Yesterday we visited the Grade 5 Exhibition.
Learning about pet adoption, cruelty-free cosmetics, how animal rights issues have changed over times and some pressing animal right issues today.
Learning about issues such as wildlife poaching and pet abandonment.
Changes in technology
Technology in sports
Stress, anxiety and depression
Afterwards we went back to the classroom and discussed what we learnt.
Nora: I learnt from my sister about animals that are killed, like an elephant for its trunk.
Siena: Trunk or tusks?
Nora: Oh yeah, tusks.
Siena: Because it's ivory.
Claire: I don't know why people do that.
Siena: Because they think it's very beautiful and they make nice things out of it.
Nora: And they kill rhinos.
Arwyn: For their horns.
Emma: Why doesn't someone protect them?
Nora: Or they could build like a really big fence around it?
Johnny: Yah, why don't they put like tons of police officers there or something? Or they could check people going in, like they do at the airport, to make sure they don't have any guns or bad things?
We watched a YouTube clip taken at a reserve. It was a very large piece of land. We could see how that could be difficult.
Johnny: Why don't they put like tons of police officers there or something?
We talked about park rangers.
Griff: But if the poachers have guns, wouldn't they just shoot them or something rather than listening to them?
Ms Leah told us it does happen. Worldwide about two rangers are killed every week. There are often conflicts between those who see animals as a large source of income and those who want to protect them.
Johnny: They need to do something! Lots of animals are killed for their coats like tigers and lions.
Arwyn: Lions are not killed for their coats.
Johnny: They're not?
Arwyn: No, leopards and cheetahs are. Sometimes tigers.
Johnny: Then why are lions killed... wait a second, do some people kill animals just for say fun?
Arwyn: They do. Some people do?
Griff: I don't know. Maybe they think it's fun or cool or something. Maybe they feel strong and powerful.
We talked about trophy hunting. We discussed the case of Cecil, the lion. We watched YouTube clips to find out more about Cecil, what happened, how and why.
Johnny: Thirty-five thousand pounds!!! That's like a million dollars.
We talked about how it would be about double of thirty-five thousand in Singapore dollars.
Griff: Then that's about 70,000 dollars in Singapore.
Nora: Did it say he had cubs? That's kids.
Emma: Now nobody will look after them.
Shotaro: And the other lion may kill them.
Johnny: Why are people allowed to do that?
Nora: They shouldn't let them do it!
Griff: But Cecil was lured from the national park at night. It said it was illegal.
Emanie: Illegal means not allowed.
Johnny: But later it said countries are allowing them to kill animals, just not there, not in the national parks.
Siena: It's because they want the money.
Arwyn: They need money, because they don't have enough money there.
Nora: But the animals are getting lesser and lesser.
Emma: Yah! They are going to get extinct!
Johnny: Somebody needs to make them stop.
Griff: Well, if some airlines have said they aren't going to take heads or skins of the animals on their planes, maybe the other airlines could do too. Like maybe next time we take a plane we can ask if they allow heads and skins of animals on the plane. If they don't, then fine. If they do, we can ask them to stop allowing them. If they can't bring them back to their countries, maybe they will stop killing for trophies.
Siena: Yes, or maybe we could write letters to the airlines.
Do you have a problem you would like us to help you solve? Write to use and drop it off in our conflict resolution box outside our classroom. We'll write back to you and post the letter on the outside bulletin board.
We have started a new unit with the central idea " Finding peaceful resolutions to conflicts lead to a better quality of life".
Yesterday in groups we created scenarios with conflicts and resolutions in them. After we acted them out, the class tried to identify what the conflict was, what the cause of the conflict had been, and how the conflict had been resolved.
Conflict: When a boy is not included in play, he gets angry and the groups start insulting and being unkind to each other.
Cause: The boy feels left out. He wants to play with his friend, but his friend is playing with someone else.
Resolution: The boy realises he is being unkind and starts complimenting his friends instead. The group allow him to play with them.
Conflict: A boy doesn't have anyone to play with so he gets attention in negative ways by insulting his friends.
Cause: He feels lonely, left out.
Resolution: Instead of getting angry, his friends explain that he has done is unkind. The boy then explains that he feels left out and his friends include him.
Conflict: When two girls try to befriend a new girl at school, she is unkind and insults them.
Cause: The new girl may be very competitive. She may want to feel like she is the best at everything.
She also may feel insecure. She may build herself up by being unkind to others.
Resolution: Instead of getting upset, the two girls explain to their new classmate that she is being unkind. They continue to show her kindness and give her compliments, and the new girl later reciprocates. They become friends.
Conflict: When one girl won't let another play, they insulting each other.
Cause: The girl is angry, because she cannot join the group.
Solution: Both girls apologise and play together.
When everyone came in this morning, they were excited about the eclipse.
Emanie: Why is it so light still?
