G3.2 students tested Newton's third law of motion. Working in pairs, they designed and built their own catapults with sticks and marshmallows. It was harder than it seemed. The marshmallows did not launch too far.
The students used their thinking skills and creativity to problem solve. Hagen and Hiro added weight to their marshmallows by wrapping them in tape. The weight helped to send their marshmallow flying 100 cm, from the 10 cm in their first try.
Huisang and Pieter tried to make changes in the launcher - would it help to shorten or lengthen their spoon launcher?
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