We've enjoyed many events this week for Literacy Week. On Tuesday we had a visit from the author Fleur Vella Chang. She showed us how she illustrates books and gets ideas for her stories. She also read us her book 'Afternoon Tea at Raffles Hotel'. We learned how to draw a tiger and then had a go at drawing our own character for a story.
Wednesday morning was the book character parade. Everyone looked great in their costumes and grade one did very well to win 3rd place for best dressed!
We participated in the book swap and were able to get some nice books to read and it was fun seeing others choose our old books to read.
Middle school students came to read to us in Japanese, Mandarin, Korean and English. We enjoyed hearing books in our mother tongue.
At the end of the day we went to the library for our mystery reader...Mr Daniel. He read us the book
At the beginning of our new unit of inquiry we have been thinking about living and non-living things and trying to sort many things into these categories. We did a group sorting activity and had some interesting discussions afterwards...
Swini - The doll is non-living because it won't change or breathe.
Rania - The doll also doesn't need food.
Mikhail - Tangerines are living because they grow from the seed.
John - Tangerines are non living because they have been taken off the plant.
Keshav - Sometimes robots could actually be living because they don't need anyone to make them. The ones that are not living need remotes.
Jiwoo - Robots are not living because you can turn them off and on.
Rania - They don't move by thereselves, they need controllers.
Amanada - They can't hear and can't drink. They don't have anything in their tummies.
Mikhail - Why did Keshav, Sawyer and Siu put chicken in the middle.
Sawyer - We didn't know because you eat it.
Keshav - We had a question because it was living and now it is not living.
Guangyuan - Is dinosaur living or not living?
Sota - It is living because it lived a long time ago.
Omer - Not living because it can't move.
Ella - It was living long ago but not in the world anymore so it is non-living.
This week we began a new maths unit about measurement. We came up with ideas about what resources we would like to have in the classroom and also proposed some questions for inquiry. The next day we were given most of the resources from our list. We discussed how they could be used and sorted them into their different uses. The categories we came up with were rulers, scales, containers with numbers and things with no numbers. Then we had a go at exploring what we could do with many of the different measuring tools. It was a lot of fun and we are really excited about this new maths unit.
After a weeks holiday we took another close look at the onions we planted to observe any changes...
Mikhail - underneath is brown now, before it was purple.
John - the greens on top have grown bigger
Amanda - the onion was one onion, it turned smaller because there is another onion
Swini - it was purple and now it's brown, the second is smaller and it looks broken
Ella - it's grown taller
Mao - taller
Mrs Hayward - a new sprout has come out
Mao - it's grown taller
Nayonika - they are bigger
Rania - it's dried up at the top
Omer - it's coming bigger
Sawyer - the onions have got a different soil on the bottom
Zahin - the top is dry
Gaku - there are two and one and one
Guangyuan - put in one and now two
Sota - it's taller
Keshav - why are there two roots underneath?
Sawyer - we need to give it sun and water for it to grow
Zahin - no it will burn it if it is in the sun
John - the water goes inside the root
Gaku told us how to make a Japanese savory pancake called okonomiyaki. It can have vegetables inside and usually has dried fish flakes on top.
Amanda showed us the recipe for making banana pancakes which she likes to eat for snack. She has them with yoghurt, fruit and honey.
Rania shared some recipes for milkshakes, strawberry and Oreo. Her favourite is strawberry and her brother's is Oreo. The milkshakes are made from milk, frozen yogurt and either strawberries or Oreos mixed together in a blender. Once the milkshake is in the glass you can add cream to the top if you like.
Zahin showed a drawing of the Titanic and told us how it sunk. Through questions and discussions from the class we thought about how food was brought on board, prepared and served.
Nayonika shared a recipe for Poha which is a flat rice. She eats it usually for breakfast and sometimes lunch. We discussed where to buy the Poha in Singapore and the journey it took from India to the specialist shops in Little India that sell it.
Ella shared the recipe for Korean steamed egg. She likes to eat it for dinner with rice, kimchi and seaweed.
Sota shared the recipe for omurice. Through our discussions afterwards we discovered omurice is also eaten in Korea and Russia.
Omer shared a recipe for chocolate balls and also brought some in for us to taste. They were delicious!