The weeks are flying by in class, this is usually the case when the children are excited and stimulated by a unit, which is most certainly the case with our current 'How The World Works' unit.
The class have really developed a good understanding of how the value of minerals can fluctuate (through the $10,000 challenge) and have also researched many ways in which humans use different minerals once they are extracted from the ground. The class have each carried out a research project into a mineral of their choice and have turned this information into a set of reports and a class book.
We have also collected, analysed and started to interpret valuable data as to whether there could be gold located below TIS! So, lots of excitement in Grade 3 at the moment and still so many exciting areas to inquire into in the remaining weeks of this unit.
Gold underneath Tashkent International School?
The second assay results came back from the University of Freiburg (Austria) and had an even higher AU (gold) reading. Instead of just 'traces' (as we found at A467B25), A467B26 sample came back with an AU reading of 0.04% (see the below map for locations of these two tests). This is obviously a tiny quantity, but certainly enough to excite the class into looking at the data and trying to speculate where a higher % of AU might be found.
So, after studying the map, the children, in pairs, each selected a location where they could take a smaller sample assay to find out if there was a pattern or trend to work out where the highest % of gold might be.
Each group took an assay sample accurately, using equipment borrowed from Secondary school. They then labelled their tests and plotted it onto the bigger map. Then, they crossed their fingers and waited patiently for the data to come back about their tests.
Our second line of inquiry is 'Geology driving technology'. What we want to do is to explore what minerals are found in various pieces of technology. We want to safely open them up and consider what minerals are used, what each mineral's role is within the technology and what makes each mineral unique.
If you have any broken or obsolete electrical items that you can donate we would be very grateful. Please bring in, or send in with your children, at the start of next week.
Geology Museum Trip
Grade 3 were lucky to recently have the opportunity to visit the Geology Museum in Tashkent. This gave the children a chance to view many different rocks and minerals from Central Asia and the rest of the world. The children were also able to ask questions and learn about how each rock and mineral are used by humans. Most importantly (for many of the class) our guide was able to give us some information about how much gold has been found in Uzbekistan. We learnt that Uzbekistan has a strong history of commercial gold production stretching back many decades. This was the answer that the children were hoping for, as it makes our possible gold find on the TIS campus even more plausible.
G3 have been practicing their report writing skills over the last two weeks. We have been recalling all the major features of a non-chronological report, then researching and collecting data to go into our chosen mineral reports. Each child picked a mineral that they were keen to inquire more on. The focal point of their work was to explain the value of their mineral and how humans used the mineral. Many children also explored the locations that their mineral were found in, the uniqueness of their mineral and how their mineral was formed.
We then, as a class, created a book using all our reports. Hopefully, if you have some free time at some point before or after school, your child can show you our class book.
G3 Musical Performances
This week the 3C children got a chance to finally showcase their musical work from our last 'How we Express Ourselves' unit. Each child presented their work and then talked about the connection to their memory. They confidently talked about the different elements of music and how they used these to bring their memories to life through the music. Great job!
Arts in the Park
TIS is gearing up for its annual Arts in the Park celebration on Saturday, April 22nd from 2pm-6pm. The campus will come alive with visual, performing, and musical arts from elementary to secondary students sharing their love of arts and their learning from throughout the school year.
The arts classes have been preparing special performances, interactive centers, and activities for our guests to enjoy. These activities will take place throughout the day.
Although students are not required to attend this event, classes have put in a lot of collaborative effort to put together their performances and students rely on each other to make their Arts day a success. Please make an effort to bring your children to their allotted time and encourage them to participate.
Grade 3 students will be performing short plays from their work in drama this year. They need to come to the Black Box Junior at 2:20pm and their performances will begin at 2:30pm.
If your child is in the Elementary Choir they will also need to stay at TIS for their choir performance at 3:20pm.
We hope to see you at this exciting collaborative arts event,
The Elementary Arts Team
Growth Mindset of the Week by Sylvie
3C sadly said goodbye to another of our wonderful classmates this week. Yuto is returning to Japan, but he will not be forgotten. His calmness, politeness and positive approach to learning have inspired and impacted all of his classmates!
Enjoy the long weekend and the beauty of Tashkent as the flowers and trees start to come alive.
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