How We Express Ourselves
Central Idea: We use our bodies to express ourselves
Lines Of Inquiry: Dance; Mime; Acrobatics
We have started our inquiry into our new unit. We used lots of dress up clothes, masks, streamers, musical instruments and different types of music to explore into our lines of inquiry. After which we reflected on our feelings.
Keshav said: "I was really excited when I dressed up as a transformer."
Nathan said: "Ringing the loud bell was so much fun."
Gabriella added: "I dressed up as a scary girl. It made me feel scared."
Isabel said: "I dressed up as an Owl and felt happy."
Mikhail said: "I liked to play music on the musical instruments."
Charlie added: "I enjoyed playing the music on the bell."
Sofia said: "I pretended to be a dog and I felt cute."
Omer dressed up as a clown and said it make me "happy."
Eiji said: "I dressed up as transformer and Jurrasic park bear. It was so much fun."
Esther: "I dressed up as a clown and it made me feel happy."
Amanda: "I dressed up as a pirate, then became a juggler and a Panda in the zoo. It was all so exciting."
Amy added: "And I dressed up as a Batman. It made me feel happy."
Ella said: "I did not like dressing up."
Olivia said: "I put on the red horns. I looked nice an it made me happy."
Akari: I pretended to be a puppy and that made me happy."
We played Charades. We were given lots of action words like jumping, skipping, dancing etc. We had to use our body to express the action word and the audience had to guess.
We were introduced to Read to Someone:
During Read to Someone, we sit right next to each other, almost close enough to touch elbows and knees. This close proximity allows us to read quietly and still be heard by our partners but not loud enough for the rest of the class to hear. This sitting arrangement allows partners to look on and read the same book if they choose. This is called EEKK!
Fun with letters and words
Unit Of Inquiry:
Going further and taking action into our unit on 'Cooperation is essential to achieve team goals' we played several team games and planned and built things with recycled materials. Later we reflected on why it was important to cooperate and what roles did we play in a team?
Loads of fun in the castle from our performance 'A Hungry Dog'!
How We Organize Ourselves
Central Idea: Cooperation is essential to achieve team goals
Lines of Inquiry:
The importance of cooperation
How to successfully achieve team goals
The role that people play in teams
We are back into our year long unit: cooperation is important to achieve team goals.
We revisited and answered the questions,
Why is cooperation important?
What is a team?
When do we work in teams?
Ms Smita read the book Camille's team by Stuart J. Murphy. Just like Camille's team, we had to build our sand castle. We first made a plan and decided what role each of us would play. We then head off to make our sand castles!
Patterns and Functions
Central Idea: Patterns can be represented using numbers and other symbols
Lines Of Inquiry:
What a pattern is.
Extend and create patterns.
Identify and describe patterns in various ways
Pattern hunt around school
Highlight of the week
K2 Performance: 'The Hungry Dog.'
Unit of Inquiry:
This was our last week into our unit 'Who We Are'. We revisited our routine cards to conclude. We added more routines followed at home and school which help us take care of our body, mind and learning.
The highlight of this weeks Unit was our visit to the Heath Zone. We first attended a session on the 'Healthy Plate Family'. Here we learnt about the quantity of foods we should consume. Fruits and vegetables (or the protection food) should be half the plate, grains (growing food) a quarter and proteins and milk the other quarter of our plate. We also learnt that as children we need to consume 5 glasses of water everyday to stay healthy.
Going further we estimated and measured objects using non standard units of measurement.
Unit of Inquiry:
Our school nurse (Nurse Jit) talked to us about the importance of washing hands, washing our body, brushing our teeth, wearing clean clothes to stay healthy.
Going further into ways to take care of our body, mind and learning we decided to make a healthy snack. We were to work in three groups. We decided to make Orange Juice, Strawberry Milkshake and Sushi!
We played a game of Bingo to familiarize ourselves further with the language of capacity.
Later we had to estimate and find 'how much' (many) beads, pegs or cubes were in our containers.
