Sunday was Mid-Autumn Festival. On Monday we discussed what the festival is.
Siena: It's a time for gathering with families.
Arwyn: And if you can't gather together with your family, like say you live far away from them, you can look up at the moon and think about your family.
Griff: And people eat mooncakes, because it's also Mooncake Festival.
Aubrey: And people carry lanterns. Because it's also Lantern Festival.
We decided to make lanterns. Ms Leah showed us a video about how to make them.
She asked us to watch and listen very carefully as we would need to follow the instructions independently.
We watched the video quite a few times. When we were ready to start making the lantern, we gathered our materials and began. Sometimes we made mistakes and had to begin again, but in the end we had all made a lovely lantern.
They are now hanging outside the classroom if you want to check them out!
Also in celebration of Mid-Autumn Festival, we cut out paper mooncakes. Inside we wrote a wish for someone we care about. Here is what we wrote:
Lucy: I wish Grace was better.
Emanie: I wish I cannot cry when my mom goes.
Nora: I wish the children in Africa would be better. And India.
Frankie: I wish Anri in Japan could be good.
Aubrey: I wish that my cat can get skinny.
Arwyn: I wish my mom would be happy when she gets home.
Siena: I wish Shotaro's arm gets better. I wish my dad's company is a big hit.
Johnny: I hope my mom's leg heals.
Claire: I wish for my mom a new bag.
Griff: I wish my friends would never get sick and never die.
Adam: I wish my brother is better.
Teddy: I wish Adam's tooth gets better.
Shotaro: I wish Pieter was back and Emma.
This afternoon we had a visit from Ms England's high school drama club. They told us three stories.
A sing-along before the show
Demonstrating a fierce bear growl
Masha and The Bear from Russia
There was a little girl who went in the jungle and saw a bear. She ran to a house. She sat in a chair and slept. And then the bear went into the house because it was his house. And the bear went into the jungle. And she made some pies. And then the bear went to the house. And she hid behind a basket. And when the bear went home, then the bear heard a girl and then the girl said, "Don't eat my cake." And then the dog bit the bear's foot and the bear ran away.
The Woodchopper and His Axe
There was a god that was a water god. And she was sleeping in the pond. And then there was a man that needed to chop down some trees for his family, because his house was cold at night. So he was cutting down trees, but when he was cutting down the prettiest tree his axe fell in the pond. And then he was crying. So the water god woke up. And she said, "Hello." But the person was cutting down the trees was scared. And she said "hello" again. And he said, "Are you friendly?" And she said, "Yes." And the man asked her if she could get his axe. But when she got the axe it was a gold axe. And he said it was not his, but he would be rich. He said to the children, "Should I take this to be rich, and save my house?" And the children said, "But you have to be honest!" And then he was like, "Yes, I'm an honest man." And then he said, "This isn't mine." And then she went back in the pond to find the axe. And this time it was a silver one. But it was still not his. He said, "Should I take this?" And the children said, "No! You have to be an honest man!" He said it wasn't his, and the water god was like "Ah!" She was like screaming like "Uh!" And then she went back in the pond. Finally, she found it! It was an iron axe. And he said, "This is rusty. Good!" And then they did a funny dance.
Someone was alone and a giant came, and then the alone person told the giant to give him a child. And the giant said, "When the child is 17 years old, the giant will come back and take the child." And the alone person told the giant to break the rule to keep the child here. And the giant got home.
Singing 'Happy Birthday' to the actor who played the bear.
Emanie: I liked the second one. She was very pretty. I liked her costume.
Pieter: I liked them all. I especially liked the first one, because of the bear. He was my favorite character. I also liked the second one, because she was quite funny.
Lucy: I liked all of them. They were really good actors.
Shotaro: I liked the one with the giant. The acting was really good.
Claire: I liked them all, especially the second one. I liked her costume.
Johnny: I liked them all. The acting was really good.
Griff: I thought the shows were really funny. I liked them all.
Siena: I liked all of the stories. They were great actors. And I liked being the trees.
Frankie: I liked the one with the giant.
Nora: I liked the second one best. She was really beautiful and I loved her costume.
Adam: I liked the giant best. He was stomping his feet. It was really funny.
Arwyn: I really liked all the acting and the costumes.
Have you heard the news? This week we had a choice between Read to Self, Work on Writing, and Word Work, and guess what our stamina was up to! SEVENTEEN minutes! AWESOME!
We had a great time at today's Sports Day!
Waiting for our race to be announced
On your mark, get set, go!
Approaching the finish line!
Doing some warm up stretches before the obstacle course
Bean Bag Race
The Egg and Spoon Race
Duck, Duck, Goose
This afternoon we took off our socks and shoes and went on a walk blindfolded. As we walked over different materials, we used our feet to feel them and try to identify what they were. Afterwards we wrote about them.
Answers: 1) grass 2) pebbles 3) dry leaves 4) Jello 5) shaving cream
Results: It was difficult to identify the items blindfolded. Our senses work together.
Griff: It was gross. It was rough. It was a rock and leaves, oil and foam.
Shotaro: One of them was rocks. The second one was leaves. The last one was glue.
Teddy: Leaves and rocks and water and soap and slime and oil.
Johnny: The liquid one was disgusting. The toothpaste was okay. I liked the rocks. The rocks were not disgusting. I liked the leaves.
Aubrey: One is pebbles, 2 is leaves, 3 is melon, 4 is glue.
Frankie: The glue was disgusting. I also liked the slimy water. The stone was smooth. The leaf was a bit rough.
Emma: It was horrible. It felt disgusting. The gross part, it was some soap, and rocks and leaves.
Lucy: I stood on rocks, leaves and slime and foam soap. It felt disgusting, but I was happy because I was with Emma. It was fun.
Arwyn: Foam, soap and oil, pebbles. It was cool and awesome, super cool. Well, it was quite disgusting.
Siena: I think 1 is rocks, 2 is leaves, 3 is oil, 4 is shaving cream.
Minzhe: One is was hard. Two it was soft. Three is was water. Four it was smooth.
This afternoon we met our reading buddies, Ms Rehu's Grade 4 class. They read a book to us. Then we read a book to them.
The buzz around Singapore lately has been the upcoming general election. We have been just as excited in the classroom about our own election, that of class representatives for student council.
This morning nominated students gave a speech about how they felt they were principled and caring, and why people should vote for them.
Afterwards we had a secret ballot, tallied our results, and the winners were announced, Teddy and Emma!
Our independent writing stamina went up to eight minutes today! We were very excited afterwards to share what we've been working on with our friends!
Today we increased our independent writing stamina to 6.5 minutes! We are so, so close to our goal of 8 minutes and we are working on some FUN stories!