This week the students brought items into school to swap with each other. The idea behind our swap shop was to understand that there needs to be a system in place for exchange to work well. The children came up with a set of guidelines that they felt were necessary for the swap shop to be a good example of an exchange system. Take a look at our guidelines below -
,From our swap shop, we started thinking about the value of things. To begin with we all thought about value as how expensive something was. BUT when Toko told us that her most valuable thing was her mum, we started to think about value in a different way. By the end of our discussion, the children understood that each of us see value in different ways. Something valuable to one person may not be as valuable to someone else. To check the children's understanding of this, I asked them to swap their items in the swap shop and then come to the carpet with their new item. I then asked them to swap it with the person next to them. The children didn't think this was very fair!
Lana said "I have never played with it before and I don't want to get a boy's toy because I am not a boy!"
Alex said "I don't want to swap because I don't have any buses and I really wanted this one."
Noura said she felt sad because "I chose something that I can use and the other thing I can not use."
Fortunately, I wasn't that mean! I told the children they did not have to swap again but by doing this, they really understood that the first item that they had chosen was more valuable to them than the item I had asked them to swap it for.
I wonder how our exchange system helps our class community? Talk about this at home as a family. Do you have any exchange systems that happen in your house? For example, do children help to do things in the house in exchange for pocket money? Does the tooth fairy ever come and exchange a coin for a tooth?
It was great to see the children come back to school with lots of enthusiasm to tackle to the new term ahead. We dived straight back into our inquiry into exchange systems and how they help our community. With our new Chromebooks, it has given us the opportunity to develop some strategies for researching, such as using the internet and watching videos. We have been practising pausing and rewinding videos and then talking about the information that they have gathered from watching the videos. By talking about this information with a friend, it helps the children to organise their ideas and to ensure that they have fully understood something before writing it down. The children showed great levels of independence while completing these activities and collected information on exchange in the form of the Silk Road.
On Friday we had Math Day! The children were excited to play different Math games throughout the day and to explore different kinds of currency that had been brought in. However, the most popular activity was playing Live Mathletics to try and reach the top of the leaderboard. The children demonstrated a high level of competitiveness whilst also showing compassion and pride for the accomplishments of their friends. Take a look at the photos below to see what we got up to!
We are working through our new Unit of Inquiry with the central idea that Exchange Systems help our Community. We have been thinking about what the word ‘exchange’ means and have come up with some great ideas -
The children also suggested that exchange takes place when you take your Singapore money to the currency converter to exchange it for the currency of the country you visit on holiday. This idea came at a perfect time with lots of families going on holiday for the October break. If you do have any notes or coins of different currencies, it would be great if these could be brought into school for the students to examine when they get back.
Unfortunately, we have had a lot of haze over the last few weeks and, as a result, the students haven’t been able to spend as much time outside as normal. However, as teachers, we understand the importance of ensuring that the students get the opportunity to release some of their energy and have been finding different ways to allow this to happen. Here is just one of the activities we have been doing on Go Noodle; a website created to get children moving even when indoors.
The last day of term saw a hugely successful International Day. Many of the activities were created by students from the High School and gave the children the opportunity to try different food, games and crafts from around the world. It was wonderful to see the children in their traditional clothes or in colours found on their country’s flag and it led the way for a vibrant and high energy day. Thank you for your kind donations to the food fair and for contributing so enthusiastically with costumes and participation.
It has been a wonderful first term in Grade 2.2 and I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday. Thank you for all of your support at home and I look forward to continuing to work with you to help your child to be a confident, enthusiastic and successful learner.
We were very excited to receive our Chromebooks this week. We were all allocated a computer and learned how to login and access some of the Google Apps that we have been learning to use this year. The children were very excited to demonstrate their skills and understanding and enjoyed setting up their eportfolios where they can display work that they are proud of. We will be ready to share these with you soon!
Also this week, we thought about what we could send in our cultural box to a class that we are communicating with in Alabama in the United States. During this experience, the children will find out about the lives and cultures of the children in this class and will be in regular contact via various methods of communication, including Twitter, our Class Blog and Skype.
Grade 2.2 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.
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