How The World Works
This week we visited the Science Centre and made connections to our UOI. Once inside the centre, we explored many different hands-on exhibits that connected to the central idea and lines of inquiry. We learned the impact of carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere and how climate change affects our environment. After touring the facilities we had fun in the water park where we engaged with force and motion in action. We ended our visit with a picnic lunch in the kinetic gardens. We had a great day filled with learning and fun!
Measurement & Data Handling
The students in G2.1 have focused on the central idea: Standard units of measurement allow for a common language about data and we can display them in different ways. We began our maths inquiry by investigating "non-standard" units of measure and we were able to understand the challenges as well as the benefits of using such methods. Then we explored various "standard" units of measure and began to see how we can communicate across different languages using language of standard units. We also met as a grade level and inquired into how we collect and display data.
Picture Day and Other Celebrations!
Last week was filled with fun activities, such as class picture day, and learning about traditions around the world around the time of Halloween. We had fun taking group photos and learning about "Dia de los muertos", a holiday celebrated in Mexico to honour family members who have passed away. We learned many facts about the human skull, and made paper models. Model skulls made of sugar called "calavera" are used in Mexico during Dia de los muertos celebrations.
Force and Motion
This week we began our exploration of force and motion. We worked in cooperative groups to test various ways objects can be moved. We created tools to push or pull objects across space, and discovered that tension is a type of force that is transmitted through a string, or a rope, when pulled in opposite directions. We also shared how tension is used in music (such as strings on a violin) and in knitting.
This week we explored various ways to measure using "non-standard" tools. First, we decided to use our feet to measure our height, but discovered that this creates differences in outcome. We discussed other ways to measure various states of matter, such as solids, liquids, and gasses, and recognized the need for "standard" units of measure to create a common understanding.
We learned that matter used in cooking can change it's state. This time, we added few simple ingredients to make honeycombs. We observed how matter can change from a solid, to a liquid, and back to solid again. We love learning how matter impacts our daily loves.
How the World Works
The students in G2.1 took a trip to Preston campus to inquire into how change in matter affect our lives. Shen, from the Gastro Guys, prepared a special cooking lesson on baking "chocolate chip and brown sugar cookies." We engaged in this hands-on experience to think about the ingredients used, and observe the changes that occur has heat and liquids are introduced. We plan on utilizing this experience to learn more about physical and chemical changes in matter. After the cooking lesson, high school volunteers took us on a tour of the campus. It was exciting to see what the learning space is like, and we even participated in an impromptu sing-along led by the music teacher, Mr. Garden.
"Stories are everywhere!" was the important message author Neil Humphreys shared during his visit with students at ISS. As the author of various genres, and books for audiences of all ages, Neil shared how he turned the experiences in his own life to create his books. Life is full of ordinary moments that can become extra-ordinary stories. The students in G2.1 were inspired by Neil's humorous take on his memories of primary school and outings with his daughter--all of which inspired the series Princess Incognito. We can't wait to use our memories and turn them into meaningful stories.
How The World Works
This week we "tuned-in" to our new unit of inquiry; How The World Works. Our central idea is "Changes in matter affect our environment." To tap into our prior knowledge, we explored and observed various forms of matter. We explored matter by combining various ingredients to make several different things; slime, play dough, and popsicles. We also combined water and soap to make bubbles. We made careful observations and wrote down our wonderings. In G2.1, we understand that matter is all around us and behave in ways that can be described.
Constructing Meaning in Maths
This week we "tuned-into" constructing meaning in maths. For the next six weeks, we will explore measurement and data handling. To begin the unit, we explored various standard measurement tools that we use in our daily lives. It was fun to look for clues on the maths tools, and use our inferential thinking skills to conclude how and why the tools may be used.
Writing to Instruct
This week we began a new genre in writing; writing to instruct. We discovered that we are all knowledgeable and can learn from one another. To explore the genre, we learned how to make "origami snow flakes" from Julie. We also visited the library to engage in a special genre study of "how-to" books, written to instruct the audience. We then worked together to create a guide for the library on "how to check out books".
Science In Our Daily Lives
This week we focused on observing the world around us. To practice our scientific thinking skills, we posed questions about the environment and figured out ways to collect data. The heavy haze in the air in recent weeks made us wonder "what is haze?" and "how does it affect us?" We learned about the air quality index and decided to track this data and observe the impact of the haze on our bodies and the environment. Furthermore, we collected plant samples outdoors to observe possible affects of the haze on plant life. We know that science is all around us and impacts our environment.
