We tuned into the new unit with the International trade game _ a situation where students were grouped as countries (but they had no idea if they were rich or poor) The countries were given limited resources and a goal to make as much money as possible by making certain shapes (rectangle, circle and a triangle) to sell to a group of Traders. The traders bought the shapes they approved of.
Our central idea is: Understanding supply and demand is essential for a business to succeed.
SANJITA'S Blog post:
My Job was a observer. It was pretty awesome looking at how people traded so much money for just a pencil...Or a paper!! I learnt that in the real world, traders are not going to be so kind with money. If you want money,the trade has to be fair. Also there will be a lot of demands for the increase of money. Many countries were demanding more money for perfect shapes.
SOSUKE: Our group was country E. Our group’s job was to make a shape and trade with other groups and earn money. First we had a $200 but finally we earned $500. We just had pencil and paper. But we got a ruler from country B. Country C came us to buy paper with $400.
I think this trading game is connected to the new unit because we are organizing our things we have and we can also responsible for our money.
AROHA: The things that did go well were that we could make things properly and we all got different roles. Mayu and I cut the things and helped the group too. Tomoya, Enzo and Jawen made the shapes.
Since we have some money, we bought a piece of paper. What went well was that I helped the team make the shapes and I also helped them trade and buy stuff. I think I could have cooperated more because I mostly only talked and observe them doing it. What Country A could have done was we could have worked harder and faster because we only earned $1300.
WHAT KEITARO HAS TO SAY ABOUT ALL THIS:
I did business game!!!!I feel very good. Because Country C (My team) earned $4,850. We were top.
My team was Kelvin, Aika, Raffaella and me. Why we won? Because I think teamwork and communication were good than another country (team)
Summative assessment: How the World Works.
This week we got to present our summative assessment. We were working on it last Wednesday. For our summative assessment we had to make an experiment to show how energy is transformed. We followed the Scientific method. For my experiment I used: Torch, Room Light, Sunlight, Stopwatch on my watch , A solar powered object: My solar powered mini piano music box and Aroha.
My question was, How much time would it take for the music notes to go three rounds? The solar panel makes some music notes spin around. If the light it strong, the musical notes will spin faster. If the light it weak, the musical notes will spin slower.
I tested the mini piano in the classroom light. Meh… it managed to spin three rounds in twenty four seconds! I thought that was pretty quick.
When I used the torch, I realised that twenty four seconds is SO SLOW! The torch took only 8 seconds! Thats fast!
Finally I did the last test: Sunlight. I timed it, and guess how long it took? FOUR FAST SECONDS! I was so amazed! My hypothesis was wrong!
In the end there is:
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.