This week, Moon and Sun were introduced to the concepts of living and non-living things. We broke down and discussed the different nutrients that plants, animals, and people need to survive. Here is Jordan showing me his understanding of living and non-living things around the campus of Er Xin while taking in some delicious nutrients himself!
Huron and Ontario have been introduced to the challenge of classifying and grouping living things. Earlier in the week, they classified animals by their habitat and came up with some beautiful sea horses and sting rays. Later in the week, we explored outside and took the plant challenge: find three different living things that are (or were) plants. Here are Ashley, Andy, Lisa, and Adam with their various plants.
Lochness and Lomond are slowly evolving from rookie scientists to professional ones! We have been discussing the organized process scientists use when observing, inquiring, and investigating. We moved on to discuss resources such as reference materials, experiments, and tools to help break down our questions. Here are some local scientists-in-the-making familiarizing themselves on how to use tools to help with their investigation.
In the Erxin Jungle
Students in grade 3 have been learning about how animals stay safe using their body parts. In this video, some Victoria students talk about what body parts bears have to protect themselves with.
We also looked at porcupines, stick insects, buffaloes, snakes, and clams to see the many different body parts that animals have to keep them safe. After our discussion, students wrote and drew in a chart using their science book as a spelling guide.
Cindy and Jonathan from grade 4 explain what we have been learning in this video. Enjoy!
Students created study cards about the 9 groups of vertebrates and invertebrates we have learned about after finishing our unit.
Joey wrote about what the grade 6 students have been learning this week in a very neat paragraph.
And here students worked on their food webs to be cut out and organized to show the energy flow.
3.為鼓勵小朋友閱讀，每讀完20本書頒發「閱讀小學士」獎狀，每讀完40 本書頒發「閱讀小碩士」 獎狀，每讀完60本書頒發「閱讀小博士」獎狀。為結合寫作，每讀完一本書，須填寫簡要學習單或 心得，提交導師檢閱。
201班 王楷寧 呂亞靜 葉 竺 吳哲安 汪子淮
陳研安 洪楷鈞 簡劭安 李亞熙
301班 林巧晶 胡宜柔 郭芸珊 陳奕絢 朱培瑀
王昱斌 王浩旭 范允仁 蘇威豪 曾繼玄
401班 吳宥萱 余家綺 簡子齊 何若歆 叢灝日
501班 黃苡晴 郭佳瑜 陳廷倫 簡劭恩 林孜頤
601班 陳宥任 方譽蓁 張紋菱 李威廷 周思辰
朱宸緯 江宜盈 梁鈞淯 郭蓁臻 劉 曄
201班 王嘉麟 郭 鈺 林翊傑
601班 鄭芸瑄 吳冠穎
101班 郭芷廷 方晏婕 陳禹亘 郭軒喬 簡瑞伶
201班 洪楷鈞 黃舒蔓 林翊傑 林恩佑 林筱桐
301班 楊思凡 陳翎妃 陳奕絢 蘇威豪 朱培瑀
401班 張宏郡 高士傑 倪毅叡 何若歆 謝昀芮
501班 洪珮宸 朱紫晴 張宸慈 黃裕恒 林孜頤
601班 張紋菱 葉向彧 沈晁宇 鄭芸瑄 吳冠穎
In grade one, we learned how we get goods that we may need or want. We role played a store in which coloring pictures were sold. Each student was given 100NTD and was asked to line up and make a single purchase using the money in exchange for a coloring picture. The pictures were random and often were not what the students wanted. Once all the students had purchased their pictures they were given the opportunity to trade them among each other. The concept of trading or bartering and buying or selling was the driving force behind this lesson. This lesson will be followed up with a similar lesson whereby students are asked to give feedback as to where they bought the item and with whom they made a trade.
In grade two, we discussed our vocabulary for the current chapter. We formulated six categories related to what we need and what we want. As a class we came up different examples within each category. Upon completion the students were divided into multiple groups, each was given a category and asked to draw a picture related to their category. Though students have yet to complete the tasks, they produced posters which will be used as visual aids in the classroom. The idea of the lesson is to have them present the posters both verbally and visually in the classroom showing an understanding of each word by means of their own examples.