Sharing Our Heritage
In Grade 2 we understand that sharing our heritage foster appreciation and open-mindedness. This week Eiji shared his knowledge of origami from Japan. He prepared a presentation on the history and significance of the art of paper folding. We had lots of fun learning how to make traditional hats from Japan. Then we were inspired by "sakura", Japanese word for cherry blossoms, and created our own art using mixed media. We learned that heritage is connected to our study of Who We Are and can be an important aspect of our identity.
Shared Reading and Writing
In G2.1 this week we continued to discover the power of written communication in building meaningful relationships. We had a guest speaker, Ms. Anne, come and share her story about her pen pal. We discovered that through writing, it is possible to build meaningful relationships with someone who lives far away. We then took the opportunity to express our gratitude by writing our own thank you letters back to Ms. Anne. We also got inspired to draft our own pen pal letters to our friends from Kothari International School in Delhi. In G2 we understand that relationships are an important way to learn; whether it is sharing or favorite books with each other or celebrating our beloved authors, we grow together.
This week we continued our exploration of scientific thinking by making observations and collecting data. We gathered some plant samples outside by observing carefully and describing their properties. We integrate maths and science by formulating questions and figuring out the best way to gather the information we need. In G2, we know that science is all around us, and it takes curiosity to spark the questions that drive our discoveries forward.
Unit of Inquiry
This week G2.1 students inquired into the third line of inquiry: Characteristics of effective teamwork. We were presented with various recycled project materials, and asked to work in teams, to build objects of our choice. In order to experiment with various characteristics that go into creating effective teamwork, we were asked to use strategies other than speaking. We then worked in same groups the next day and utilized verbal communication in order to finalize our projects. During the group discussions we discovered that each of us had a preferred method of working and experimented with various communication skills. Even though each group worked independently, we discovered that each of the projects can be put together to create a larger collaborative piece. We thought our final piece resembled a city and named it "Lego Singapore".
This week we focused on reading for information to strengthen our research skills. Ms. Ally, the librarian, shared a special lesson around non-fiction text features. We then searched for books, based on personal interests, to investigate the features on our own. Furthermore, we invited our K1/K2 reading buddies to share in our love of reading. We understand that reading has various purposes and can be shared to build our relationships.
ISS House Spirit
This week ISS held its first "House Competitions". We showed our House spirit by showing up in our House t-shirts and competed in various actives: banner making, chants, and physical sports. In the end, we all had a great time by sharing in teamwork within our Houses and practicing friendly competition.
Unit of Inquiry
This week we explored our line of inquiry on "characteristics of effective teamwork." During a collaborative Grade 2 activity, we experimented with various strategies to effectively move objects across the upper playground. First we tried working independently, each carrying one object to and fro, to accomplish the task. We discovered that this took too much time, as well as a lot of physical effort. After several group discussions, and various strategies, we found that standing in a line together to hand the object to each other down the row, was the most effective method. We think that "communication and compromise" are very important for successful teamwork.
This week we practiced our observational and inquiry skills using parts of plants. We drew diagrams and labels inside of our science journals and noted our questions regarding what we observed. We can't wait to expand on our skills by carefully observing the plant life around school and our homes.
Focus on Heritage
Continuing our exploration of Korean heritage, we invited Ms. Song Pang who shared her knowledge of traditional Korean dances. We were delighted to learn more about Korean performing arts and integrated language by counting in Hangul (Korean written language).
Unit of Inquiry
Welcome to our class blog! This week we "tuned in" to our first Unit of Inquiry: Who We Are, and around the central idea "relationships are complex and require nurturing in order to prosper". For the next six weeks, we will be exploring the three lines of inquiry: different types of relationships; strategies for building and maintaining relationships; and characteristics of effective teamwork. To help us to think about our understanding of the central idea, we engaged in various types of cooperative games. We gathered together with 2.2 as a grade level to think about effective teamwork and the "ingredients for strong friendships" to make "friendship soup".
In maths we began our inquiry around the strand "Number Sense" and the central idea "whole numbers have patterns and relationships that can be observed and described." We began the week by focusing on our problem solving skills and counting large numbers of objects we use in the class. We discovered that using "friendly numbers" such as groups of 5, 10, 50, and 100 made it easy for us to count, as well as organising our items into rows and columns. We will continue our exploration with Number Sense through place value and strategies for adding and subtracting.