Learning about Communication Through the Grade 5 Art Exhibition

Gr2 Exhibition and Communication

On Thursday, the Grade 2s visited the Grade 5 Art Exhibition. Since we have been learning about communication, we decided to learn more from our visit.

The children had guiding questions related to communication to help them in their learning.

Here is what they found out:

The Grade 5s used the following types of communication: music, speaking, writing, signs, computer sites, typing, posters, charts, signals, hand movements, art and more.

Some of the tools the Grade 5s used were: computers, iPad, paper, pencil, books, Internet, Youtube, charts, posters, websites, phone, art, pictures, quizzes, pen, Britannica School, fake food, Tips for…, and more.

Some of the skills that they needed were: reading, how to communicate with blind people, speaking, how to add details, speaking out loud, using hand signals, using body language, using e-mail, using a computers, taking notes, and more.

The Grade 5s researched their questions and wonderings by using the following resources: Internet, reading books, looking on websites and videos, interviewing people, looking at documents and pictures, visiting places, going to learning centers, researching on the computer, as well as asking experts, friends, teachers and parents.

They organized their learning by first researching, then sorting out, then doing more research, and then making posters.
They wrote their learning in a folder.
They categorized their questions.
They organized their presentations by putting up posters and remembering what details and topics they are talking about.
There were not a lot of words, they had an attractive look, and they organized the posters and pictures.

2C had some opinions about the exhibits and also told a bit about what they learned.

Albin and Kai – We liked the Healthy Diet and the Music because the food quiz was so fun. We learned more facts about nutrition.

Lavanya – I liked Karthik’s and Lisa’s because they both explained a lot of things.

Mika – I liked Julia’s exhibition because I wanted to learn about stress.

Troy – I liked the solar panel the best. I learned that solar panels are big.

Yellana – I learned that cats sleep more than humans.

Chanu – I liked the earthquake thing because we need to be safe/learn to be safe.

Daniel – I liked the Minecraft thing because Minecraft creates ideas.

Taka – Minecraft in school is fun because it is Minecraft. I taught a 5th Grader how to make a dragon head move, and I learned to communicate well with other people.

Shunye – My favorite exhibit is the games but I learned not to do(play) too much.

Chan Seo – I liked the Earthquake because we have to be safe.

Lindsey – I learned that you use electronics.

Takafumi and Mari – We learned that we only should use 1 hour of electronics, including iPad and game and iPhone. We also learned when we are using the computer, we should be careful with our eyes.

Carolina and Chaeeun – We liked the quiz because it was fun and cool and interesting.

Nina – I enjoyed Sleeping Tips because now I can sleep comfortably.

Himari – I liked Sleep Tips for a Good Sleep because I learned about other kind of thing.

Damia – I liked Sleep because I didn’t know there was different kinds of beds like soft and fluffy.

Art as Communication

This week, you will be thinking about how art is a form of communication. You will be doing a SEE, THINK, WONDER in the comments section of this blog post.

This painting was created by the artist Vincent Van Gogh. It is called Shoes.

Look very carefully at the painting below. Look at in all the corners and the middle. Think about what you see.

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What do you see?

What do you think?

What do you wonder?

You learned how to do this last week. Here are some directions to help you, just in case you forgot a step.

Click on the speech bubble icon to the right of the blog post title to make a comment.
Type in your class’ email address ([email protected]). Double-check to see that you are accurate.
Type in your first name.
Type in your comments. I see… I think… I wonder…
High-light your comment. Hit CONTROL C. This makes a copy of what you wrote just in case your comment doesn’t go through.
Now, type in the secret code. You may need to add a space. Double-check to see that you are accurate.
Submit your comment.
Check to see that… “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”
If you have trouble, ask Miss Czubak or Ken for help on Tuesday.

Grade 2 Inquires into Communication

We began this week with workshop sessions to expose the students to different forms of communication. During two workshop sessions, 2C and 2M worked together with their teachers and Mr. Matt to explore communication through mapping, commenting on blogs, writing letters, playing charades, reading and writing in Braille, and using sign language.

Click on the photo below to see the slide show in Flickr.
Gr2 Workshop

After our workshops sessions we reflected about our experiences.

Lavanya – I liked the station with Mrs. McCreath about sign language because I didn’t know about sign language, and I really wanted to learn about sign language along, and it was really fun and I learned how to spell my name.

