We concluded our inquiry into How the World Works with the summative - students showed their understanding of how energy is transformed ( and can neither be created nor destroyed) by implementing the scientific method of inquiry.
The students had to first develop a question that was worthy of investigation, and then suggest a hypothesis.
They had to identify the variables in their experiment, and explain how the test would be fair.
The students were very creative, and carried out their experiment, and recorded their findings.
O the final day - Friday, each student presented his/her conclusion to the class.
As true inquirers, they quizzed each other - asking tough questions... can you prove the transformation? Are you sure?
The learning is in the process.
AZUSA's blog post:
During this week, we wrote a story that is about camp. We created our own character for our story. We remember the activities that we did, like tree climbing, water activities and camp fire and put those into our story. We printed the story and drew the picture of it. I remembered this camp when I was writing this story.
We also made a plan for our summative task. We are going to do another science experiment by ourselves to show how the energies are transformed to another energy.
MIRAI'S BLOG POST:
In literacy, we made a story based on our experience at camp. We had to include 3 exciting moments in our story. At first, we planned the characters and how the story goes. Then, we wrote rough draft. It was difficult for me, because we had to end our story in 5 paragraphs. After we wrote rough draft, we typed fair copy and drew a picture for the story. We also edited our work by peers.
In U.O.I, we chose a picture and showed how the energy transformed by drawing and writing. Some people inquired more on coal by watching the brainpop video. Then, we made a plan for our summative project. For the summative project, we have to plan our own scientific experiment and show it by 2-3 minutes presentation. I decided to do an experiment using elastic energy. And the purpose is to show our understanding of energy transformation. Last time, we did almost the same thing in peers. I’m looking forward to work more on the experiment.
In math, we are looking into decimals, fractions, and percentages. And some people are looking into place value. We made word problems and solved it with each others. Then, we looked for challenging problems in nrich math. It was interesting to work on challenging problems by many people, because we can know many ways to solve the problems.
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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