Last week we went to the library to learn the research skill of note taking, by noting key words which help to answer a question. This week we are getting some practice in using this skill. We chose a research partner and decided together what food journey we would like to research more about based on the books available in our class library. We took turns to read and note down key words for each stage of the journey. Our next step will be to present this information using another new skill - the popplet app.
We have found out that many of the foods we eat start out growing in the ground. Onions are one of these foods. Ms Shraddha had some onions which had grown some green shoots. She helped us plant them in a pot with some soil. We are going to see what happens to them over the next few days and weeks. We will be looking for changes as this is one of our key concepts. Here are some of our predictions about changes we expect too find...
Jiwoo - turn to pink
Siu - we need to water, the onion is big
Amanda - bottom will turn brown
Rania - it will be longer
Ella - the roots will be longer and the onions will be around the roots
Omer - see more onions
Zahin - it can grow up
Sawyer - it's going to get bigger and it will have more onions
John - it will be be tree with bigger onions
Mikhail - the onion might grow up and their might be some fruits on it
Keshav - it's going to grow taller (the green things) and it's going to have roots and more onions growing under the soil
Guangyuan - it will get bigger
Nayonika - the sprouts will get bigger
Gaku - change the small
Sota - it will grow bigger
Mao - bigger
Sawyer told us how to make pinwheels with tortillas and a cream cheese filling. They are a family favourite at special occasions. The recipe originally came from his aunt. You'll be able to read to full recipe that Sawyer submitted in the ISS cookbook.
Mao showed us instructions for making gyoza. These are Mao's favourite food because they are fluffy and warm on the inside and crispy on the outside. Mao feels happy when she cooks gyoza with her mum. They are healthy because they contain vegetables.
Swini showed us photos of herself making stuffed potato parathas with her mum. They are her favourite food. She used a special wooden rolling pin to roll out the dough once it has been filled with the potatoes. She said she eats them with tomato sauce which her mum makes too.
Mikhail shared a recipe for Russian dumplings. The wrappers are made from flour and water. The filling is made from beef, pork and onion. They are rolled into small balls. To cook them you have to boil the raw dumplings in water.
Keshav brought in one of his favourite Sri Lankan recipes - Vadai. These are full of protein which help him grow strong. Vadai are eaten with chutney. Keshav's favourite is the red one because it is spicy.
Siu showed us his recipe book for Soft Tofu soup. He told us all the ingredients and explained each step. We were interested to find out that he likes to either eat it for dinner or breakfast.
Mao's mum came to visit our class and showed us how to make onigiri. First you flatten a small amount of rice on top of some plastic wrap. Next spoon some salmon flakes into the middle. Then fold and roll it into a ball. Next unwrap the plastic and wrap a piece of seaweed around it. Finally it is ready to eat!
Rania's mum came in to make energy bites with us on Monday. We used dates, almonds and peanut butter. These were combined in a food processor. Then we rolled the mixture into small balls, coated them in desiccated coconut and added some M&Ms to the top. They were delicious. The next day we wrote down the procedure so we can remember how to make them again.
Nayonika brought in raisins from California. She explained that raisins are grapes that have been dried. There are two types of raisins black coloured and golden coloured.
Sota brought an empty sticky rice packet. Sticky rice is planted in May. When it is harvested it is taken to a factory and steamed. Sota eats sticky rice in a soup.
Sawyer told us about Coca Cola. It's made from a secret flavouring formula, carbonation and sweeteners. The cans are made of a mix of recycled and new aluminium. The Coca Cola for sale in supermarkets in Singapore is made in Malaysia and shipped here. There is a video which explains the whole process.
Siu explained in a book he made all about cocao production and how it is made into chocolate. We were interested in the different kinds and colours of chocolate.
Guangyuan showed us a packed of Mister Potato Crisps which came from Malaysia. He said he bought them in a shop in Bukit Panjang.
Jiwoo brought in seaweed and explained the process it goes through to get our tables. It is grown in the sea, collected and taken to a factory. There it is cleaned, dried and roasted. Then it is cut and put in packets. It takes eight days to travel on a cargo ship from Korea as it travels 4544 km to Singapore. We all had a taste at the end.
Gaku showed us a wrapper from sweet potatoes which had come from Japan. They travel in an aeroplane in a special bag to keep them fresh. Gaku eats them hot, they are cooked in a pot.
To focus on one of our key concepts from this unit of inquiry 'change' we did a food experiment using cream. We knew we were going to shake the cream and our predictions were that it would change to yoghurt, butter, ice cream, cheese and milk. We also thought it would go runny, hard or fluffy. The first time we tried, it went very runny and it was like milk. This was not what was supposed to happen! The next day we tried again with different cream which had a higher fat content and it worked. The cream changed to butter, which was a golden yellow colour with a thick smooth texture.
To taste our delicious home made butter we made sandwiches with the choice of putting jam in the sandwich too. After making and enjoying the sandwiches we did some procedural writing to explain the steps.
Mikhail showed us the label from some Mandarin oranges. They were from Korea and he said they come on planes from Korea to Singapore. Ella commented that this journey would take about 8 hours.
Keshav talked about the red apples he eats and milk he drinks for his snack at home. The apples come from China and the milk is from Australia. We thought both these items would also come by plane to Singapore.
Zahin showed us rice seeds. He explained that you plant the seeds, the rice grows and then you get the rice from the plant. Zahin said you can't eat this rice, first you must cook it. This video shows more about the process rice goes through to get to our plates.
Swini talked to us about a special sweet dish she made with her mum. She said she eats it sometimes for a treat. It is called Carrot Halva. First you grate the carrots, then fry them in a little oil. Next add milk and stir it until it is dry. Next add some sugar and mix it again. Then take it off the flame.
Ms Shradha brought in sugar cane and let us try a taste. We watched a video about how sugar is made and then tried some jaggery (Gur) that she brought in. Most of us liked the jaggery, but not the sugar cane!
Amanda had a packet of biscuits from China for her snack. She showed us the wrapper and explained the taste was sweet and crunchy. We read the ingredients that were used to make the biscuits and found China on the world map. Amanda's grandma bought the biscuits in China and brought them in her luggage to Singapore.
Ella shared with us the process eggs go through to get to us. Farmers feed the chickens, after the hen has laid the eggs the farmer collects them, washes them and checks if they are good. Then they are packed into boxes. Ella showed an egg box which had eggs from Singapore. We had questions about how eggs are packed into boxes so will do some further research about eggs and hens next week.
Rania brought a brown rice packet. She said brown rice is more healthy than white rice. The rice she had came from Thailand. We discussed how to make rice edible by cooking it. Some of us use a rice cooker, others boil it in a pot of water on the stove. Rania said she likes to eat rice with vegetables.
John brought in a candy from England. We thought it was from England because the wrapper had the union jack flag on it. John said it was a caramel flavour. We discussed what ingredients could have been used to make it and thought it had sugar and possibly butter in it.
Omer brought in a cocoa crunch cereal box. He said the cereal is made in Malaysia and his Aunty buys it in the supermarket here in Singapore. We thought it would probably get to Singapore by truck as it isn't too far away.