This week the children have continued exploring poetry. We built on their knowledge of the parts of speech and created cinquains and diamante poems which have a distinct pattern of lines and nouns, adjectives or verbs.
They used their expanding vocabulary related to habitats or animals as inspiration. Here are a few of the poems the children wrote:
Blowing, erupting, smoking
Lava pouring, destroying everything
Swimming, sailing, fishing
Dark waves, cold, blue
Eating, killing, biting
Fierce, strong, scary, shy
Running, jumping, scaring
Growing, creeping, dying
I hate eating them
In Maths, we were creative in our thinking about fractions. First we divided one whole page into equal fractions by folding it. These ranged from thirds to one-hundred and eighths! Some students then decorated their pages which we later used to interpret and find fractions of a group using counting. We will extend this thinking into finding fractions of groups by using division strategies.
Later in the week, the children worked together and drew simple comics or pictures or wrote stories which involved fractions and showed their conceptual understanding.
In UOI, we began inquiring into how animals are connected in food chains and webs. The children developed more understanding of the elements in a food chain, including Producers and Consumers, Prey and Predators and the key importance of the Sun.
They researched to create their own food webs. This will be extended to embed these food webs within their relevant habitats so that the children begin to see how what animals eat is connected to where they live and what else lives there. We began to create an interactive map outside our classroom showing where various producers and consumers might be found. This will be added to over time.
They also worked in small groups to think of what can affect particular habitats. They then shared their ideas with the rest of the class.
Pollution, hunting, removing plants or animals for zoos or pets, a change in the amount of water or temperature, using the habitat space to build on or the over-population of one animal were all suggested. Such a broad range of really complex and sophisticated causes of imbalance show the children are really aware of the world around them and some key issues we face.
Grade 2.1 are a class of 7 and 8 year old students who attend ISS International School in Singapore. We learn together and play together and enjoy sharing our discoveries with you.