Hi everyone! Welcome back to our blog. We've had a wonderful break and had lots of funny and exciting stories to share with our friends last week. We are also welcoming two new students to our class.
Our Grade 3 Concert will be taking place at 3.00pm on Friday 2nd February at Serangoon Hall. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.
Our new UOI is How We Express Ourselves. We are looking into how 'the tools we use affect how we express our ideas'. Last week we started off by unscrambling our central idea and drawing and writing what we thought it meant. We then spent some time breaking down the words in our lines of inquiry. We used dictionaries, people and the internet to find out what the key words in our lines of inquiry mean so that we can truly understand them. Our lines of inquiry are:
- Artistic expression in different cultures
- How technological advances have affected expression
In math, we are continuing our work on shape. We have learnt lots of new vocabulary such as congruency, similar, regular, irregular, flips, turns and rotation. We used geoboards to create shapes in order to show our knowledge of the vocabulary and then we went on a symmetry hunt around school. This week we have moved on to tessellation. In class we began by using shapes to figure out which ones tessellate and which ones don't. Some of us made patterns using the same shape but flipped or turned them in order to make the shapes fit together.
-Written by Arwyn
When we were doing the debate we had to research about the invention we picked. You could either work in partners or work in a group and find research about the inventions one at a time.
We watched videos we read on websites like wikipedia or just searched on google. We also interviewed miss Amin, miss Noreen and ms Merium, A debate is when you research with a group or with partners about two inventions that you picked than on the day someone tells you that you are on the proposition for example and your other partner is on the opposition team.
There were three debate groups the first debate group had Teddy, Eniko, Aiden and Arwyn.
Second group had Mollie, Grace, Tanisha and Ruthu.Third group had Joyce, Minzhe, Gordon and Aubrey. We learned how to do a real debate. We all enjoyed it because it was challenging.
This is when Nina, Hizuki and Hisaki shared their report about the telephone.I learnt that the old telephone was black and had numbers.I enjoyed it because they spoke loudly and clearly.
This video is when we did a invention of telephone in ESL class and share the report. I be nervous but when I speak,that was fun. and Nina and Hizuki did good job.
Connecting our UOI and math together, today we introduced the following terms:
The children had a go at writing what they thought these words meant. We had some interesting responses and there were some good connections with other words. Some children thought it meant something is rotten because it sounded like the word decayed. Another child thought it meant 10 years because a decagon is a 10-sided shape.
The class worked in pairs to research the words
and they used dictionaries and the internet.
They fed back what they had learnt and the
general consensus was the following:
Below are some photos of our completed timeline! Can you see some of the connections that the class made to the inventions and these new words on their pink post-it notes? Some of the students were surprised by the dates of some inventions and they wrote those down onto the orange post-it notes.
This week we have been getting ready for our summative task and we've been very busy indeed! The children will be working in teams to debate one of the following statements:
- Electricity is more useful than the toilet.
- Smartphones have had more of an impact on the world than glasses.
- Smartphones are a more useful invention than the aeroplane.
They worked in groups to come up with these statements themselves and are working together to research the pros and cons of their inventions. They've been busy interviewing teachers, family members and using books and the internet to gather their information.
In order to get us ready for presenting our debates, we've been watching some examples on Youtube and extracting common features to create our own debate guidelines and we've also begun to have mock debates. We started off with debating the statement: Students must wear school uniform.
They were split into two teams and given 5 minutes to come up with their arguments. They did very well with presenting their views, we heard lots of interesting points and some excellent rebuttals.
Next week the class will debate against Ms Noreen and myself and we are all very excited about it!
A while ago, we collected tins and painted them. We use these tins as pencil cases. A few weeks ago, I brought in a box to store each table's tins and whiteboards in but it was too small! I asked the children to help me figure out a way for us to collect the right sized boxes. Below is how Grace's group approached this.
In this lesson we were measuring the white bored to see if our can pencil organisers will fit on them so that we knew what size our box should be. I worked with teddy. I enjoyed it because I made a clean up crew were we keep our tables clean and we make tidying fun. I learnt how you can tidy up using mesurement .In the second picture we are measuring the carpet to fined the perimeter. We also did this with the oblong desk and our cubbys .When Idid this with mollie I learnt how to find the perimeter.
