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International School Award

British Council – Connecting classroom projects

2014 - 2017



Activity one

Title: Religious Diversity

Grade (s): 8, 9, 10

Description:The purpose of this activity is to support the English language and curriculum in both partner countries enlightning the pupils about the prevailing religious beliefs and practices in their partner country. This class literacy project focuses on religious diversity. Pupils will write and exchange literacy work on the religious beliefs of their own community which will compare and contrast the two countries. Students will visit the Jewish, Christian and Islamic praying houses in Downtown Beirut to get acquainted with the diverse religious places and practices. In English, the students will write an essay about their own religious beliefs in their community. They will write about their religious practices , rituals, holidays, etc.. This will enlighten and broaden their perspectives of the diverse religions in the world. In Social Studies, students will learn and support their knowledge with the origins of different religions and practices throughout history. They will learn how some societies tolerate the diverse practices of religions within a region.

Students will exchange the work and will compare and contrast their ideas with the international partner school.

The Impact of the activity on students

Students will build selfawareness of their own identity, belonging, beliefs,religion, rituals, culture,traditions,and self image.They will learn how to accept others with differences in diverse societies.


Activity two

Title: Story Telling

Grade (s): 2,3,4,5,6,7,8

Description: Students will film a play (drama) that tells traditional stories in the mother tongue language . The play executed by AAB is a historical traditional story that will include the traditional Lebanese dance (dabke), costumes and painted background reflecting on the cultural heritage . The partner school’s pupils will listen and watch the play. They will translate it based on the characters’ actions. Partner students will write their plot in their own language and understanding.
Students in Arabic class from Grade 2 to Grade 6 will discuss and write a play that reflects on the traditional and cultural heritage of Lebanon.
Students will act upon a dialogue while others will introduce a traditional Lebanese dance within the play.

Partner schools pupils will watch the video without sound and will try to figure out, understand and translate the play in their own language. They will write the plot and acknowledge the cultural differences between countries. Partner schools will exchange the plots and reflect on them.

Invitations will be designed and printed. Parents will attend to watch the musical play (drama) to envision and realize how traditional stories are carried on to be shared with pupils of diverse cultures.

This play will be shared via you tube.


The Impact of the activity on students

This project will support the literacy and drama skills sharing cultural heritage of different countries. Students will enhance their skills of critical thinking while writing a plot of the partner school's play. Students will learn to perform the traditional dance.


Activity three

Tiltle: Religious Art

Grade (s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Description:Students will create art work with a religious theme from any of the great religions in the world. The art work will include hand made mosaics , calligraphy in Arabic or stained glass. Pupils will exchange work with partner schools.

In art class , students will create an art piece that represents a spiritual icon related to any of the great religions practiced in the world. This project will enable students to learn about different religious ideas, beliefs and practices.

In Math class, students will identify different shapes and measurements that help them create three dimensional figures.

In Social Studies, students will learn about the different great religions throughout history identifying the symbols such as the patron of the art related to the Christian church.


The Impact of the activity on students

This project will introduce the religious and cultural heritage of the two countries through art and architecture.

Students will research about the different religions at different intervals in history to find pictures of their art work and architecture that will be used in their projects.


Activity four

Title: World Food Day

Grade (s): 3,4,5,6, Learning Center A2 (Special needs unit)

Description: Students will learn about healthy and unhealthy food. Students will exchange recipes of healthy traditional food related to their countries. They will apply the process and follow the steps of the recipes. The outcome is to create a healthy international cook book.

Students will be introduced to the project through science class. They will learn about the different categories of food and their benefits in addition to the food pyramid. Pupils will watch a powerpoint presentation prepared by elder students about healthy food and the effects of unhealthy food on the human body and the environment. Healthy food awareness and pictures will be displayed around the school premises. Visits to diet centers will be planned to raise awareness and to enrich the students' knowledge for a better healthy life.

Through English class the students will learn how to write an informative essay like a recipe and its guidelines. Students will follow the steps of writing recipes of healthy traditional Lebanese food. They will also tell facts about each dish , the ingredients needed, and the how to prepare process.

In Math class students will learn about measurements and weights simultaneously with other subjects. This will enable them to recognize and use the proper quantities of ingredients needed for their recipes.

Finally, the students' recipes will be put together and exchanged with the partner schools in the U.K.and Australia. In turn, students will study the exchanged recipes and prepare them. They will experience a diversity of healthy food from different countries and get to taste them. Pictures will be taken as evidence.


