What happens to the soil when the trees are cut?
We went around our school to look at the soil around the trees and at the soil where the trees were cut down. We discovered that the soil was very loose where the trees were chopped.
After reading the book Rainforest by Helen Cowcher we understood that when there are heavy rains, it results in floods. Since there are no trees to protect the water all the soil gets washed off. To understand this better we first made our very own roots on twigs and planted them. Then we imagined that they were roots of trees that were cut. After that, we sprayed them with jet water. What happened?
The soil washed off.
It was flooded.
Everything got destroyed.
Everything is broken.
We should not cut trees.
We will also die and go away with water.
Field Trip: Natural History Museum
Here we saw lots of animals, birds and insects.
We saw the skeleton of the dinosaur.
We also saw the Dodo bird.
They are both extinct. But when we looked at why they became extinct we found that dinosaurs became extinct due to natural reasons, but, the dodo birds became extinct due to human interaction. People hunted them adn their eggs were eaten by the people's pets. That's why there are no more of these birds.
What can we do to take care of our planet?
Blend and stretch:
We have been looking at the strategy of blend and stretch. It will help us read and spell the words better.
Combine numbers to 10.
Playing lots of different games has been helping us to count and use the 'counting on' strategy to combine numbers.
Squirrels. They live on trees and can climb up the trees very quickly.
We pretended to climb up like squirrels too!
Ms Hima got us two snails she found near her home. We observed them over two days.
On day one in the morning we gave them names. Each of us called it by different names.
Next morning the we observed some liquid and lots of black things. It had eaten the apple and then pooped and peed.
We observed how it moved very slowly.
The snails' antenna is where its eye were.
It was slimy just like the slime we play with.
It's shell was hard and it went into the shell to hide from us.
We let them go before we went home on Friday afternoon.
We are working on our number skills and figuring out different ways to combine objects to make 10
Field Trip: Botanic Garden
We saw lots of insects and animals of the rainforest in the botanic garden. It was important to protect them by not polluting our environment, not cutting down trees and following the 3 R's Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
We saw the Touch Me Not plant. When we touched the plant it got scared and collected all its leaves together.
Loads of fun playing and making animal stories.
Birds or bats?
After reading the book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, we wanted to fly like birds and hang upside down like bats!
Samuel's mummy bought their pet cat Bella to school. Hugh, Samuel's brother also came to our class to share a lot information about cats. We learnt about what they eat, how they see and smell (sniff), how they shed their hair, how they clean themselves, when they sleep and lots more. We all wished we had pets whom we could to take care for.
When Bella had settled and was comfortable in our classroom , we took turns to stroke her. We had to be gentle with her.
Racing to 10:
We played the game of racing bear and quick images on the ten frame. We are working on our counting- on strategy and finding number bonds to 10.
World Kindness Day November 13th: The entire Paterson campus students got together to spread kindness by saying kind words to each other. We were treated to small treats made by the teachers.
Later we got together with our grade 5 buddies and made a card for people who are special to us, spreading kindness.
House Event on Friday: Sack race fun!
We have been continuing to focus on rhyming words. We read lots of books and found rhyming words in them, made a list of rhyming words with our buddies and played the game of bingo to find rhyming words.
Days of the week:
We have been sequencing the days of the week in the right order. We have also been trying to remember the days that come before and after.
Investigating and Inquiring: Human interaction with other living things.
After visiting Mr Aik's garden where we saw lots of bees, we wanted to inquire about the bees.
Ms Miriam and Ms Sophie found some honeycomb and we have started looking more keenly into it. To help us look into it closely Ms Smita set up the microscope and the magnifying glass. On looking closer:
I see a passageway. Maybe it is for the bees to go.
I see honey.
Wow! I see honey! It is like all yellow. It looks like fire. So cool! I can smell honey.
Do bees eat honey? I don't think.
The bears eat it!
Ms Patty the Head of Learning Support showed us a video about her son who has a 'bee farm'. She showed us how the mother bee attracts all the other bees and how honey is made.
We looked at the similarities and differences in plants when it was taken care of by people and when it was left to nature to be taken care of. We noticed that the plants in Mr Aik's garden had to be watered everyday but the big trees grew on their own and got their water when it rained.
What do scientists do to help nature?
We went up to the science lab where the G6 students showed us how scientists heat the water and get salt.
Dr Jermaiah (Ashritha and Anjali's mom) also showed us how to make dirty water into clean water by filtering it.
Ceyone's mom brought their pet frogs to class. She talked to us about the lifecycle of the frog, how it turns from an egg to a tadpole to a frog. We were all so excited to see the frog. One frog stayed still and did not move, whereas the other one regularly jumped.
Happy Diwali: A collaborative 'Rangoli' by the Elementary school.
Garden in our school: Who takes care of it?
We went and met Mr Aik our security guard, who also takes care of our garden. He showed us the beautiful 'Japanese Roses' that he planted.
Later he helped us plant our very own pot of Japanese Rose.
The flowers are so beautiful we decided to capture them on paper.
Mrs Grant our Library teacher from last year came to school to read us two stories on trees. We made connections to our unit and found out that trees give good oxygen and take in bad oxygen. They help us stay alive. So we should not cut down trees. If there are no trees we will die.
Continuity of day and night leading to days of the week:
Continuing our inquiry into day and night we looked at how the day and night cycle continued and turned into a week. The days of week also kept repeating.
Focusing on forming the letter 'S':
Understanding the concept of a word and adding finger spaces between each word.
Mathematics: Day and Night
We explored Day and Night. We divided the day into morning, afternoon, evening and night. We associated and made connections of the different activities to the different times of the day.
Along with the K1's we explored how the earth moves, discovering that when it is night in Singapore, it is day in different parts of the world.
Unit Of Inquiry: Sharing the Planet
Central Idea: Human actions affect other living things
Lines of inquiry:
Human interaction with other living things
The result of human behaviour on other living things
Causation, Change, Responsibility
We sorted lots of objects in two categories
'Alive 'and 'Unalive'.
We shared our knowledge and knew that things that are alive have to grow, eat and breathe.
Enjoying our snack in our gardens!
We have been focusing on finding and producing rhyming words.
This week we had loads of fun understanding the concept of weight.
We inquired into:
We used the balancing scale to measure different objects and we also made our own balance scale!
We weighed ourselves and tried to find objects heavier and lighter than us.
We were given several clues to solve who would be the mystery reader. We solved the mystery and found out that it was Samuel's daddy! He read us 'Dinosaur Island'. It was so much fun! We all wished that our parents would come and read!