WHAT BETTER WAS TO GET EXCITED ABOUT SYSTEMS THAT HELP US FUNCTION WELL AS A SOCIETY?
The Policemen came into our classrooms and talked to us about how the police security system functions. A great way to start the inquiry into How We Organize Ourselves!
The highlight of the week was the gallery of statues and the work that went to make it happen. Students inquired into leaders and role models from their home countries, who had fought for rights and made a difference to the lives of people.
Each student was able to explain how this person was connected to them: how was their life today impacted by this person's actions, maybe decades ago.
On Wednesday, a day before the presentation, there was a lot of excitement in the classroom as students collaborated to make props.
HARUTO: First I was nervous, then I became more nervous because parents came. Finally I was happy because I said my script many times. Odrita helped me make my beard and moustache. I was ITAGAKI TAISUKE. He fought for rights to vote in Japan.
AXEL - I enjoyed talking about my persons.
LINDA: I enjoyed being Aung San Suu Kyi. I learnt from her that she fought for people of Burma.
KAJSA: I liked being Alva Myrdal. She was a Swedish person. She started the first pre-school in Sweden. I was nervous first. Later I was happy.
DARSHAN: I was Mahatma Gandhi. I learnt that he led India to independence from the British Empire. The best part was when we listened to each other in grade three. I presented to 49 people. It was very tiring!!
LIAM: I was Abraham Lincoln. He helped African American be treated fairly. I liked the part where I was on stage.
TAIGA: I was Hatta Yochi. He was an engineer. He made a dam in Taiwan that helped the farmers. I chose him because he looked exciting because I am a little bit interested in buildings. At the end of the presentation I was tired because I spoke to many people.
highlights of the week - working on our research skills, and inquiring into strategies to add 3 to 4 digit numbers
This week was a huge discovery for me as well as my students in our inquiry into Who we are! Each of the 20 students went home and discussed with their parents to learn about one person from their home country who had made a difference to the lives of others; some one who was principled, and had stood up for certain rights.
I learnt about some amazing people such as DR NOGUCHE HEDEO and ITAGAKI TAISUKE from Japan, Alva Myrdal from Sweden, FATIMA ALI JINNAH of PAKISTAN, and CWW KANNAGARA from SRILANKA and Burnam Burnam from Australia.
Research: students developed questions in the classroom and explored the difference between open and close ended questions. In class, they used online sources and books to find answers to their questions on their personalities.
MATH: as independent learners, students taught themselves different strategies to add by inquiring into them, and then solved questions as proof of their understanding. This weekend, they will use their communication skills to teach their parents.
This week, we watched animated movies by the UNICEF on children who have been denied basic rights. The children were quite taken a back and reflected that they were so lucky to not be in the shoes of those children caught in wars.
We also read the story of Iqbal, that made an impact on our students.
Bloggers from this week: DARSHAN and iLakshi
We learnt about rights and responsibilities the rights are things everybody needs all the rights.
We heard the story of a boy called Iqbal from Pakistan. Iqbal was a 4 year old boy. His parents were very poor so they need money
They borrowed money but the owner wanted the boy (IQBAL) to work in a factory
When he was 10 he saw a sign to let children free from work he told the other children in the factory that we are free
He went to america to tell everybody.
When he was 12 he was riding a bicycle the somebody shot him.
I think Iqbal did not have the right to play and rest because he was working in a factory.
He did not have the right to study and healthcare, because he was working in a carpet factory that was dark, it had bad air, not enough sunlight.
I think Iqbal was brave.
MATH: I like place value and rounding up because it is fun. I liked making the mystery number.
The thing I enjoyed the most this week was the library because it has thousands of books.
I love to read books. My favourIte series are Geronimo stilton and Dork diaries,I even borrowed them this week! I also enjoyed mandarin because it was filled with different activitIes ! we had to match words that were written in mandarin!
This week, the most funnest thing for me was the playing the
Because the typing was so fun and it will go to practice.
So it was so good.
This week’s easy thing was math’s rounding up.
Because I already knew it about.
This week’s hard thing was a U.O.I. We are looking into children's rights and who is responsible for them.
I hate it because it is tough.
This week I liked swimming it was tiring but fun.
I also liked the part that we have two birthdays today Aki and Kajsa’s birthday and I am also looking forward to next week because it’s a new month i hope you are excited to.
In our inquiry into who we are, we matched rights with responsibilities. Then we made our own CHARTER OF RIGHTS FOR OUR CLASSROOM - then we looked at real life scenarios from around the world to see if the rights of children had been upheld or denied.
Two people in our class were born on the same day - August 31, in the same year, but in different parts of the world today - aki and kajsa!
FATIMA, APPLE AND LINDA
Once school started again some people didn’t want to go back and some did. But once some of our friends have left and it time to make new friends.
There are a lot of new students and teachers but my favorite part of this year was probably are first week back at school because we all got to see each other again and are old teachers and new ones. It was the start of the new school year it’s nice to see old faces and new ones I’m so glad to be back.
What I liked the most about this week in school:
1.I liked swimming because it’s so refreshing and fun!
2I also liked daily five because I feel GREAT when I’m reading
3 Next I like lunch because we get to eat really yummy food
4 Finally I like my class because it is nice to hear the good answers and the good questions!
One thing I would like to do in class next week is to have easier problems to solve.
What I liked the most about this week: is
I like swimming because it was fun to swim and i enjoy swimming!
I also liked daily 5 because i like reading and it was fun to read books. I read a book called rainbow magic!
Next week I would like to do more writing and swimming.
Mystery reader in G3.2!!!
Maths has been lots of fun as we have started to look into what gives a number its value.
We started with using base ten blocks to understand and construct numbers.
What does 6 ones really looks like?
What do 7 tens look like?
We constructed the largest numbers we could using base ten blocks.
Then we looked at different ways to represent a given number.
For example, 256 can be 2 hundreds and 56 ones, or 256 ones, or 25 tens and 6 ones ... the possibilities are many based on our understanding of place value
Then some of us created mystery numbers to solve
Building our reading skills by learning to read to someone during daily 5
LIAM: I love to read to someone because I get to hear other people read to me.
Axel - reading to some one is just fun!!
Haruto - its fun! we can trade books, or read one book together. I liked reading with Rintaro.
Fatima: its fun because we can share our feelings about a book... tell a friend what we like about the book.
Odrita: I like it because you can talk about your favourite part of a book, but I prefer to read to self.
Rintaro: reading to some one is fun because I can learn new words.
HERE WE ARE, SITTING ELBOW TO ELBOW, KNEE TO KNEE!
This week we kicked off our inquiry into Who we are by imagining that we are to go on a journey to a new planet. What would we take with us? We were permitted to take 20 item. The students became very excited at the prospect of visiting a new planet, and asked if they could take their sleeping bags, scooters, and even nerf guns for protection, in case of an alien invasion.
Gradually, they had to remove item as there weren't enough space on the space ship!
It was interesting to see what items were removed after a discussion with partners ... shall we keep healthy food? Or let the computer go and take the nerf gun instead?
This lead to a discussion on what we need and what we want.
There some interesting responses..... can some needs be more pressing than others?
Next we explored what are rights .....
They all seemed to be aware of their responsibilities. We are still making the connection between rights and responsibilities.