We continued exploring the properties of materials.
Athan asked, "Where does metal come from?
We found out the answer: 'We find metal in the earth, in rocks'.
So we had to break rocks to find metals!
We found: Gold, Silver and diamonds in our rocks!
Testing our knowledge on materials:
Finally we had to make an 'EGG PROTECTOR'! We had to carry our egg everywhere we went! And it should not break! What materials should we use to make this? We had to think of the properties of different materials: Wood, metal, plastic, paper, rubber, leather, fabric. What should we use?
We were all successful in making our Egg Protector!
Some of us used: wood, foam and feathers.
Some used: metal, wood, foam, and feather.
Some of us used: plastic, cardboard and feathers!
Experiments with Materials
In the past two weeks we have been looking at natural and man made materials. But Antoine said, "Girls can also make things!' hence to be fair to everyone we used the term 'manufactured' materials.
We found out the the natural materials come from plants, animals and the earth.
We found out that clay comes from the earth. When we touched it, we discovered that it is soft, smooth, and squishy. Once dried, it became hard and it was breakable. We found that clay was used to make vase, teapots, spoons, cups, plates and tiles. We tried to make them too!
Paper comes from trees! We have to cut trees to make paper! "This is not good for the nature" said Holly. So we decided to make paper out of recycled paper. We first found out how paper is made and then set out to make some ourselves! When the paper was being made, it was soft and squishy and bumpy.
Looking at other natural materials, we found that wool is also a natural material and comes from sheep,
While reading the book "Not a box' by Antoinette Portis it said, 'It is not a box' but imagined it to be a car. So we decided to find out the materials that were used to make a car. We thought that it would have 'metal, plastic, rubber, glass, leather.' We went to the parking lot and investigated! And we found all these materials! We discussed why these materials were suitable.
Metal: beacuse it was hard, not breakable and waterproof.
Rubber: because it could go over the rocks and come back to its shape.
Glass: as it was see through.
Plastic: as it was light in weight.
Leather: since they were soft and comfortable to sit on!
Chance and Probability:
We looked at different words and played several games to understand the terms
used for chance and probability. Words like: possible, impossible, certain, likely, unlikely, sometimes, always and never.
Addition Word problems:
Stories are helping us solve math problems. We are making our own math stories about addition. We realized that our stories should have words like: altogether, in all, put together, add and more to make it in to a math addition story.
How The World Works
Different materials are used for different reasons.
Lines of Inquiry:
Ms Smita asked us to make an umbrella out of wire, a teapot with chocolate, a ball out of foil paper and a dress out of plastic! That was all impossible!
We learnt that we had to use certain materials like glass, plastic, wood, fabric, wool, paper and metal to make certain things!
Math: 3D Shapes
3D shapes have faces! We made our 3D shapes first with paper and then with Marshmallow! It was so much fun!
Describing words has been our focus. We have been trying to use the describing words in our writing.
In the last two weeks of our unit we focused on our second line of inquiry 'connections between home and personal life.' We made connections with the rooms in our homes and the people who use them. The jigsaw helped us find connections between all the rooms.
Jiarui said, " I sleep with my parents in the bedroom."
Antoine said, " I play with my brother and sister on the table in the bedroom."
Grace connected the bedroom and the living room with common activities of "reading and sleeping in both the rooms."
Athan made connection with the kitchen and bathroom, "I wash my hands in the bathroom after eating."
Holly and Amelia said, "Mummy help us take a shower in the bathroom and we then use our bedroom to change."
Riei said, "I eat with my family in the dinning room and after that I play in the living room."
We made several such connections and realized that the house becomes a home when we are with family!
Data: integrating math with our UOI we collected data on the family members of our class.
3D shapes: What are 3D shapes? This is what we thought: they are tall, fat, they stand, they go up, some can be rolled.
Student Led Conference:
Coming back from our Spring break, we looked at our homes again.
This time, we made connections with toys and family members who play with us at home.
Grace said, "I read a book by myself in the living room". Andy said, "I play with my Lego all by myself in the living room". Eddie said, "My brother and I played with the ball in the living room". Ray said "I play with my train at home". JIarui said, "I play with Lego and mummy and daddy play with me." Ben said, " My brother and me play with the blocks in the kids room." Justin said, " I play Lego with Popo in the living room." Holly said, "I play pells and magic on my own in my room."
We also talked about the cause of change in our homes. It could be because the parents changed their jobs, , moved from home country to another county, from a house to an apartment.
We started our new topic on Data Handling in math this week!
Our teacher asked us , 'what is data?'
Grace answered "data is getting information".
Then she asked us, 'how can we get data?' We though data can be got from doing PE, math, UOI, from books, computers, newspaper, iPad. We could collect data by counting and adding.
We went off to collect information on 'the favourite room in the our house'.
And look what we got! The bedroom was the most favourite room!
We also collected data of the number of objects from a basket and played some data handling game.
We continued working on building the rooms in our homes. We talked about what home means to us.
Holly said, "a house is a place which protects us."
Amelia and Rei, added, "it protects us from rain and sun."
Antoine said , "it protects us from bad people"
Jiarui, Riei, Sara said "I feel safe when I am at home".
Grace said, "I Feel comfortable when I am at home."
Kotaru and Lucas said, " Home is where I feel relaxed."
Eddie said, "home is a place which is warm. feel warm in my home."
Athan said, "I feel great at home."
Ben added, "I feel cool at home."
We then made connections with the people in our family and our homes. We drew our family portraits.
It was the last day for two of our classmates at ISS. They are going back to their home countries. We will miss them.
Where We Are In Place And Time
Changing homes changes lives
Lines Of Inquiry:
Different types of homes
The connection between home and personal life
We started with our new unit of inquiry. Looking at different types of homes and connecting it to our personal lives we made a picture of our homes in Singapore and then in our home country. We realized that we had so many similarities and so many differences!
Eddie said, " I have an elevator here but not in my home country."
Riei added, " I do not have stairs here but I have it in my home country."
Grace said, "I have a barbie house here but not in my home country."
And Kotaru added " I dave a dog, and a TV in my home country, but not here in Singapore."
UOI: How we Organize ourselves:
What an a'MAZE'ing week we have had! This was our last week into the year long unit of How We Organize Ourselves. We had to work as a team to make something for our role play area! We sat together to brain storm ideas! After a lot of discussion we finally came to a conclusion!
K2.2 decided to build a maze!
K2.1 decided to make 'under the sea!'
We had to think of the materials we would need, and the role each of us would play in making our role play area!
Look what we finally created by working together!