrants, wanted to become a Olympic diver, so he had to practice in a sand pit in his coach’s back yard!

Despite discrimination and unbelievable challenges he fulfilled his dream of becoming an Olympic champion and he also became a medical doctor. You can watch a documentary about his life here:

Brave Harriet

brave harrietThis past week most grade 3-5 library classes read the amazing true story of Harriet Quimby, Brave Harriet, written by Marissa Moss. Harriet Quimby was the first woman to get a pilot’s license and she should have been very famous for being the first woman to fly solo across the English Channel, but the news of the sinking of the Titanic at the same time meant that her feat went unnoticed in the media at the time.

We also watched this short video about her flight: