# KA Friends

## Scientists Make Observations

Today during our Unit of Inquiry “How the World Works” we paid special attention during our experiment. Read below our observations and the excellent scientific vocabulary we are starting to acquired (typed verbatim).

Ace Hadley and Shunto: We noticed when we rolled both the small and the big marbles, the paper flipped over.

Ms Edwards: Why?

Students Answer: Because the angle of the ruler was high, the force was fast.

Jahan, Julian and William: The same thing happened to us, but it flipped twice.

Ms. Edwards: Why do you think it flipped over twice?

Students Answer: Because the marble was heavier than theirs, or its because their ruler was lower than ours, so it had more force.

Jane, Jay and Sophie: The more higher the ruler, the more the marble bounced.

Ms. Edwards: Why do you think it bounced?

Students Answer: The gravity is stronger when the ruler is more higher.

Becky and Joseph: When we did it in the loft, the marble came into the cup.

Ms. Edwards: How did you get it in the cup?

Students answer: Because the lower we went, it didn’t go in the cup. The higher we put the ruler, then it did go in the cup.

## Student Led Conferences Today!

We were student-leaders today at our Student Led Conferences. It was a wonderful day for KA Kids and parents alike. We celebrated our learning journey through sharing:

Our Digital Learning Portfolio on Seesaw

Our writing improvement through our Non-Fiction Research Projects

Our Unit of Inquiry exploring force and motion

Thank your outstanding input and support, KD parents!

~Ms. Edwards

## Exploring 2D and 3D shapes

We are excited to become stronger mathematical thinkers through learning even more about Dimensional and 3-Dimensional shapes. We will really get familiar with important mathematical vocabulary in this unit. You can see what fun we’ve been having building shapes! See the poster below, and even how we will integrate measurement throughout this unit by reviewing length and width.

## Everyday should be Earth Day!

Continuing from last week, as well as our love of learning about continents and oceans, we are working on painting the earth. We are thinking what is most important to us in saving our environment and we will add our reflections to our completed Earth Projects when they are finished next week.

## Save the Date- Primary School Art Show!

You are in for a treat, parents! Ms. Hobbs has saved your child’s best art pieces that they have created throughout the year. These will be on display for everyone to admire at our Primary School Art Show on Thursday, May 17th from 6-8pm at Kingbay Jingshan Phase 9 Club Level B4

This will be “reception” style, so you may come anytime you like during those hours. Towards the end of the year, Mrs. Hobbs will send home your child’s displayed pieces, as well as the rest of the art they worked on in class.

I hope to see you there!

## Earth Day Creation!

We used the steps of the design process to make some very creative crafts today! We learned, just like engineers solve problems- we can think like engineers and do the same thing. Our problem (or challenge) was to make an object using recycled materials, so then we used the Design Process: Think, Make, Improve and Share.

You can see what a great time we had building our creations. Thanks to everyone who sent in recycled supplies, we will be continuing to design over the next few weeks in our “How the World Works” Unit of Inquiry, so we can always use more- keep saving your stuff!

## The Lovely Literacy Lounge!

Today we had the chance to explore, read and leave kind comments to our friend’s writing at the Literacy Lounge hosted by Mrs. Livingston, our librarian and the PSA Parents. It was fun searching out for our brother’s and sister’s writing, as well as our 4B Buddies!

It was such a beautiful morning to sit, relax and read with our friends!

Parents- we hope you have the chance to stop by and drop a note off for your child’s writing. The Literacy Lounge will be here until tomorrow.

## Learning through Research

Today we really got underway with our research topics!

We learned an important word in research: KEYWORD. Keywords are very important because they help us to find what we want easier using the iPads. Just like a “key” unlocks a door, a “key”word unlocks knowledge!

Some great research tools we used for animals was www.pebblego.com (ask me for school passwords) another safe research site for kids is www.kidrex.com.

As we near the last months of kindergarten, we have realized that we really are AVID readers now! During reading workshop today we had a discussion about the difference between an AVID reader and a BLAH reader, after comparing pictures of children reading both ways. Here’s what we came up with:

AVID READERS: Stay focused on the book, use their super powers, don’t walk around the classroom during reading time, keep reading more books when they finish one book, think about the book as they read, learn from the book

“BLAH” READERS: Ask to use the bathroom, distract others, look around the classroom, not focused on the book

Then, Ms. Edwards asked us how long she thought we could read as AVID readers. So we all chose a nice, quiet spot in the room and really impressed Ms. Edwards because we could all read for 20 minutes as avid readers! Great job, KA Readers!