3B Having fun with Science!!!

On Friday we conducted lots of different science experiments. They were awesome! It was so much fun because we were able to learn about different things. Have a look at how we went!

1. Finding the sun spots

Seeing the sun through different lights!

Bailey – “It was weird”

Noah – “It was fun”

2. Making glasses sing

Sathuya – “ The glass made squeaky noises”

Mia – “ It was hard to make the glass squeak, but we got there in the end!”

Bebaik – “ The glasses were singing while they were wet”

3. Testing our strength

Aadvik – “ It was fun testing my strength!”

4. Making heat with sticks

Dane – “ at first it didn’t work but then we did it a little faster and it worked”

5. Testing our strength

Noah – “ Bailey was the strongest”

6. Testing gravity

Testing how gravity works by placing dominoes in a row


Discovering the Art of Wayne Thiebaud

We would like to share with you some of our amazing chalk pastel drawing of cakes that were inspired by the Artist Wayne Thiebaud. He was associated with the Pop Art movement and he liked to paint everyday things. He painted lots of colourful and delicious looking cakes so we had a go at creating our own. We learnt about shapes and how to turn shape into forms to draw our cakes. We then learnt how to shade our work by blending tones and experimenting with light and shadow effects.

Mad About Science Incursion

On Monday, the 13th of August, we had an awesome incursion from Mad About Science. A scientist came to our school to teach us things about the different states of matter. Her name was Lucie.

The first activity we completed was a sorting activity, where we had to use our senses to sort balloons and test tubes into the 3 states of matter, which are solid, liquid, and gas.

We were lucky enough to carry out an experiment to see what would happen when dry ice was combined with hot water and detergent. The results were bubbling!!!

We carried out another experiment to find out what dry ice was made of. For this we needed a beaker, hot water, a candle and dry ice. We poured the water into the beaker and carefully placed the candle inside. The dry ice was added and we noticed that the dry ice turned from a solid to a gas and caused the candle to go out. We also found out that a fire will get bigger if oxygen is added, but it will go out if there is more carbon dioxide. From this we discovered that dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide.

Will: “There are 4 states of matter, solids, liquids, gases and non Newtonian fluid which is a solid but can act like a liquid. For example putty”

Aadvik: “It was good that we got to learn something new about science”

Mia: “The Mad About Science incursion was fun and interesting”

Hunar: “It was fun because we learnt more about science”

Madilyn: “It was fun trying the experiments”

Caitlyn: “I learnt that when a solid goes immediately into a gas, it is known as sublimate”

Chemical Science Incursion

On the 13th of August we had an incursion at ACPS. In our first activity we need to sort solids, liquids and gases. A solid is hard like a metals, rocks and stones. A liquid takes the shape of any container but does not change volume. Gas is everywhere and is in your body. We sorted objects into those three categories.

Lucie modelled to us an experiment that involved dry ice, food colouring and hot water. When the dry ice was put into the hot water it caused the water to bubble with smoke coming out. We copied this experiment but we also added liquid detergent.

There was another science experiment with dry ice, a candle and hot water. Lucie from Mad about Science came around and gave us hot water and lit our candle. The candle went into the beaker of hot water. When the dry ice touched the hot water it created Carbon Dioxide which caused the candle to go out. We completed this experiment again but instead of using dry ice and water we used baking soda and vinegar. We noticed that it had the same effect and the candle went out without us touching it.

Did you know Putty can be both a solid and a liquid? Lucie took out some putty and said “There are many different types of putty and they are made in a special way’. If you make a ball out of your putty and leave it to the side it will start to flatten on its own. Lucie left it out for over 15 minutes and it began to melt.

Here is what we thought about our incursion:

  • Ayaan: “It was really fun and we got to learn about solids, liquids and gases. I learnt that liquids can be turned into both a solid and a gas”.
  • Virraj: “We had an activity when we had to sort out solids, liquids and gases. They were inside balloons”.
  • Fatimah: “I learnt that when you put dry ice in lots of things it makes a cool effect”.
  • Zain:”I learnt that dry ice can burn your skin”.
  • Jack: “I learnt that dry is so cold that if you touch it, it will burn you. Also, if you put putty into a ball it will melt”.
  • Lily M: “Dry ice can be used to get warts off your skin”.
  • Riaz: “I learnt that matter can also be energy”.
  • Azra: “I learnt that you could make fog out of dry ice, hot water and detergent”.
  • Saad; ” I learnt that dry ice has to be made at a temperature of -78 degrees”.
  • Oliver: “I found out that hot water, baking soda and dry ice can make a candle blow out”.
  • Lilly Y: “I learnt that matter can be solid, liquid and gas”.
  • Maha: “I thought the incursion was excellent and I learnt a lot about science”.
  • Manaal: “I learnt that if you add detergent, dry ice and hot water together makes bubbles. When you squash them fog comes out”.

