We have been very busy over the last couple of weeks getting stuck into our new unit of inquiry. From now until the end of this semester, we are looking at how inventions have changed the world with a focus on how they have positively and negatively shaped/affected societies.
We introduced the new unit through the Lorax whereby the children had to look at how the setting in the story had changed and the perspectives of the different characters. As this unit requires research, we also had a few literacy skills sessions with Mrs Grant, our librarian. She taught the children how to choose the correct books for research, what to look for and she's also taught the class how to search for information using keywords.
One of our lines of inquiry is, 'industrialisation.' We introduced this by watching a video of industrialisation as demonstrated in the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. The children spotted the changes straight away and came up with some interesting questions about the process such as:
Why were some of the children not going to school?
Why were the grass areas/farms destroyed?
Who's idea was it to create factories?
Prior to watching this video, we had done a little chalk talk activity on some famous inventions to find out if the children recognised the items, if they could make any connections to them and if they had any questions about them.
Last week, we began our new unit on time. We started off by writing down what some of our worries/challenges regarding time were and we went from there. Over the two weeks, we practiced reading analogue clocks, saying the time, reading digital clocks and working out durations of time. Read what some of the children have to say about time below.
Children were working out durations of time during this activity. Sometimes we do a chilli challenge which means that questions range from mild to on fire. Children choose their level of challenge. This gives them ownership and it provides room for them to be reflective. If they are finding their choice too 'hot' they may choose to try a 'less spicy chilli' and if they're finding it too 'mild' they may choose to try questions that are a bit spicier. That will explain the different coloured sheets!
This activity is called time bingo . In time bingo ,you can pick out five times on the screen you need to read the time it said on the screen and if it has the time you have cross it out.If you have no more times on your paper say bingo. i had fun doing this activity and it was a little hard but fine. When it showed a clock sometimes I could not read the time on it.
This activity is called Time loop cards. We took a card and we just try matching the card with the other card by looking at the time picture in our cards and then we say the time and then we look at the bottom part of the card and it will say like, who has 11:30, who has 7:55 and other time. After we found the other card we keep doing it again and again. I really like playing this game, and I feel this game is pretty easy and pretty hard, I learned how to read time even better.
At the start of our unit on time, the children wrote their worries/challenges regarding time on the pink post it notes. Yesterday, we spent some time reflecting on what we had written last week and on the orange sticky notes, we shared how we feel about our worries now. Some children even wrote down what they would like to work on next time they study time.
We are a group of 8 and 9 year olds who are kind, fun and imaginative!