The first grade social studies class have been learning about the important concept of same and different. They learned that somethings are very different while something can be very similar to each other. The kids also learned that some things can both be the same and different. We will continue to work on getting the kids to be more familiar with these concepts and ideas in this semester.
Just after Chinese New Year, the Grade 2 class took a look at holidays, traditions, and culture. We talked about cultures we share together as a community and holidays we celebrate at home. We started a “This is My Culture” book and will continue to fill the pages with information about ourselves as we finish Chapter 4 of the textbook.Students will look forward to next week as we learn American folklore. Non-fictional characters such as George Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr. are historical heroes in American history. Fictional characters include Annie Oakley and Davy Crockett. Exciting weeks are to come!
We have finished urban and suburban community projects. The students are amazing. All of them are good city designers. They also now know about the differences between urban and suburban communities.
The fourth grade social studies class, we started off by reviewing what we have done last semester on the Europeans in Taiwan. We have talked about this lesson briefly prior to our field trip in November. The kids learned about how the movement of people will bring about changes to languages, fauna, and flora. We also talked about what the world was like in the 1600s when people were beginning to move to Taiwan (Formosa). We ended up watching a documentary on the Pingpu People of Taiwan and we will finish the video in the upcoming week. The video will serve as an introduction to what we will learn later this semester.
Whew! What a tough few weeks Grade 5 classes have had. I, Teacher Phoebe, have asked that each student prepare a Social Studies binder or folder for class. Students will begin to develop their vocabulary words as they continue to learn about borders.For the past week, we discussed the differences between natural, physical, and political borders. Using the historic example of the War of 1812, we dived into the history of the War of 1812 and what it means to borders between Canada and the United States.Next week, we will wrap up our study of the War of 1812 and examine the borders between North and South Korea.
In the sixth grade social studies class, we were learning about Middle East. The kids learned a little bit on Islam. They also understood that Islam is the dominant religion of the region. The student also learned about various different countries in the Middle East. We also took at the country of Israel and her relationship with other countries in the Middle East. We ended the lesson by started talking about the United States. The kids would bring things that have some kind of connection to the U.S. for a show and tell.
Grade 1: The Sun and its Family of Planets
Sun and Moon are off to a rocky start with their space exploration. We made a vocabulary illustration sheet of new words and began a reading story on the Sun and its family of planets. We will learn all about the effects of our most important star, the Sun.
Grade 2: Patterns of Space
Huron and Ontario made their very own vocabulary books to take notes on space. It will include many new words with our very own illustrations to help spark creativity.
This week, we reviewed landforms and moved onto “what changes land”.
Furthermore, we discussed that land can change slowly and quickly. For slow changes, we focused on weathering and erosion, and for fast changes, we focused on earthquakes and volcanoes. We watched videos of earthquakes and volcanoes and discussed how they are alike. We also observed that earthquakes can vary in magnitude and not all volcanoes produce lava. The students conducted an experiment to observe how water can erode land.To help students remember some of the new vocabulary words, we made up actions for some of the phenomena that can change land.
The topic for this week was the water cycle. We learned the different stages of the water cycle: evaporation, condensation, precipitation and storage. To demonstrate the water cycle,the students conducted a mini experiment:
They filled beakers with hot water and saran wrap was placed over the beaker to trap the heat. As expected, the students observed a white haze inside the beaker, demonstrating that evaporation occurred. They also observed condensation and precipitation when the water vapor was converted into water droplets on the side of the beaker, which eventually moved downwards, making their way to the water again.
The students also demonstrated their understanding of the water cycle through group presentations.
Grade 5: Life Cycle Notebooks
Lochness and Lomond designed their own study books. It will be filled with classwork charts, notes, and vocabulary words. We started it off with analyzing what it mean to classify and will be moving on next week to animal and plant classification.
This week we focused on weather. We discussed the different components of weather, why it’s important to know what the weather is like, and factors that influence weather. We focused specifically on precipitation, temperature and humidity.For hands-on learning, the students conducted their own temperature experiment. They were each given a thermometer and used it to measure the temperature in 5 different locations at the school: the science classroom, the glass room on third floor, the computer room, the music room and the second floor hallway. Students were then given time to calculate the average temperature of the school and determine what factors influenced the varying temperatures throughout the building.For homework, students will research a five- day weather forecast for a city they want to visit in the future.
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