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!Hola! My name is Paulina. I’m going tell you some facts about Mexico. The population is more than 120 million, which makes it the largest country that speaks Spanish. Mexico is located in Southern North America. It has a mild climate. The capital is Mexico City. Other important are Monterrey and Guadalajara. Mexico is rich in cultural and natural resources. Mexico’s ecosystem is very diverse, surrounded by oceans and having lots of mountains and volcanoes like the Sierra Madre mountain range and the Popocatepetl volcano. Mexico is home to many kinds of animals like the blue whale, which is the biggest animal in the world, and the jaguar. My favorite food when I travel to Mexico are tamales, tostadas, and tacos. I hope you visit Mexico soon. !Adios amigos!

 

Iceland         

By: Brenna Laderer

Volcanoes, waterfalls, and tours, OH MY. There is one small country that has all of this, and more, Iceland. Iceland is a play on words because itis actually green. I went to Iceland in June, 2018. Going to Iceland is like visiting another world.

The Three Twin Peaks are a group of three volcanoes that are all dormant. Two of them you can not go into, while the other one has a tour so you can go in. Iceland has the only volcano you can go into in the WORLD. Inside is a hard surface of layered rock that you can walk around on and see the volcano. The cool thing is that the lava chamber is below the rock you walk on. Iceland is on two tectonic plates, so when you walk to the volcano, you pass over where the tectonic plates are splitting. One day Iceland will be split in two. The volcanic activity creates a very unique landscape.

Another place I visited  was Glymur. The second largest waterfall in Iceland. I got to hike Glymur to almost the very top. To get to the top you have to cross a rushing river on a narrow log, hike up and down steep inclines, and go through a cave. There are lots of waterfalls in their parks. Were else in the world can you find this?

Iceland also has many unique foods to eat. They have traditional Icelandic dishes like tender local lamb, lobster soup, and roasted goose. They sometimes have Puffin or shark on the menu. They cook steak, pizza, fast food, and fish. They even have foods from the US and India there. What a world it could be if every other country had foods from each country in the world.

Iceland has so many cool places to see that other countries don’t have. I hope you go to Iceland to see all of the cool things it has to offer.

Exploring Ireland – Ella and Sophie, 4th grade

Have you ever been to the Emerald Isle?  Well, there is much more there than just leprechauns!  We traveled Ireland from top to bottom in summer of 2018 and learned many new things.  Ireland is named the Emerald Isle because it is so green and lush.  Can you believe it rains more than half of the days every year?

Ireland is a European country located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.  The capital of Ireland is Dublin and about six million people live in the entire country; that is about the same population of the Houston area!  Instead of dollars, Ireland uses Euros.  In Ireland, most people speak English and Irish.  Ireland is more than 12,000 years old, so a lot has happened there.  In the 1800’s, potatoes were the main course of the Irish diet.  But, then the Great Famine killed most of the potato crops, causing about one million people to emigrate and one million people to die.  Another interesting fact is there are about 30,000 castles in Ireland.  A long time ago, the castles were used for protecting families from invaders. 

There are so many magnificent places to visit in Ireland!  Some of our favorites are the Kilmainham Gaol prison in Dublin, the Blarney Castle and kissing the Blarney Stone for the gift of gab and seeing the Cliffs of Moher that are about 700 feet in the air!  We also loved surfing at Inch Beach, seeing a real sheep farm, and climbing up tons of castles.  Go visit the Emerald Isle soon!

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Vietnam is located in Southeast Asia. It is divided into three regions named North, Central, and South with 58 provinces.

Vietnamese go to school 6 days a week. School does not provide transportation. Students have a couple hours break to walk home for lunch then come back for afternoon classes. Kids are not required to attend school because not everyone can afford to pay for school supplies and uniforms. In a poor family, the oldest child has to help take care of siblings. Some kids may have to go to work at young age. If the family can only afford to send one child to school, it will most likely be the oldest or youngest son since boys are expected to take care of aging parents.

Vietnam lifestyle is very relaxing. Most people don’t work so they spend their time shopping or hanging out at the coffee shop all morning.  They like to have a nap after lunch and go out with friends/families after dinner. They enjoy eating snacks between meals and before going to bed.

