Introducing

Hi, I am Ms Anderson. I am in the last year of my teaching degree and have been fortunate enough to have my final teaching placement at Aitken Creek Primary. I will be with Ms Huntly and 3C for the remainder of Term 3. I look forward to getting to know the Aitken Creek community.

 

Colour Magic

Last week during Science Day, the whole school participated in a number of different science experiments. In Miss Mayor’s class we engaged in an experiment called ‘Colour Magic’. It involved skittles, water and a sugar cube. We made predictions about what we thought would happen when we put the skittles in the water.

“I think the colour of the skittles will mix because the water spreads it” – Zain

“I think it is going to spread the colour” – Tiana

“I think it’s going to be like rainbow shapes” – Maria

After our predictions, we conducted the experiment and observed what happened.

We then made predictions about what we thought would happen when we place a sugar cube in the middle of the bowl.

“I think the sugar cube will absorb the colour of the skittles from the water”

We watched the sugar cube push the colour away.

We discovered that higher concentration of sugar (sugar cube) pushes lower concentrations of sugar (skittle colour) outwards.

We had so much fun doing this experiment! It was so cool! ūüôā

Term 3 Beginnings!

In term 3 our big idea is ‘Curiosity’. ¬†We have old artefacts like cameras, phones and radio’s in our classroom. ¬†They help us to be curious and discover new things.

“There are different magnifying glasses to look closer at our curiosities”. Ramin

“The big disc looks like a dvd cd” Peter

In CBL we have been learning to ask open and closed questions.  Closed questions are easy to answer and open questions have many answers and are more interesting to research.  Here are some of our questions.

We can choose to research what we are curious about. You can think and create things.  We are researching how to make a beyblade out of a bottle cap.  We are also writing a procedural text on how to make one.

Written by Ramin and Peter

Fractions!

Hi everyone, in maths we are learning about fractions.  We created a fraction wall to help us use the correct maths language. We have learnt about the numerator and the denominator.  The numerator always goes on the top.  The denominator always goes on the bottom.  We have folded shapes into different fractions.  We stuck them into our books and labelled them.  Here is some of our work.

We also watched a video about fractions.  It told us that fractions always have to have equal pieces otherwise they are not a proper fraction.

By Jessica and Juliet

STOP THINK DO

Stop, think, do is about no bullying.  It helps you to solve problems in the yard.  You need to stop what you are doing  and then think about whether it is a good choice or not.  Then you do what you think is best.  In our class we brainstormed times when we felt sad at school.

Then we role played different scenarios.  The first time we acted out a scenario that did not end well.  Then we performed the same scenario using the Stop Think Do technique.

SCIENCE DAY!!!

Hi readers.  Today we are going to tell you what 3F did on Science Day.  First we did a sultana experiment.  The materials included 2 cups, red food dye, tap water, soda water and some sultanas.  We first got one cup and filled it up with tap water.  We made predictions about what would happen.  Then we dropped sultanas into the water and they sunk to the bottom.  After that, we got the second cup and did the same thing but with soda water.  Then we put some more sultanas in and they started going up and down.  What was happening was the bubbles inside the soda water lifted up the sultana to the top.  The bubble slowly popped then the sultana sank back down. The we added food dye for fun!

Our next experiment was a reaction rockets experiment.  What we needed was bicarb soda, vinegar, soda, a balloon and a plastic bottle.  So we first got our plastic bottles.  Then we got a spoonful of bicarb and vinegar and we poured it in 3 times in the balloon.  Next we put a small amount of soda in the bottle  and strapped the balloons bottom to the top of the bottle and the vinegar dropped in and the bottle started to fill up and the balloon got bigger and bigger without popping.

Last is the third experiment that was really disgusting.  We called it colour magic.  We used 4 skittles, water, a plastic bowl and a sugar cube.  Then we put the smallest amount of water in the bowl.  Next we got 4 skittles and put all of them in the water.  Last we put a sugar cube in the middle.  We waited to see what would happen.  The sugar pushed all of the colours of the skittles to the edge.  Then it started to look alot like puke.  Thanks for listening.

Written by Dylan

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What are we curious about?

Being curious is being eager to know or learn something. We can be curious by asking questions or coming up with ideas about things.