For more information take a look at the Mad About Science websitte: https://www.madaboutscience.com.au/shop/

4D Reflections

Author Incursion with Adam Wallace

The Year 4 classes went to go see Adam Wallace. He came to tell us what it is like to be an author. It was really cool to see an author who writes books. He told funny stories and made us laugh our heads off and we did pictures. ~ Raidyn

Adam Wallace is an author who is funny and awesome. He told us what it was like to be an author like him and how he comes up with his ideas. I think Adam Wallace is a perfect and funny author!

Today we saw Adam Wallace. He is an author and he read a little bit of his book. He taught us how to draw like him. He came so we know how it is to be a author. I think Adam Wallace is funny ~ Adit

Today we went and saw Adam Wallace. He was very funny. He made us draw two butt cheeks and it turned into a piranha! We could do anything with the piranha. It was really very fun doing it. I drew a bloody one.

We saw Adam Wallace and were drawing pictures because he wanted us to have a good time with him. We had fun! He read some of his book and we gave him some ideas of what could happen in the book.

Here are some of our own versions following Adam’s drawing:

Connecting with our pen pals in Korumburra

We have been using FlipGrid to make cool videos for our pen pals. FlipGrid is an app where you can make short videos for others to see. We are waiting for our pen pals to reply with videos of their own.


Investigating our Big Idea of POWER

We have been working on our power wheels. We hung them on our window. We had to write who we have power over and who has power over us. We did it to show our learning to the other classes in the school. I like that all of us had colour. It is AMAZING AND SO COOL!!!! ~ Imogen

Choose Your Own Adventure narrative writing

This week we have been working on writing Choose Your Own Adventure stories. We first read a Choose Your Own Adventure story and then started our own in writing. We have been using Popplet to brainstorm and plan our ideas. Our teacher showed us the books which gave us the idea to write our own. Then after we wrote them down, we tried to make them interesting and cool and amazing  . We wrote a full story and made endings too. We haven’t finished but we all enjoyed making them!. ~ Ali

Skipping in PE!

In PE we have been doing skipping and learning new tricks. We have been learning skipping because at the start of the term nearly no one knew how to do tricks. Now nearly everyone knows how to do tricks! ~ Jenna and Sabriin

During week 3 and 4 we have been skipping our way to success. We have been doing single jump, double jump, 1 foot over, skier, the bell and out and in tricks. We are practicing because we want to get better at it. I think I’ve achieved my goal of the skier. ~ Imogen

What we did in PE first was a warmup. It was really fun and funny because we were playing on a little skateboard or scooter thing and we went so fast in a superman position. In skipping we did some tricks with friends. We did skipping because we have to and it’s really fun. In my opinion it is the best Specialist. ~ Dimitri

We have also been reading some YABBA shortlist books (and related titles). We are voting on our favourites at the end of term. Have you read any of these books? Which ones did you enjoy?

Visit from Adam Wallace

Today we had a visit from Australian author, Adam Wallace. He shared some of his books and together we used our imagination to share our ideas for his next book. He also talked about how we can use the power of our imagination.

He then talked about some of his amazing drawing techniques and challenged us to draw a cute panda in 30 seconds, using our opposite hands. Then he taught us how to draw a toilet pig. A toilet pig was first a toilet which turned into a pig. Each time he gave us instructions on how to draw the pig and the instructions rhymed!

In class, we were given time to continue with our amazing drawings and even turn it into a story.

Below are some pictures and a link to our twitter account if you would like to see some more pictures.


Choose Your Own Adventure

This week we have been working on our Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) stories. Choose your own adventure means that the reader is able to choose where they want the story to go.

First, we read Countdown to Danger, a CYOA story and when it came to a choice, the class voted on which choice they liked best. Next, we started planning our own stories. We started by brainstorming ideas for our stories such as getting stuck in a haunted house or going on a space mission. After that we planned our own characters by describing their age, personality and appearance. Here are some examples by Nick and Mariah:

The next step was to plan problems relevant to our story and possible solutions. Have a look at Simrat and Hazal’s problems:

Next week we are going to begin to draft our stories. We are very engaged and enthusastic about our CYOA stories. Stay tuned!!




Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein is known for many theories as a Scientists and is consistently labelled as genius in the world of theoretical physics.

This week we have been researching information about Einstein and have found a few interesting facts:

  • He was expelled from a school when he was younger.
  • He did not talk until he was 4 years old.
  • Einstein was born in Germany and moved to Italy, Switzerland and the US.
  • When he was young his teachers at school didn’t think he was smart.

