Not much! A NASA scientist visited our school and gave a talk to g3 and 4 students today. He showed pictures and a video on satellites and a space station. We returned to class and students were given the option to use some recycled cardboard boxes that Ms Noreen and I had found. In no time, they became busy - sketching their ideas and then constructing models for space.
We started our inquiry into weights by seeing what 10 grams really look like.
We worked in small groups. One group of students used standard and non standard weighing scales to weigh objects in the classroom. We discovered that pencils and erasers weighed less than 10 grams.
Another set of students used online sources to inquire into the meaning of the terms - weights and capacity and shared their findings.
We compared water bottles and made estimates of the quantities.
After constructing knowledge of weights, we decided to apply it to real life examples - we made chocolate oatmeal cookies in class! We worked in groups of 4 in the Yishun room next door, where we used digital weighing scales to measure the ingredients.
Students showed off their talents in singing an performing instruments at the Spring concert. It took a few months of practice, collaboration and commitment on the part of students to put this wonderful performance together.
SHARING THE PLANET -
In our inquiry into the unit, we looked at what are resources, what is equality, and what does inequality mean in terms of resources that are available.
Next, students developed some questions, that they will inquire into -
To make a connection between what we learn in the classroom and the real world, we watched a short video on the food crisis in Venezuela. We identified the resources the people in Venezuela did not have access to, and recorded our responses.
We showed a lot of creativity and used our number skills to show that we love maths. Students wrote math problems, created puzzles and mystery numbers for others to solve in the elementary school. The challenge and the choice made it a fun experience for all the students.
We started our inquiry into Sharing the planet with a water walk. Students imagined that they belonged to a poor family and their job was to fetch water that would be used for cooking, drinking, cleaning purposes. What started as a fun activity, soon became a challenge.
PETER: I felt very tired because I had to walk so much. I am a little sad because in some countries in Africa, children have to walk so much everyday
AXEL: I feel bad for the children who have to walk two miles for water. It was hard!!!
KAJSA: I felt thirsty!!! I learnt that it is hard!