Social Studies Week- Keelung's history, countries around the world, time lines, borders, and many more.
Last weeks’ grade 1 social studies was cut short because of the field trip to Yilan however, we still managed to do quite a lot. Both classes learned what it takes to be a hero. They should know by now that everyone could be a hero as long as they willing to help each other. We also looked at a very special hero from the United States; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I explained to the students in a very simplified way that Dr. King was a person who fought for colored people’s freedom in the United States and that people look at him as a hero now. The Sun class spent some time drawing on how students envision themselves in 20 years. Some students actually had some idea of what they want to do!
After midterms, Grade 2 students have begun exploring the past, present, and future. Students are building their own timelines, highlighting their own historic moments such as “My First Birthday” and “My First Day of School.” We hope parents will be excited to see our final projects come June. Students are encouraged to bring in old photos to display on their timelines.
As a result of the midterm, we found that some of the students lack an understanding of the history of Keelung. So, through group drama, we strengthened the students' understanding of the history of Keelung. The students were very creative. They made a lot of props with paper. They created different versions of scripts to use for the play.
The grade 4 finished their class the Yami people. They learned the importance of fishing for the Yami. They have also looked at how the Yami assembled their boat. After that lesson, the students began on their end of the year presentation. They had to pick an animal in which a student would have to act as in their presentation. Their homework was to come up with reasons to show that their animal is better than other groups’ so we will find out this week which group’s animal will come out on top. The trip to Yilan’s Lanyang Museum, the students were able to see some of the things that they have learned in their class such as the Kavalan.
Fifth grade has worked hard on their Borders Project. As we begin our presentations this week, students will learn how to present in front of an audience and how to be a respectful listener. We have also begun to study the difficult topic, “What Makes a Country” and “Is Taiwan a Country?” Students will challenge themselves during class discussions and become engaged in this controversial debate.
The grade 6 students continued their studies on countries around the world. Their class of the week was on Japan. I brought “geta” to show the students. Most of them were fascinated by them. The students have seen geta before as they could correctly identify the name in Chinese. They had fun listening to the sound that they make. I also brought a “matsuri” or festival Pikachu doll. The lesson was mostly focused on post-war Japan and their ability to rebuild themselves. I showed them many cultural aspects of Japan as well as their industrial prowess.
Creating cool stuff in Teacher Phoebe's class
Making props for drama in Teacher Betty's class
We started our last chapter of the book for this year! We are learning all about who scientists are and what scientists do. We are observing and inquiring about all the things around us, just like real scientists. We paired up in small groups and asked questions about the things in the room around us and then described them.
The last chapter focuses on the nature of the scientific method. We are learning the steps on how to analyze carefully. Below are Nash and Eason who thought of relevant questions to ask when it comes to analyzing plants and rocks.
Grade three enjoyed learning about mixtures this week. We mixed sugar and salt to demonstrate a solid mixture and then mixed them in water to demonstrate that sometimes putting a solid in a liquid can make it appear to disappear or dissolve. Students also learned about physical changes. They now know that we can change many things about an object and though it may look different, it is still the same type of matter. They enjoyed adding coloring to water, crushed ice and making cool shapes from paper in their physical changes lab.
For 4th grade, this week was all about forces. We used a game of hand wrestling to demonstrate that when forces are balanced, no motion happens and when they are unbalanced, that is when movement occurs. We also watched a video this week that further explained the differences between the different types of forces. Their vocabulary words for this week were as follows: Unbalanced, balanced, motion, still, gravity, still, and friction. Erie demonstrated their understanding of the different forces in a lab. They were given the different categories of forces and had to use classroom objects like balance scales, to physically show their understanding of the concepts.
This week we finished our lesson on fossils. There was no better way to say goodbye to our dinosaur friends than to write a haiku and present it to our classmates.
This week 6th grade studied how the seasons are formed. They were already familiar with the characteristics of each season, but now they can explain exactly where the earth is positioned during each season and whether one hemisphere is receiving more sunlight than the other. They know that the tilt of the earth’s axis is a major contributor of the varying temperatures across the earth year round. They made posters to depict each season and used them to present what they had learned.
001楊廷恩 002涂雅棠 003林均碩 004劉嘉圓 005王姸之
006 葉雨桐 007陳奕朋 008林苡歆 009計富凱 010張庭瑜
011何翊語 014林 戢 015鄭映愷 016陳宥霖 017石哲宇
019黃以晴 020郭安琪 021彭彥勳 022葉品岺 023吳海寧
024駱云婕 025李綵薰 026陳宥羲 027王靖叡 028江翊嘉
029李釆豫 030葉瑮棻 031王佑善 032吳沁璇 033余睿彥
035張秉哲 037許恆齊 038喬谼勝 039李 濰 040林玹磊
041朱廷叡 042王泳霖 043蔡子沛 044林禹彤 045林潔涵
047林志謙 048段承佑 049林婕妡
018吳東鑫(備1) 013林甯愷(備2) 012林甯詩(備3)
034林引拓(備4) 036陳亮妤(備5) 046郭和洺(備6)
001楊廷恩 002涂雅棠 003林均碩 004劉嘉圓 005王姸之 006 葉雨桐 007陳奕朋 008林苡歆 009計富凱 010張庭瑜 011何翊語 012 林甯詩 013林甯愷 014林 戢 015鄭映愷 016陳宥霖 017石哲宇 018吳東鑫 019黃以晴 020郭安琪 021彭彥勳 022葉品岺 023 吳海寧 024駱云婕 025李綵薰 026陳宥羲 027王靖叡 028江翊嘉 029李釆豫 030葉瑮棻 031王佑善 032吳沁璇 033余睿彥 034林引拓 035張秉哲 036陳亮妤 037許恆齊 038喬谼勝 039李 濰 040林玹磊 041朱廷叡 042王泳霖 043蔡子沛 044林禹彤 045林潔涵 046郭和洺 047 林志謙 048段承佑 049林婕妡 (以上共計49名) 。
First graders did really well on their midterm. They can understand the vocabulary learned and recognize the words and pictures. We also did oral practice as a part of midterm. Most of the students could say they vocabulary that they have learned properly.
Second graders did well on their midterm, too. However, as the grammar and reading content get more complex, it's a good idea that the student takes some time studying on a regular basis after school. In sum, they are making great progress as well.
Plants and animals is the new unit we are currently working on. The children are learning about the importance of plants and animals to the world as a whole. They are also getting chance to read some great stories on how useful both are to us as human beings.
The fourth graders are learning about our neighbors in space. It was fun for a lot of the students to learn more about the world around us, and read interesting stories about the planets. Some even got to write about their favorite planet using some information from an educational video.
The fifth grade is learning how to tap into their imagination in the new unit, “Telling Tales”. We are learning parts of a simple essay and how to have a good beginning, middle and end to a story. They also learned about singular and plural nouns and the rules for using them.
The sixth grades are learning about the importance of history and the things that link us to our past. We are reading stories that give the students a better understanding of the material being taught. We also talked about using compound sentences to improve our writing.
601班 劉 曄同學、李威廷同學、葉向彧同學、陳秉揚同學，榮獲地科組環保獎。
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