This week students were using their observation skills to find patterns out on the playground. It's amazing the places they found patterns!
During our Unit of Inquiry time, students were analysing images and trying to determine their meanings. They then had to match meanings to the images. Students are open-minded to the idea that our ideas about images might be different from someone else's.
And more pattern work! Students inquired into shrinking and growing patterns using connecting cubes. They had to create their own shrinking and growing patterns with the connecting cubes and did you know, the same types of patterns can be made with numbers! Students had to create their own patterns and see if others could figure it out! Lots of problem solving going on!
And finally, with the solar eclipse this week, students were very interested in watching the change in the light of the morning and the view of the sun during the live feed!
"We made different Chinese characters. We fold and cut and then open it to see the Chinese character." - Nanami
"In UoI we learned how to make our signs on Google Drawings and publish them on drive. We made danger, prohibited, mandatory and universal signs." - Li
"In the start of the unit, we did some hexagonal thinking about making connections about the shapes and features. We did another with the same pieces and when he had done our hexagonal thinking we made the comparison of the starting of the unit and now the ending. I found the first one with not such good thinking but by the end I improved quite a lot." - Ronen
"In literacy, we wrote about a story called Journey. We looked at the pictures and wrote in our own words, a story about it." - Ada
This week we explored attributes of 3D shapes, discovering how many faces, edges and vertices were on all sorts of shapes. Students also did much inquiring into building structures with several of solids.
"We did quite good on making good mazes for the K1's." - Archie
We started our new unit "How We Express Ourselves" this week. We have been learning about universal signs and symbols and even created our own. They are outside the classroom if you want to stop by and make a guess about the meanings!
The beginning of our assembly planning for March 18th...
"One main part of the planning for the assembly is the story board. The story board is the main idea of your presentation because you have to know the story of the movie or play before you make it because if you don't know the story there is no movie or play." - Aaqil
"When we were doing our planning for our assembly, we went on the Chromebooks and searched some famous structures for the Green Screen. Green Screen is something when you can choose your different setting behind you. You can search it or you can take it from your camera roll." - Ronen
How exciting to start our week with the arrival of our Cultural Exchange Box from our friends in Alabama! We received books and other items connected to their festival called Mardi Gras. It is a very special time in the southern United States.
Our trip to the National Museum of Singapore took us back in time to when Singapore was not yet its own country. We learned that Singapore has been heavily influenced by many cultures such the Malay, Indian, Chinese, Japanese and British cultures.
We were so lucky to have the published author, Catherine Carvell, visit us. She taught us about her life as a writer and even helped her develop a new character!
Students continued their exploration of polygons this week. They discovered that squares are rectangles but rectangles are not squares!
Lots of fun and learning this week. Stay tuned for more next week!
How exciting it was to return to school after the Lunar New Year weekend, and watch a Lion Dance!
A little more exploration about structures and the cultures that are associated with them!
A character parade....
And a lot of work with polygons and symmetry!
"We learned that polygons are closed shapes with sides, vertices, and angles. A circle is not a polygon because it has no angles and vertices." - Marietta
"We learned that polygons can be transferred, rotated and flipped to make other shapes." -Jay
"In class both Jay and I made the biggest hexagon using 34 other shapes." - Li
"I learned that not every pattern is symmetrical." - Ayumi
"We noticed things about symmetry. Symmetry means when one thing looks the exact same on both sides of it's axis. We used mirrors to explore symmetry in our classroom." - Ronen
Tangrams, Grade 6 buddies, mapping, BeeBots and a trip to Marina Bay this week! Phew!
"I was making a candle out of a Chinese puzzle. There are two big triangles and two small triangles and one medium triangle and one square and I think a rhombus." - Ayumi
"I made a Venue flytrap. It's a plant that eats flies and bugs. I made it out of tans. There are seven." - Jay
"We made a game and we create our own maze. We made a route for the BeeBot to go. We press the arrow key and press go. We made a trick on our maze. If you go rainbow then it will be bad." - Satoshi
"I saw really tall buildings like skyscrapers. I saw rectangles, some squares and onion domes. The onion domes I think come from Rome. I noticed that I saw some older and newer buildings. The newer buildings have glass and the older ones have bricks and clay." - Marietta
"We were putting pictures in groups, in categories of modern buildings and other categories that match with buildings and structures." - Li
"It is modern building. This is glass." - Chihiro speaking about the Gherkin
"There are arched windows and doors on buildings." - Allegra
Students were definitely challenged today when we introduced a new activity in math! Stay tuned for pictures (having trouble uploading!)
"In math we just did a thing where you have to match hexagons that will have any random shape or something that's related to shape. You can only fit them if they relate somehow. It felt a little frustrating and it really got my brain thinking." - Aaqil
"Student Council is checking for zipping up bags because if they do that the whole week they might get a Golden Ticket. If you do nice behaviours at school you can earn Golden Tickets. The winner of the most Golden Tickets will win the Mustang certificate." - Ada
"We were learning about volume and capacity. We went to the sandpit and filled up water bottles with water or sand and then measured how much was in the bottle." - Ada
Exploring structures from around the world! Where is it? Why do we think that?
"We had to decide which were facts and which were opinions." - Jay
"We drew different structures." - Ayumi
"We used a website called 'Into the Book' where we listened to a story and drew what we visualised on the screen." - Yoojin
"We had to look at eight different things and decide if they were structures or not." - Archie
"We were measuring with non-standard units." - Allegra
Thursday and Friday we spent time at the Singapore Conference Hall practicing for our Winter Concert. We had an amazing rehearsal!
We worked on creating informational books about sports. We added text features such as glossaries, captions and labels on drawings.
This week we learned how to do some coding with Mr. Gallagher!
This week we spent some time making discoveries about how many weeks are in the year by using our group decision making and organisation skills. We also had to create the December calendar and determine what day would be the last of the month!
Students of G2.3, Ms. Musiowsky & Ms. Nisa
All posts are accounts of authentic student learning at ISS, an IB PYP school in Singapore.