Some highlights of the day:
Jingchong: I liked the Singapore song!
Sofia: I liked to see students carrying country flags in the parade. It made me feel nice.
Lucy: I enjoyed seeing all the flags on stage, and singing Edel Weiss!
Bea: I liked the competition in the workshops, when we played with the cups we made in the French workshop. I could scoop the ball 10 times in a minute!
Annie: The international day was fantastic!!
Keita: I loved playing with the cups the best.
We were lucky to have grade 11 boys and girls visit our class for some workshops on Indonesian and French culture. Our grade 3 students learnt to play some instruments and some traditional dance moves. In the French workshop, they made a local cup and ball game.
KEITA'S BOG POST:
I like to do handwriting because it helps me to calm down and makes me feel good and confident. When I write, I take a deep breath while listening to a slow, relaxing music.
I like to draw when it is mindfulness because it can cool me down when i finish running and after doing other sports. And ,what is more , i wish mindfulness 's time will be longer next time.
I have enjoyed mindfulness this week. My favorite part of mindfulness is the calming music and drawing. I brought my own colouring in book for mindfulness so that I could draw on and on.
Mindfulness helps me forget about anything bad that happened at snack or lunch play and it is one of my favorite ways to calm down after lunch .
Ms Batlaw sprays this really nice smelling thing in the air that sometimes from how good it is I get distracted and just smell the air.
Some of the boys don't like it and I am really surprised because it smell extremely good and no one could trust me with it because I would probably kill someone with it.
Mindfulness is a lovely way to calm down
And so is the smell (:
Making real life connections with data handling in math-
We were very lucky to have Carolyn Milligan, Lucy's mum visit us this Monday to share how she collects data in the real world for a living, and how her company uses the data.
Students made a clear connection.
Annie: "Lucy's mom is very good at talking about data. And data is very useful."
Natania "I found it interesting that she works in a company, and they work with technology to find data."
I have enjoyed working on data this week. This week my mum came in and shared some data related stuff she does at her work.
She showed some graphs and some feedback of when she went on her night run and it showed how fast she ran how many people she past and how many people past her.
It also told us her age which we did not need to know. My mum showed us a few things that were not related to her work but thought that they would help.
My favorite was the data she shared called what triggers asthma in different countries.
I have enjoyed working on data this week because it is fun to ask the questions to do the data handling . The only thing that i need to work on is the measuring the space part it needs to be equal and it is a little - bit hard for me. I learned alot of things by using graphs and by doing data handling at math time this week and i am starting to use graphs by my own. I enjoy giving the options for the tallies too and by turning them into groups.
In class, we designed our own data handling experiments
We created questions - favourite foods, and collected data by interviewing each other.
Then we organised the data into categories. Lots of interesting groups popped up. Some were: meats, fruits, and others. A student put them in groups based on types of meat. Another creative student viewed the data as desserts and mains.
We wrapped up our inquiry into Who We Are with a discussion on our own rights after we watched a short clip by BBC on the displaced Rohingya children. It was easy to count the rights that these children have lost and we we were reminded of our good fortune.
We applied our knowledge of the UN Charter of rights for children to make a charter of rights for ourselves to do the best we can at home. Here are some examples:
In Literacy, we reviewed our work and made some goals based on the Six traits of writing. Each student developed her/his own goals and identified what he/she would do to achieve this goal.
We will review these goals in a month's time to see if we need to set new goals or work some more on current ones.
In Math, we wrapped up our inquiry into place value and strategies to add and subtract three digit numbers and launched into investigating data handling. We will focus on collecting, organizing and interpreting data.
This week we did very well on showing cooperation with each other to work on tasks in class. In addition, some of us were reflective about our actions and developed plans to work cooperatively with each other. Excellent job grade 3.2!
How parents can help celebrate and make it a fun day for our students!
International Day is on the 6th of October and it is quickly approaching! We are excited to share our cultures and celebrate together on that day. We would love to have as much parent involvement as possible and besides sharing the day with your children, here are some ways you can participate:
Country Display: We will be making the Elementary School hallway's display boards available to parents to decorate. Each board will be assigned a country and you are welcome to come by and decorate during the week of 2nd October - 5th October. If you are interested, please let Ms. Jasinska know by email which country you are representing so she can try to connect you together firstname.lastname@example.org
Food: One of the highlights of International Day is the food! Please feel free to share your national dish with us that day. You can bring it in the morning for it to be kept in a safe place while you participate in the fun. Later, each country will have a table where you can place your food and we can celebrate the wonderful cuisines of the world together.
We are all looking forward to International Day, and hope you can join us for a morning of fun!
We have been looking at the UN Charter of Children's rights.I learnt this week that the children have the right to be free and safe from kidnapping. I interviewed Ms Noreen to find out what the law is in Singapore. I found out that you are not allowed to kidnap in Singapore. If you kidnap you are sent to jail or fined, or both. The government and police is responsible for this right.
I will find out what the law are to keep children safe in Philippines by interviewing my parents over the weekend.
I noticed we have laws because children are supposed to grow up and learn more things. So the laws are important to keep the children safe. The Article of the right to choose your own friends is interesting because when you are lonely you can find a friend yourself. We are responsible for this right.
Another fun thing we did in our class was - in our classroom we were learning about conflict. We did role plays about conflict. We had to choose between win/win or lose/lose situations.
My partner was Lucy. we were doing win/win and Hagen and Jingjong were doing lose/lose. Our plan was to act like we were playing a board game and telling each other where to go. The win/win was that we would have a little problem and solve it.
The way lucy and I solved our problem was that Lucy said we will go wherever we want on the board game.
I learnt from this activity that you can have a peaceful solution to every problem.
I cooperated with Lucy to make a plan. We listened to each other. To make it better next time, we could think of more ideas. Hagen and Jingchong worked well.
Below N and M show us a lose/lose situation to a conflict on the playground.
This week I liked Math the most because I learned a new strategy to add called Break apart. It is a very easy way to add. I was doing Break Apart so fast (because it was SO EASY TO DO IT!!!!)
MATH: HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF A POSTER MADE BY STUDENTS TO SHARE THEIR NEW STRATEGIES FOR ADDITION
In our inquiry into who we are, we spent a lot of time looking into the United Nation's Convention on Rights of Children. We read a document that simplified the rights for children so that it was easy to understand. We watched short animation films and listened to stories on children and then tried to identify the rights that were connected to the films and the stories. It led to interesting discussions on child labour.
Questions came up, such as what is a refugee?
Do different countries have different ages for the right to education?
Some students shared their experiences in other countries where they had seen children begging on streets instead of being safe at home.
TAIYO: We watched some videos in the class about rights.
Example: one of the children rights is: getting protected and treated nicely in all countries.
Central idea: With rights come responsibilities.
We spent a couple of weeks to understand what are rights and what are responsibilities.
We started with identifying our needs and our wants. The response was varied and interesting.
Once students established the connection between needs and rights, we looked into our own rights.
Since last week, we have been practising the appropriate behaviour and routines to strengthen our stamina to read during our Daily 5 lessons: Get started right away, read the whole time, stay in one spot..... During the first few times we had to re-start within a minute, but today we saw success with 25 minutes of reading for the entire class!
In Math, we explored representing 2 and 3 digit numbers in different ways: through models using base ten, drawing and in writing.