A Class Trip in the Treetops

English Class third graders visited Huikea Adventure Park on Monday of this week. “Huikea” translates to English as incomparable and that was certainly what the experience was for our third graders! Many of the pupils were a bit anxious about the challenges of being up so high, but without exception the children overcame their fears. By the end of the day they were as at comfortable in the treetops as monkeys are!

The adventure park is designed to compliment the beautiful woodland setting near the sandy beach of Yyteri.  Several high rope courses, varying in degrees of difficulty, provide challenges for crossing swaying bridges, tightrope walking, crawling, balancing and more. Safety is of paramount importance at the park.

Twin ladders, Indiana Jones bridges and zip lines are part of the rope courses. The park also offers additional experiences such as the giant Fortuna game shown on the right in the photo collage below and a Pumptrack for scooters of BMX-bikes.

All in all, weather-wise and otherwise, it was a perfect day. The third graders were challenged both mentally and physically at the park. At the end of the day they returned home feeling like they were on top of the world. Now if that isn’t a successful class trip, what is?!



First Fractions with Liquorice

The introduction of fractions to English Class third graders got off to a sweet start! Ms. Kati, their teacher, distributed sticks of liquorice to the pupils. First the pupils figured out what half of twelve liquorice sticks would be. Then they moved on to what a quarter would be and then what a third would be. They practiced writing the fractions. Then they moved on to another way of doing fractions, parts of a whole. The pupils cut their liquorice sticks into halves, and then they cut those halves into halves and then once again those halves into halves. The pupils learned to name those fractions, or parts of a whole.

Active discussion on the fractions of liquorice by pupils lasted for the entire math lesson. In fact, the third grade pupils learned quite serendipitously that one half is the same as (equals) two fourths, and that  is less than . The only thing that made it better that that, was when Ms. Kati gave the pupils permission to eat their liquorice!!

The Role of Hand-washing in Health and Fitness

English Class third graders are learning about ways to keep themselves healthy and fit in their environmental studies lessons. They started their unit by working in groups to create mind maps of all that is necessary to stay healthy. They wrote their ideas on the chalkboard and in their notebooks. They then focused on one particular aspect of personal hygiene, which was hand washing.

Using a hand-washing kit that was borrowed from Ms. Leena, the children participated in a quiz about hand hygiene. The third graders answered “yes” by standing on their tiptoes and raising their hands above their heads and “no” by squatting. Next the pupils played a card game that depicted where all the germs and bacteria on your hands come from. The children pondered the meaning of the word bacteria and then, whether all bacteria is harmful. Finally the children applied UV-lotion, examined their hands under black light, and then washed their hands thoroughly and then used the black light to see if they had properly cleaned all the germs away.

The children immediately observed that there was still bacteria around cuticles, under fingernails and between their fingers after the first hand-washing. At that point half of the children washed their hands using only water and the other half used soap and water to see if that affected results. After comparing the results of this investigation the third graders begged their teacher, Ms. Kati, if they could test some of the sources of bacteria mentioned in the set of cards. With Ms. Kati’s blessing, the kids set out to rub door handles, table tops and stair railings and pretty much whatever they could find. Once again they used the black light to check for germs. The class observed that the school’s cleaning personnel had done a fine job of cleaning in the corridor because little or no germs were discovered on their hands. The hands that were covered in the most germs were the ones that touched the faucets at the back of their own classroom. Finally to round out the experience, the class once again went through the steps of washing one’s hands properly.

Later in the day the class discussed another very important part of being fit and healthy, which is through physical activity and exercise. Because this class had once again earned enough stars due to being responsible and behaving well, they were entitled to vote for another treat for themselves. (Last time they chose to create different types of slime.) Now they voted to spend two hours at the sports hall. Indeed, Ms. Kati got so caught up in doing things with her class that her phone got left behind in the dressing room! It was a really great day of active learning!


Slime Day!

English Class third graders collectively earned fifteen stars for their good behaviour and conscientious school work. Those fifteen stars entitled them to a reward of some sort. The pupils made suggestions for the reward, which included swimming, watching a movie, going to the sport centre, etc. Then the pupils voted to select their reward. The overwhelming winning choice of the pupils was to make slime. (Their teacher, Ms. Kati, needed to become familiar with the subject.)

On Wednesday, March 14th the third graders tried out four different slime recipes. The best slime resulted from mixing dish detergent and potato flour. In the video below, it is the first wad of slime shown. The oozing slime in the second part of the video clip was made from water and cornstarch. We also tried adding colour to the slime but the coloured water did not always work. Slime Day was a rip-roaring success, and was very educational to boot. Ms. Kati was particularly please with how well various groups worked together.

Making Sense of Cents

Learning can be so much fun! Ask any of our English Class third graders. They have recently been learning more about euros and cents. They know that one euro equals 100 cents; therefore six euros equals 600 cents. Recently they were reviewing numbers up to and including one thousand as well. The third graders  know how to mark euros and cents and how to write an amount of both euros and cents using a decimal point, or comma, as a decimal separator. Today all of this learning culminated in a fantastic game called Piggy Run.

Their teacher, Ms. Kati, posted piggy banks on the walls throughout the corridor area. The third grade pupils went out into the corridor to find a piggy bank. When a piggy bank was spotted, the pupil then counted the money in the piggy bank, ran back to the classroom and wrote the number of the piggy bank and the sum of money in the bank using decimals. Then s/he converted the sum to cents and then once more wrote the sum using a different type of notation. Then it was off to find a new piggy bank. In addition this exercise served as a great short term memory exercise because pupils were able to rely only on their memories for the sum of money in the bank and the piggy bank number. Pencils and notebooks were left in the classroom. Ask any third grader if the exercise was fun. Go ahead and ask, because they loved it!

Sliding and Sledging into Spring

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Don’t be fooled by the Arctic theme of the photo collage above. English Class third graders were sledging and sliding at a nearby park in Pori just before the winter break. They had a grand old time!

In spite of Arctic sub-zero temperatures and a nasty wind chill factor early this week, the first official day of spring, the spring equinox is only three weeks away from today!

Fired Clay Hearts

English Class sixth graders used small amounts of tempera paint mixed  together with white chalk paint to finish their fired clay heart boxes. The lovely textures and details of the boxes really popped with the application of the chalky pastel paint mixture. The next step will be to apply a transparent polish to seal the surface of the boxes.

English Class third graders used the same treatment for finishing their coiled hearts. After polish has been applied to seal the hearts, the third graders will make wire and glass bead hangers for their hearts. The hearts will be completed after the winter break which is during week 8. Check in with us here on the blog to see the completed hearts.