For entertainment, water puppet show is the most popular and traditional one that Vietnamese at all ages still enjoy. How does it work? Well, the puppets are made of wood and then lacquered. The show is performed on water. The crew stands in waist height water behind the curtain controlling their puppets with bamboo sticks. This skill is specialized by Northern Vietnamese. (videos available on youtube.com)

5th Grade Student

My parents went to Japan many years ago.  It looks like a very fascinating country. I wish to visit Japan one day. Here are some interesting facts about Japan.

1.      It has four major islands (Honshu, Shikoko, Kyush, Hokkaido) and thousands of small islands.

2.     The capital of Japan is Tokyo where majority of the people live.

3.     Japan’s mountains are formed by volcanoes.  The most famous one is Mount Fuji.

4.     Japanese people eat lots of rice and fish.  The often eat raw fish with vinegar rice, known as sushi.

5.     Japan has very pretty cherry trees called sakura.  Many people travel to Japan to see cherry blossom in April.

6.     Tatami is a mat made from rice straw that is used as flooring in a traditional Japanese room.  (in picture)

7.     The Osaka Castle was completed in 1597.  From the outside it looks like 5 five stories tall but in the inside, it has eight stories.  Because three stories are underground.   It has been through many wars and leaders and reconstructions. (in picture)

8.     The Shinkansen meaning “trunkline” in Japanese is known as bullet train in English.  It is a network of highspeed railway lines.  It is built to connect distant regions to Tokyo.  The planning started in 1930s, but the train didn’t operate till 1950s due to postponement of World War II. Many improvements and expansions were done throughout the years and still continuing to this day.  (in picture)

 

Stella

(3rd grade)

GREECE!       

             BY:MAUREEN

Athens, Santorini, Patras.

     What do they all have in common? They're ALL in Greece. Greece also has a different name; Greece's official name is the Hellenic Republic. Greece is wonderful place to visit, with so many interesting facts to follow!

     Here are some reasons why Greece is very unique: first, although Greece is a relatively small country, Greek is spoken by around 12 million people from all over the world! Greece is part of Europe and the Greek, the language, sprouted out throughout Europe and traveled across the world with Greek people. Second, the Olympic games originated in Ancient Greece! The Olympics are one of the most important world wide event and the first modern Olympic game was hosted by Greece. Third, Greece consists of more than 2,000 islands. Greece is known as the most mountainous country in Europe.  Also it is a home to many volcanoes, which results in having many many islands.

     I hope you learned some facts on Greece and will visit the country soon!

     Αντίο(bye)!  

Santorini, a beautiful Greek island

 

 A typical Greek church

 

Maureen and mommy in Santorini island, Nov 2013

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The new Empowered & Equipped! site features resources to support conversations and activities at home, and in the community, with monthly lessons aligned to SBISD instruction. These lessons focus on the critical areas of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)and building awareness of various career pathways as part of the Spring Branch T-2-4 Goal.

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Did you all know that MUSIC in itself is the UNIVERSAL language? People who know how to read music are able to communicate with others from all around the world no matter what language they speak! That’s why we music teachers work hard to teach music literacy to all of our students.

All Students in preparation for our ifest parade are learning to sing: Hello from all the Children of the World.

What else has been happening?
 

 Students in 5th grade are learning a medley of African folk songs for their upcoming winter concert: An African Celebration combines Siyahamba- from South Africa, Sing Noel- from Liberia, and Betelmehu- a carol from Nigeria.

Other songs they will perform which celebrate our diversity and multicultural heritage of our school are: The Peace Round.- which includes our singing peace in  13  languages. Nes Gadol Haya Sham is another song we are learning for our concert.  The widely known carol, Stille Nacht will be presented in German, English and Spanish.

In preparing for the annual Houston Symphony field trip at Jones Hall, these students are learning about composers from around the world: Russian composers, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky, German composers, Beethoven and Brahms, and even an American current composer, Jennifer Higdon are some whose music we will hear on October 3rd.

All students in 2nd- 5th are learning and performing World Music Drumming Techniques in the Music Classroom.

Third Graders have learned to sing Frere Jacques in French and English.

The 4th graders have learned Funga Alafia- a West African Welcome song.