Another school year has come and gone. The children have learned so much about reading, writing, math and life in general. It’s been fun and amazing to have had the privilege to spend the year with them. I have grown to appreciate each one of their personalities and how they contributed to our learning. I will miss each one of them. If your child is moving schools or countries, or staying at SIS, for grade one, I hope they will continue to love learning.
Sharlene and Karen
Today, the children had some fun trying to protect an egg from breaking while dropping it. This was a design challenge.
The children used their scientific and engineering skills to solve this problem. They worked individually or with a partner and followed these steps: think, make a plan, make the design, improve it, and try it.
First, the children thought about different ways to protect the egg. Some of their ideas were:
Put it in a water bottle
Fill a bottle with water and put the egg inside
Put a box inside a box
Put tissue inside a container
Cover it with clay
After making their design an putting the egg inside (the egg was also inside a ziploc bag to minimize the mess), they tried it out at various levels. They started by holding it above their heads and dropping it. If it did not drop they went to the next level- the first level stairs. If it broke, they needed to improve their design and try again. IF their egg didn’t break, they went to the next level, and so on. We went as far as the third level stairs and, after some redesigning, many of the eggs did not break! Make sure you ask your child what happened. Here are three videos to show levels. I will try to put more videos on your child’s Seesaw account.
Please look at the information below. On Thursday, you and your child will use this sheet to guide you through your time. I will have a copy for you. You do not need to print this copy out.
Our last topic for writing is ‘Opinion writing‘. The students will be learning to give their opinion and then state why they think that. We will start simple. “I like… (ice cream) because… (it is sweet).” We will then move to more persuasive opinion writing to tie it into our unit (Sharing the Planet). The student will learn to give their opinion with a valid argument. We shouldn’t… (cut down all the trees). If… (all the trees are cut down) then… (we will have no more paper).”
We have been having some very important discussions in our Sharing the Planet Unit.
What would happen if there was no more sun?
What animals are endangered and why?
Why do we need bees and sea otters?
What does an environment need to survive?
What do we need to survive?
What can we do to help take care of our environment?
Next, the students are going to create an environment similar to the one we live in. We will use materials from our natural surroundings and from around the room to form the trees, animals, etc. needed for a sustainable environment. The students will work in small groups and will need to state their opinions to let others know why they think certain living and/or non things should be allowed in their environment. We will start with an environment without people. The next step will be to see how people can enter our environment without disturbing the natural surroundings.
This week our ‘GO’ word is investigate. We had fun finding little words inside it. We found 8 smaller words. Can you?
As part of our 30th Anniversary celebrations, the students will be visiting this year’s Visual Arts show on Friday 10th May. This year’s show will be at G&G Creative Community, No. 9 Li Yuan Road, Shekou. Our students will travel to the venue and back by bus. The VA show is open to parents on Saturday, May 11, from 10am to 2pm.