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Walk like an Egyptian

On Wednesday we celebrated Egypt Day … in style!  Everyone dressed up as an Egyptian character, from pharaohs, to mummies, to pyramids!  There was great excitement among all the children, as the knowledge that they had gained over the last few days about Egypt seemed to come alive.

Once the photo session was done, we started with our activities for the day.  These included making canopic jars, mummies and sarcophagi out of clay.  We started our research on pyramids, which we will be using during our ILT next week.

And of course we also had to dance to “Walk like an Egyptian”!

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Working together – both challenging and fun!

The last week or two in Grade 5 has often required children to work in pairs or groups, flexing and stretching their collaborative skills.

Afrikaans orals involved working in pairs to plan the script of a conversation about the holidays, using a variety of question words to evoke appropriate answers. English language games in small groups got the children to brainstorm vocabulary and synonyms linked to verbs.

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Measuring their partners and then drawing each other to scale, 10 times smaller in their SS Books, was also great fun.

Reading each others’ blogposts and posting positive and polite comments was another way to encourage constructive interaction and the sharing of ideas. Please be sure to read your child’s blog and to also add your encouraging comment!

On a larger scale, during Drama, the Grade 5 classes have been practicing synchronised movement in time to music, which has been beautiful to watch!

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On Wednesday we begin our ILT where group work is integral to successful learning and presentation of the finished product. 

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Creatures that live in the soil

The Grade 5’s spent a busy and productive 3 days during their Integrated Learning Task this week. Working in pairs, they presented the research they had done last week, firstly as a visual poster and secondly in the form of an oral presentation.img_6117img_6109Summarising information and putting it into their own words, is a skill they are still developing. They were encouraged to avoid plagiarism and to acknowledge their sources. Some very attractive and interesting posters were produced, while sticking to the deadlines set.                                                                                                                              img_6115Well done Grade 5’s! I think we all learnt a lot from each other!img_6129img_6125img_6131img_6120img_6122img_6113

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Science Wizards

We recently celebrated Science at Elkanah House Senior Primary, with our Science Expo.  It was truly a celebration, as it brought out the best in our children.  The Grade 5’s topic was ENERGY, and believe me, there was more than enough energy doing the rounds on Expo Day!  The children researched an experiment or an investigation of their choice, related to energy.  After attempting the experiments, photographs were taken and posters were made to communicate their findings.  The children had to consider their aim or the question that they wanted to explore, the apparatus that was needed, the method that had to be followed, the observations made through the results and then draw a conclusion.  On the day of our Science Expo, the judges made their rounds and the parents and visitors came to view the experiments and talk to our children to get firsthand knowledge about their findings.  Our children were well-prepared and confident when answering the public’s questions.  They were very excited to demonstrate their experiments.  So much learning, problem solving and critical thinking happened during this task.  This was so much more than just Science!

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Here are some of the Pelicans making their posters.

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Take a look at some of our final “products”.

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Having fun, using the 5 C’s…

Creativity … Critical thinking … Collaboration … Cooperation … Communication …

These skills were the focus of our Integrated Learning Task this term, using Ancient Egypt as our theme. This ILT is one of our Grade 5 highlights. It involves research about Howard Carter and King Tut’s tomb, mummification, Ancient Egyptian farming and Ancient Egyptian family life. The children collaborate and share their findings with one another. They use the content of their research as a vehicle to implement these very important 21st century skills.

The children wrote Diary entries for English, built pyramids together, performed an archaeological dig in groups, used their pyramids to complete a measurement and shapes task for Mathematics, created an informative Powerpoint slide on pyramids and wrote a letter to their friends in Afrikaans, telling them about our recent Egypt Day activities.

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Back to basics

The second term ILT was lots of fun. The children had ample opportunity for collaboration, discussion, compromise and practicing many other group work skills.  They went back in time and researched about some of the Ancient South African cultures, namely the San, Khoi-Khoi and African Farmers.  Their task was to come teach the class about their culture in the form of an informative play.  They had fun working on a shared google document where they could see what each member of their group was writing and finding out.  Thereafter we looked at what a basic house would cost, which included a trip to Builder’s Warehouse to price the different items that Bob the Builder required to build Mr Preston a house.  The objective was achieved when the children realised it is not that cheap to build even a basic house.  We also had a look at the housing in informal settlements and we were blown away by the contributions the children made to this topic.  They then had to write up a blog under the following title:  “A day in the life of a child in an informal settlement.” Please feel free to go read your child’s blog post and leave a comment for them.  Just click on the link and then on your child’s name.  ehrainbirds2016.blogspot.co.za.

Take a look at some of the photos of last week’s ILT.

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ILT Focus 3 – Peer teaching

We concluded our Integrated Learning Task by giving all of the children the opportunity to report their findings and research to their peers.  They continued working in their pairs and they were given 90 minutes to prepare and rehearse a presentation. Once again they were encouraged to have a creative approach, so some of them were news reporters, others were presenters on Discovery channel, we had a group of teachers and also a safari with a tour guide out in the African bush. Everyone remained engaged throughout the presentations and it was a worthwhile learning experience.

I am happy to show off a few of our presenters.

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ILT Focus 2 – Spotlight on Soil Creatures

Leading up to our Integrated Learning Task, the Grade 5’s researched a soil creature of their choice that lives in Africa. During the ILT their research was written into their own words and used to create an informative poster. We asked the children to provide the scientific name for their creature and to discuss their appearance, habitat, diet and some interesting facts. The children worked in pairs for this task. They were encouraged to be creative and to make use of relevant pictures. The following were put to the test:  Their ability to follow instructions, work independently, make decisions, plan, manage their time, deal with conflict, compromise and … of course … clean up! They enjoyed being allowed to express themselves by creating final products that they were all very proud of.

Below you can see how busy they were making their posters.

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And of course, they had to prank the teacher!  A few “creatures” that just happened to be “crawling” around on the floor, made me jump with fright.  Take a look at what I had to deal with …

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And here are the guilty parties involved …

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They finally all completed their posters.  Take a look at their handiwork.

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ILT Focus 1 – What lives in Mr Raven’s Garden?

To kick-start our Integrated Learning Task for this term, the children were asked to take a closer look at the kind of creatures that live in the soil in Mr Raven’s garden. After helping Mr Raven solve a few Mathematical problems regarding the bugs, insects and creatures that hide in his garden, they had to complete a survey of the various creatures by filling in a tally table, using the evidence shown to them in a movie. The children worked in pairs for this activity. They used the information in their tally tables to draw a column graph and a pictograph. The next step was to come up with three clever questions related to their graphs. They worked in pairs and had to divide the workload equally, while checking and helping one another along the way.

Here the children are in the IT centre, busy with their survey.

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Day 2 of the ILT

The last two days have been a busy and productive in the Rainbird class. There has been plenty of groupwork involved, which has involved sharing ideas, discussing and making decisions. Take a look at the photos to see what the children have been up to in the last 2 days.

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