For the past 6 weeks Grade 1.1 have been exploring poetry. We've read and written many different types of poems. We used English and our mother tongue too. The types of poems we explored were alliteration, acrostic, diamonte, cinquain, free verse, rhyming and shape. After drafting and conferencing with Mrs Hayward we published our poems into a booklet. Then we practiced performing some of them with a partner. We chose our best two to prepare for the parent poetry cafe. To help us practice we read our chosen poems to our grade 4 reading buddies. We also did some work on book creator online to create an ebook version of some of our poems. These will be shared at the student led conference coming up in April. On Thursday, 15th March the parents came to watch our final performances and then we shared the other poems in our books with them. Enjoy the videos and photos of our poetry performances below.
A few weeks ago a Grade 9 drama class came to interview us to find out what we know about the lifecycle of a butterfly. Then they prepared a drama for us all about the lifecycle of a butterfly. On Monday they came to Changi Hall to perform their drama for us. The costumes and props were bright and colourful and we learned lots of new facts about caterpillars and butterflies. Our favourite parts were the dance and touching the paper flowers.
Grade 2 found a caterpillar in the playground and gave it to us as they knew we were inquiring about life cycles. We gave it fresh leaves, some soil and a stick. So far it has made a chrysalis and we are waiting to see if it will turn into a butterfly or a moth.
A few days later Gracie found another caterpillar in the garden. She brought it up and we gave it some leaves too. It remains a caterpillar at the moment and every day we check to see if it has made its chrysalis.
For part of our inquiry into 3D shapes this week we played a 'guess the shape' game. There were two 3D shapes in 3 different boxes. We weren't allowed to look, just feel. We had to count the edges, faces and vertices as we felt each shape to help us figure out what each one was. We wrote down our guesses and after everyone had a turn to guess the shapes in each box were revealed. We've also been exploring how how many edges and vertices shapes have by building them with toothpicks and balls of play dough.
On Wednesday we went to the library to hear a story from a mystery reader. Our mystery reader was Athan's mum. She read us the story Situ Bagendit which had lots of good lessons to learn about sharing, being kind, being generous and looking after people in need.
Also on Wednesday we had a visit from the author Andy Chua. Andy is a fossil expert and has written 3 fiction books called in a mini series called 'Fossil Finders'. He showed us some of his fossil collection and gave an informative and interactive talk about dinosaurs. Afterwards we went in small groups to meet him in the library and see other fossils.
On Thursday we were able to swap our old books for ones we haven't read that other children brought in. It was fun exchanging books in this way, helping to recycle used books.
Friday was the book character parade where we dressed up in costumes of some of our favourite book characters and walked around the school to look at everyones costumes.
To spark our interest in how living things change and lifecycles we played a game with our baby photos. We had to guess who each person was. To do this we used a 'think, see, wonder' thinking routine. We had to note clues which made us think the photo was the certain person. We also had the opportunity to wonder and ask questions about the photos. Some were a lot easier to figure out than others!
To help us understand the central idea 'living things change' we worked on sorting out things into living or non living. We used a venn diagram in groups and had some interesting discussions about things such as oranges which were once living but are no longer living. We also discussed items such as a wooden table that came from a living thing. After further discussions and watching a video clip we came up with 4 questions to help classify things as living. Does it move? Does it breathe? Does it make more of itself? Does it grow and change? Then we took a walk around the garden to find things which we could classify as living or non living by asking these questions.
Our new unit of inquiry is from the transdisciplinary theme 'How The World Works' with the central idea 'Living Things Change'. To help with the tuning in and to spark many wonderings we went on a nature hunt. We had a checklist of living things to find and even managed to add on some of our own to the list. We saw crocodiles, monitor lizards, bats, turtles, crabs, mud skippers, birds, fish, spiders, butterflies, dragonflies, ants, geckos and squirrels. We enjoyed some snack and also had some time to write about what we had seen.
As part of our inquiry about the journey of food we focused on where and how different foods grow. Some of us were interested in rice and some of us wondered about where flour comes from to make bread. After watching some videos about rice and wheat we planted some wheat seeds. They took about a week to start growing and we have been measuring how tall they are each week. We also grew some cress seeds and once they had sprouted we knew they were ready to eat. We tried the cress in a sandwich with some cream cheese. Our reactions ranged from loving it to hating it, but we were all risk takers and tried it. We also planted chives and are still waiting to see if they will grow!
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