We have created a Curiosity journal this term and we are recording any wonderings we have and investigating answers for the questions we want answers to. We also have a class Wonder Wall where we can add questions for the whole class. We will spend time investigating these and finding answers just like we do with our personal questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are only a few of our class wonderings we are curious about:

  • What is the oldest sport?
  • Is Pluto still a planet?
  • Will we ever stop using paper money?
  • How do you get money when you are an adult?
  • How does space work?
  • What was the first school?
  • Why do animals eat other animals?
  • Who created arcade games?
  • How are cats so flexible?
  • Why do cats go to the tops of trees?
  • Why do kangaroos and koalas only live wild in Australia?
  • Do dogs eat pickles?
  • How much money is made everyday?
  • What is the biggest city in the world?

What are you curious about? Let us know!

~ 3C

Rube Goldberg Machine

Do you know what a Rube Goldberg Machine is?

We didn’t know what it was either until we watched a video last week and found out it is a series of complex chain reactions that perform a simple task.

There were lots of materials provided for us to explore. But before we did, we needed to follow a thinking process.

1. Think of a simple task we wanted to perform.
2. Consider what materials might be best for using.
3. Come up with a plan.
4. Create our Rube Goldberg Machine.
5. Test our construction.
6. Evaluate if it worked and, if not, make changes and test again.

We took videos of our testing and the most important thing we learnt was

FAILING IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF CREATING SOMETHING AND IT IS NOT A BAD THING

Here are some videos of our successes and failures (which, remember, are good things!)

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Activating Nouns

Nouns are the words we use to name a person, a place or an object.

There can be other nouns, called abstract nouns, that are things we cannot see like ‘love’ or ‘hatred’.

When we are writing, we can make these nouns much more interesting by ‘activating’ them, or bringing them to life with description.

The sorts of ways we can make them more interesting is by explaining how many there are, using opinion and factual adjectives, using classifying adjectives and explaining where the noun is.

Here is an example of some sentences we activated as a class.

We then ‘had-a-go’ on our own and shared what we came up with.

In the future, when we are revising our work we can look for nouns and use a table like the one in the photo to ‘activate’ our nouns and make our writing more detailed and entertaining for the reader.

What are fractions?

To begin our learning of fractions, we first needed to come up with a definition of what a fraction is.

We also learnt that it is also important to understand what is NOT a fraction so that we do not become confused and so that our definition of a fraction is stronger.

This is what we decided:

1. Fractions are when an object, group of objects or a number is split up into equal pieces or group.

2. Non-fractions are when an object, group of objects or a number is split into pieces or groups that are NOT equal.

CBL Provocations

This term our CBL Big Idea is ‘Curiosity’.

To spark our imaginations and ideas, we engaged in several provocations.

There were computers, floppy disks, remote control cars and an overhead projector to take apart.

There were also lots of materials to try and construct a rainproof and windproof mini shelter, as well as a crime scene to solve through fingerprinting and chromatography.

We having been taking photos of our work and our wonderings on our iPads and using them to create CBL journals using either the application ‘Keynote’ or Google Slides so that we can track our progress, our thinking and our knowledge.

Fractions in 3E

This week we have started looking at fractions in Maths. We now know that fractions are equal parts of a whole. We have made fraction posters of ‘fractions’ and ‘not fractions’ to help us understand this. We have also used the halving strategy to halve a variety of different wholes. Stay tuned… We will be learning lots more about fractions over the next few weeks!

 

Year 3 Sport: Dodgeball Competition

The Year 3 team has been engaged in a strong but friendly dodgeball competition. Over five weeks, classes are pitted against each other in a round robin style event with a finals week to follow. Teams have been faring very evenly with the exception of Ms Murray’s 3B class who have so far remained unbeaten. Will this continue into the last week? Could 3B remain undefeated throughout the finals series? These questions remain unanswered but one thing is for sure, it will take an almighty effort to overcome them.

Teachers have also been on the lookout for students who are best displaying the school values to win our prestigious Year 3 Sportspeople Award. One of the most sought after awards at ACPS there are only two students from each class that will win it. Past winners have moved onto many great things, namely Year 4. These students will be forever immortalised on a laminated plaque so they can be treasured forever. Good luck to all participants out there!

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