Class Party brought excitement and a show of cooperation skills. Odrita, Fatima, Linda and Ilakshi were on the Planning committee. They did a survey to find out the most popular games for the praty and the schedule.
Taiga, Liam, Aki and Apple were the decorators of the table- they laid the food for the buffet and made posters with directions. Then there was the cleaning committee: Axel, Eagle and Peter. To make the day more fun, we made ice lollies a few days ahead of time and stored them in the freezer to enjoy at the class party. As the photos show, there was a lot of enthusiasm to cut the fruits and mix the liquids!
Inquiring into angles - can we find acute, obtuse and right angles in the real world?
We designed surveys, collected data by interviewing all the grade three students. Then we learnt to use tally charts to keep a record.
We organised data in line plots, line graphs and bar graphs to show change and to make comparisons. Next we made statements ... we looked at the data in the graphs to see what were big ideas we could infer from the information. Below, Taiga monitored his sleep over a week and arrived at these conclusions.
I joined ISS international school singapore in K2.
My first teacher in K2 was Ms.Hinkel.
When I joined ISS, my first friend was Stefan who is now also in y grade 3.2 class.
I like been here because I like my teacher and all my friends like Shu, Rintaro, Stefan,Liam and more.
My favourite subject is UOI because there is fun stuff like doing research.
I feel sad about leaving ISS because I will miss all my friends and teachers. I am going back to Nagoya in Japan and I hope to come back soon to visit.
I enjoy this week is Mandarin because I study hard. I made a question and answer in Mandarin.
Then I can speak. Last week we made dumplings in Mandarin lesson. I did not like the taste.
I don’t like this week is math because the math is harder and difficult. I found line graphs difficult.
Line plot and bar graph are easier for me.
We are learning about data handling. We made a question. My question was - what is grade 3’s favourite game. I asked 40 students. I found that the most popular game is switch.
I will put the data in a bar graph.
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.