We've had a fun few days catching up with old friends and making new friends. Our focus for inquiry this week was in our year long ‘Who We Are’ unit with the central idea ‘Communities can be diverse’. We focused on the line of inquiry ‘how communities evolve’. Our class community has evolved over the holidays, we said goodbye to two friends and have now welcomed two new friends. To build our community we placed the game ‘find someone who’ and learned some interesting facts about each other.
We also began work on some self portraits to form a new display of all the members of our class community. We were given 5 colours of paints and had to mix them to make our correct skin tone. We enjoyed experimenting with different tints to achieve a close match.
Grade 1 is in charge of the school wide celebration of Christmas at ISS this year. We decided to make kindness action advent calendars for each class to use on school days in the month of December. On each day we wrote ideas for an act of kindness. These included smiling to people, making a new friend and bringing a donation for the food bank.
We have been learning about landforms in Science. Ms Hima suggested the children could make some on the sandpit. The children took this idea and spent their playtimes this week creating many different landforms as a surprise for Ms Hima. Here are some photos of their hard work and cooperation. This is an excellent example of student agency which we promote at ISS through the PYP curriculum. Learning through play and extending their ideas beyond the classroom is so important. Well done Grade 1 students!
Rei told us about carnivorous plants that eat flies and other insects. They trap the insects and then digest them. We wondered if they plants smell bad and how big they are.
Takumi told us about swordfish and showed us pictures of them in one his books. There are many different species of swordfish. We learned that fish eggs are called spawn.
Tyler explained about salt water crocodiles. We learned that it takes 9 years for their eggs to hatch and once the baby crocodiles do hatch the mother carries them in her mouth to the water.
Reika made a collage to explain the lifecycle of an apple tree. We were interested in if the roots or stem grow first. Then we had a discussion about where the first apple or apple seed in the world came from. We have some philosophical thinkers in Grade One!
Una shared an e-book she had made on book creator all about monitor lizards. We talked a lot about all the different foods they eat. Some of us wondered what they use their tails for. We talked about how the monitor lizard can move well on land and in the water so it needs its tail for balance and also for swimming.
Daniyal presented about a T-Rex and gave details about the different stages of its life along with pictures to compare the sizes from baby to an adult. Daniyal said that dinosaurs are extinct - we spent some time exploring the meaning of this word further as it is connected to one of our lines of inquiry.
Eugene told us about the lifecycle of a Komodo dragon - another reptile. It was interesting to learn that Komodo dragons inject their prey with venom, similar to snakes. After looking at the diagram showing the length of a Komodo dragon we were interested in what 2.5m was. So we got a meter stick and measured this length along the carpet.
Zoe explained about the life cycle of a Jaguar. The cubs are blind from birth until they are two weeks old. When they are 6 months old they are old enough to hunt with their mother. They can swim to hunt prey, unlike other cats.We watched a video that Zoe had found too. It said that Jaguar's are 'nearly threatened'. We wondered what that meant and will do some more research.
Lucia brought her toy bee and explained to us how bees grow. We noticed the words egg, larva and pupa are the same as the butterfly lifecycle. We wondered if all bees sting, how many bees live in one hive and how does the queen bee become queen?
Keigo presented about about sea turtles. They lay many eggs and take 30 years to mature - some adult turtles live up to 100 years old. There are 7 different types of turtles. Some of them are endangered, we found out this means they are close to becoming extinct because there are not as many living in the world as there used to be.
Tyler Y shared about the mammal river otters. They grow for 60 days inside the tummy of the mother before they are born. Otters live up to 15 years old. Singapore has two different types of otters - smooth coat otters and asian small claw otters. They eat fish and crabs.
Feras said he would share a video about the lifecycle of a butterfly. He said that caterpillars need to eat a lot so they can grow. Once they are big enough they stop eating. After video we discussed what butterflies eat and how many years a butterfly could live.
Viggo explained how penguins hatch from eggs. The egg is kept warm in a pouch near the penguins feet. An adult penguin is the same height as Viggo! We wondered how many years penguins live.
We went to Sungei Buloh wetlands to find out more about living things, their habitats and how human actions impact plant and animal survival. Mr Robert took us on a guided walk through the mangroves. We saw many living things such as a green whip snake, egrets, monitor lizards, squirrels, mudskippers, crabs. We went on a walk to a bird hide with Mrs Hayward and had a checklist of living things to try and look for while we were walking. Overall we spotted 21 animals from the checklist.