We got to make our own LEMONADE! We had to measure and mix together 1 small spoon FULL of lemon juice, 1 big spoon FULL of sugar syrup and HALF cup of water! The lemonade was so good! We enjoyed making it and learning about capacity!
Literacy: Daily 5
We have been learning to sort words phonetically.
Our thought when we were asked, 'How are you responsible for taking care of your body?'
Daily 5: I PICK
We talked about choosing good fit books by comparing book selection to shoe selection.
We talk about how Pete the Cat changed his shoes. Sometimes we change our shoes too. Just like our books!
We then looked at things that would help us choose a book: I PICK
Purpose: Each pair of shoes has its purpose. We do not wear dress up shoes to go running! Just like choosing which shoes to wear for which activity, we also have a purpose when we choose a book. The purpose for choosing a book may be because we want to learn about a certain topic or just read for fun.
Interest: Just like the way our shoes reflect our interests, it is important we pick books that interest us. There are a variety of books, some we may be interested in and some not interested in. We put on large pair of shoes and tried to move around. This is really funny! The shoes do not fit us just like books. Books that are a good fit for one, may not be a good fit for another.
Comprehend: Do we understand what we read?
Know: We should the words in order for a book to be just right.
How many drops to fill the dot?
We started by counting how many drops of water it took to fill the dots. Since they were all different sizes, it was fun to compare them. Then we wanted to just play around with it. It turned into a fun colour mixing activity too!
How many pomp pomps fit in a bottle?
We started by estimating how many pomp pomps would fill the bottle. Since they were all soft we could fit so many more!
Can you fill it?
We played a game on the computer where we had to fill in a big container of water using small containers.
Healthy and unhealthy foods:
We looked at pictures of lots of food and sorted them into healthy and unhealthy foods. Some of the foods we thought were both healthy and healthy so we put them in a middle category.
We looked at different ways that we take care of our body , mind and learning.
We have been exercising our brain and mind with the Brain Gym activities, practising mindfulness activities.
Look what we think about, 'why school is important for our well being.'
Sofia said, "we measure to find who is short." To this Esther added, "and to find who is tall." Mikhail and Akari said, "to find out who is bigger." Eiji said, " to find out who is strong." Keshav said, " to find out what is thin."
We found out that there are are different ways e could measure. Esther said, "we can lie down and count around." Charlie said, "we can lift and find out." Amy said, "we could use lines." Reyansh said "we could use tape." Isabel added, " we could use a ruler."
We set off to measure our shoes using the connecting cubes. Then we had fun measuring our friends shoes and comparing it with the length of our shoes.
Literacy: Daily 5:
We are learning to form our lower case letters. We learnt that there are 3 line to write within. The top line which we call the head line, the middle line or the tummy line and the bottom line or the foot line. We are learning to form and write our names.
We had fun tracing the letters, 'a' and 'd' in the sand pit.
Unit of Inquiry:
Central idea: Routines support our wellbeing
Lines of inquiry:
We looked at lots of pictures and discussed about what is good for our wellbeing and them sorted them.
We thought that some things are both good and bad for us. Eating a burger was good because it had lettuce, but it was junk food. Watching Tv helped us relax, but if we sit up too close and watch too much, it is not good for our eyes.
We continued focusing on teamwork and cooperation. We learned to work well with each other by taking turns and communicating.
We read the story 'Alexander's Outing' by Pamela Allen. It is about a young duckling who finds himself separated from his family in the park when he falls down a hole. A group of people from the park come together to save him. Later we worked together to save a duckling!
Lily pad game: We played the lily pad game to understand the importance of cooperation We needed to use team work, and communication to get all our 16 team members across the 14 lily pads.
We also read the book 'It's Mine' by Leo Leonni. Three selfish frogs live together on an island in the middle of Rainbow Pond. All day long they bicker: It’s mine! It’s mine! It’s mine! But a bad storm and a big brown toad help them realize that sharing is much more fun.