- Written by Grace
we were designing a patio for MS.Amin and it had to have the perimeter of 100 meters.
i worked with Hisaki and Arwyn. i learned that 100 meters can make new shapes i also learned that you can count different skip counting to make 100. i really enjoyed this because it was fun to do different shapes and mesure up the perimeter of it.
Written by Mollie
In the picture below, we made shapes with four tetrominoes. We manage to make five different shapes with the four tetrominoes. Then we learned that if you turn the shape around it is still the same shape. I liked when we made the shapes and figuring out how many we can make!
- Written by Tanisha
We have been very busy over the last couple of weeks getting stuck into our new unit of inquiry. From now until the end of this semester, we are looking at how inventions have changed the world with a focus on how they have positively and negatively shaped/affected societies.
We introduced the new unit through the Lorax whereby the children had to look at how the setting in the story had changed and the perspectives of the different characters. As this unit requires research, we also had a few literacy skills sessions with Mrs Grant, our librarian. She taught the children how to choose the correct books for research, what to look for and she's also taught the class how to search for information using keywords.
One of our lines of inquiry is, 'industrialisation.' We introduced this by watching a video of industrialisation as demonstrated in the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. The children spotted the changes straight away and came up with some interesting questions about the process such as:
Why were some of the children not going to school?
Why were the grass areas/farms destroyed?
Who's idea was it to create factories?
Prior to watching this video, we had done a little chalk talk activity on some famous inventions to find out if the children recognised the items, if they could make any connections to them and if they had any questions about them.
Last week, we began our new unit on time. We started off by writing down what some of our worries/challenges regarding time were and we went from there. Over the two weeks, we practiced reading analogue clocks, saying the time, reading digital clocks and working out durations of time. Read what some of the children have to say about time below.
Children were working out durations of time during this activity. Sometimes we do a chilli challenge which means that questions range from mild to on fire. Children choose their level of challenge. This gives them ownership and it provides room for them to be reflective. If they are finding their choice too 'hot' they may choose to try a 'less spicy chilli' and if they're finding it too 'mild' they may choose to try questions that are a bit spicier. That will explain the different coloured sheets!
This activity is called time bingo . In time bingo ,you can pick out five times on the screen you need to read the time it said on the screen and if it has the time you have cross it out.If you have no more times on your paper say bingo. i had fun doing this activity and it was a little hard but fine. When it showed a clock sometimes I could not read the time on it.
This activity is called Time loop cards. We took a card and we just try matching the card with the other card by looking at the time picture in our cards and then we say the time and then we look at the bottom part of the card and it will say like, who has 11:30, who has 7:55 and other time. After we found the other card we keep doing it again and again. I really like playing this game, and I feel this game is pretty easy and pretty hard, I learned how to read time even better.
At the start of our unit on time, the children wrote their worries/challenges regarding time on the pink post it notes. Yesterday, we spent some time reflecting on what we had written last week and on the orange sticky notes, we shared how we feel about our worries now. Some children even wrote down what they would like to work on next time they study time.
This week we've been busy creating adverts for our cities! Read below to find out what our ministers have to say and to watch our videos.
Newton Government - written by Aubrey, Minzhe, Arwyn and Nina.
We made a video and used the green screen app to put pictures in the background so people know what are systems are. We learned how to use the green screen app and we learned how to put videos from camera roll into the green screen app. We enjoyed using the green screen app because we can put pictures and videos together and it makes a video with pictures in the background!
House Link City - written by Teddy
So we made a video about our city. We were the government, I was leader of transportation. I enjoyed making the video and making our own speech because in my speech I got ideas every 5 seconds.
Working in a group was a bit easy and a bit hard. it was easy to help Gordon and Hizuki with spelling but i was the leader so I had to make sure they were on task on the whole time and thought that was hard.
Star Government - written by Grace
it was fun because we got to learn how to use green screen.it was also hard helping my team mates but i managed. Being the minister of education is hard because in the city i had to make sure all kids have a good learning level.
Blue Somerset - written by Ruthu.
