We dove into our second unit, How the world works, this week. After listening to a 'Matter Rap', we identified words we didn't know, and those that we thought might be important. Students paired up using playing cards (ask your child how this worked!), and using a Frayer model, became the 'expert' about one word. Students investigated the words: matter, mass, solid, liquid, gas, and property. With a partner, they looked up the definition, thought about characteristics, and provided both examples and non-examples. Next week, we will continue exploring the states of matter and begin to make connections with our lines of inquiry.
During Daily 5, students have been very independent in the choices they are making. Many students chose to practice Word Work, while others worked to create comics, stories and other books. We are continuing to work on remembering capitals and punctuation in our sentences, and were focusing on spelling question words correctly: Who, what, where, when, why, could, do. The reading strategy: Questioning, was a focus this week. Students practiced looking at the cover of a book, asking questions before, during and after reading. We noticed that some questions could be answered from the text, while others required some investigating and inferring based on the pictures and our own experiences. Students came to the conclusion that not all questions will be answered every time, but if we have questions about words, we can use a dictionary to help.
In math, we began investigating data and worked hard to collect and organise data in different ways. Students came to an understanding that data is information. As we have been working on asking questions while reading, this integrated well into our math unit, thinking about different types of questions to ask in a survey. Many students realised after their initial survey, that providing choices usually helps. Sometimes, they may need to adjust a survey and add a 'none' or 'neither' category, because some people just don't know what Pokemon is, and some people have never been on a Universal Studios ride! Students organised their data into bar graphs, both vertical and horizontally, depending on preference, and explored the concept of presentation - thinking about writing neatly, adding labels, a title and being careful to organise it in a way which was readable.
Next week will be our last week before the October holidays. Remember we have International Day on Friday. The students are looking forward to this exciting day!
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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