Last week was a busy week, made more so by having a short break from school from Father’s Day on Tuesday, December 5.
We are continuing to put together everything that we’ve been learning this unit about how the consumption of resources impacts the sustainability of the Earth. It’s interesting to see the different directions that each class is following based on things that have sparked their interests. Class 3A has spent quite a bit of time talking about the impact on animals, while class 3B is busy putting together a speech/video/poster campaign to persuade others about having a Nature Saver in the classes who will help save energy. Class 3C has been busy learning about how much food is wasted by humans and the impact of this and what we can do to help make things better.
On Thursday, we had the Hour of Coding. This was building upon the coding that the students do with Mr. Eric each week, and they learned more about how coding can control machines and how it’s possible to make beautiful, intricate art through coding.
We’ve also been spending time making/designing eco-friendly bags, which Mr. Matt was kind enough to bring back from the UK with him. The students have been extremely creative and we have all been impressed with the wide range of messages that they are trying to share on their bags.
On Friday, we had our field trip to Metro Forest. The students seemed to really enjoy walking around and exploring the little bit of forest that has been grown from a wasteland in the last five years. A number of students talked about how they would like to return with their families and/or friends. For more information about it, please click here – http://www.landezine.com/index.php/2016/07/metro-forest-bangkok-urban-reforestation-by-lab/
A group of girls from class 3B decided – on their own – to make a mindmap about what they had seen Friday after we returned to class. I was very impressed with their initiative, which was continuing from the field trip when many students were taking notes and drawing photos of everything they were seeing and hearing.
During our Holiday Party, we have our Secret Santa on Wednesday, December 13, so please make sure that your child has brought their gift before then.
The Holiday Concert will be Friday morning.
This week’s learning engagements include:
UOI – Summative Assessment
Language Arts – Persuasive writing/speaking, guided reading
Math – Data handling, subtraction strategies, word/story problems, and mental math