To tune into our last unit of inquiry 'Where We Are In Place and Time' with the central idea 'The World Has Changed During Our Lifetime' went explored changes in railways. We took the MRT to the old railway station. This had a driverless train. At the old railway we looked at the old train tracks, old station and old signs. Then we went to Dairy Farm Nature reserve for lunch and found out about other changes which have occured over time in Singapore.
Grade 1 were in charge of Earth Day celebrations at ISS this year. We created some paintings of the Earth and discussed why the Earth is so important to look after. On Friday 20th April grade 1 students announced the beginning and end of Earth hour using a mega phone. All classes switched off their lights and aircon for the hour. We also went to the garden to take care of the plants. We had three groups, one weeding, one clearing dead leaves and one planting.
We had some sessions in the library this week to work on our note taking skills for personal research. We learned to use video clips and pictures, note key words and then write a summary sentence. We have been using this skills back in the classroom to research how plants have adapted to live in different environments.
We have had a potato sitting in our classroom for about a month. It started to grow some sprouts. We noticed this changed and wanted to research more about planting potatoes so new ones could grow. We had a discussion about whether potatoes had seeds inside or not. Then we cut the potato open to have a look and found there were no seeds. We watched a video about planting potatoes and Shoichi remembered he had read a book in Japanese in the library about planting potatoes. He went with Erica and Sosuke to check it out. Then Erica, Sosuke and Shoichi helped translate it into English for us. Next we went to the garden and planted our potato in a pot of soil and gave it plenty of water. Now we are waiting to see if any new potato plants will grow. If they do, we have decided we want to eat them!
To help us explain the lifecycle of different animals we made some short animations using the istopmotion app. We created our own props as well as sourcing useful resources from the classroom. Then Mr. Gallagher came in for a lesson to teach us how to use the app effectively. Here are some photos of the process. To see our final animations please come to our student led conferences on Tuesday 17th April. More details to follow about this event.