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!