Friday, May 18, 2018

Grade 1 Week 7 Term 3 How We Organize Ourselves

 Grade 1 has been busy practicing for their (Undokai) Sports Day coming up next Saturday. 

We have been looking into how our community organizes itself. Our class has been designing parks with 9 pieces of playground equipment. 

Here you can see a climbing wall,  a rocking spring toy, a merry-go-round, and a see-saw. 

Fishing is allowed here!

This park has a nice slide and fort.

Yui's park has a swing set, spiral slide, zip line and map key. 

Some of us finished up on how we can organize trash in Japan. These are burnable items.

Elysia came up with a great idea about having a picnic on our rug during lunchtime. 

We learned about the word "beyond" and made sentences. For example, the forest is beyond the river bank. 

These guys are real Samarai! 

Our group made hats in Japanese class. 

TGIF! We blew off some steam because we worked hard!

Japanese class (Grade4)


Grade 3 How we organize ourselves

Last week we started our new unit of inquiry. Students also have been busy preparing for undokai.

Undokai Dance Practice

The last couple of weeks grade 2 has been working really hard practicing their dance for Undokai, which is in just one week.  This year their dance was a bit difficult but everyday they are getting better and better.  They practice with Jinsho, with Ms. Lauren, and at home.  They are very excited to show all their parents and friends how hard they have been working on not only their dance but also in the various games that they will play!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Grade 5/6 Week 6 How we organize ourselves

This week, we continued our theme by deepening our inquiry. Firstly, we decided our main project about the central idea. In order to understand the idea of supply and demand and economic activities, we discussed about what processes were required to sell goods in the market. First of all, we aimed for producing products in three main categories, which were food, toy and stationery. We picked one item for each category and wrote a short paragraph with pros and cons. As a second step of this, we will produce its package, decide the taste of it and come up with a short commercial video and motto.  This project will help us understand the system of production in an easier way.

In Grade 5 Math, We continued the unit dividing a fraction by  a fraction. We applied strategies and results from simpler problems to more complex problems. In Grade 6 Math , we continued solving problems involving proportions.

How we organize ourselves.

Over the next few weeks, the children will take it in turns to be a little teacher. It will be their responsibility to conduct the morning circle time, and arrange our learning centres. 

This will help them to gain an understanding of our central idea. It will also, help them understand responsibilities, especially in a community of learners. 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Grade 4 - Going Deeper Into an Old Inquiry Unit

For Golden Week, Grade 4's homework was to revisit one of our old inquiry units that they enjoyed and either rethink about it, learn about something in it more deeply, or redo a project that they felt like they could have done better. Everyone had the chance this week to share their work with the rest of the class. 

Some students wrote new stories and made books about success, challenge and failure. There were great themes about being a risk-taker, having confidence, learning from mistakes and having a growth mindset. 

One student learned more about chemical energy and did experiments that he shared with the class! 

These students researched more about the ways that humans use and obtain electrical energy through wind turbines and about Albert Einstein's work with nuclear energy.  

It's great to see the students interest and curiosity with different subjects while taking action to reflect on their learning and take it deeper!