Pathfinder for Research on Water
Posted 11/06/2015 03:34PM

The 4th graders are doing research for their unit on water this month. The central idea is: the availability of water has an impact on humans / La disponibilité de l'eau a un impact sur les humains. In order to support this research we can use a pathfinder or guide, to get a bird's-eye view of resources available for that age group in French and in English online (including in the School databases) and in print. For login from home, IDs and passwords are available to FAIS students in "Research Tools" in FAIS Google sites.

As an example, the links below will take you to search results with the keyword "water" or "eau," for the different resources listed. Britannica School, Encyclopédie Découverte, Encyclopédie Larousse, and the videos from are available through our school subscriptions. Kids InfoBits and the online book, Water, by Melissa Stewart, are available via OSLIS, a service provided by the State Library to all schools in Oregon. This resource includes online books, magazine articles, and reference books.

From our school subscription resources:

Available through the Oregon School Library Information System or OSLIS:

A website in French, designed for children:

Le Centre d'information sur l'eau

FAIS Library Books in our online catalog (including fiction):

PYP Unit 4th gr. Water


Stop by 4th grade classroom 2-A on Tuesday, June 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for an exhibition featuring many of the projects worked on throughout the year.

It's not too late to make your summer plans--register now for Summer Camp and Summerfest!

Mark your calendars--on June 24 FAIS' T-ball team, the Tigers, will celebrate their end of season at a Hillsboro Hops game at 4 p.m. If you are interested in joining the team and their families, please contact Ryan.


    • WedAug29 New Parent Orientation 5:45 PM to 8:00 PMRose Préau Commons, FAIS Campus

      This event is for all new FAIS parents. Current FAIS parents new to Gilkey with rising 6th graders are strongly encouraged to attend. Students are neither expected nor required to be present. See event description for details.

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    • ThuSep06 Gilkey Volleyball Begins
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    • SatSep08 Wallace Park Gathering for New & Returning FAIS Families 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMWallace Park, 1600 NW 25th Avenue

      Bring a snack or lawn game to share with other new and current FAIS families at the park. All grades welcome! Look for the FAIS banner to find our location. Hang out at the park or organize groups to walk to shops and eateries on NW 23rd Avenue.

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