Below are some photos from the week, including our field trip Friday to the Science Centre! More detailed information will be posted later this week.
Please send these to school with your child by Friday 4th December in a named bag so that the clothes can be easily returned to your child if misplaced. The clothes will be stored in the classroom for our dress rehearsal and will be sent home again with your child on Friday 11th December ready for the performance in the evening.
Boys - dark trousers or shorts, and a blue, white or red top
Girls - either a blue, white or red dress or a dark skirt with a blue, white or red top
Please email me if you have any questions.
It seems like we haven't had a full week in such a long time. We were able to finish up our last unit of inquiry by sharing our Google Slide presentations with a partner. The partner filled out 2 Stars and a Wish, thinking about two things their partner did well, and one thing they could do differently next time. This peer feedback was then taken into consideration and some students made final changes to their presentation.
We started our third unit, How the World Works with a thinking routine called Zoom In. We had a large picture, but it was covered with different pieces of paper. Slowly certain pieces were revealed and students were asked to share their thoughts and ideas. It was interesting to watch their thinking change, depending on which parts of the picture were revealed. Eventually the entire picture of the mood and Earth was revealed and students made the connection to our new unit. Many also made the connection to time, as we are focusing on this in math, explaining that part of the Earth was lit so it must be daytime and part was dark so it must be nighttime.
We also took some time to paint our ideas of our central idea: How we live is a result of the Earth's journey through space. There were a range of different ideas painted and then students used sentence strips to write explain their painting.
During Daily 5, we worked on revising and editing our instructional writing. Then students wrote their final, published copy. Mr. Gallagher worked with the students on using the iPads and an app called "Explain Everything" where students took pictures of each step and recorded their voice as the explanation. These will all be uploaded to our YouTube channel by next week.
We've started exploring time in class and there are many questions about the history of time, how it was inveted and who made the first clock. We watched a short video to help get us thinking about these questions. We will continue investigating time next week.
Next Friday is our field trip to the Science Center. We will be leaving around 9:30 and returning to school for lunch. Thank you to those families who have returned the permission slip and money. Please do so by next Wednesday if you haven't already.
We look forward to another exciting week. Have a fabulous weekend.
This has been an exciting week, as we ended our second unit, How We Organise Ourselves, with a trip to the Maritime Museum. Students also completed field trip reflections and will be presenting their finished slides to each other on Monday. They will then be added to their digital portfolio. Pictures are below, along with some student thoughts from the week!
"I liked going to the Maritime Museum, especially seeing the camel statue." - Advay
"I liked the red lion, because the eyes lit up at the museum on the boat." - Alik
"I liked when we went to the museum for our field trip, because it was Jasmine's birthday and we got to play the drums." - Carmella
"I liked the homework, because of the brain teaser. I also liked the drums at the museum." - Emilia
"When we went to the museum, I learned a little bit more about the Silk Road." - Lizzie
"I liked that we went to the Maritime Museum, because I got to more about the Silk Road more." - Marin
"I liked going to the Maritime Museum, because I liked playing the games, but they didn't work, but I liked seeing the crystals. I liked the crystals." - Tudor
"At the museum, I learned that the boats were the cheapest way on the Silk Road and the easiest way to trade so more people would be on the boats." - Odemar
"What I liked about the Maritime Museum is that they told us a lot about what was the museum and I liked how the head of the ship moved." - James
"I also liked it when we played the game Survival in class, because it was fun." - Carmella
"There are lots of things in the museum about the Silk Road." - Alik
"I also liked the ship that looked like a viking ship. I liked the part when the angry lion roared." - Advay
"I liked what I saw and I was interested in everything, and the I saw the lion's eyes turn." - Lizzie
"I loved seeing the big ship that they used for trading. I wished we could go inside it." Tudor
"I liked using the Chromebooks and finishing our work from this unit." - Emilia
"I liked using the Chromebooks too, because I got to put in lots of pictures and I like putting in pictures, and also because we got to do Raz Kids and I love reading." - Carmella
Please remember to send your child to school with reusable cutlery. They can keep it in the classroom and wash it or take it back and forth each day.
Have a wonderful weekend,
We had a busy week reading, writing, working on math and continuing to investigate exchange systems. In math, we explored the concept of rounding and related it to money. Most students grasped this concept quickly, but still aren’t sure when or where we would use rounding. We will continue to review this throughout the year.
We practiced some reading strategies to help us sound out unknown words: stretching the word out and blending the sounds together. We are also working on looking at the punctuation as we read to help us read with more expression. In writing, we continued to write instructions and worked on adding detail.
We read a fantastic book, called Boxes for Katja, written by Candace Fleming. Ask your child about this story and how it relates to our central idea: Exchange systems help our community. Students have continued to document their thinking and learning on their Google Slides, and this will be added to their online portfolios shortly. We will continue to open the Swap Shop next week, but then it will close as we move into our next unit. We will wrap up this unit with our field trip next Thursday to the Maritime Museum.
Thank you for those who attended 3 Way Conferences on Wednesday. The students were eager to share their goals with mom and dad as well as their portfolio and slide show.
The BEST part of my week was:
"3 way conferences" - Marin
"the swap shop" - Advay
"library" - Jasmine
"the swap shop" - Carmella
"playing the game on the carpet" - Alik
"3 way conferences" - Tudor
"swap shop" - Kaya
"PE" - Joe
"PE" - James
"the book fair" - Hakim
"art" - Lizzie
Reminders for next week:
Students will eat snack in the classroom before leaving for the museum on Thursday. We will leave around 9:30 by bus. We will leave the museum around 12pm and come back to school to eat our lunches, both school lunch and home lunch.
* If you have NOT brought back money and your permission slip, please do this by Wednesday.
Please remember we do not have school Monday or Tuesday of next week.
Have a great 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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