When we did our city I was the leader. We had to use Atls like corporation. It was really fun because we got to use green screen and we got to find pictures that mach our role.
Earlier this week, we spent some time with the K1 class. We went to their classroom to read with them so that they could learn the Daily 5 'read to someone' behaviours. They chose books that they wanted us to read. We had such a great time with them and they really enjoyed listening to different stories. Can you spot any of the 'read to someone' behaviours in the photos below?
Over the last few days, we have been designing cities! For our summative task, we have been working in groups to create new cities. We've had to put different systems in place so that people will come and live in our city. Each person in our group is the minister for a different system. We've been thinking about how our system will meet the needs of the different people who live there and how these systems will be funded.
Because the long jump got cancelled on Sports Day due to rain, we decided to measure how far our grade 3 students could jump. We started off by making predictions and I was very pleased to see the children were using last week's knowledge and made predictions using words such as:
feet inches metres centimetres
After they wrote their predictions, they went through the process of writing down their equipment and method.
We collected a variety of results because some children measured in feet, some used inches, some used centimetres, some used metres and a few used combinations of those units.
So...how were we supposed to use this data to figure out how far our students could jump?
One of the children decided that we couldn't read from the results we had collected because we had all used different measurements. This led someone else to suggest that we convert to one unit. The agreed unit was centimetres.
After converting our results, we put them together and found that the shortest distance covered was 60cm and the longest distance covered was 174cm...
Looking at the results, can you guess who these children are and why they got the distance they did?
Although we only had two days of school last week, we very very busy indeed! Read below to find out what we've been up to...
Last Friday, we were lucky enough to be visited by Jeff Kinney, the author of the famous Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. He was very friendly and as well as talking to us about his inspiration for the series he also taught us how to draw the main characters!
We are continuing our UOI from before the October break. This week we began to look at our second line of inquiry; transportation. In our initial lesson, we looked at transportation in Singapore through the lenses of our key concepts; connection, function and causation. We also had a chance to write down some questions we had about transportation here. Some of our questions are here:
Why is the MRT controlled by a computer?
Why does the MRT use machines instead of drivers?
How many stops are on the MRT?
In math last week we began looking at measurements, specifically units of measurement that help us to measure distances and length. We've been carrying out some investigations to introduce us to using feet, metres and cm. Read below to find out more!
Investigation on 'is your foot a foot long?'
In this investigation we made predictions about what we thought inches and feet looked like. Then we actually got to look at the length of a foot and an inch. Some of our predictions were pretty close but some weren't! We then carried out an investigation to see if our foot is a foot long. We wrote down our predictions, the equipment we would need, method and results. In our conclusions we shared that a foot is actually longer than the length of our feet!
Investigation on the length of the classroom.
Ms Amin wanted to hang some string up in the classroom but wasn't sure how much she would need. We helped her out by measuring the length of the classroom. Some of us used tape measures, some of us used metre sticks and some of us used 12 inch rulers. On our first attempt lots of us had different results. This showed us that some of us weren't measuring accurately. We talked about the way we measured and realised that some people were leaving gaps between the edges of the rulers or measuring diagonally instead of straight. The second time we tried, our results were a lot closer together. We all learnt that the length of our classroom is 7 feet and approximately 25 cm.
We had a wonderful international day just before the break. The performances were enjoyed by all and the workshops that the high school kids had organised were very engaging. Grade 3 took part in a France workshop and an Indonesia Workshop. In the France workshop, the children learnt some facts about France and collated it with information they already knew. They then worked in teams in a Jeopardy style game show quiz. Everyone's competitive side came out and the battle was on!
A little while later, the children began a workshop centred around sharks and the people living in Indonesia. They were told a short story about a shark who lived in the water surrounding one of the islands and they also had a go at playing some musical instruments in the style of Indonesian music. To wrap things up, they were taught a simple Indonesian dance. See below for the video.
Of course, after the excitement of the morning and the two workshops, I had a bunch of starving children to look after. Luckily, it was time for the International buffet; a buffet that EVERYONE looks forward to! Needless to say, the food was delicious and our bellies were all totally full.
International Day 2017 was definitely a huge success.
We are a group of 8 and 9 year olds who are kind, fun and imaginative!