Field Trip to Hong Kong Wetlands

As part of the curriculum for our science unit, Structures of Life, where we are studying the structures, functions, and habitats of plants and animals, yesterday we went to Hong Kong Wetlands.

Thanks parents helpers for coming along and chaperoning our students.

Below you can see some pictures from the field trip.

From Seed to Seedling

Exploring Fruits

This week we launched our new unit for science, “Structures of Life.”

Students learned that size, shape, color, texture, smell, and other features are characteristics of a fruit called properties.

We described the properties of different fruits and seeds and sort them.

Fun, Active and Creative Activities to Learn More About the Moon

In science we’ve been studying the moon, the lunar cycle, and its phases.
During this part of the unit we were able to do many fun activities that really helped us to learn more about the moon.

We simulated the phases of the moon using a light bulb, a small ball and ourselves, pretending our head was planet Earth and being able how the moon changes during a lunar cycle.

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We were able to listen to some “Aurasmas”, grade 3 students made last year, to learn more about the moon.

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In order to learn the new vocabulary from the moon phases, such as waxing, waning, gibbous and crescent, we made our own lunar cycle using cookies. Look at the photos below to understand better.

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Space Research

In writing workshop, we started researching our topics for our Podcasts. Mrs. Livingston gave us an organizer, and taught us how to look for and record information.  Today, students took this for homework. Please use the library website (http://share.sis.org.cn/elemlibrary) and look under resources. There you will find a variety of reputable places to search for information. Passwords for subscription sites can be found on the Parent Portal. Another good place to look is WebPath Express. These sites have all been vetted and deemed appropriate and reliable for students. This can be found by clicking on the catalog icon on the library blog, then clicking Mountainside, catalog, and finally on WebPath Express on the lefthand side. See the pictures below.

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How does Energy Travel?

Students know that energy can be stored in food, fuels and batteries. They also know that energy can be converted from one form to another.

Today students investigated how energy moved from one place to another. That’s called energy transfer. Ask your child about the science stations we explored today. How  does energy travel while playing bowling? How the energy in the battery travelled to make the motor shaft turn?

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Last week we talked about energy conversion and fossil fuels.

For homework tonight your child has to log in in the following link and complete the quiz.

Thanks for your support!

 

Energy Sources

Monday we launched our science unit, Matter and Energy.

Grade 3 learners explored how stored energy is converted into action in  different energy-stations such as the candle, tone generator or motor. Ask your child about it.

We read about energy sources and the students took an online quiz to check their understanding.

We also watched a brainpop movie about energy sources. If you’d like to watch it, here you have the link .Feel free to email me if you are not sure of the password.

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Hong Kong Wetlands Field Trip

Grade 3 Field Trip

When: Monday, May 26th, from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
**We will board the buses right at 8am…so don’t be late to school!**

Where: Hong Kong Wetlands Park – Tin Shui Wai, New Territories, HK

Why: To support our science unit on “Structures of Life”

What: This location is the perfect place for our students to be able to observe diverse organisms that live in different environments. As part of our visit, our students will partake in activities organized by the Wetlands Education Center.

This field trip is guaranteed to be a great day, but we need your help to make sure things go to plan. Please help us by checking to make sure that your child’s passport and visa are in order. Then, fill in the attached immigration forms and send in your child’s passport and completed forms to school on Thursday May 22nd. (Teachers and helpers will take responsibility for holding on to the passports during the day so there is no need to worry about them getting lost.)

packed lunch is necessary for everyone to bring, including a water bottle. It is highly likely that it will be hot and sunny so please ensure you have applied sun protection and bug spray. One never knows, however, and it may be rainy. So please also pack a raincoat or umbrella. We will be walking around a lot on this trip, so good walking shoes are essential.

Last but not least, we need parent helpers. If you don’t care to join us on our bus, please feel free to join us using your own transportation as it is only 25 minutes away and a beautiful environment.

Thank you,
Grade 3 Teachers

Meet the Crayfish

As part of our science unit Structures of Life, today we introduced our third investigation, Crayfish Structures.

Students were very excited to have them in our room. They learned that crayfish are living organisms and should be treated with care and respect.

After a short demonstration, some students were able to handle the crayfish and observe their structures. Tomorrow we will further discuss the functions of each structure as well as how crayfish should be cared for to ensure their well-being.

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