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WIS Primary School Newsletter – January/ February 2019

Grade 4 Unit on Water 

by Mr. Snider 4A Homeroom Teacher and Head of Primary

As part of their new learning unit about water, students in 4A conducted an experiment about the water cycle. The experiment involved testing water inside and on top of cups to determine how water temperature is related to the processes of evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. As students varied the temperatures inside and on top of their cups, they were able to easily see how temperature drastically affected the functioning of the water cycle. Hands-on experimentation such as this really helps students to internalize the scientific ideas discussed and read about in class.

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Stuck to Magnets

by Mr. David 2A Homeroom Teacher 

In grade two we have been studying magnets.  The students have been experimenting with a variety of magnet types such as bar, circle, and horseshoe.  Testing objects in both the classroom and out on the playground students found that some metals are magnetic while others aren’t.  Many students were surprised to discover that the flagpole isn’t magnetic! They found that many objects are partially magnetic, such as our classroom chairs that contain both wood and metal that attracts magnets.  The wooden shelves in class contain metal brackets that also attract magnets. In our reading students discovered that farmers will sometimes feed magnets to cows! Popular class opinion was that farmers do this to help baby cows stick to their mother!  The real reason is that cows will sometimes eat bits of metal that can cut the cow’s internal organs. The magnets can keep those dangerous bits away from vital organs. Students have also enjoyed playing with magnetic fields that act through wood, cardboard and rubber.

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100th Day of School

by Ms. Dana 5B Homeroom Teacher

Tuesday, January 29, marked the 100th day of school for the 2018-2019 school year.  Primary school students and teachers celebrated by taking part in the 100th day of school challenge.  Each student spent part of their snack and lunch break proving to a teacher or student judge that they could do: 100 arm circles, 100 jumping jacks, 100 high fives, and 100 seconds of silence.  Can you guess which task proved the most challenging?  Each class also decorated their bulletin boards in accordance with the 100th day theme.  Students worked together to come up with 100 adjectives, 100 baht words, 100 ways to save water, and more.  100 days of learning down in the books, and more to come!

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The Power of Water

by Stephanie Dempsey 4B Homeroom Teacher

The students of 4B recently researched different water systems in connection with our unit The Power of Water. To conclude this unit, students worked in groups and researched a river from an assigned country. Students had to identify the river’s cultural significance, role in history, and basic river facts. After gathering the necessary information, the students created a poster and presented the project to the class. 

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