This week we began to create our own anthologies. We've written a number of poems over the last couple of weeks and decided to publish them. At the moment, we're working on a first draft of the anthologies.
In math, we have continued our work on multiplication. Today we completed our chart on all the multiplication strategies we know and reflected on them to decide which one we felt the most comfortable using. We then picked one that we would like to learn next and began to inquire into this strategy. We'll continue this next week and once we think we understand the strategy, we will have to prove that we do to Miss Amin!
In UOI, we have begun to look at our second line of inquiry, 'how technological advances have affected expression'. We inquired into musical terminology and are going to create our own soundscapes using a musical platform.
The G3 concert went extremely well and the children had a great time! All their hard work has paid off. They have put so much effort into researching, rehearsing and performing that I'm sure they're all going to need a rest this weekend! Pictures will be up soon so watch this space.
As our UOI is focusing on how we express ourselves, we've been finding lots of ways to do this.
Following on from last week's 'I Am' poems, we began to look further into poetry techniques as well as how different cultures express themselves through poetry. We started off with creating our own made up words for nonsense poems, using 4 words repeated in different ways to create poems and playing with the structure of sentences from books and turning them into poems. Then,we began looking at Haiku poems which originate from Japan and focus on nature and the seasons. We wrote haiku poems with partners before writing individual poems and were given pictures of various scenes to write about.
In preparation for our concert, we began to research The Black Nag which is a traditional English folk dance. We've also been comparing it to dances from different cultures to see if there are any similarities or differences. The dances the children chose to compare it to are:
Dragon Dance (Traditional CNY dance)
Shishi-Mai (A Japanese lion dace)
As I write this, the children are currently taking part in a drama workshop. They're learning how we use our bodies as a tool to express ourselves and are having a lot of fun with it! The main focus is learning how to improvise which is a very useful skill to learn, especially with our performance coming up next week! Today they've been working on freeze frames, poses to show different emotions, facial expressions and making the most of the space around them. We can't wait to see what the second half brings tomorrow!
Here is what some of the students had to say about the workshop so far:
Learnt about tessellations, begun our new math unit on multiplication and division, written our own poems AND begun some artwork for our concert!
As part of our unit, we have begun to learn about poetry from different cultures. We've had a look at Haiku and Pathya Vat and next week we will begin to write our own! We've also had a look at Black Out Poetry and 'I Am' poems. The children have written their own 'I Am' poems and I have learnt so much more about them as they wrote about their thoughts, curiosities, worries and dreams. These poems will all be on display soon so come and have a look! If you can't wait till then, the children did type these up and they are saved on their drives so please feel free to ask them to share the poems with you. I'm sure they will be very happy to do so!
At the start of this week, we finished off our work in shape by looking at tessellating patterns. We looked at regular tessellations and irregular tessellations and the children began by making their own with shapes. They then drew their own tessellations on paper. Although, their finished work looks very complicated, there were only a few rules to follow to make sure the shapes tessellated. These will be up on portfolios shortly so keep an eye out for them. In one of the photos below, you can see two children who successfully completed a round of describing shapes. One child had an image of shapes which the other child was not allowed to see. Using all the vocabulary learnt at the end of last semester and in the last week, the student then had to describe it to their partner who had to draw it on their whiteboard. It taught us how important it it is to use the right language not only in math but in any situation, so that we can ensure people understand exactly what we mean!
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.
We are a group of 8 and 9 year olds who are kind, fun and imaginative!