Last week, we inquired into our personal questions: what is menstruation? how can we keep ourselves clean during our period? What are hormones? what food should we eat during puberty? How can we handle stress during puberty? We shared our findings with the class.
DEBATES: To prepare for our summative assessment, we started debating topics in class. WE made two teams; our first topic of debate was: Computers are useful to us (11 year olds) One team spoke against the topic, and the other in favour of it. It was a heated debate, and the team against computers won by one point.
More debates to follow this week before the summative.
May 31 and June 1: Grade 5 students will spend a day and a half in MS as Grade 6 students to prepare for their transition to the Middle School.
MATH: Exploring Measurement. What is capacity and how is it different from volume?
How are WEIGHT and MASS different?
AROHA'S BLOG POST: My favorite part of this week was Math, because we were inquiring into Probability and I made a probability game as a summative assessment. We could choose if we wanted to be with a partner, my partner was Shabiya. We made a game called Even and odd. Even and odd is used with a spinner and a chart. We used the spinner instead of a dice. It's used to show the probability. In our game, the player spins the spinner. They check the key to see if they get a chance to move up or down.
My game is called the Math Board game. I have made questions and answers to move forward. The probability is in the use of the Spinner. There is the least chance of landing on Orange, and 5/12 chance of landing on Green.
THOMAS's Maths Big Adventure Game: I used a dice. I made the dice with counters. To win you have to throw the dice and reach the Prize.
Central Idea: There are changes that affect our body.
In this unit we will look into the social, emotional and physical changes that occur in our body during puberty, a very significant time in the lives of our students. We will also explore hygiene and peer pressure.
There is a Question box in the classroom into which students can drop their questions ... anonymously. Write your question only. No names. We will discuss the answers in class as a group. A great time to ask questions and clear mis conceptions!
The 5.1 students are doing a wonderful job of sharing their findings and the actions the learning inspired, with the community of students, educators and parents.
Below are Shabiya, McKayla and Thomas who inquired into animal cruelty in circuses, fashion and in medicine.
I decided to become a vegetarian because I feel really bad for the animals that get killed and they have a right to live. It was hard because everyone else was eating meat and the scent of it makes me regret being a vegetarian. However, I think that eating vegetables make you healthier and I will eat cleaner. I liked being a vegetarian because a little action can change the future.
Another action I did was I drew a painting about Animals used for entertainment so that people will see how cruel people is to animals in circuses and I think that people should buy it because the money goes to ACRES and ACRES is the only wildlife rescue team in Singapore.
I have become a Vegetarian because I am doing things to help animal. I can not hurt animals because if you eat mate the people will kill it because you. I go to a restaurant and just eat vegetables. I didn't see any meat and it was easy for me.
McKayla: My action was to create a website to share our information on animal cruelty.
I drew a drawing about animals getting killed for skin and fur to get people to notice the problem, and another drawing about animals in zoos. We will auction it, and the money we get, will be given to a wildlife rescue center, called ACRES.
We have our big ideas and our groups. Now we are in the tuning in stage where we are fleshing out our ideas, and forming questions.......we started with differentiating between close and open ended questions. Now we are sorting questions .... keeping the ones that may be worthy of inquiry and removing the less interesting ones.
We made snack boxes to show our understanding of prisms and pyramids, and of how shapes transform, and our fine motor skills!
Victoria: I can see 11 2D shapes on my snack box. I can see 6 3D shapes on my snack box.
My fine motor and presentation skills: My box looks untidy because I was in a hurry! My box does not stand out because I chose the color that is dark.
I think I could also improve on my presentation skills. I did not have enough time to colour Snack Box and I did not cut and tape it as well as I could have done if I had focused more. I also accidentally taped wrong sections and had to remove them.
This is lunch box. This look like Rabbit. This lunch box can put eraser, candy can put many thing. This lunch have many shape, for example triangle, square and rectangle and this box have 31 edges and This box have 26 vertexes and This box have 18 faces. My Presentation skills-
I was going good but I thought ear and body is too big. I did neat but some color Miscellaneous so next time I want to do skilfully.
Creative juices are flowing as we prepare for our class assembly to be staged tomorrow. The boys and girls have written scripts, planned skits and even crafted props - (a puppet show!) to share what we have learnt in the previous unit of inquiry - How We Express Ourselves.
I am really nervous and excited about saying the paragraph about twitter by myself on the stage for the assembly. We have been planning our assembly this week and we only have 1 more day to practice! In our assembly, we will be showing some strategies used by media makers _ Starpower, heartstrings and omission.
We did not have much time to plan and practice our assembly because we were busy the week before. I was kind of nervous these days because I am scared that our assembly will not work out but now I am positive that it will be an amazing assembly!! I am excited for the StarPower ad because I think some kids will laugh.
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.