A Visit With Mr. Mikkel


Today Mr. Mikkel Johannessen (Smilla’s dad 2L) visited and gave a presentation to all of Grade 2. His work at the Danish Embassy has allowed him to work extensively with the Maasai tribe. Mr. Mikkel shared some great pictures and told stories about Maasai culture. He explained a lot about how Maasai kids are very different than us. He even had a story about an 8 year old boy who killed a lion!

Above is the slide show Mr. Mikkel shared with all of Grade 2.

Asante Sana Mr. Mikkel for sharing your pictures and talking to us about the Maasai people.

IST Grade 2

World Langauges Week in Review


During World Languages Week, a number of parents took time from their busy day to come visit IST to share books, stories, pictures, songs, games and much more about their home language and culture.

“During World Languages Week at IST, my mom came to visit our class and read the book After Dark written in Urdu (a language of Pakistan) to us. She read the words in Urdu first and then she translated the words into English so everyone could understand the story. It is about two sisters. One sister is scared of the dark and she will not sleep in her bedroom by herself. My classmates and I really liked the book. It was exciting to have my mom come in and read the book to us.” – Yusra

Insiyah and Yusra also read a book written in Urdu to the class. “We read the book Come and Take a Shower aloud to the class. It was a fun book to read to the class. The class seemed to enjoy the book when we asked questions. If students answered our questions correctly, they received a chocolate from us. In the story, the boy was fussy about eating some kinds of food. People enjoyed the part where the boy said, ‘the chicken flew out the window’. The boy did not want to eat the cooked chicken so he threw it out the window. The message from the book was that you should not be fussy about food. You should always eat what parents give you so that you can keep your body healthy.” – Insiyah and Yusra

During World Languages Week IST ES Campus was bustling with activity. Here is a short video of one of the performances during recess.

“My dad came to visit us at IST during World Languages Week. He told us a story about a young warrior named Wule. He sang the song “Ulegmanatende” which comes from Iramba (where my dad and I are from) in Tanzania. I danced while my dad sang and eventually the rest of the Kung Fu Praying Mantids joined in. We all had a lot of fun. At the end, my dad and I taught the class a fun game.” – Bertha

Thank you Mr. Jairo and Ms. Rasool for coming to visit us at IST. We had a super fantastic time learning from you!

The Kung Fu Praying Mantids

Our Global Friends – Thanks for the Comments


One of the many positive things about having a blog is that Grade 2 students get to connect with other students and classes all over the world! Here are a few of our new Global Friends that we have started to communicate with by viewing each others blogs and leaving comments. We welcome you take a look at what is going on in classrooms elsewhere in the world and even take a moment to say hello by leaving them a comment.


Our Global Friends: Mrs. Yollis’ Class, Grade 3 students from California, USA.

Here is a comment they left for us on our post, Learning About Grammar – CONJUNCTIONS!.

Dear IST Grade 2,

This morning we read your post AND watched your video, AND now we have a greater understanding of conjunctions. We like your level of enthusiasm when it comes to conjunctions, BUT be sure to always use them correctly.

It is important to proofread for run-on sentences, BUT sometimes we make mistakes.

Are there really zebras in Tanzania, OR did you just put the zebra header there because you liked it?

Mrs. Yollis’ Class

P.S. We tried to use conjunctions in our sentences. How did we do?


Our Global Friends: The Smarties!, Grade 2 students from Western Australia.

Here is a comment they left us recently from our post Acrostic Poems – The Knight And The Dragon.

S tupendous
A mazing
G reat
E xceptional

D azzling
A uspicious
N ice
N ifty
I nspiring

Mrs N and the Smarties!

Here is another comment they left for us from one of our weekly posts on Current Events.

Hello IST Grade 2,

We’re The Smarties, from Western Australia. Your Current Affair reports look very interesting. You must be learning a lot about the world.

Love from The Smarties


Our Global Friends: Room 8 at Melville Intermediate School, Hamilton, Waikato in New Zealand.

Students in room 8 have been writing IST Grade 2 students comments of support and encouragement. We appreciate the many nice things they have to say to us about our learning.

From our blog post, Reduce, Reuse and Make 3D Objects.

Hi it’s great that you guy are learning about 3D and 2D shapes.

Room 8, Melville Intermediate

Another comment from our post, How Is A Wedge Used?

Extremely good predictions grade 2!
I liked it how you discovered that a wedge has more than 1 use.
I hope you enjoy your future experiments, GOOD LUCK!!!!

Room 8, Melville Intermediate


Thank you to our growing number of Global Friends. Your comments are read and appreciated. Keep them coming!!!