This week started off with a trip to the Maritime Museum, where students continued to research the Silk Road. We 'travelled' through different ports, which gave many students a better understanding of the various items traded, depending on the city or country. We saw examples of the ships, how things were packed, and videos to demonstrate the effectiveness of ship travel vs. caravan. Students recorded information while at the museum. They have then spent this week transferring their understanding of the research process and what was learned into their Google slide presentation. We will finish up this unit next week, finalising slide shows, reflecting and concluding with our Silk Road assembly. Again, you are all welcome to attend at 1pm in the MPR on Friday, 3 March.
We began math this week looking at our ideas about luck. Does luck exist? We had a discussion about lucky symbols and the concept of perspective was brought up, as students realised that some people believe in luck, and some do not. On a continuum, students placed their name in order to show how much or little they believe in luck. Students noted that some people who are more religious might believe in luck, if they pray to certain things or gods. We then began investigating probability, because instead of luck, mathematicians think of probability. We began thinking about the vocabulary 'likely, unlikely, certain and impossible'. We will continue to wrap up our math unit next week with some probability stations involving coin toss, rock/paper/scissors and tossing a die.
In literacy, we have been reviewing past tense verbs, especially related to the Silk Road. We had a mini lesson and identified many past tense verbs have the -ed ending, but some 'irregular verbs' are just very different. Students then applied their knowledge when writing about the field trip and Silk Road. We are also trying to finish up our 'What if?' stories this week. Although creativity is encouraged and we love to have students write about a variety of topics, I am encouraging the class to write about other things than Pokemon. Once in a while is okay, but this has been a constant theme with some students, and they are encouraged to write about other topics.
Students have been brainstorming, organising, writing a script and preparing materials for the assembly next Friday. I am very impressed at how well they have collaborated so far and organised themselves with very little help from me. It's going to be a fantastic presentation and a great end to this unit. We hope to see you there!
Just a reminder that the Fun Fair is this Sunday!
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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