How to save the trees…make paper with used paper!

How can we be good global citizens? Well…we can make our own paper. We now have our own paper making factory. How did we do it? We watched a video on ‘How to make paper at home’. We then wrote the recipe down and followed the steps. And voila! Paper. (Ask your child if they remember what the word ‘voila’ means.) The paper is a bit like lightweight cardboard, but still…Have a look.

Watching the video and writing the recipe

Getting the paper ready

Adding water to the paper
Using a blender to make the ‘mush’

Using a ‘frame’ to collect the ‘mush’

Transferring the ‘mush’ to a board and felt

Getting the water out

And…voila…paper (sort of)

Earth week BINGO

Earth Week Bingo – Early Primary-t2owo5

Next week, SIS is acknowledging Earth week. Above is a BINGO game you can play at home to monitor your  ‘save the planet’  mindset.

This is also a little video put together by some SIS students to remind the students what to do.

The goal is for students to complete as many of these tasks as possible. STUCO will be coming around next Friday to pass out treats to those students that have their bingo cards. (Use your discretion. Not all boxes need to be completed.) You can even fill out the BINGO sheet electronically and send it to me to save paper!

 

What is living/not living

We’ve been talking about living and not living things. Today we watched 2 videos about living and not living things. They both had similar and different ideas about what is living and what is not living. They b0th agreed that living things grow, need food, and reproduce. (A side note…at one point, someone said, “But boys can’t make more babies. Only girls.” I told them it takes both to make a baby and then I told them to ask their parents how that works!) One video told us that after something dies it is not living anymore. Another video told us that once something dies it is still living. Hmm…I guess we are finding out that everything is not black or white (right or wrong). Some things are gray (depends on your perspective or point of view).

Kindergarten authors

The students have been busy writing their informational books. They have researched topics by using library books and iPads, formulating 4 questions  to use in their informational books, and writing their book. The students have been sharing  what they have written so far with each other. As they were sharing, I heard many of them point out things they wanted to change in their book and then go edit their work. Well done editors. The students will be taking some of these books home to share with you this week. Enjoy.

Think like a scientist

Our earth has finite resources that we share with other living things. All living things have an impact on those resources in different ways. As humans, we have a responsibility to help protect those resources for future generations. The students are learning about their role in the world and how to take care of it.

To help the students understand our impact on the world, they are being scientists. We are using skills like inquiring, observing, discovering, reflecting, andproblem solving to understand how scientists think.

We will be thinking about questions like:

What is living and what is not living?

What do living things need to survive?

What happens if living things do not get what they need to survive?

What should we do to care for the earth?

Before the students dive into these questions, however, they have been doing some fun challenges to help them think like a scientist. The first challenge was to roll a ball down a meter stick without it falling off. The second challenge was to have the ball stop on the paper. Here are some photos of the student’s inquiry time and their thinking process.

Trying to get the ball to roll down the stick…

Adding props to help…


Using a curved piece of plastic to keep the ball from falling off while trying to make the ball land on the paper…




The students are collaborating and communicating to solve these problems just like real scientists do.

a busy week

Our door decoration for Book Week ended up being a giant cookie. We were inspired by one of our favourite books called, ‘Mmmm Cookies’ by Robert Munsch. It’s about a boy who makes play clay cookies and tricks his mom and dad into taking a bite. We had fun making it using clay, toys and shaving cream.Making ‘raisins’ for the door cookie

Writing the name of the book, the author and illustrator

Putting the ‘dough’ on the paper

Sprinkling it with sugar

The finished product

After using shaving cream on the cookie, we had fun playing with some too.

We were also on a mission to collect 100 points. A point was given if everyone was ‘silent’ after I gave them one of our hints.

After reaching our goal, we thought it would be fun to make cookies but not the kind in the book…we would make real cookies. We read a recipe and followed the instructions.Mixing the dough

On the same day we collected our 100 points, we also found our 100th compound word. The words took up so much room, we had to use some of our Inquiry space.

It was a topsy turvy week (ask your child what that means). And that’s not even highlighting the Book Week activities! Have a great holiday.

recycled materials needed

During our next Unit of Inquiry, we will need some recycled materials. I have already talked to the children about bringing in recyclable materials. I have also told them I would let you know so you can help them.

Here are some examples of recycled materials that would be useful in class:

-Shoe Boxes, Cereal Boxes, Tissue Boxes

-Bubble Wrap/Foam Packaging

-Paper Towel/Toilet Rolls

-Empty water bottles and caps

-Empty tin cans (washed thoroughly)

-Empty Plastic Containers (washed thoroughly)

-Old CD’s/DVD’s

Please send in anything you may have for us to use in our recycled inventions. The more recycled materials we have, the more possibilities we have. We can begin collecting now and continue for the next month or two.

Thanks for your help and support.

Quietly and Silently

According to the Cambridge English dictionary, quietly is defined as 1. without making much noise: 2. in a way that is not obvious to other people because you do not say much. Silently is defined as 1. without speaking, or only in the mind: 2. without any sound.

As the year progresses, students become more comfortable with each other and in the classroom. As a  result, they become more confident speaking in front of each other, speaking with me, and speaking more often. While this is great, it can sometimes pose a problem during teaching and learning times. So, I have introduced these 2 words that will help students better focus during their learning times. Sometimes, we do a few minutes of silent, independent work and sometimes we do a few minutes of quiet, independent work. Of course, we also have a lot of time where it is less quiet and silent… and that’s OK too.

 

Math

Most students intuitively understand how ‘adding to’ and ‘subtracting from’ works. To enhance this knowledge, we have been doing a lot of work ‘composing’ and ‘decomposing’ numbers. Now, we are now introducing the ‘formal’ addition and subtraction concepts including writing equations (number sentences) and solving story problems. Today, your child is bringing home the manipulatives for the poem ‘5 Little Monkeys jumping on the Bed’ which uses subtraction. I’m sure they’d love to share the poem with you and show how the manipulatives work.

Be a guest reader during Book Week (March 18-22)

I would like to invite you to read one of your favorite children’s books to the children during Book Week. The book can be read in any language of your choice. If you are interested, please choose one of the times below and then email your choice to me.    scormack@sis.org.cn

Thanks for your support.

 

Available times:

Monday (18), Tuesday (19), Wednesday (20): 8:20

Monday (18), Tuesday (19), Wednesday (20), Thursday (21), Friday (22): 11:55