December 1, 2017

Dates to Remember

December 7th: Field trip to see the movie ‘Wonder’

Wednesday, December 13th: CISPA – Home of Love Donations

Help make someone’s Christmas a bit brighter this season by supporting Home of Love. Donations are being accepted under the 9/F Christmas tree until December 13. Home of Love cares for needy families in Hong Kong by providing free meals and shelter. Donations being received include basic items such as blankets, diapers, towels, toothpaste, soap and non-perishable foods such as rice, cereal, noodles, canned meats, cooking oil, powdered milk, sugar, coffee and team.

Wednesday, December 13th: Last Day of Term, Dismissal at 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, January 2nd: First day back after the holiday

Updates

This week one of the fathers in our class, who happens to be an architect, visited our classroom. He had prepared a very interesting slideshow about structures to share with us. The children enjoyed viewing buildings that were used for different purposes and ones with unique aesthetics, including one that looked like an elephant. I was happy to hear the students’ questions and comments and how well these related to our last unit of inquiry. As interesting as the slides were, the highlight was definitely that each child was able to use a VR headset to explore a building complex. Many students had fun ‘splashing’ their feet in the pool!

At the beginning of our unit, Where We are in Place and Time, the children posed questions about explorers and discoveries. A few students wondered how explorers made maps, so off we went to the 9th floor playground to create our own. The children soon discovered cartography was challenging – it was tricky working outside when there was a breeze, drawing to scale takes good observation skills, and how do you indicate hills on a flat piece of paper?

Rounding out the week were other activities including learning a new multiplication game, beginning to add information about explorers to an app called Thing Link, and discussing explorations from different perspectives. Did you ever wonder how Neil Armstrong’s mother might have felt about him flying to the moon?