Daniel – I think that Miss McCreath’s class was really fun because sign language was easy to learn, and it is fun to do.

Nina – I thought each one of them were fun, but the most fun one was Mrs. Czubak station because on both the workshops, we wrote postcards and this time we did commenting.

Mika – I liked Miss McCreath’s class because now I know how to write my name in sign language, and I was proud.

Lindsey – I like it with Miss Czubak because we can do blogs and we can learn about other stuffs about blogs.

Damia – Charades was fun because we could show hand signals for people to guess what we are showing like movies, books, and animals.

Mari – I learned there is different kind of maps.
Himari – I wrote a postcard to Yuna about my holiday. I went to Nagoya with Shinkansen and with my sister, but my parents didn’t go.

Albin – I wrote a letter about my cousins being here and my sister’s Swedish friend being here to my grandparents. I learned how to address it.

This week, we also made a list of different forms of communication. The list grew and grew. There are so many types of communication.

Writing Listening and Speaking
Talking Using Facial Expression
Email Plane Communication
Postcards Drawing and symbols
Morse Code Skype and Facetime calling
Messages Sending letters by mail
Radio Movement poses
Painting Ancient Scripts and Languages
Lights Sign language
Telephone Petroglyphs and Pictographs
Books Songs and Lyrics
Newspapers Dancing that tells a story about history or that can show feelings
Texting Facial expressions
Signals Instant Messages
Singing Body Language
Braille Twitter
Maps Secret Codes/Cyphers
Facebook Blogs
Dance Graffiti

During the week, we began thinking about what we would like to inquire into during this unit. Today, we made our final decisions.

Nina – Ancient Writing/Scripts
Damia – Letter Writing
Takafumi – Speaking with Expression and How to be a good listener
Yellana – Ancient Writing/Scripts
Taka – Walkie-Talkies
Chanu – Morse Code
Chan Seo – Sign Language
Troy – Animal Communication
Lavanya – Letters, Postcards and Emails
Shunye – Animal Communication
Carolina – Dance
Lindsey – Ancient Scripts/Writing
Mika – Graffiti
Daniel – Sign Language
Kai – Sign Language
Himari – Graffiti
Albin – Secret Codes/Cyphers
Mari – Letters, Postcards and Emails
Chaeeun – Letters, Postcards and Emails

What wonderings do you have about communication in general or your personal inquiry into communication? What have you learned about communication?

Taka – Nowadays, walkie-talkies only have two as a set. I hope in the future they make walkie-talkies in sets as many as we want.

Takafumi – I want to learn about how you can do a good job of telling something to someone. I found a video on Brainpopjr that told me about reading with expression. I want to learn how to read with expression because in the future I want to make lots of books and show people that it is interesting, so they will like them.

Chanu – I want to learn about Morse Code cause if I grow up, I want to write quiz books.

Troy – Why do bats use ecolocation? Why can’t dolphins see underwater?

Carolina – I wonder if long ago there was a different thing than sign language to communicate with people who were deaf.

Investigating Communication: Commenting on Blogs


In Grade 2, we have been learning about how communication connects communities and individuals. We are talking about different types of communication and how they are organized. Through our communication workshops, we are learning about types of communication that we don’t know much about and trying them out. During this unit, we will also get a chance to do some individual inquiries into communication and how it is organized. What are you interested in learning about? What makes you say that?

Write a comment telling what type or types of communication you are interested in and explain why.

Here are some inquiry ideas that 2C and 2M have talked about and some new ones:

Maps, Writing Postcards, Charades, Braille, Sign Language, Blogging, Commenting on Blogs, Numbers Systems, Emailing, Symbols, Cyphers (Codes), Pictionary, Acting, Music, Art, Foreign Languages, Twitter, Skype, Photography, Ancient Writing, Messaging, Animal Communication, Books, Internet, Radar, Ecolocation, Satellites, Facial and Body Gestures, Letter Writing, Texting, Dance, Speech, Morse Code, Signal Flags, Signs, Signals, Infographics, Pictographs and Petroglyphs, Sonar, Telephones, Emojis, etc.

What else can you think of?

When commenting on blogs, be sure your comments:
Make sense
Have good writing
Are helpful


We Are Communicators…

This week, we began our new Unit of Inquiry, How We Organize Ourselves. Our central idea is  “Communication connects communities and individuals”. What is communication?

