Unit of Investigation: How We Organize Ourselves.
This week we engaged in "finding out" more about the central idea: Exchange Systems Help Our Community. We investigated our concept by engaging in experiential learning and "unpacking" our central idea. We compared and contrast "goods" and "services" and discussed different types of exchange systems. We took our research further by interviewing various adults around ISS campus to find out the types of services they provide and what they receive in return. We even had grade 5 visitor to share their experiences with "Market Day". We created presentations, based on our experiences with systems of exchange, and bartered various items with each other from home!
All About Author's Purpose!
This week we studied author's purpose. We examined the reasons that authors write; to inform, to persuade, and to entertain. We paid close attention during independent reading time to determine the author's purpose of each book. We based our conclusions on evidence from the text.
Fact and Opinion
This week we focused on facts and opinions during literacy. We learned that authors provide facts to support their opinions. We determined that facts can be tested and proven, while opinions are based on how a person feels. To help with our understanding, we engaged in "quiz-quiz-trade": an interactive game to practice our listening, speaking, and reading skills.
This week we joined with our friends from 2.1 to work on shared reading. Our "reading buddies"help us to build reading skills through purpose and support. We chose some of our favorite books to share with our buddies. We consider this as yet another example of "system of exchange" that helps our community!
This week was our week for word study. We worked in our differentiated study groups and sorted our words according to their spelling patterns.
Investigations with Money!
This week we focused on our problem solving strategies by counting large amounts of coins and bills. We counted using various strategies, and then shared how we added large sums, by categorizing and breaking numbers down into smaller groups. Watch us count!
During lunch we enjoy each others company and have the choice of sitting indoors or outdoors.
This week we integrated our new UOI: How We Organize Ourselves and mathematics. We used our inquiry skills to investigate with currency from around the world. We noticed the images, dates, and words. We then classified them according to each currency origin.
Computer Skills and UOI!
This week Mr. Galiger visited our class to show how we work with google spread sheet. Prior to his visit, we went shopping on-line for groceries and recorded our purchases onto our spreadsheets. We discussed comparing prices and calculating the sum for multiple items. We then learned how to keep an accounting record of how to add and subtract the price of each item using the computer.
This week we reviewed place value using the decimal notation. We made our own math game and played "Race for the Dollar". The goal is to reach $1 SDG first by adding using different coin values.
Expanding Our Unit Vocabulary!
This week, as part of our on-going literacy skills, we focused on building our vocabulary knowledge. We chose interesting words from our reading and writing, as well as words that relate to our UOI.
This week we explored our line of inquiry by creating our own images. We decided to use the theme of "Giving" as our message and chose to create our unique pieces during visual arts. We dove into the theme by reading many different books related to giving and discussed all the various ways this meant for us.
UOI: Gallery Walk
To explore our three lines of inquiry; respond, evaluate, and create images, we chose to turn our classroom into a living art gallery! We displayed our original art work and invited feed back from each other as the audience. We named our space "The Giving Art Gallery of 2.2".
This week we participated in Market Day to support the entrepreneurial spirit of the grade 5 students. They culminated their UOI on How We Organize Ourselves with the central idea "Understanding Supply and Demand is essential for a Business to Succeed". We played games, got our faces painted, and bought some delicious treats. We even made donations to help a local animal shelter. We will begin our UOI on How We Organize Ourselves, with a central idea "Exchange Systems Help Our Community", once we return from winter break. It was an exciting sneak peak!
Writing Our Holiday Thank You Notes!
This week we wanted to show our appreciation to our family and friends by writing a note of thanks and making cards. We drafted friendly letters and finished our writing by publishing them on our handmade cards.
It was an exciting week filled with celebrations. We worked hard as a team to fill up our marble jar. We earn our marbles by working together and demonstrating our PYP leaner profiles as a team. It took us months, and we did it! We chose to celebrate by sharing ice-cream sundaes, fresh popcorn, and watching the Pixar animation "Wall-E". This film showed how images express meaning because of its focus on visual cues, and written dialogue based on haiku like stanzas.
We Will Miss You Cesca and Flynn!
This week we said goodby to Cesca and Flynn who will be returning to their home countries. We will miss them dearly and feel lucky to have gotten the chance to learn together.
This week we explored various genres of art. This included work from surreal artist Salvador Dali, as well as contemporary street art, and murals. We discussed their meaning and purpose, and talked about our connections with each piece. We also visited the National Gallery and had an up close viewing of several different pieces of artwork made by Indonesian artists.
Our field trip to the National Gallery!
Our visit to the National Gallery included an up-close look at several different pieces of art and print making workshop. We also got to create our own animals using touch screen computers. We then watched, as our creations came to life in a screen before us.
Writing: Learning about the writing process
This week we worked hard to revise our drafts of Mr. Wuffles. We focused on how authors create suspense using transition words. It is a collaborative process, and we are taking the images from David Wiesner's illustrations to create our own meaning. Next week, we will edit and publish our class book to add to our library.
Design: Creating our Own Emojis
This week we learned how to create our own signs, symbols, and emojis using google draw. We designed our own images and described the purpose and meaning of our new creations!