The Impact of the activity on students

Students will be aware of the scientific notion of healthy nutrition and global environmental problems. . They will be able to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy food and apply their knowledge in their daily diet . In addition, they will learn about healthy food from different cultures (Lebanon, U.K, Australia). Moreover, pupils will also learn how to write and prepare a recipe following the guidelines.


Activity five

Title : Human Rights " My Voice Counts"

Grade (s) : 4, 5, 6,7,8, LC A1, A2 (special needs unit)

Description:Students will learn about human rights through different subjects embedded in our school's curriculum. They will relate different facts around the world like Africa , Asia and other third world countries about the rights of every individual on Earth. They will deal with the problems and solutions to matters that threaten Human Rights.

In Social Studies , English and Character Education our students will learn about human rights in general and the meaning of the term. They will research information about human rights , UN activities and achievements in that area around the world. Secondary students at AAB participate annually in the MUN. They will discuss human rights problems and solutions issues threatening the world. They will share what they have learned with elementary and intermediate students.

In Art class, students from Grade 2 to Grade 6 will symbolize the topics of Human Rights in drawings "My Voice Counts" that express their own perspective . Students from partner schools will also draw pictures for the same purpose of presenting human rights.

Also in Arts students from Grade 7 and 8 will create / draw a mural in the school premises that symbolizes Human Rights.

In English class , students from local partner schools (BMS, AIHS and Al Kawthar) will visit our school and will compose /create stories related to the mural drawings about Human Rights. Pictures of the mural will be sent to the international partner students who will also create stories related to human rights. The stories from local and international schools will be compiled along with the pictures to form a booklet called " My Voice Counts" .

Students with special needs will also learn about their rights in their community and around the world. They will express ideas in their own drawings and practice them in daily interactions with regular students within the school premises.

The Human Right story book " My Voice Counts" work will be shared with our local and international partner school to raise awareness on human rights locally and internationally.


The Impact of the activity on students

Students will learn about rights and responsibilities that are set worldwide through human rights.They will be aware of what is right and what is fair and what spreads equality.Students will adopt the desire for justice, commitment to rights and responsibilities for all humans around the globe without discrimination. Involving students with special needs in the project would be an added value to how they must be viewed equally and others should have empathy towards them.

Students participating in MUN will take the responsibility of sharing what they have learned with their school mates.


Activity six

Title: International Mother Earth Day

Grade (s): K, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

Students will learn about pollution and causes / effects of pollution. They will apply what they have learned and share ways to reduce pollution starting from their communities to reach the world. Students will produce / make eco friendly products made from recycable and reused items.

Our local partner school will email our students a story about a dinosour polluting the Earth. After listening and reading the story, students in elementary classes will discuss the danger of pollution and find ways to save the Earth and the environment. Students will be motivated to apply the 3Rs and integrate them in their daily lives. They will make eco friendly products to be displayed and exchanged. In art class, KG and Grade 1 students will create a model collage from recyclable pieces of newspaper that represents the Earth. They will express “the better Mother Earth “in drawings.

In Science and Social Studies class, students in intermediate classes will research causes and effects of pollution and ways to reduce pollution in the world. Students will present their findings in a powerpoint presentation to other pupils to raise awareness about the issue. Students will produce / make eco friendly projects that will save the environment and make the world a healthy place to live. Students will emphasize on practicing the 3Rs to become part of their daily routine.

Students’ projects will be displayed at school.

Pictures and plans of the projects will be displayed in an exhibition at school and will be sent to our international partner school.


The Impact of the activity on students

Students will be aware of the global environmental problems. Students will have to think critically, to take part in sharing ideas and suggesting solutions for these problems, and collaborate with their partner schools in finding solutions and practicing them; such as ecofriendly products, for sustainable living.


Activity seven

Title: Step into My World

Grade : LC A1 (special needs unit)

Special need students will communicate through technological means. Students will correspond via email, and skype. Mails will be written during English and computer classes on a weekly basis between pupils in the partner schools. Once established, students may chat via skype ( supervised by teachers/ parents) . Students will be encouraged to introduce themselves, voice their likes and dislikes, provide insight in their family life, share what they have learnt at school, fun activities they participate in and cite various wonderous places in their countries. This may form a deeper emotional tie and share how special needs students deal with their society. This will foster a communication program, personal growth and procreate self actualization.


The Impact of the activity on students

This project will teach and ease the use of technology for special needs students and introduce an aged world wide tradition of " pen ship pals". It will develop a communication frame that will enable the special need students to create a dialogue and a lasting relationship between each other.

Students will reflect their self image and how they are percieved by people around them. By communicating with partner schools, they will learn about how special needs students are percieved in their societies.


































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