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Polar bears and climate change - Grade 1

Polar bears are powerful predators that are struggling in these times of climate change. G1 students learned during the How the World Works unit that living things depend on nonliving things for their survival. Polar bears need sea ice for hunting, resting after swimming, and as a location for mother bears to raise their young. Rising temperatures are causing the melting of the sea ice they so desperately depend on. Students examined this through an activity using polar bears handmade from paper clay, containers filled with broken pieces of ice, and a hair dryer to act as the warming air.

 

UN SDG comics - Grade 3

Comic Strip SDGs – Right now, Grade 3 students are creating comic strips as we learn about UN SDGs. Student chose which SDG to base their comic on, and then planned and created their comics. Students did a wonderful job of engaging with the material and displaying an understanding of how the SDGs are intended to be a way for people to help the Earth.

 

Sign language and non-verbal communication - Grade 1

As part of our Grade 1 How We Express Ourselves, we are investigating sign language and non-verbal communication.  Students learned to sign their own name in American Sign Language and now we are studying braille.  Next, we will move on to an investigation of how humans use gestures to help themselves communicate.

Electrical Circuits - How the World Works Grade 4

As part of our Grade 4 How the World Works unit, students are investigating the concepts that energy and waves are all around us.  Within that inquiry, students are studying about and learning to make serial and parallel electrical circuits.

Grade 3 PE - Handstands!

In PE, Grade 3 students are working Developing upper body strength and coordination. Students are working on handstands, they’re getting better and better as their upper bodies get stronger.

Grade 2 - How has housing, communications and transportation changed since the Stone Age?

In November, within our Grade 2 unit, Where We Are in Place and Time, students studied how housing, communications and transportation has changed over human history. Students began by investigating the Stone Age, and ended by studying the present day. As a final activity, students worked in groups to create timelines of the changes that have taken place in these three areas over the past 12,000 years.

1年生国語・「ものの名まえ」の学習

国語「ものの名まえ」の学習をしました。一つ一つの名前とまとめてつけた名前を学習し、理解した後、お店屋さんごっこをしました。なりたいお店屋さんを決め、一緒にお店をする友達と商品を考えました。そして、商品を描いて作り、セッティングも考え、お店屋さんごっこ当日を迎えました。「いらっしゃい、いらっしゃい。」の呼びかけもしながら、楽しく買い物ができました。

4年生国語・世界にほこる和紙・伝統工芸のよさを知ろう

国語で「世界にほこる和紙・伝統工芸のよさを知ろう」を学習しました。熊本や九州の伝統工芸品のリーフレットを作成し、その発展的学習として、伝統工芸館と熊本城の見学を行いました。伝統工芸館で実際に工芸品を見て触れることにより、先人たちが守り、それを現在も大切に引き継いでいることの凄さに感動していました。まだまだ見ていたいと、懇願されましたが、次の訪問先熊本城に向かいました。熊本城では、熊本地震から5年たち、復興し続けているお城の様子を、スケッチしながらじっくり観察しました。

Plastic fabrication - Grade 4 Where We Are in Place and Time

We studied about plastic fabrication in this unit, and as a demonstration of how new substances are made in a lab – we created Prussian Blue! Students now understand that matter is never lost and instead turns into new compounds under the right conditions. Following this experiment, we did a couple of other reactions such as making carbon dioxide. We also made sure to talk about safety and stay protected by wearing gloves and goggles when mixing chemicals.

 

How We Organize Ourselves(私たちは自分たちをどう組織しているのか)

Within the UOI unit: How We Organize Ourselves(私たちは自分たちをどう組織しているのか), the G1 students were investigating how people use technology to meet their basic needs. For an engagement on ways that technology saves people time, students were challenged to think of their own ideas for time saving inventions. It was decided that students would make their own versions of the “Anywhere Door,” a portal gadget made famous in the Doraemon comic books. Students painted and decorated their doors, then drew a picture of the location they would want to use the door to visit. Students voted and chose to name their invention the “Random Door” because their invention would allow them to visit random locations. Technology is constantly changing and continues to save us more and more time. Who knows, maybe someday we will really be using a Random Door to quickly travel to wherever we wish!