We had a somewhat short week, without school on Monday. Tuesday was a busy day with music class in the morning and swimming in the middle of the day.
We continued to explore poetry, and looked at Haikus. In groups, students figured out the pattern to these types of poems and began to create their own. Some found it tricky to make sense using only three lines with five, then seven and five syllables again. We will continue exploring different types of poetry next week. Students were also given a writing prompt, using a picture of three penguins. Most of these stories have been completed, and students used a writing checklist to look at the 6 traits (ideas, voice, sentence fluency, word choice, conventions and organization) when revising and editing.
We used some games online to help consolidate our understanding of fractions this week. We will have a few days of fraction work next week, which will lead into division and multiplication. Many students are already making the connection between fractions and division.
As we jumped into this next unit, we explored what living things are and what all living things need. There were some interesting debates on whether or not a rock was alive. We also discussed fruit, and many students came to the conclusion that while fruit is on a tree, it is living. Once picked, it isn't alive anymore and eventually will die or rot. We also explored habitats this week and watched a Magic School Bus episode to help in our understanding. On Thursday, as we were just about to go outside for a living things scavenger hunt, it began to pour. This will take place next week when the sun is shining again. On Friday, we visited the McRitchie Reservoir and explored this ecosystem, looking at different organisms and their habitats. We saw birds, insects, butterflies, monkeys, a monitor lizard and a turtle. Students recorded their observations and at the end of the day, completed a field trip reflection on their online portfolios.
What a fun way to end the week! Have a relaxing weekend.
We are 7 and 8 year old students who live in Singapore. Our teacher, Ms. Luttrell, will be helping us write blog posts throughout the year!
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