After our exciting, engaging and tiring trip to Lantau, the students took some time to reflect about the different activities, and think about what they learned from each activity. After walking around and reading their responses, I loved how there was a balance between environmental awareness, biological knowledge and life lessons. Even though we hope that the students come away with a better understanding of their role in the world, we also love to see them make the connections with the ESLRs and their importance in guiding the decisions we make.
Earth Week Schedule Monday 18th – Friday 22nd
Monday – “Love Earth Monday”
Each class will receive 10 pieces of square paper. Use this to draw a picture or write a poem about the Earth. We will collect them on Friday and put them together as an “Earth Week Quilt.”
Climate change – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv7OHfpIRfU
Tuesday – “Reusable Tuesday”
Bring snacks in reusable containers and use reusable utensils. Teachers and students can take photos and tweet them to the hashtag: #SISreuses
Plastic Planet – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73sGgmZoMBQ
Wednesday – “Save Electricity Wednesday”
Try to conserve electricity in school (try to not use lights, A/C, projectors, etc.)
Saving Electricity – https://youtu.be/bTdUvkriVHU
Thursday – “Save Water Thursday”
The focus is saving water. Time yourself taking a shower and see if you can shorten this time. Make sure that turn off the water as you soap up. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth.
10 ways to save water – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV_Vr_xgrn0
Friday – “Saving Paper Friday”
Use recycled paper or one-sided paper, use only 1 paper towel when drying hands, etc.
How to use just 1 paper towel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FMBSblpcrc
The rain held off and a majority of students from 4th and 5th showed their support for Fiji by donating money and joining in the walkathon organized by Cadence. In all, Cadence raised 1,359 RMB, which will be donated to the Red Cross Australia for relief for Cyclone Winston. Thank you SIS community for your all your help!
We were lucky enough to have Mrs. Robertson-Jones come in as a guest reader. She and Talia read an Elephant and Piggy book together in front of the class, modelling just how exciting these simple books can be to read with a partner. Afterward, students had a chance to read multiple Elephant and Piggy books together. It was exciting to see all the students get engaged, and even act out some of the stories that they were reading. After they finished reading, we gathered around and sang Happy Birthday to Talia and enjoyed some delicious cupcakes.
As part of our celebration for book week, the elementary students went around campus finding famous characters from books. Students met a variety of characters from books they read now, to books they read when they were younger. Thank you to all the staff and parents who helped make this special event possible!
We started our new science unit this week, Mixtures and Solutions. We began by exploring what mixtures and solutions are, and discussing how they are similar and different. Students created three water mixtures, by adding pebbles, salt and diatomaceous earth to cups with water. They then tried to separate the mixtures, using screens and filters. They found that they were able to separate the pebbles with the screen and the diatomaceous earth with the filters, but the salt didn’t separate. This is because the salt dissolved and became a solution. Below are some pictures of their investigations.