Unit of Inquiry: How The World Works
Central Idea: Different materials are used for different reasons.
Lines of Inquiry:
Hammer made out of sponge and straws!
Ms Hima created a hammer made of sponge and straws and told us to hammer nails into a piece of wood!
We thought that was so silly.
Keshav: It's too soft.
Eiji: It is not strong.
Then we wondered what should we use to hammer the nails?
Amanda: A heavy rock.
Charlie: Rock should not be heavy, we cannot lift it then.
Esther: Harder hammer.
Then we got to see the real hammer. We observed that it was made of
Reyansh: Handle made of tree.
We then had a go at hammering the nails.
We looked at words to describe the words: man, apple and kitchen.
We ended up laughing so much with all the silly sentences we could make.
Visit to Grade 5 Exhibition
Grade 5 Buddy reading
Unit of In Inquiry/Mathematics: Measurement (Time)
Can you answer the question?
Did you say Tuesday? Oh Oh!
It will be Wednesday!
We looked at the globe trying to find if it was daytime in Singapore would it be day or night in our home country. We also learnt how the earth spins slowly and as the earth spins and moves aaway from the sun it becomes night.
Charlie was very thoughtful and asked, 'My Smita, if the Earth is spinning, we will all be dizzy!'
Mikhail added, 'How can we stand if it spins? We will all fall!'
We all wondered? Ms Smita said that the Earth moves very slowly and we cannot feel the movement. We don't fall down because the earth has something called gravity which keeps us from falling.
The grade 1's took the initiative of implementing the Earth Day celebration at school. They requested us to not to use electricity from 10:30 - 11:30 am.
We turned off the lights and the aircons. Later we had our lesson outside.
What do we play in our home country?
Moving forward with our inquiry and making connection we looked at games played in our home countries. We discovered that although they may go by different countries, we find versions of these games in many different countries all over the globe.
Ms Smita showed us how to play an Indian street game called 'Lagori'. A game of seven stones.
Olivia, Archan and Keshav shared the Australian 'Boomerang'.
Jiwoo and Ella taught us a Korean game called, 'moogoong hwa cote' (red light green light when played in english) and ' nam dae moon'.
'Nam do moon' is played in England too! We sing 'London bridge is falling down' when playing the same game said Esther!
Amanda showed us how to play 'diu shou juan' (A- tisket, A-tasket)Eiji got a board game, 'shogi' which he plays with his mummy. Sofia, Gaku, and Sota said that they have this game in Japan in their houses too!
Unit Of Inquiry:
Languages spoken in our home countries!
We are 22 students in K2 and come from around the world. This is how we greet in our home countries:
Australia: Hello Mate!
China: Ni Hao!
Malaysia: As Salaam Alaikum!
Taiwan: Ni Hao!
Data: We collected data of our favourite colour and birthdays of our fiends in K2.
We found that Golden was the most popular colour and was liked by 5 friends in the class.
July was the month which had the most birthdays in K2 and the month of May had no birthdays!
Literacy: Trade a word:
The strategy, trade a word, provides readers with the option to continue reading by using a similar word for an unknown word. Reading continues and meaning stays intact. We traded the word happy as a whole class and then went off in groups to work on the word big.
We are the class of K2 consisting of 5 and 6 year olds. Our teacher, Ms Smita, facilitates our learning through inquiry and lots of fun!