Topic 8: Animals 2 by 2 (Compare the similaries and differences between 2 animals.)
Inserts VS Spiders: Numbers of legs. Some insects can fly but spiders can't fly.
Frogs VS Toads: Smooth slippery skin vs rough bumpy skin.
Alligator VS Crocodile: Mouth shapes. Claws.
Sea turtle VS tortoise: Claws. Shells. Habitats.
Zebra VS Horse: colors and stripes.
Apes VS monkeys: tails and arms.
Bat VS bird: fur vs feather. Mouth vs beak. Visible ears vs invisible ears.
Topic 7: Trees and Weather
We learned about cherry tree, apple tree, orange tree and maple tree.
We talked about their changes over seasons.
We also talked about the differences among these trees.
Students can sort trees by their shapes and heights.
Students can name the tree parts: trunk, branches, leaves and roots.
Students can understand the Mandarin names of tree parts and act out.
We adopted a class tree and observe its change every day.
We kept talking about the differences between seasons.
We learned about weather and temperature.
Season Fairies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jr-K895_QoI
How is the Weather Today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNh7iMq4lSg
How is the Weather: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGnHnz9eC9s
We discussed about the seasons in the year and their main characteristics.
We watched videos about how trees change by seasons.
Seasons in the year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGJNAiX_AQg
I am a tall tall tree: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDA9j8s6OQU
Topic 6: Pumpkin!
We observed pumpkins and described size, color, shape and talked about weight.
We tested if pumpkin will float or sink in water.
We cut pumpkin open to see the serect of its floating - It has empty room/space inside.
We tested sweet green peas/peppers/carrots/grapes/blackberries/raspberries to furthure extend this experiment to see how the inside structures affect their floating or sinking.
One class counted how many seeds inside the pumpkin as a practice of counting by 10s to 100.
How to plant pumpkins and corns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8dN7UXXW6g&t=18s
Ten pumpkins turn into pumpkin pie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjjncMi7sHU
Topic 5: Five Flavors
A review video of Five Flavors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mpMv5p9noA
We tasted 90% dark chocolate, hot cheetos, GoldFish Crakers, sour patch and Fruitloops to get to know 5 flavors as bitter, hot, salty, sour and sweet.
My homeroom practiced a little bit with the sentence drill: I like ... the most. 我最喜欢...。
Topic 4: Get to know fabric
We used different types of pens to draw on muslin cloth to test which one is easier to write with.
We then used soap to wash the cloth to see which pen marks can be washed off.
We discussed which types of pens we should be super careful not to put on our clothes.
We watched how fabrics are made.
We took apart burlap to see the horizontal and vertical strings that make up of fabric.
We tested drops of water on 10 different types of fabrics to see the differences and discuss which ones are best for what type of usage in daily life.
We touched and disscussed the differences between fabric and leather.
We did experient of pouring water over fabric and leather to see what's different.
We looked for things that are made of fabric.
Topic 3: Get to know paper
We explored different types of paper: white paper, paper newsprint, paper kraft, tagboard, chipboard, paper towels and tissues.
We did experients to find out which types of paper is easy to write on and which ones are easy to fold.
We did experient about paper and water to observe how different types paper absorb water in different speed and discussed which ones are good to wipe spills and which ones are good to wrap gifts.
We watched how paper was made in ancient China.
We hunted for things that are made of paper in classroom.
We discussed why we should recycle paper, how to do that and what we can do with used paper.
We did experiment to make new paper.
A video talking about why and how paper was invented in ancient China:
(Students won't be able to understand most of the talking but the video itself still shows them some information.)
Topic 2: Get to know wood
We discussed how to change the shape of wood.
We got to know sandpaper and how it's made.
We sanded wood using sandpaper and observed what we got and how we changed the shape of wood.
We compared redwood, pine wood, particleboard and plywood.
Students did experiment of wood with water to see if water changed the color of wood and whether water would soak in or sit on top of different types of wood.
We experimented different objects with water to see if they will float or sink, and drew an conclusion that things made of wood can float.
Students did experiment of how to sink different types of wood using paperclips and counted their results.
we talked about trees and wood.
Students know they can count the rings on a tree log to tell the tree's age.
Students can find products that are made of wood.
We also observed 2 different types of wood: redwood and particleboard.
Students know how the particleboard is made.
Students can use their five senses to tell the difference between them.
Students did experiment about wood and water to see how the water change the color of wood and whether water gets soaked in or sit on top on different wood.
One Video about "What's made of wood":
Topic 1: Parts on my face and Five senses.
Some Videos that can help with Mandarin Vocabulary:
My Five Senses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGe-CjZP_-0