This week, the students were given the question, “How far can you run in 10 seconds?”. First, we had to think about the most appropriate standard unit of measurement to use and so, we started with a discussion about millimeters, centimeters, meters, and kilometers. After deciding that we would be most likely to run a number of meters (not kilometers) within 10 seconds, we went outside to run, measure, and collect the data. Click on the album below for more pictures.
What we found was that ….
“You have to be honest about how far you ran. It was also difficult to measure (accurately)”. Johnny
“I liked the running part because you had to run really fast (since) you only had 10 seconds.” Lara
In our guided reading groups, we collected information from non fiction books to learn more about how the choices we make affect our health. Using books that are appropriate for each students’ reading level, we spent some time exploring how the titles, subtitles and pictures help us to understand the text.
Below is some of the new information we gathered through our research….
“You should brush your teeth after every meal. Even lunch.” Vivian, Ryu
“Your body never stops working, even when you are sleeping.” Mary, Hamish, Seonyul
“Meat is from the protein (food) group.” Yoshna, Thanina
“When you are sick, your body needs rest and sometimes it needs medicine to get better. You need an adult to help you get the medicine, because the wrong medicine will make you more sick (and can be very dangerous). Also, your skeleton is made from 206 bones.” Jingyi, Lara, Alex
“If you don’t have teeth, you will have trouble eating and talking.” Kane, Valmik, Johnny, Sam
“The most important thing to keep your heart healthy is to eat healthy food and have a balanced diet.” Henry
“Germs look like spilt juice and they have different colours. Fatty foods and sugar still give you energy, but make you gain weight. Veggies and fruit give you energy, but you don’t gain weight. Kids should run for (about) 15 minutes a day.” Ali, Ophelia, Saneyuki. Click on the album below for more pictures.
In writing, we looked at many different menus and together, decided on the criteria for writing a menu. The students are keen to write a menu for the “Healthy Café” that they have made in our class, and are using the information they are learning from the non fiction books to do so. Click on the album below for more pictures.
They were also busy making movies of a “Perfectly Healthy Day” using imovie and time to the hour, half hour, quarter hour and minute to frame the day. We are beginning to see some of the ideas from our research in the movies as well. Click on the album below for more pictures.
Collecting germs was a favourite for the students this week. We learned that germs are everywhere and that good hygiene is important for our health. To really understand this, we collected germs and have put them in a petri dish with agar to allow the germs to grow. We hope that the germs will grow large enough over the next week or so, so that we may be able to look at them under a microscope. Click on the album below for more pictures.