Albin – Communication is a way to talk with others…talking nicely.
Taka – Talking and speaking with other people.
Mari – To help other people.
Damia – Saying something nice to other people.
Kai – Telling others what’s happening.
Yuna – Getting along with others.
Troy – You can use electronics to do communication.
Himari – When the people are blind, they use the dots.

As a provocation to Unit 5, we played the game, Jarnga. Each group of children had a copy of the rules and practiced for about 10 minutes. Then they played for real. The object of the game was to play without speaking, although they could draw pictures or use hand, face and body gestures. After each 5 minute round, the student with the most cards moved to the nearest group clockwise, and the student with the least cards moved to the nearest group counterclockwise.  The children didn’t realize that the game rules were the same, except for one crucial rule. In each group the Wild Card was different.

Afterwards, the children were asked to share their comments and feelings about the experience. Here is what some of them had to say:

Daniel – …kind of angry
Albin, Chanu, and Lindsey – …confused
Troy – In different tables there are different numbers [wild card], so if a person goes to another table they don’t know the number.
Lavanya – In the other class, they had different rules. When the other kid came to our table, the guy was like, “What? What are you guys doing?”
Nina – It was difficult to understand the rules.
Yellana – Troy couldn’t hear, and he thought it was two but on our table it was 5.
Shunye – Other tables have different numbers so it was kind of stressing. When the other person from the table came, he thought that the wild number was 2 but it was 5, so we had an argument and it was stressing.
Nina – I felt frustrated because each table had different numbers, and its hard to know what each number was.
Lavanya – I felt frustrated because people were arguing.

The video below is quite long. It shows the children playing the game in silence and also includes reflections of the children after playing the game.


Student-Led Conferences was another opportunity to communicate our thinking and learning. After Student-Led Conferences, the children reflected on the experience. They were asked to communicate two ideas about their SLC. To reflect, we asked the students to focus on the following: an aspect of the a Learner Profile or PYP Attitude that they demonstrated (blue), a skill they practice (yellow), a wondering they have (pink), or something new they found out (orange).

Here are some of their thoughts:

Nina – I wonder if my mom learned something from me.

Taka – I was confident and only a little bit nervous. I knew my story was good.

Damia – I was really excited when my parents came. What I learned I did it again. I first felt a little nervous and then I didn’t feel nervous because they were my parents. I was being a risk-taker.

Lavanya – During SLC day I was knowledgeable and a thinker. When my parents ask a question and I do not know the answer that I think really hard and I was a thinker.

Yellana – In SLCs my skills was speaking clearly and I could answer my mom and dad’s questions.

Troy – I was creative when I was drawing.

Yuna – I used my observation skills to look at the germs, and I used my note-taking skills to take notes about germs. I used my thinking skills to estimate how much salt is in miso.

Albin – In SLCs I showed my skills was reading with my tongue, teeth and lips.

Shunye – I used my observation skills to show my germs to my mum because I tried my best to explain the germs to my mum.

Takafumi – I showed that in SLC I was risk-taker because I was not sure if I can show the rules of the math salt/sugar estimating, but I tried.

Kai – My skill was concentrating and working and answering.

Carolina – I found out that my mom and dad already knew how to do the things I planned to do in the Student Led Conferences.

Chaeeun – I used my measuring skills to measure salt.

Chan Seo – I cared by helping my mom to understand the word by translating in Korean.

Himari – I think I am a thinker because when I was doing 50 to 1000 I was sometimes wrong and I used my thinking skills.

Mika – I was knowledgeable because I speak all the thing I know to my mom and dad.

Daniel – I showed that I was knowledgeable because I showed my mom and told my mom the things that I was learning.

Chanu – Before SLCs I was pretty nervous, but I did it anyway, and this shows that I am a risk-taker.

Mari – I used my Quick 10 skills to teach my mom at SLC.

Lindsey – I was talking clearly.

The students started their own personal blogs as well this week. We are inquiring into how we can best use these blogs to share our learning and thinking. Watch this space for more on our student blogs.

The YIS Elementary Student Council hosted Crazy Hair Day today. Here are some photos of our 2C students!

Click on the photo below to see a slideshow, including a couple of mystery students.