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 email@example.com
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.
Week One went by like the wind! We spent a lot of time getting to know each other through games and activities, and revisited some of the IB Learner profiles and attitudes we would like to show in the classroom.
In Daily 5, we went through the basics - how to select the right books to read using the 5 finger rule. Is the book interesting? what is the purpose of reading this book? Can I understand the words? Each student selected 4-5 books for their Daily 5 bag.
Then we went over ways to build our stamina to read for sustained periods of time.
Could we get started right away? Did we stay in one spot while reading? We managed to clock 1 minute and 30 seconds on our first try. By the third try we had read for 13 minutes as a whole class!! That was amazing focus demonstrated by our students!
In Math, we shared our thoughts on the subject, and plotted our ideas along a continuum. We will revisit this continuum in December to see if our thoughts have changed.
Next week, we will begin our inquiry into Who We Are.
We will view it through the lens of our rights and responsibilities.
Exploring place value in Math. We created numbers using base ten blocks for our classmates to guess.