Johnny: It hasn't started yet. It doesn't start until 8:30. I saw it on the internet.
Johnny: Nothing is happening.
Griff: Why isn't anything happening?
Claire: It just looks normal out.
We decided to find a live feed of the eclipse to see what we could find out. We watched a live feed of the total eclipse in Indonesia. We were amazed to see the light from planet Venus shining behind the moon. Then suddenly, everyone shouted to put on the glasses as the light from the sun started to shine through again.
Johnny: It's only happening there. It's not happening here.
Lucy: Well, it may be. Here it is only a partial eclipse. We don't know, because we can't look at the sun.
We looked for a live feed from Singapore and found one.
Nora: Oh, so it is happening here! Look!
Lucy: Wow, that's amazing! I'll never forget this!
Arwyn: It's so beautiful!
At 9:30 Siena joined us. She had spent the morning at the Science Centre with her dad. She gave us an update of what she did there:
Siena: This morning I went to the Science Centre with my dad to see the solar eclipse. I got up really early to go. When I got there, the sun was just coming up. I got some glasses and through the glasses the sun looked like a bright red colour, but when I looked through the telescope then it was actually yellow.
Later I decided to sit down and write in my journal. When I was writing, a man came up and asked if he could take a picture of my journal. I said, "Yes." He took a picture and my dad said it might end up in the newspaper.
We stood in a long line and asked if we could get some extra glasses to bring to school and they gave us 10 pairs. We gave half of them to Ms Rehu's class, so I've got 5 pairs I can share with you.
We decided since there was five pairs it would be safest to go down in small groups. While one group went down with Ms Florence, the rest of us stayed in the classroom and did Daily 5 with Ms Leah. As each of us returned to the classroom, it was very hard for us to conceal our excitement!
Nora: What I saw, looked EXACTLY like that (the live feed)!
Lucy: It was absolutely amazing! I will never forget it! I'm going to write about it in my journal.
Emma: Look! I made a drawing of it. This is what it looked like at first and this is how it changed as the moon moved.
Claire: I'm going to sketch it and put it in my cubby so I'll always remember. That was so unbelievable!
Minzhe: Wow! I saw that (the live feed)!
Emanie: It was amazing! But where was the moon? I didn't see the moon.
Teddy: It looked just like this picture here.
Johnny: I loved it!
Griff: That was so exciting!
Aubrey: It was so cool!
Shotaro: Yah, it was really cool.
Adam: I never want to forget it!
When G1.3 students came to class, they were very excited about the upcoming solar eclipse and had lots of questions about it.
Emanie: Has an eclipse ever happened before?
Emanie: Are we going to stay up for it?
Emma: Can we die from the eclipse?
Griff: Are we going to become blind?
Minzhe: Can we become God during the eclipse?
Griff: Does it cause fires?
Lucy: Can animals go blind? What about fish?
Teddy: Are you supposed to stay inside?
Johnny: Can you wear the glasses blind people wear?
Claire: Why does the eclipse happen?
Siena: How does the moon go in front of the sun?
Arwyn: Does the sun change colour?
Emanie: Why in Indonesia during the eclipse does it go totally black?
Minzhe: Can I see the 'Monkey King'?
Emanie: is the eclipse going to last until 12?
Claire: When does it start?
Lucy: When does it finish?
Johnny: Will it break things?
Shotaro: How big is the eclipse?
Shotaro: Will a meteor crash into the sun?
Johnny: Why does it have to keep happening?
Griff: How often does it happen?
Teddy: When was the first time?
We decided to do some research, but before we did students shared their ideas.
Johnny: They happen all of the time. My dad told me they happen like once a month.
Griff: No, I don't think so. They don't happen very much.
Siena: Like maybe like once a year.
Claire: Yes, I think they happen like once a year, or something.
Griff: I think less, because Ms Leah said she remembers a time when she was a little girl there was a partial solar eclipse. Do you remember another one, Ms Leah? I don't think they happen too much.
Johnny: No, it's like once a month they happen.
Griff: You don't have to stay up for it, because it's like 9:30 in the morning or something. I think it's at snack time.
Claire: You can't die from an eclipse, but you can go blind.
Adam: That's why you can't look at the sun. The light can go in your eyes or something.
Teddy: Maybe animals can also go blind if they like look up at the sky or something, because sometimes you might not know that an animal can't see too well.
We decided to do some research to find out the answers to our questions.
We first looked at a couple of sources to find out some general information about eclipses.
Then equipped with some general knowledge about eclipses, we took turns reading aloud an article to find out more about the eclipse tomorrow.
Afterwards we completed our research:
Emanie: Are you going to email this all to my parents so they know?
Ms Leah: Do I need to?
Ms Leah: Why not?
Siena: Because we know it all now.
Ms Leah: Yes, you now are experts.
Please ask us what we found out!