Please support this initiative by our Grade 5 students. Here is an excerpt from the note sent to me. The Grade 5 students made a brief presentation to our class this morning.
For their Grade 5 Exhibition some students in 5.3 are investigating technology addiction. After asking key concept questions and using their research skills to find out about technology addiction in children and adults, they have found some worrying statistics about the increase in screen addiction - especially in children and teens.
For their action they have proposed that ISS students and families partake in a SCREEN OFF WEDNESDAY evening. They are challenging ISS families to switch off their screens and enjoy time with each other, read, go outside, play games, make a nice dinner together etc......
Ms Jazinska, Liem, Stella and Jiawen
CENTRAL IDEA: LIVING THINGS CHANGE
Lines of Inquiry:
- Life cycles
- The similarities and differences in life cycles
- Factors that affect living things
- How living things adapt
First we discussed living and non-living things and characteristics that distinguished them.
We then grouped living things using our own criteria to sort them.... feathered, furs, scales,egg-laying, aquatic, zoo animals, farm-animals and many kore categories. We learned that this is called CLASSIFICATION.
Our field trip to Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve was a good way of observing animals and plants native to Singapore. With the help of parent volunteers, we were able to record up to 23 animals at the wetlands. At the Visitor Information Centre we discovered that the wetlands birds and animals were classified in much the same way we had done it in class!
We had many questions at the end of our trip...
How do mudskippers breathe on land?
Where do the monitor lizards lay their eggs?
What do the birds eat?
I wonder where the otters live?
How many babies do otters have?
What is a pack of otters called?
I wonder why these animals live in the wetlands...
How did the animals get to Sungei Buloh?
Why do vultures not have hair on their heads?
Why do crocodiles stare?
Why have people thrown rubbish in the water?
During our Thinking Routine called CHALK TALK, each table group chose one line of inquiry and put down our initial thoughts about it. It was a way of uncovering prior knowledge.
We grew mung beans and wheat grass and observed how they germinate.
Investigation- What do plants need to grow?
Next, we teamed up in pairs and began researching life cycles of different animals. We had learned about finding specific information and note-taking during our Library session with Mrs Grant and wanted to use our knowledge and skills to collect information. We worked on our Research Plan and decided the animal or plant we wanted to research, plan the next step and resources we needed and the medium we would use to present our findings.
In our garden, we observed and recorded the growth different plants. We grew pumpkin and helped the students from the Green Thumb Gardening ECA tend the garden.
Sharing research findings.
....a little late sharing these photos. It was a fantastic day. Here are the photos of the Book Character Dress-up day and sharing time with Grade 6.
To be able to estimate and measure things is a life-skill that has practical applications in real life. We inquired into how non-standard units of measurement can be used to measure the length, height, weight and capacity of things.
How long are these fish? Are they long enough to be 'keepers'? Or should we throw them back into the ocean?
Estimating and ordering the objects from the lightest to the heaviest.
Checking the weight.
Measuring accurately and recording data.
Show and Tell is a great way of sharing knowledge. It results in collective knowledge through peer sharing and is a powerful way of moving the inquiry forward. It's been a little late posting these photos but it's making us think about our own contributions to the inquiry process as we record reflections on our learning at the close of this unit.
Mapping the products we shared on the world map made us think about the distances food travels to get to our tables in Singapore. Yuriko made connections to the cost of the product to the distance it has travelled.
We watched a video titled SUPERVALUE: A look at food miles and food waste. A thought-provoking video about the journey of fish fingers from 'Change The World in 5 minutes' series.
It sparked off interesting discussions which demonstrated that students were now thinking deeply about the journey of food both, on terms of cost, distance and effort. They developed a better appreciation of the journey of food from it's source to our tables
Last week we visited Hay's Dairy Farm to investigate how Goat's milk is produced and reaches our tables.
Mr. Hay Jr welcomed us and showed us how the goats are milked. The goats arrived in a very orderly manner and line up to be milked. The udders are cleaned and attached to the milking machines.
The milk travels through a pipe into a drum and then through an outlet pipe goes into a room to be pasteurised. We couldn't see the room as Mr Hay explained visitors are not allowed there due to health and hygiene regulations.
We learned that female goats give milk only after they have a baby. A female goat is called a doe and a baby goat, a kid. They are fed vitamin-rich food pellets and alfa-alfa grass which is imported from the United States.
After a quick snack, we went to see the goats in their pens.
This was the fun part when we got to touch the goats and feed them alfa-alfa grass.
Conversations deepen understanding.
We had many questions for Mr. Hay Sr who patiently answered them.
Why are the goats in pens?
Although free-range grazing is desirable, land is scarce in Singapore so there is no grazing land available, Keeping them in pens also helps to keep diseases away and it's easier to manage them.
Why do you remove the horns of female goats? It's sad.
This has to be done to protect the pregnant mums from injuring each other in confined spaces.
What happens to the milk in the room?
It goes through the process of pasteurisation and then bottled to be sent to stores.
Why do people drink goat's milk?
Goats milk is good for those who cannot drink cow's milk. It is also rich in minerals.
It has to be consumed soon after you buy it as it can get spoilt in the heat.
How does it get to the supermarket?
It is loaded into a refrigerated van and sent to various places.
Thank you Mr Hay!
We saw the milk being loaded into the van to be taken to the stores.
Later, we drew flow charts showing the journey of goats milk.
YOU LEARN SO MUCH ON A FIELD TRIP!!
It's been a busy week back. A very warm welcome to new students, John, Liam, Linda and Christo in Grade 1.1 . We got to know them better during our icebreaker activity and learned new things about old friends :)
How could we resist dramatizing Gerald and Piggy after reading on of our favourite authors, Mo Willems? The title was Waiting Is Not Easy!
The actors are Joshua and Christo.
UNIT: HOW WE ORGANISE OURSELVES.
It's been a good start for our unit of inquiry this week
The Central Idea is : FOOD GOES THROUGH A JOURNEY TO GET TO OUR PLATES.
Lines of Inquiry:
After a quick pre-assessment, we tuned into our unit by finding out the different sources of milk through discussions and brainstorming sessions.
Student Action already swung in with Yuriko, Mackenzie and Olympia researching and sharing their knowledge.
Yuriko researched and shared her findings about vegetable sources of milk.
Mackenzie talked about her first-hand experience with wheat harvesting in Newzealand.
Olympia shared a slide show on her experience in France and explained the journey of milk from the farm to our tables.
Earlier this week, we located and sorted information books and picture books related to our unit. Many of us have already decided to independently research how some of our favourite foods get to our tables.
SSORTING ANIMAL AND PLANT FOOD SOURCE
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