In the 1st grade, we focused on how maps can show places: both big and small and how they can show you where you need to go. Each student drew a map of Taiwan.
In the 2nd grade, the students are learning about maps, map keys, and directions. Students are using information and vocabulary they learned last to help them. The students created their own maps and key. They included a description of their maps as well as directions. They students are showing good understanding of directions. Have your child use a map and key to help you travel around Keelung; you might be impressed!
In the 3rd grade, the students are learning about longitude and latitude. The students created miniature globes with vocabulary to help them remember the differences in their vocabulary. The students also made predictions about climate and temperature around the world in summer. Then, we looked at actual temperatures on a world map. From looking at the temperature map, students could deduce that temperature and latitude go together, and time and longitude go together. This upcoming week, students will be making papier mache globes.
Fourth grade social studies started learning about multiculturalism in Taiwan starting with the aboriginal groups in Taiwan. They have just started where the Taiwanese aboriginals' ancestors came from and where they live right now. We also revisited Pingpu that we talked a little bit about last semester. At the end of the class last week, I let them hear a song performed completely in Amis called, "不要放棄 Aka pisawad," by the Amis singer 紓米恩. The song won the best original song at the Golden Horse Award last year and the students really seemed to like the song.
In the 5th grade, the students are learning about human borders. We are learning about natural and physical borders. We are looking at several examples of these borders around the world. Many students are asking great questions and really thinking about the impact of borders. We will continue looking at the differences between borders over the next several weeks. Eventually, students will get to make their own country and put in place their own borders.
The grade 6 started learning about oil. They learned why oil is so important to us and which countries are the top producers and the consumers of oil. They also learned the concept of renewable resource and non-renewable resource. We later moved on to explore the dynamics of different countries in the oil-producing region such as the Middle East. We explored why relationship between the oil-producing countries and the United States.
Er Xin Reporter