A while ago, we collected tins and painted them. We use these tins as pencil cases. A few weeks ago, I brought in a box to store each table's tins and whiteboards in but it was too small! I asked the children to help me figure out a way for us to collect the right sized boxes. Below is how Grace's group approached this.
In this lesson we were measuring the white bored to see if our can pencil organisers will fit on them so that we knew what size our box should be. I worked with teddy. I enjoyed it because I made a clean up crew were we keep our tables clean and we make tidying fun. I learnt how you can tidy up using mesurement .In the second picture we are measuring the carpet to fined the perimeter. We also did this with the oblong desk and our cubbys .When Idid this with mollie I learnt how to find the perimeter.
- Written by Grace
we were designing a patio for MS.Amin and it had to have the perimeter of 100 meters.
i worked with Hisaki and Arwyn. i learned that 100 meters can make new shapes i also learned that you can count different skip counting to make 100. i really enjoyed this because it was fun to do different shapes and mesure up the perimeter of it.
Written by Mollie
In the picture below, we made shapes with four tetrominoes. We manage to make five different shapes with the four tetrominoes. Then we learned that if you turn the shape around it is still the same shape. I liked when we made the shapes and figuring out how many we can make!
- Written by Tanisha
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.
This week we've been busy creating adverts for our cities! Read below to find out what our ministers have to say and to watch our videos.
Newton Government - written by Aubrey, Minzhe, Arwyn and Nina.
We made a video and used the green screen app to put pictures in the background so people know what are systems are. We learned how to use the green screen app and we learned how to put videos from camera roll into the green screen app. We enjoyed using the green screen app because we can put pictures and videos together and it makes a video with pictures in the background!
House Link City - written by Teddy
So we made a video about our city. We were the government, I was leader of transportation. I enjoyed making the video and making our own speech because in my speech I got ideas every 5 seconds.
Working in a group was a bit easy and a bit hard. it was easy to help Gordon and Hizuki with spelling but i was the leader so I had to make sure they were on task on the whole time and thought that was hard.
Star Government - written by Grace
it was fun because we got to learn how to use green screen.it was also hard helping my team mates but i managed. Being the minister of education is hard because in the city i had to make sure all kids have a good learning level.
Blue Somerset - written by Ruthu.
When we did our city I was the leader. We had to use Atls like corporation. It was really fun because we got to use green screen and we got to find pictures that mach our role.
We are a group of 8 and 9 year olds who are kind, fun and imaginative!