This week we started practicing for our assembly. Students are writing scripts demonstrating different emotions and offering suggestions about how people can use mindfulness to get through difficult situations. We are also singing the song "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers.
Today we went on a field trip to Sungei Buloh, where we saw a lot of flora and fauna.
Here are some of the animals we saw:
monitor lizards, geckos, crocodile? turtles
egrets, timbrels, plovers, herons, orioles, pacific swallows, great egrets, crows,
archer fish, pipe fish, tilapia, snakehead, mudskippers, spotted needlefish, striped nose halfbeak, jumping fish
Spiders and Insects
Golden Orb spider, St Andrew's Cross Spider, ants, beetles, butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies, cicada, mosquitoes, bees, flies, red ants
In the water
Below are some photos courtesy of the students of G1.2
Sungei Buloh by Karin
A lot of
Living or non-living? In groups we sorted pictures of living and non-living things using a Venn Diagram. We had some interesting discussions and a few friendly disagreements. After we finished we presented our sort to the class. Eventually we came to a consensus which were living, which were once but no longer living, and which were non-living.
Justin: A robot is not living because it can't move on its own.
Ryo: It needs a battery.
Jake: It's manufactured. Not like us. Someone made them.
James: Chicken is living.
Elliot: But not that chicken. That chicken has been killed and cooked. It's going to be eaten.
Chaitanya: Dinosaurs were living. But they died a long, long time ago. Before people came.
Cesca: That orange isn't living. The one with the plant is living. That orange has already been plucked to eat.
Freya: Goofy isn't living. He's animated. He's a cartoon.
Chaitanya: There could be someone inside the costume.
Freya: Sometimes but not in that one. That one is a drawing.
James: Cockroaches are living. They are bugs.
Seheon: But that one isn't. It's lying on its back.
Isaiah: Yes, they do that when they die.
Flynn: We don't know about this one. It's an orange but it has something on it.
Jake: It's green. It's moss. It's growing on it.
Ameen: Oh, if it is growing on it, it must be living.
Today we had a visit from the K2 classes. They are learning about how to take care of animals and plants so they wanted to come up and find out how we look after our pet fish and class plants.
This week we celebrated Literacy Week. Over the course of the week we have had a variety of guest readers visit the class, and we've read and wrote a lot of wonderful poems and stories.
Today the week's events culminated in a parade of our favourite book characters.
We also went to the library where we paired up with Grade 6 students to find out about their favourite book characters.
Last week we read the story Stone Soup. We decided to make our own stone soup, minus the stone, of course! We brainstormed types of vegetables and other ingredients that might be nice in a vegetable soup, and then volunteered to each bring in an item.
On Friday, we all helped out to make the soup. It was delicious!