Monday, 23 March 2015

Going further

What an explorative week!!!!

This week we have been exploring how humans around the world have adapted to the climate, the natural environment and the available materials. We looked at how humans all over the world have cleverly created different structures and buildings to take advantage of opportunities and/or overcome problems.

Tree house

House of ice

Sky scrapper

House on stilts
brick house

Mud house
Stay tuned for our presentation to the second graders about all that we learnt and discovered. 

We had a guest speaker Mr. Mustafa, an architect by profession. He taught us some very interesting things about buildings and structures. He taught us about load bearing columns/beams and many other interesting pieces of information.We are so thankful to him to remove time for us and share such interesting things about building buildings.

In Math, we began with a challenge to build an enclosed area with 16 playing cards that has the biggest area inside. The cards had to be touching each other, if only just by a little and they must be on their edges somehow, not just flat on the table.

We began understanding about weight by investigating - How good are our senses at comparing the weight of cubes?

First we were challenged to order four cubes by felt weight.

Post that we were given all nine cube to put in order by felt weight.

We realized that 'felt weight' is subjective - after all, there were disagreements about our orderings. We also saw that as the weights of objects got closer, it got harder to distinguish them by touch.

However we still didn't know how accurate were our orderings. So we decided to use pan
scale to find out.

We recorded our answers in a tabular format.

Next week we will take this investigation further.

We learnt about different signs and symbols from our first graders. It was so much fun to sing an entire song using just sign language. Thank you Ms. Jessica and Grade 1. We truly enjoyed it!!!!!