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Exploring the buildings around us-Shooting Star January 9th-12th

Hello Everyone,

As we welcomed the new year 2024 with great excitement, we have also prepared ourselves to embrace the possible challenges that would lie ahead of us. Shooting Star class is known to be risk-takers by which we always turn every obstacles into meaningful learning opportunities.

This week, we have embarked our UOI journey to unit four with our Transdisciplinary Theme, How We Organize Ourselves. Our Central idea is, Community helpers keep us safe and healthy. And our first line of inquiry is, Helpers in our community. We will be focusing on community helpers as well as the buildings where they work on our first line of inquiry. To start with this unit, we did a mind map on what a community helper is as our prior knowledge activity. Students answers were recorder on a big paper such as lawyer, class leader, mommy, etc. Then teacher introduced other community helpers with flashcards. Then we went for a walk to explore many buildings around us where community helpers work. We asked the questions, What building is it/that? Who work here/there? And we learned the phrases, go straight, turn right, and turn left.

We had our Gym lesson. Students actively engaged in all movements from the physical exercise to race, down to rolling on the mat activity.

This week, we started reading the book with the -at and -am word family. To make it fun, first we sing the jump out words song as some of the words in the book are found on our displayed jump out words on the wall, then everyone has their red and blue colored pencil on the table, red for underlining the CVC words and blue for jump out words. Then, each student gets a book and we turn to each page at the same time to make sure that everyone is following and doing the task correctly. By the way, we spend two days for each book, first day, underlining the CVC and jump out words and the second day, reading altogether. Then, on the third day, students take the book home.

To make our week even more fun, we walked to the park and played a lot.

Have a great weekend everyone.