Busy weeks ahead!
April 19: Student led conferences
April 21: Visit to Chatsworth School to view their PYP Exhibition
April 21: Guest speaker visits us to share information on energy.
April 25: Transition to Middle School for students
April 27 to 29: Camp in Tanjong Pilai, Malaysia
That is the central idea of our new inquiry into how the world works.
This is an exciting unit that dips into science. Last week, we identified two major forms of energy - potential and kinetic - almost all energy can be classified as one of the two!
This week, we are inquiring into the various forms of energy. We worked in groups, and then shared our knowledge with the class. Below Ikram's mini inquiry into Geo thermal energy.
Koji talks about nuclear energy. Steven and Xianhang tell us about wind energy.
Mayu, Azusa, Keagan and Raphael present their findings on Solar energy.
Welcome back to the final semester in grade 5!
Our new unit of inquiry is into How the World Works.
Central idea: Energy can come from many sources and is stored and used in different ways.
As we will be looking into the scientific method, and observation and questioning are the basic components of the Scientific method, we set up a small provocation in the classroom last semester - four hard boiled eggs in separate liquids - coffee, vinegar, Coca Cola and water. Students observed the eggs using most of their senses and recored their thoughts, and then developed questions...
Example: I wonder if the shell will disappear in the vinegar,..... will the egg explode? Will the egg become sweet?
Lots of interesting questions came up.
Today, we looked at the eggs again to observe how they had changed over the past two weeks.
Tomorrow, we will have a discussion on variables, and on the student questions and observations.
What should a scientist do next?
MATH: we started our inquiry into Fractions, Decimals and Percentages today with a pre-assessment. The central idea is " Fractions, decimals and percentages are used in daily lives." We shared our prior knowledge, exchanged ideas, and will select our own paths of inquiry this week.
TUVA's Blog post: I felt like I was a risk taker and a reflective person because we took a risk to make an elephant sculpture, but it didn’t work. At least we tried, but now we are making an elephant in the garden. I am also reflective because I listened to other ideas like when we were going to make an script for the stage performance. I was writing and listening to Xian Hang and Praveen’s ideas!
I could improve by doing things more quicker!
Check out the trailer to Raymond, Hina and Hanna's game:
I i think I am creative this week because I made Comic about S A R D. SARD is drone.
I can improve because I finish. I think am a Thinker Because I got many idea.s
I can improve because this is for Exhibition.
AZUSA'S Post: Two IB learner profiles that I’ve shown are : Inquirer -Because when I have a little time, I’m reading some websites about my Exhibition to get some information.
Reflective: When I went back to my house, I always think about what I did in school today and what can I do in my house now. I also plan about what can I do in school tomorrow.
Students in grade 5.1 are buzzing with creative ideas, excitement and anticipation of the upcoming Exhibition.
Hina, Hanna and Raymond are inquiring into the effects of Music on learning. For the past week they have been conducting a scientific experiment with controlled variables. Every day, during Math lessons, they have played Music for ten minutes and then recorded student response. They have then record their observations and written conclusions. This will go on for ten days before they arrive at a conclusion and test their hypothesis.
Meanwhile, Raymond, (above) is applying his understanding of coding to create his own computer game. The music for the game has been created by Hina and Hanna. Talk about collaboration!
Koji has designed and created a nail puller using a simple machine. He is inquiring into technology and machines and how they have made our lives easier.
Keagan and Koji have designed and created a motorised car. The car moves, but needs a body and a hood. The duo are in the process of making sketches of designs that will work. Their car is called: Mark 2
Inspired by the Hawk Eye used in tennis and baseball games, below, Azusa, Koji and Keagan are working with their mentor Nathan, to come up with a way to use technology in sports in school.
Ikram, Mirai and Steven who are inquiring into climate change and pollution are collecting E Waste in the school. They have set up a box in the ES office and have made presentations to various classes in an effort to collect E Waste. The E waste will be delivered to Virogreen, a local company.
The group also plan to make a book to educate others.
Raphael, Sangje and Toma have designed and created a drone (futuristic) that can be used to rescue animals in the wild.
Tuva, Praveen and Xianhang have collected used plastic bottles for ten days and are planning to create a sculpture of an elephant to draw attention to ivory trade.
HINA - I finished take video of “how to teach math with music” and put in the music to game with group. And I finished wrote the science experiment Day 5 report.
I feel very tired, because I using the computer in the school and also at home. And I look and read the English very much. So, I am very tired.
The students of 5.1 are very proud because today they made a difference to some one else: Our class donated $300 to ACRES, an organization that rescues wild animals in Singapore.
The $300 are from the $600 they raised at the Market Day in their inquiry into How We Organize Ourselves.
The students selected the organization and a young man from ACRES visited our class today to tell us about their work.
And... ACTION !!!
View life from the lens of a 10 year old, and it will bring much humour and joy. That sums up my experience with my grade 5 students at ISS.
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