Each week the students are invited to bring an item from home to share. We use this time to share what is important to us, and learn to provide meaningful feedback. This week we had a photograph from a special occasion and a diamante poem!
All about Parts of Speech!
This week we focused on different parts of speech. We looked for examples of nouns, adjective, verbs and pronouns in our reading and writing.
This week we investigated images meant to persuade the audience. We looked at various advertising images from different organizations and discussed their meaning. We wrote down our observations, thoughts, and wonderings in our UOI notebooks. Finally, we created our own images based on the discussions.
Studying 3-Dimentional Shapes!
This week we focused on classifying and categorizing 3-dimentional shapes. We used various materials to build our own models!
This week we integrated our UOI with word study by writing our words using a secret code. Various images stood for the alphabet and we practiced decoding each other's lists. Come and take a look!
Expressing Meaning Through Haiku
This week we were hard at work analyzing haikus. We discovered that they followed a syllabication pattern of 5-7-5. Next week we will create our own!
This week we focused on looking at the picture book "Mr. Wuffles" illustrated by the award wining David Wiesner. We brainstormed characters' names, and setting to create our own class book. We discussed the illustrations and co-authored the book by including our own fiction writing.
Students in G2.2 have worked hard by cooperating together and earned many marbles this semester. Our jar is almost filled! Once it's filled, we will then vote on how we'd like to celebrate. Way to go G2.2!
Happy Birthday Seheon!
This week Seheon celebrated his 8th birthday. We wished him love, good health, and loads of gifts on his special day.
This week we focused on many different genres of images and discussed their purpose. We found many kinds of signs all around us and discovered their meaning. We decided that some images are meant to inform us, while others may be to persuade.
A Starry Night: Grade 2 Concert
On 24th of November, grade 2 students performed A Starry Night, as an extension of our central idea: Images Express Meaning. We were inspired by Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night. We made connections to literacy as we interpreted "Kitten's First Full Moon" by Kevin Henkes and incorporated musical instruments to express its meaning.
Learning All About Polygons!
This week the students in G2.2 focused on the study of 2-dimentional shapes. We categorized many different types of polygons based on their attributes. To extend our thinking, we integrated art as we created our own geometric shapes using rainbow scratch paper.
Expanding Our Vocabulary!
This week we focused on expanding our vocabulary. We chose interesting words to explore throughout the week and used many different resources to find the meaning.
Happy Birthday Daisy! Thank you for celebrating your 8th birthday with the class.
On her special day, we celebrated with Daisy as she received wishes filled with love, laughter, "long life" and "big muscles" from the class. What more can you ask for?
This week we focused on images in signs and symbols. We noticed that there are many different types of signs all around us!. We are getting ready to delve deeper next week into our central idea: Images Express Meaning. We will be looking at various genres in art and advertising to discuss what we see, we think, and wonder about. Stay tuned!
Mathematics: All About Plane Shapes
This week we explored 2D shapes. We worked with various math tools (geo-boards and tangrams) to create and examine 2D shape and their attributes. Next week, we will investigate further into different types of polygons!
Computers and other Technology!
This week Mr. Gallagher visited to share a lesson on google slides. We learned how to create new folders and insert links into our portfolios.
This week, we were hard at work practicing our performance piece. It was inspired by the VanGogh's famous work The Starry Night (1889). We can't wait for opening day to share with you our creation!
Today we ran for a good cause and raised $180 for the Singapore Food Bank. All of K-G2 students ran and together completed 2,923 laps! Now thats what we call taking action!
As we get ready to close our current unit of investigation: How the World Works, we actively gathered information and wrote our ALL ABOUT MATTER E-BOOKS using technology. Come and take a look. At home, ask us about our published E-Books and how we shared our knowledge on change in matter having an impact on our environment.
Expanding Our Vocabulary through Non-Fiction Reading!
This week we visited the Library and learned about non-fiction text features. We searched through key words in various information books and expanded our vocabulary through the glossary.
We took our non-fiction reading skills and applied it to our own writing on ALL ABOUT MATTER!
ALL ABOUT MEASUREMENT!
As we finish our math unit on measurement, we put it all together by deciding on the best tools for measuring everyday objects. We used our knowledge of length, capacity, and mass to problem solve. Ask us how we can take measurement data and create our own bar graphs using a spread sheet!
We've been actively exploring our current unit of inquiry: How the World Works. Our central idea is Changes in Matter Affect Our Environment. Our line of inquiry is the physical properties of matter.
During this hands-on science investigation, we mixed various liquid ingredients to make SLIME. We discovered that physical changes in matter occur even without the use of heat. We then described the final product as a "semi-solid" because it had characteristics of solids and liquids.
Exploring our line of inquiry: The Water Cycle
During our water cycle experiment we practiced our observation and inquiry skills. We placed warm water into a bowl and enclosed it with clear plastic wrap. We then placed an ice cube on top of the wrap to simulate the water cycle. During our investigation, we observed evaporation, condensation and precipitation in action! We made connections in real life as we discussed how water vapours can appear on your glasses as you're walking in hot and humid environments like Singapore.
Investigations in Mathematics!