In pairs we researched where a specific food comes from. Then we used Popplet to create a flowchart. Afterwards, we presented our research in front of the class.
Tesshin: This is seaweed. I love seaweed. In Japanese it is called nori. Nori is from the ocean. And it is harvested after four months. After harvested, it’s shaped in a square and dried like paper. We put with rice.
Yoon Ho: What is that?
Tesshin: Nori. It’s seaweed in Japanese.
The ocean has a net and the seaweed is cut in the net. Then it is dried like paper for four months.
Any more questions?
Eiji: I think your drawing is good. It looks real.
Ms Leah: Is salt added to the seaweed or is it natural from the sea?
Tesshin: It’s natural.
Eiji: How is it cut into those pieces?
Tesshin: I'm not sure.
We have been learning about food miles and local and imported foods.
We looked at some of the food packages we have in the classroom to see where they come from. We found the countries on the globe. In many cases, the food had to come a long distance!
Isaac: That's bad for the Earth.
Reyansh: Yes, because they have to fly so far and use up so much energy.
Charlie: And there's more pollution.
Archan: But if you buy locally then there is almost no food miles. Or you can even plant the food yourself. Then there are no food miles.
Yinou: My mom and I planted some vegetables. When they grow we will eat them.
Gabriella: Then you won't have any food miles. It's also better. One time my mom bought some pasta and it turned out it had lots of bugs inside.
Esther: We have had that too. In our cereal.
Archan: If you buy locally, it's fresher and better for you.
Reyansh: Otherwise sometimes you will only have maybe a couple of days to eat things before they go bad.
Esther: Or they put things in the food to make them last longer but they aren't good for us.
Gabriella: We can look where the food comes from when we go to the supermarket before buying.
Archan: And we can try to buy products from Singapore.
Charlie: But I don't think many products are from here. Singapore is too small. There aren't many farms or factories.
Archan: Well, at least we can buy from countries close to Singapore so the food miles aren't so many.
In Math, we decided to sort the food containers we have in class into where they are from and then create bar graphs to show the results.
Today the Grade 1 students performed as part of the Chinese New Year Assembly.
Gong xi fa cai, everyone!
The Grade 1 students were very happy to see how much food ISS collected last week during the Free Dress Day. We hope that will help families have a happier Chinese New Year.
Here we are sorting, checking expiry dates and creating an inventory.
Today we used the lesson we did last week in the library on key word searches and did some independent research. We came up with a research topic based on our unit of inquiry, found an appropriate resource using the library and classroom resources and researched where the food comes from.
After that, we created flowcharts using Popplet.
Last week we read the book 'Stone Soup'. In the book, everyone pitches in ingredients and makes a big pot of food for the whole community. We decided we wanted to make stone soup too! Well, minus the stone, that is! We brainstormed ingredients, and each volunteered to bring in an item from home.
Today we put all of the ingredients together. We chopped up our vegetables and added them to the pot. In the end we had a delicious pot of vegetable soup!
Want to make it at home? Here is the procedure:
How to Make Vegetable Soup
1. Wash the vegetables.
2. Cut them into small pieces.
3. Turn on your stove. Heat a pot and put a tablespoon of butter in it.
4. Fry potatoes, carrots, onions and garlic.
5. Add about 12 cups of water to the pot.
6. Add cabbage, beans, tofu, tomatoes, peas, corn, mushrooms, ladyfingers and broccoli.
7. Stir regularly.
8. Add 2 cubes of vegetable stock.
9. Cook for at least 1 hour, stirring regularly.
Naoki: This is my Show & Tell. I studied how honey is made. My mom often uses honey in cooking instead of sugar.
Honey is made by a colony of honey bees.
There are three kinds of bees: queens, drones and wonder bees.
The queen and worker bees are all females.
The drones are all males.
To make honey, the worker honey bees suck nectar from flowers and store in their stomachs.
Once they return to the hive, they pass the nectar into the processor bee's mouth. This process is repeated many times. The sugar is stored in the honeycomb.
Finally, sugar is dried out by fanning their wings.
I thought what an amazing process. It's very hard work.
Their life span is only about 45 days. One bee will make just a teaspoon of honey it its lifespan. Honey is the only food made from an insect.
Tesshin: Do you eat honey on bread?
Yoon Ho: Is that the journey of honey?
Naoki's How it's made.
Isaac: This is my Show & Tell. It’s about ladyfingers. Ladyfingers can make soup. Make vegetable soup. And you can make noodle soup. And you can cook it and eat it just as ladyfingers.
Ms Leah: Where do ladyfingers come from?
Isaac: The farm.
Yoon Ho: Malaysia. It says Malaysia there.
Naoki: Your Show & Tell was very good.
Julie: This is my Show & Tell. It is about caviar. It’s actually a Norwegian food that people put on bread. Caviar is made with fish roe that is smoked. It is very popular in Sweden and Norway.
Comments or questions?
Yoon Ho: What is caviar?
Julie: This is caviar. It is from fish. And I don’t know much about it.
Naoki: Your Show & Tell is good.