Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Happy Diwali!!!

We began this week by brainstorming the different animals we knew. We then got on to the internet and searched the map to find out where some of these were majorly found.

We started researching and learning about the different adaptations that animals make in order to survive in their environment. We are finding it very intriguing to learn the different ways the animals are built in order to be able to live in their surroundings.

In Math, we are learning to interpret graphs and create bar graphs. We now know that a bar graph is a graph drawn using rectangular bars to show how large each value is. The bars can be horizontal or vertical.

To understand better how plants adapt we conducted a potato experiment. We placed a potato in a dark box with just a tiny hole in one corner. We want to find out of this potato will grow, die or adapt.

 Stay tuned to find out the results of the experiment.

We went around to the grade 4 and 5 students to see what they thought would happen . We collected their opinions and made a tally chart. We used this data collected to make a bar graph.

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To celebrate Diwali, we worked hard to put together a small celebration for our helping staff without which our school days would not be as smooth and clean as there are. This is our way of saying a big THANK YOU to our entire helping staff for working way before we come and long after we are gone from school to make sure everything is organised for us, to have a lovely day at school.

Thank you Ms. Amanda for helping us put together this lovely sing and dance performance.

The second  song was composed by us!!!

Our french students singing a song in French for the staff on the occasion of Diwali célébration...

And last but not least, wishing everyone a safe and HAPPY DIWALI!!!!

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Sharing the Planet

After a looooong 5 day weekend, it was time to get back to work. 
We began our second unit of inquiry this week. Our new unit is under the theme - Sharing the Planet.
When we came back we found the chairs in our class missing and that made us think of what action we need to take now, as class has to go on and we can't stand the whole day. So our young thinkers put on their thinking caps and came up with different suggestions. We thought of having our class out in the open on the playground. Soon, we released that it was too big an open space and we all had to shout to be heard. The other classes were having PE class there and that distracted us too, besides the dragon flies and the scorching heat.

So it was time to think of another place! We came up with the idea of using the cafeteria. So off we went to the cafeteria.  Well there we met with another set of problems. Our voices echoed there and we didn't have pencils or colors to draw and color with!! 

This did not deter our thinkers. They found some coal, beetroot, flowers, turmeric and mud and got set to work.

Post this activity we came back to class and reflected on the experience we had just had. We concluded that the changes in our environment forces us to do things differently and we had to ADJUST.

                      The next day we discussed and brainstormed what it means to be living. 

       We made a list of all the living things we could think off  and then bundled them in groups. 
        We realized that different animals have different habitats.

        We worked at different stations to explore what are the different ways animals adapt in their    

       Finally we unfolded our central idea and rewrote them to show our understanding of the same.

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  We reflected and thought of which animal teeth would we like to have, if given a choice.

We learnt how to write a super sentence.  This will help us understand the benefits of using  descriptive words when writing a sentence.

This week we had S.P.E.L.L. introduced in our class. 

    S - Silent reading
P - Phonic fun
                 E - Exploring with words
        L - Listening centre
L-  Let's write

Like B.U.I.L.D helps us strengthen our Math skills through S.P.E.L.L. we are looking to develop 
our literacy skills.

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