The Partridges dissected an orange discovering the pulp, zest,rind, juice sacs and many other interesting facts. They then drew a scientific diagram showing the cross section of their orange.
For our ILT, we visited Food Lover’s Market on Sandown Road. Each group had a budget of R100 and it was very interesting observing their negotiation skills and making decisions. They had to choose two fruit from 3 categories (deciduous, citrus and sub-tropical) and pay for their goods at the cashier. If they had money left, they may choose more fruit from the list. One group had only 10c left after their shopping experience.
What an exciting day! We transformed our classroom into a kitchen of a French cuisine restaurant and we were all ‘masterchefs’! My nerves as a teacher were shot after 1 hour of 23 sharp knives that were busy slicing, chopping and dicing. The chefs did a sterling job and were quite impressed with their fruit kebabs. They were delicious!
This week is dominated by our ILTs (Integrated Learning Tasks). The learners are divided into small groups of between 3 – 4 children. For five days, from Monday to Friday, we are going to be embarking on a learning experience of a different kind. Today we went shopping at Food Lovers market and bought a large variety of fruit for our adventures for Day 2.The learners had to apply some of the skills and knowledge that they have gained over the last 6 weeks of school in order to complete various tasks and activities. The children realized that food is expensive and it was extremely interesting watching them barter, ask for advise and exchange fruit. One child had to fill out an exchange slip as she found a better special and wanted to return her fruit and get more value for her money.
Last week was dominated by our ILTs (Integrated Learning Tasks). For three days, from Wednesday to Friday, we suspended regularly scheduled lessons and embarked on a learning experience of a different kind. The Grade 4 learners were ‘abandoned’ on Survivor Island. While on Survivor Island the learners had to apply some of the skills and knowledge that they have gained over the last 6 weeks of school in order to complete various tasks and activities. The learners were divided into small groups of between 3 – 5 and then had to decide on a leader for their group, reflecting on the class discussions we had about good leadership. (Social Science and L.O.)
After watching a Bear Grylls video, to help set the scene with respect to survival, the learners dived into the first activity involving compass directions (Social Science) and deciphering clues (reading and interpreting) to find survival items hidden in various places around the school. The groups then had to discuss and decide which of the items were most valuable and then present their decisions to the class using a mind map (collaboration and communication). In another activity the learners had to use tallying and pictograph knowledge to count birds that are present on the island (Mathematics). The learners had to collaborate and follow instructions given in Afrikaans to correctly colour a picture of the island, and then they had to write cinquain poems about the delicious apples they discovered on the island. At the end of each day the learners then blogged on their iPads, reflecting on the various activities and lessons. The three days of activities were also a wonderful opportunity for the learners to practice collaboration and conflict resolution.
Enjoy the slide show below of some of the class’ cinquains.
The Grade 4s were divided into groups for a Project Based Learning Task. They were given clues to find various items on the playground using the eight cardinal points. Once all the items were found, they had to decide and motivate as a group which five they wanted to keep to survive on their island. One of the tasks they completed was tallying the bird life on the island. We have found that putting children into groups of just boys or just girls works far better than mixed groups. We also tend to put no more than four children per group. This enables all of them to participate. A lesson on leadership was done prior to this task and they understood what good leadership is all about. A leader was elected in each group by the children themselves.