Monday, 27 April 2015

Who we are!!

It's hard to believe we are nearing the end to the lovely journey of Inquiry in Grade 3.This week we began our last Unit on Inquiry under the theme Who We Are. Under this theme we are going to be inquiring into - The effective interactions between human body systems contribute to health and survival.

We began by filling in an outline of a human body with all the parts that we knew.

Next we were given outlines of internal organs and were asked to place them on a body outline. Take a peek at how we did.....

We followed this by looking at a diagram of internal organs to check to see if we were right.

The next day we ...
Ran around the playground
Ate a piece of fruit
Lifted a pile of heavy books.....

After each activity we filled in the Feel/Think/Wonder chart.

Our bodies are like coffee makers????

We looked at a coffee maker , the computer and an electric circuit. We found many ways to compare the human body to these objects and we ended up discussing the meaning of a system.

Post this we saw a video -

We tried to identify the different systems that are working together in our bodies.

Finally we unfolded our main idea. We looked up the words we didn't know and tried to explain what we thought the central idea means.

We have finally completed publishing our stories. Click below to listen to them.

The Bad Warewolf by Aditya Parikh

The Smart Goats by Laay Patel

This week we celebrated Earth Day. We saw a lovely video to make us think .......ARE WE DOING OUR BIT TO SAVE THE NATURE.......OUR MOTHER EARTH!!!

We decided to learn how to make recycled paper so that we could save the trees and Mother Earth.  Thank you Ms. Jessica for teaching us how to make recycled paper.

We decorated some cloth bags that we though we could take with us every time we went out so that we can reduce the use of plastic bags. Thank you Ms. Cecilia for giving us this great idea.

Finally the day of the annual day dawned. We had a blast putting up this show for all our lovely parents at EIS. Hope you enjoyed the EIS around the World with us as much as we enjoyed taking you.

Watch us dance in Mexico. Thank you Ms. Abigail for capturing this dance for us.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Summative time.

This week had only four days but we still managed to do a lot. We began with presenting our PPT presentations on indigenous architecture. These presentations made us think about the different cultures, beliefs and how these had influenced the designs and structures around the world.

Finally it was time to end this unit. We began working on our summative assessment task. 

Out task was - Design a suitable house for a given context (environment)

Points to keep in mind:
  1. Select the place/area/country where your house will be built
  2. The climate of the place
  3. The materials you will use
  4. How will it be designed to have the least effect on the environment
  5. The design must include elements of the indigenous architecture of the place

In language, we continued working on our stories. We have completed editing our stories and now are in the process of making our final books. Stay tuned to read the stories of the two budding authors Aditya and Laay.

With just few days to go for the annual day, we have been putting in a lot of practice to put up an entertaining show for the parents.

Working on the backdrop.....

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Indigenous Architecture

Back from the spring break all fresh and ready to take the unit further we started with looking up the dictionary for the meaning of the words 'indigenous' and 'architecture'.

Post this we tried to connect the same with our UOI and understand what we were going to explore under this line of inquiry. We divided ourselves in groups and set out with researching about the indigenous architecture in Greece, China and India. 

Stay tuned for our presentations next week.

In Language, we have began our journey on becoming budding authors. All stories have elements that determine the structure. We took time to plan each element through story map to build a strong foundation for the structure of our story. We have planned our characters, setting and the plot. Soon the story will be ready to publish. 

Inspired from -

In Math, we started with understanding temperature. We compared the temperature of hot and cold water. We measured the same using a thermometer. Comparing the ruler and thermometer was fun.

We then moved on to explore the concept of capacity. We took different containers and tried to estimate how much water each could hold and then checked our answers using the measuring jar.