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.
Central Idea: Information can be expressed by collecting, organising data and discuss chance in daily life
Lines of Inquiry
Ms Smita: What is data?
Charlie: It is knowledge when you research.
Keshav: It is finding how many?
Mikhail: It is finding how much?
With this understanding we decided to to find out how many loops each of us could make in 3 minutes.
We then laid them in a straight line. We realized that we had to label them and we needed a title for what we were finding out. Finally we analysed our loops, how long or short, how many or how few could we make.
We found that
Most or the longest loop was 13 loops long.
Least or shortest was 2 loops long.
Five students built loops that were 6 loops long.
We sorted our shoes into three groups (laces, straps, and both-lace and staprs ) and made a concrete graph using our shoes.
Unit Of Inquiry: Where We Are In Place And Time
Central Idea: Changing homes changes lives
Lines Of Inquiry:
Visiting Author and Illustrator - Fleur Vella Chang
1. She is the mother of one of the students in K2.
2. The students (whose mother is reading) name begins with a vowel.
Book Swap and Mother Tongue reading with Grade 8.
Character Dress Up
UOI: How We Organize Ourselves
We held each others hand and got tangled. Our challenge was to untangle ourselves without leaving each others hands.
We worked together in teams to present a shadow puppet or shadow performance.
UOI: How We Organize Ourselves
CI: Cooperation is essential to achieve team goals
Visit to Grade 1 class:
The Grade 1 has a fish tank in their class. We wanted to see how their interactions affect the fishes.
We had lots of questions for them.
Mikhail and Reyansh wondered: Who would take care of the fishes when everyone goes home at night?
Esther, Isabel and Gabriella wondered: What do they eat, how do they eat and what time do they eat?
KueiYen wondered: Who cleaned the water tank and how did they do it?
We learnt about the special kind of foods the fishes ate everyday. We also learnt that during the weekends the fishes have special food called feeder blocks which are placed in the tank. this helps feed the fishes on the weekend when we don't come to school.
This is our last week of this unit. We made posters, books and a play to show our understanding.
100 Day Fun!
Field trip to the Zoo
We saw a lot of animals at the zoo and had discussions about
Is it fair for the animals to stay in the Zoo?
What was the role of the Keepers at the Zoo? Were they being helpful or hurtful?
Some of us thought that it was good for the animals to stay in the zoo as they were taken care of by the keepers at the zoo. But we did not like to see the animals living in small enclosures and cages and felt sad to for them. They should be living in the jungles and forest where they have more space to move.
Visit to Botanic Garden
Moving further with our inquiry into how human interactions affect other living things we visited the Learning Forest. Before our visit we wondered what animals we would see. Some of us thought we would see lions and some thought we would see snake.
When we visited the Garden we found out that there were lots of tall trees in the garden but a lot of trees were cut down because they were very old and were not safe. We also saw some tress which were held upright by poles. We wondered why people had done that? Was it to support the trees from falling?
We saw many insects and birds and trees. Here is a list of some of the living things that we saw:
Lizard, bumble bees, spiders and its web, water hen, fish, tadpoles, bamboo trees, rooster, lily pads, turtle, flowers, ants, snails and dragon fly.
We wondered why we did not see lions? Was it because there were so many people walking?
Unit Of Inquiry:
Sharing The Planet
Human actions affect other living things
Lines of Inquiry:
Human interactions with other living things
The result of human behaviour on other living things
This week, we looked at how human action affect other living things by visiting Mr Aik, our security guard who looks after the plants in our school. He showed us what he does to make sure the plants are well cared for at the front of the school. He talked to us about the importance of watering the plants, feeding the plants by giving them fertiliser, and getting rid of the weeds. All this helps the plants to grow into strong and healthy plants and trees. We had great fun potting our own plant and watering it. We think Mr AIk is being helpful to the plants by looking after them.
We are being responsible of taking care of the plant and watering them everyday. We also take water the bamboo trees in the little playground. As we do that we are also looking at the changes that takes place due to our actions.
We then had a look around the school campus and found plants that we know Mr Aik looks after and the ones he does not. We noticed that the big trees like the Banyan tree and the field plants are looked after by nature and not Mr Aik.
Our focus in math this week was combining, separating and exploring combinations of whole numbers through various fun games and hand on activities!
We had a mystery reader This week! It was Gabriella grandmother who came to read to us. We were all so excited! She read the 'Hungry Caterpillar' in Spanish to us! Even though we did not understand the meaning we could read the pictures:)