Grade 2 Assembly – The Human Body

28/05/2010

Grade 2P and 2L enjoyed working on their Human Body Assembly. They enjoyed sharing the information they had learnt through songs, poems and skits. The classroom enthusiasm spread to their homes, as you can see by the great costumes. Thank you parents for your continued help and support! The Grade 2 Assembly was a huge success!

Following are letters from Grade 2M and 2N to celebrate the learning that has taken place during our Human Body – Unit of Inquiry.

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May 28, 2010

Dear Ms. Perera’s Class,

We really enjoyed your assembly today. We liked how confident you were and your creative costumes.

We loved your songs, especially the one about the bones. We have also learnt that song, so we could sing along with you. Could you hear us? Your digestion song was very funny. Our favorite part was the end with the potty!

We are also learning about the body, but your assembly taught us some new things Ms. Tima hadn’t taught us.

We appreciate your hard work.

From,
Ms. Tima’s Class

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28 May 2010

Dear Lively Ladybugs,

We enjoyed watching your Grade 2 Assembly and learning more about the Human Body this morning.

We really liked the awesome song about the Digestive System. We learned that first food goes into your mouth where it mixes with saliva. Then you swallow your food, it goes down your esophagus to your stomach. Food in your stomach breaks down into small pieces as it mixes with acid, bile and other digestive juices. Then food goes to your small intestines where nutrients are absorbed into the blood. The blood then feeds the rest of our body. Eventually, waste ends up in the large intestine and then the potty!

It was interesting to learn that when we swallow air and other gases (like in soda), our stomach needs to release the gases by burping!

We also enjoyed the song about the bones! We especially liked the way you sang, “The foot bone is connected to the ankle bone. The ankle bone is connected to the Fibia and Tibia bones…”

We loved watching your assembly. Thank you again for presenting your Human Body information.

Yours Truly,

IST Grade 2 Kung Fu Praying Mantids


Sharing Our Learning

18/05/2010

Insiyah created a poster with information about the Human Body (our current Unit of Inquiry – Inside Me). She used our class document camera to show her poster and explain ideas and concepts that she has learned both in class and from doing research at home.

“As we have been studying about the body and body systems, I decided to create this poster at my home. I made a skeleton. I wanted to show you inside the skeleton and how the skeleton looks. Did you know that your ribs protect your heart and lungs? Each of your hands has 27 bones. In your mouth your teeth chew food, crushing and mixing your food with saliva. This is where digestion starts. Your incisors are sharp for biting. Your canines are for tearing and your molars crush and grind your food. Your muscles work with your skeleton to help you to move. Your biceps gets shorter when you bend your arm and longer when you pull your arm straight. My class and I are enjoying learning about the body.”
Insiyah, IST Grade 2 Kung Fu Praying Mantids


A Visit From CCBRT – Helping People With Disabilities

10/05/2010

As we continue our current unit of inquiry, Inside Me – The Human Body, we are learning that our bodies have many different parts. Sometimes people get sick or have accidents that damage parts of the body. Sometimes people are born with damaged or even missing body parts. There are medical people who can help, but unfortunately, many areas of the world (like many areas of Tanzania) are poor and can not afford this kind of medical assistance.

Our class was visited by Mr. Erwin Telemans (Lenno’s dad), from Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation (CCBRT) in Tanzania. Mr. Telemans had heard that we were studying about the Human Body and asked if he could come talk to us about different ability people and how his organization, CCBRT is helping people with disabilities in Tanzania.

Lenno introduced his dad to the class by saying, “This is my dad. He works for CCBRT. He is a Physiotherapist (someone who helps people to walk and move around after an injury or operation). CCBRT helps people, kids and adults with disabilities to walk and move around easier.”

Mr. Telemans showed us pictures of children and adults that CCBRT has helped. He also brought in real x-ray examples for students to see what our skeletons look like inside our bodies.

At the end of Mr. Telemans’ presentation, students had many questions and comments. Students learned a lot about disabilities and how people and organizations like CCBRT are helping people to live happy and productive lives.

CCBRT was established in 1994 and is now the largest disability and rehabilitation center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.