Continuing our work on data handling, this week we conducted our own surveys. We worked through the 4 steps of:
- Collecting Data
- Recording Data
- Organising Data
- Interpreting Data
Before we began to collect data, we thought about what we would like to find out about our fellow grade 3 peers. Some of us wanted to find out what our favourite books are, our favourite video games, our favourite pets and our favourite colours. Once we had an idea about what we wanted to find out, we learnt about effective questioning. We had to make sure that the question we asked would give us the data we wanted to find out about. We collected our data in ways that suited us individually. Some collected in lists, tables and tallies. Once we had done that, we transferred our data onto cards so that they were easy to manipulate and sort. Categorising our data was the trickiest part as some of our data didn't fit into the categories we had made, some of us created categories that didn't represent our question and some of collected answers that we didn't recognise so we didn't know which categories to put the data into! After solving these small issues, we were able to create pictograms or bar charts to represent our data. Finally, we used phrases like the ones below to help us interpret our data. It was a long process - it took us the whole week! But we had a lot of fun carrying out this inquiry and now that we've been through the whole process we're getting better at handling data!
The pictures up there, shows us when we were doing chalk talk about sanitation. We wrote ideas and questions that are connected to our key concepts, connection, causation and function. I liked this work because I had lots of question.
Ms Chloe from the "world toilet organisation" came to our school to talk about sanitation in Singapore. She taught us about the sanitation system. When you flush the toilet your poo goes down to a pipe and then goes to a place where they clean your pee and poo.
Written by Tanisha
After lots of crossed fingers, Sports Day went ahead! There was a bit of a downpour...we are in Singapore after all, however it didn't get in the way of our fun. We still managed to have a go at javelin, shot put and some of the races. Have a look at the photos below to see if you can spot yourself or someone you know. Unfortunately, I didn't manage to take a photo of all the kids as I was with the Grade 3 girls during shot put and javelin whilst Ms Batlaw was with the boys. During the races I was a track marshall so was unable to take photos of the races too! Therefore, parents and carers, if you have any photos from the day, please email them to me so I can add them to this post!
EDIT: Ms Batlaw has shared a few photos of the boys which you can see in the slideshow below.
Last week we began our new math unit on Data Handling. We began by collecting data on places we like to eat. The children gave very varied answers but we managed to come up with lots of different ways to categorise the data. Here are some photos below of us trying to sort out the information.
One of our students, Gordon, decided to create the categories, 'rice' and 'dessert.' We discovered that although some of us could place our data under these headings, the rest of us couldn't. This lead to a great discussion on how we also needed the categories, 'both' and 'none.' Once we managed to find a place for all of our data, we realised that our original question no longer matched! This led to Gordon creating a new question that would connect to the data. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be creating our own surveys and learning about the importance of creating the right question.
Last week we started our new unit of inquiry; how we organise ourselves. Our lines of inquiry are transportation and sanitation and to start us off we began to think about what we already know about these two words.
Early in the week, 'disaster' struck when we were told there would be no PPU and no school buses! Panicked, the children began to think about how they would get home that afternoon. They started to draw their routes home. Thankfully, they all knew which buses they could take and from which bus stop and some also knew how they could walk home. Mysteriously, before the end of the day, PPU and the school buses managed to sort themselves out and we all got home using our normal route. Phew!
Here is some information about International Day from Ms Jasinska:
International Day is on the 6th of October and it is quickly approaching! We are excited to share our cultures and celebrate together on that day. We would love to have as much parent involvement as possible and besides sharing the day with your children, here are some ways you can participate:
Country Display: We will be making the Elementary School hallway's display boards available to parents to decorate. Each board will be assigned a country and you are welcome to come by and decorate during the week of 2nd October - 5th October. If you are interested, please let Ms. Jasinska know by email which country you are representing so she can try to connect you together email@example.com
Food: One of the highlights of International Day is the food! Please feel free to share your national dish with us that day. You can bring it in the morning for it to be kept in a safe place while you participate in the fun. Later, each country will have a table where you can place your food and we can celebrate the wonderful cuisines of the world together.
We are all looking forward to International Day, and hope you can join us for a morning of fun!
Please email Ms Jasinska or myself if you have any questions.
This week in UOI we have been taking all the learning we have done on rights and responsibilities and we have thought about how we can bring this into the classroom. As a class, we picked out the rights that we thought were most relevant in supporting our learning to use for our class charter.
Social skills are a big part of this UOI, in particular, learning how to resolve conflict and accepting responsibility. This week we have been role-playing different scenarios which result in conflict. We then modelled how to resolve these issues using our conflict corner. Using these steps will help us to become more independent in solving our problems. Our role-plays were videoed and these will soon be up on our portfolios for you to watch!
In Daily 5 we have been learning how to, 'read to someone.' We've worked really hard at listening to our partners read and checking our understanding by summarising what they read to us.
In UOI this week we have been digging deeper into our UOI. We started off by reading scenarios about different children. Reading their stories, we could tell that not all their rights were being upheld. With a partner, we worked together to infer which rights were being denied. We thought about which organisations were responsible for upholding these rights and then we came up with some suggestions as to how they could uphold these.
We also spent some time looking at some photos of children from around the world and could see straight away that they too were denied different rights. We carried out a chalk talk activity to share our ideas about what we could see, what the photos made us think about, we also made some connections between these photos and previous knowledge and we came up with some interesting questions.
In math this week, we have continued to work on place value, and addition and subtraction strategies. Earlier this morning we had a go at a place value challenge. We were given 6 numbers that were written in 5 different scripts. One script was English and another was Chinese. We were able to figure out the Chinese numbers pretty quickly. We then had to use our thinking skills to try and work out what the other numbers were. Some were easy and some were a bit tricky but we all managed to succeed. Once we began to make connections between the digits in a script, we were able to figure out the rest.
This week in G3.1 we have been adding and subtracting 2 and 3 digit numbers. We then applied our knowledge to using money. We've had a lot of fun playing math games such as Capture 5 and Collect $2.00.
Our first unit of the year is Who We Are and we are looking into the idea that 'with rights come responsibilities.'
We were looking at 52 children rights, choose one and telling each other what it meant to them. We started off by separating needs from wants. We then matched those needs to articles from the UN Convention of Child Rights. We chose a right from the convention that we then discussed in a group. Everybody in the group had to comment on each other's choice.
We've looked at the short videos about children's rights getting denied. We then had to figure out which right was not being upheld and who's responsibility it was to uphold that right.
- Written by Teddy, Aubrey, Nayoung and Miss Amin