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!
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.