In grade five, we reviewed migration and what the concept entails. We created a mind map the showed how migration is broken up and what the process entails. Upon completion we looked at case studies of young immigrants and learned what their experiences were like in terms of the positive and the negative. Emphasis was placed on a specific case of a boy who was a refugee and how his experience differed from the rest. Students were able to find both differences and similarities which become the basis of my main focus which was refugees. We continued from this introduction and thereby introduced the “Boat People”. Our lesson was guided by a worksheet and discussions were present throughout. The lesson has yet to be completed but students found it interesting and requested that I teach them more.
Landforms And Halloween Fun with Teacher Betty
The jack-o'-lantern is integral to Halloween. Halloween, which falls on October 31st each year, originated with the Celts of ancient England and Ireland. The celebration signaled the end of the harvest and the start of winter. On that day, we worked on the orange head worksheet for reviewing grid map. We also learned the story of Halloween and had fun trick-or-treating.
The topic of this week was land forms. We started by reviewing seven continents and five oceans. We introduced plains, plateaus, and hills in Taiwan. We discussed the effect of water and how it plays a part in the erosion of these landforms.
The Archaeological Dig With Teacher Steven
This week has been an exciting week for the grade 4s. We started the archaeological excavation demo! For the demo this year, I have simplified the procedures so everything could run smoother than last year and the result was far better than I had imagined! The students needed to learn how to dig first. The kids also needed to learn how to record correctly like a real archaeologist. The students found various things inside their box like, bones, stone tools, pottery pieces and replicas, shells, and this year's cool new addition, HUMAN TEETH! Please don't worry; the teeth have already been disinfected by one of our parents (a dentist) from grade 2. The kids had lots of fun digging and anticipating of what they could find next. Overall, this year's demo has been a great success and an improvement from last two year's. Visit the Er Xin Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/erxinenglish/ for pictures.
The grade 6, we finished the lesson on Taiwan's role in World War II. We learned the sad history from that time and the horror at the end of the war. For our second lesson of the week, we strayed off from Taiwanese history by looking at the the big event that took place in America, the presidential election of 2016. The students learned the electoral system in America and about how people vote differently in different parts of the country. For the Geneva class, we followed closely to the election live while the Lugano class learned more on the city of New York (because the election had ended the day before).
In grade one, we created a mountain landscape- foreground with cabins, grass, plants and rocks, middle ground with lakes, river and trees, and background with mountains and sky etc. We outlined all the details of drawings with black oil pastels, and then paint with watercolors. Before we started to make art, we had learned about the concepts of foreground, middle ground and background to understand the principles of landscape composition. This was the first time we had used watercolors in class. We did learn something new and feel motivated to finish what we start.In the new project, we’ve been working on some art terms, like “artists”, “elements of art and “artwork”. Students need to know how to define those words, and then they will start to do artist studies- meeting Piet Mondrian, a Dutch artist, who was famous for the series of Composition paintings with bold black lines and primary colors. Also we will talk about his lifetime and stories to have more understandings of how he was inspired to create such amazing and unique artwork.
In the 2nd grade, we have done the abstract line art with oil pastels and watercolors.Over last few weeks, we had been talking about different kinds of line and how to use lines to create abstract art. They had been told that the artists would express their feelings through the lines, shapes and colors, without recognizable objects and boundaries in their artwork. Students were able to use various kinds of line and desired colors to show their feelings and reflect on their art. After the line project, we moved on to talk about Vincent Van Gogh, one of the greatest artists in the world. We undertook a small study before the large one. I showed them an artist introduction video and had them to find out the answers to the given questions from it. We’ve already learned a little about his life and some of his famous artwork. In the next few week, we’ll focus on his early years, years in France and development of art. At the end of the project, students will recreate Van Gogh’s Starry Night inspired by the vibrant and swirling colors.
Midterms and Halloween Fun With Teacher Danielle
All students have been working incredibly hard to prepare and conquer the English midterms. I am proud of all your efforts and hope you will be too! Each class was able to play Halloween games including, Spooky Bowling, Pumpkin Memory, and Halloween Bingo! Again, thank you for your hard work and gear up for more fun and learning!
Er Xin Reporter