Einstein had a theory that light moves as a wave and as a particle at the same time. We thought we would test his theory and attempt to bend light.

The materials we needed for this experiment was a plastic transparent cup, water and a pencil. Take a look at what we saw!

How do you think this happened???

Comment your prediction.

Attend today, achieve tomorrow!


In CBL, we visited the ScienceKids website to explore different sciences by engaging in various online games. The games were organised in 3 different categories; Living Things, Physical Processes, and Solids, Liquids and Gases. The games were not only fun but we learned new things about different types of sciences.

“If a liquid is cooled it can turn into a solid, water turned into ice” – Saad

“If you put too much water on plants they will die because they’ll drown” – Hazim

“When heat is added to a solid, like chocolate, it will turn into a liquid” – Savneet

“Every time you put water on paper it will soften and it can break” – Zac

“There is less friction between cars and an icy road, so when driving it is much smoother and faster” – Zac

“There are scientific names for bones, for example the pelvis” – Harman

“I learnt that if you want to grow a plant, you need to show a lot of attention to it such as providing the right amount of water and heat” – Shyla

“I learnt about different parts of the human’s body and their bones such as ribs and backbones” – Kathleen

“I learnt that for plants to grow,  we need the right amount of water, heat and light” – Jesaiah

“Humans need plenty of food, water, exercise and rest to live” – Balram

“I learnt that there are more than 10 parts in a flower such as the petals and sepal” – Aleyna

“I learnt that that we always need to keep our hearts beating to stay alive” – Jesaiah

We also used Makey Makey kits to investigate how power and electricity makes things work. MaKey MaKey is an invention kit that connects any object that conducts even a little bit of electricity to make things like banana pianos.

We attached the alligator clips to the board and onto different things such as fruit, clothes and paper to make electricity to control games on the laptop.


A reminder of the importance of school attendance. “Missing 2 days a month means a child misses 10% of the school year”

Assembly Performance!

Writing – Bold beginnings

This week we learnt how to become better writers by hooking in the reader with BOLD beginnings. Some of the bold beginnings are dialogue, onomatopoeia, a question, an exclamation, character description, setting description, an action and a cool fact. To practise writing bold beginnings we firstly chose a story line of our choice. Then, we gave an example of each bold beginning. This will improve our writing and hook in the reader in the very beginning!

Note: If the reader isn’t hooked in the very beginning, they will most likely not read your text or become very bored and not interested while reading. Have a look at some examples!

This was so much fun – Farzad

If we don’t hook in the reader, they will not read our text – Yara

Bold beginnings are used to hook in the reader! – Jaipreet

CBL – Magic milk experiment

We discovered that scientists need to follow a specific method when conducting experiments. This method is known as the ‘Scientific Method’. Scientists need to ask a question that they are curious about to conduct an experiment, then they state their hypothesis. A hypothesis is an educated prediction on what might happen. They then experiment, from the experiment the scientist collects data on what actually happened. With all the information, the scientist then writes up their conclusion of the experiment.

When conducting the Magic milk experiment, we followed the Scientific Method. Some of us hypothesised that:

I think the milk will ooze out – Hadi

I predict that the milk will turn yellow – Decklan

I hypothesise that it will react with the dish washing liquid – Yara

Assembly performance

Since we have been learning about the Scientific Method, we decided that out assembly performance should be about the Scientific Method. Our song was selected from one of the most entertaining kids’ musicians – Jack Hartman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptADSmJCVwQ)

Prior to our performance we worked collaboratively with 3A to get our props, costumes and dance routine prepared in a short time frame. We all dressed up as different scientists. On stage we had biologists, chemical scientists, pharmacists, zoologists, meteorologists, marine biologists, forensic scientists and much more! We had so much fun performing and singing along to our song in front of everyone! To end the performance Miss Shabo conducted the ‘Elephant toothpaste’ experiment, which was awesome! We would like to thank our parents for coming along, watching and supporting us.

We had fun practising in the classroom! – Eva

It was really surprising when we saw the ‘Elephant toothpaste’ – Jaipreet

It took us a few times to practise, however, we looked awesome on the stage – Devyan

CBL/Writing – Biographies on scientists

This week we have been researching different scientists to gather important information to write a biography about them. In order to write a biography, we used a graphic organiser to guide our research. As we researched, the information written in our plan had to be paraphrased – written in our own words. Some of us started writing our drafts, however, we will need to follow the writing process in order for our biography to be amazing.

I chose the scientist Marie Curie to write my biography on – Hannah

Albert Einstein had his first job at the age of 15 – Aoun

Rosalind Franklin attended college with another woman who didn’t get full credit for her work- Decklan


Attend today, achieve tomorrow.

Thank you for reading!

3C 🙂

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