The grade 3 students went a step deeper into their inquiry into forces today by designing, and building water rockets. And then we launched them in the big field. We wanted to see which rocket would stay in the air the for the longest time. What made a difference? - was it the amount of water each pair of students chose? How did design affect the flight? Was it the wings.... was it the additional weight some added with the use of golf balls? Think drag, thrust, gravity....
Mia and Simon's water rocket launches
I worked with Clara, my partner to see how far a car could go on a road, a classroom floor, and a carpet. My hypothesis was that the car would go the longest distance on the carpet. My prediction was wrong. It went the longest distance on the floor. I checked with my partner. The carpet has more friction, and the rocky road also had more friction. This slowed the car.
I also did another experiment - I dropped a wooden tile and a bird feather to know which will land on the floor in the least time. The tile won because it is heavier, the feather is lighter. The tile had more weight so the gravity pulls the tile more.
Below is Pieter testing his hypothesis.
BEA: it was a great was to show what we learnt. I want to do it again. Our play was about endangered sea turtles, and we showed empathy. People were very creative with their ideas
LUCY: I liked how people expressed themselves.
JINGCHONG: I helped my group plan how to fix sea turtles.
Building their speaking and listening skills and confidence by talking about the books they love. Students shared summaries of the books they loved, and made recommendations to students in our class who might enjoy these books. There books on mysteries, adventures, non fiction text, and a Manga comic book in Japanese.
I drew a big butterfly. I coloured the butterfly with orange, green, red, black, and yellow.
I was feeling happy because the butterfly was colourful.
The butterfly was at the school in the playground.
There were triangle shapes on the butterfly.
I like butterflies.
GRADE 3 dabbled in mixed media to learn a new medium of expression. A visit to the STPI gallery in Singapore.
This week I enjoyed the Drama with Mr. William. I wondered If I can be a real actor when I grow up. I also enjoyed when we learned about Skip Counting in math, I am working about the skip counting the number : 7.
KEITA: TODAY IN WORK SHOP I RELLY ENJOY THE WORK SHOP. I RELLY ENJOY PLAYING GAME , ACT AND FREEZE . IT WAS FUN TO DO WORK SHOP. I FEELT EXCITED AND CONFIDENT BECAUSE I HAVE NEVER DONE DRAMA BEFORE
PIETER: I used my imagination at the workshop because I had to pretend my body to act.
LUCY: I wondered how hard it is to be an actor
HAGEN: I LEARNT THAT I CAN SPEAK FASTER THAN I THOUGHT. I ALSO LEARNED THAT ACTOR SUSE WARM UP GAMES TO GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER MORE
MIA: I TRIED TO LOOK PROFESSIONAL. I TRIED TO USE MY BODY MORE THAN MY MOUTH
Dear Grade 3 Students,
Here are the words and recorder parts for the Fight Song. I also recorded the singing and recorder parts for you to follow along. This song is a little high for Ms. Marnie, haha, so be sure to listen to the original song to get a better feeling for the sung part. This is really just to remind you of the recorder rhythms and when to play and when to sing. Please practice at home AT LEAST ONCE A DAY from now until the concert!! It's going to be AMAZING!!!
Ms. MarnieFight Song
Like a small boat
On the ocean
Sending big waves
Like how a single word
Can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion
And all those things I didn't say
Wrecking balls inside my brain
I will scream them loud tonight
Can you hear my voice this time?
This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me
In our inquiry into 2 D shapes, we decided to step outside the classroom in search of right angles, objects with symmetry, congruency ... acute and obtuse angles. We worked in pairs, took photos, discussed our choices. This led to interesting observations. Connections were certainly made.
"I liked Math because I can go out and look for 2 D shapes in real life. I found right angles in doors. If the door did not have a right angle corner, the door will not close. If the door will not close, the robber will come inside. And I found symmetry in rectangular fence outside. "
In the above photos, we made congruent shapes on Geo boards.
CLARA'S BLOG POST: For this week it was special because it was the new year, the new year was 2018. We start the school on Tuesday. In math we go outside and take a picture of acute angle and obtuse angle… It was so cool!
HUISANG: I enjoyed Music because I learnt to play the recorder. It is easy to play. I am learning the Fight song.
We have launched into an exciting unit on poetry! We started with sharing out thoughts on poetry. Some students said that poems did not have to rhyme, some said that poems had a message.... We wrote acrostic poems, and are now trying to go deeper by using our senses to make our poems more meaningful.
UOI: We began our exploration of the new unit of inquiry into how we express ourselves.
The central idea is: The tools we use affect how we express our ideas.
LINES OF INQUIRY: Artistic expression in different cultures
Our class party to celebrate the end of the semester, and to say good bye to Taiyo and Annie who will be leaving ISS.
Today we had a class party.my mom, natania’s mom, annie’s mom and clara’s dad came over to volunteer.mostly everyone brought their home country’s food. I bring sausages/Huisang bring korean sushi. Jingchong bring A LOT of potato chips.Clara and her dad made and bring waffles!
And a lot other yummy food.After we ate,we had PE.Ms.Musiowsky not Mr. Inman. First,we played octopus 2 times.Then,we played KO-KO. An Indian game. I liked the class party.
But I am now sad because I am leaving ISS.
Today after snack time we do a class party we do sport and after we eat and dance when it was lunch I was not hungry so I stay in the classroom when my dad have to go I was very sad. At lunch time I was not hungry so I dance with Bea and Natania.
I really enjoy the class party this week ,but what is sad ,me and Taiyo is leaving our school.I will miss ISS very much.I think Taiyo will do,too!