There may only be a few days left of the 2015-16school year, but we are still going strong in Grade 2.3!
On tuesday, students went to the Book Swap. Students had a good time sifting through pre-loved books and sharing them with each other. What a great way to reuse!
Students explored the school garden and other areas around the school again, but this time with iPads. Students took photos of hints that grabbed their attention! Things like armies of ants working, snails on the stucco wall, herbs in the garden and all sorts of flowers! Finally, students created picture collages with all the photos they took! The collages can be found in their Google Drives.
We captured a a few great class photos this week too! One was on Global Running Day! Students pledged to run with millions of other people from around the world on June 1st. We got rained out on the 1st, so we loved up to our promise to run on the 2nd!
The other photos are taken to celebrate our year with Emma. Monday will be here last day at ISS, so we had to have some silly photos!
This week student really applied what they have been learning about multiplication and division. Students played and made their own games!
Students also have been working on individualised writing, reading and word work in Daily 5, and in our unit of inquiry.
This week Satoshi made a math homework page for the class. He checked student work for accuracy. And Yoojin was teaching the class about food webs!
This week in math, students used cubes to make arrays. These models can be used to multiply!
Groups presented their information about different ecosystems. Each group received feedback from their peers. Presentations will can be viewed on our YouTube channel.
Aaqil and Ronen already sold 30 copies of their book "Clagen"! All proceeds go to Singapore Food Bank.
This week, students spent time honing their research and group-work skills. Students were really invested in inquiring into the ecosystems in different ways; also sharing that information with their Grade 6 buddies.
"When we were researching about the assigned habitat, we looked on BrainPop and Ducksters.com, and some searches on Google." - Aaqil
"We had books from the library about our ecosystem to gather more information for our poster. The ecosystems there were: desert, rainforest, forest, ocean, freshwater arctic." - Ronen
"In my group, we made two posters. One is a food chain and one is data collecting. We searched what kind of animals lived in the different ecosystems." - Yoojin
"We learned the producer, consumer, and decomposer with our grade 6 buddies. And we sort them in different categories. A producer can be trees, a consumer can be frogs, and decomposer can be a mushroom. A decomposer eats the dead things. And some consumers eats other consumers. It was fun!" - Satoshi
Students are in the process of practicing their presentations so they can share their learning. They will also be providing feedback to each other after their presentations! Videos will be available next week.
It was a short week but students spent a good chunk of time exploring the natural environment this week. Students walked the field, the grade 1 garden and areas around the parking lot looking for living things. They found all kinds of organisms! They found snails, a silk worm, many kinds of flowers and plants, several butterflies, ants working away, and lots of trees!
Our trip to Prunus Trail at MacRitchie was exciting!
Archie's favourite part of the trip was "when a group of monkeys were in front of us. One of the monkeys came close to me!"
Chihiro's best memory was when "I saw the rooster because I saw a rooster for the first time." She also learned about a monkey's habitats; she said "I thought monkeys lived in a zoo!"
Li learned that there can be many habitats in one big ecosystem.
So much great learning!
We started our last unit of inquiry this week: Sharing the Planet! We have been studying some challenging words like ecosystem and organisms! We studied pictures of different ecosystems and determined that ecosystems are made up of living and nonliving things.
We noticed there are many living things on the playground that live in their own little ecosystems. We found a beetle that looked like wood and some tiny snails. We've been trying to protect them.
This week we also continued learning about fractions and equal sharing. We learned that there are different ways to read and show fractional parts.
We also started swimming this week! We are excited for that next week again, and our field trip to observe nature too.
This week we were busy sharing our learning from the year at Student-Led Conferences.
"I showed my mom around on a classroom tour. I showed her the Daily 5; I showed her writing." - Yoojin
"My mom and I talked about what I learned in the unit like patterns and images express images. I focused mostly on the station at math. And then I brought her on a class tour." - Ada
"In student-led conference me and my mom were talking the Chinese quizlet that we do in Mandarin. I was talking about my portfolio and my "Bagels" book and it grew and grew until it got 25 orders." - Aaqil
We had a great wrap up to Unit 5 Images Express Meaning with parents coming in to view our Art Gallery.
"I showed some pictures to my mom. I showed her art by Gustave Caillbotte." - Chihiro
"I showed my poster of Edgar Degas to my mom and my little sister. I taught them about Edgar Degas's like the things he painted." - Nanami
"We found out the answers for Minute to Win It. Minute to Win It was about different grades doing different activities. Newton won and now Somerset is winning only by five points. It's going to be a close race in the Swim Gala!" - Ronen and Yoojin
PS - "Will Somerset stay in the lead?"
"At the beginning of the week we started planning the story mountain. Then we drafted on the storyboard. After we finished the storyboard we created the characters and settings. And today we did Stop Motion with Mr. Gallagher to make a movie." - Satoshi
Its amazing that we are in the final stretch of grade two. It was short week back from spring break, but it was still busy.
We started looking at different poetry books, making lists of noticings.
We continued exploring patterns in math! These Groovy Grids really tickled our brains!
And we had a "Minute To Win It" house event! Our game was very challenging!
Students of G2.3, Ms. Musiowsky & Ms. Nisa
All posts are accounts of authentic student learning at ISS, an IB PYP school in Singapore.