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.
Last term we created some amazing mixed media drawings of imaginary cities using watercolour paint and oil pastels. We discovered different ways to use these materials in Art to create different effects and designed some imaginary cities to apply our drawing process.
We think that everyone created some really amazing effects using reflections and sunsets and really mastered mixed media drawing and painting techniques. What do you think of our works?
As part of out CBL investigation of power we have been exploring how contrasts in artworks can make them visually powerful.
We explored the theme by making Zebra drawings using line and shape as our stating point. When we finally learnt to draw our Zebras using lines we then experimented with colour contrasts until we discovered what combinations work best. After this stage we applied two contrasting colours to our drawings and completed them with a patterned background to make the Zebras stand out.
We really enjoyed making these drawing and are very proud of what we have created. We hope you like them, please let us know what you think.
Last Friday, we performed at the 3-6 school assembly. We were preparing for a whole week! We chose a song that connected to our Big Idea of ‘POWER’. We chose a song that teaches you about the scientific method. The scientific method is an organised way to answer questions and solve problems.
ANYONE CAN BE A SCIENTIST IF YOU USE THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD! 1.Ask a Question 2. State your hypothesis. This is an educated guess of what you think may happen. 3. Identify the variables 4. Test your hypothesis 5. Collect your data 6. Interpret your data 7. State your conclusion
Each student chose a different scientist they would like to dress up as. We wanted to show that there all lots of different types of scientists that study different things in our world.
- Chemical scientists study chemical reactions.
- Zoologists study animals.
- Forensic scientists study clues from a crime scene.
- Astronomers study space.
- Chemists study medications.
- Marine biologists study sea creatures.
- Microbiologists study plants and insects that can only be seen with a microscope.
- Botanists study plants.
- Paleontologists study dinosaur fossils.
- Meteorologists study the weather.
Students researched what their scientist studied and what tools they used to help them make interesting props.
We hope you were entertained and enjoyed our performance because we did!
During the week we discovered that scientists have a method they need to follow when working on experiments. It is called the Scientific Method. It all starts off with a question, then research, then the scientist creates a hypothesis which is an educated guess based on their research, after that they experiment, collect all their findings and complete a conclusion.
We followed the Scientific Method to complete the Colour Changing Milk Experiment.
Some hypothesis’ were:
- Jack – I predict that the milk will change colour.
- Saad – I wonder how the milk will change colour.
- Zain – I predict that it will react with the dishwashing liquid.
The materials we needed were, dishwashing liquid, cotton buds, milk and food colouring.
We needed to follow our instructions exactly to make sure the experiment was a success. Take a look at some of our images:
- Azra – I looks like the northern lights.
- Ayaan – The colours were spreading out everywhere when we dipped the dishwashing liquid in.
- Evangeline – Some colours mixed together and our plate ended up being green.
This week in writing we are learning all about persuasive texts. We chose a topic to write about and created plans listing the reasons for and against. We learnt that persuasive texts are about arguing with reader to convince them of your point of view.
This week we meet with our buddies for the first time this term. Our Buddies are learning all about the Power of healthy choices and in grade 4 we are learning about Personal power. We drew what was in our buddies lunch boxes and created a score system where you got more points if you had healthy foods.
This week in CBL we have identified famous people who have power in our world and justified why we thought so. We also watched inspirational videos where we created a ‘ I see, I think, I wonder’.
In maths this week we have been renaming addition and subtraction and we identified patterns in number sequences in order to determine the missing numbers.
In reading this week we have been looking at the parts of speech such as adjectives, nouns, verbs and adverbs. We have also been reading the book ‘Frindle’ and we think its interesting.
Thanks for reading catch you next week
The Learning Pit In week one, we learnt all about the learning pit. The learning pit is when you think learning is very challenging. Fantastic learners go into the pit but they don’t have to stay there. Positive thinkers can ask for help or try different strategies to help them climb out of the pit and achieve success. Your brain is a strong muscle and when you are challenged, you force your brain to grow stronger and smarter.
Mateja- “I am in the pit when I need to describe a setting.”
Jayden- “I was in the pit during NAPLAN.”
Cooper- “I am in the pit when I need to solve worded problems in Maths.”
Descriptive language In Reading, we have been learning about the types of descriptive language an author uses to describe nouns and verbs in a narrative. A noun is a word used to describe a person, place or thing. A verb is an action word. An adjective is a describing word. We listened to the story Stellaluna and found so many powerful describing words!
We found these describing words: warm and sultry forest, new baby, soft, tiny baby, heavy scent, ripe fruit, silent wings, baby wings, limp and useless as wet paper, soft, downy nest, curious, baby birds, anxious birds, strange, young bat, delicious fruit, deep, blue sky.
Describing a setting In Writing, we have been practicing using our five senses to describe different settings. Our senses are sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell. The more we practice describing a setting the more we improve. We are very proud of what we have achieved so far.
Here is an example we wrote together with the teacher:
This tropical resort is nested on an Island in the Southern Ocean. Aqua water splashes as cheerful children plunge down the exciting slides. The light wind blows on my face as I tan in the scorching sun. Islanders cool down by submerging into the fresh water. The blooming navy blue umbrellas provide shade for this beautiful paradise. The passion fruit cocktail quenches my thirst and is refreshing from the boiling, hot sun.
Here are our own examples:
Challenge Based Learning- POWER This Term, our big idea is POWER.
TUNING IN Children have been immersed in a range of provocations to help them make connections about our Big Idea of ‘Power’. They used their prior knowledge and chose key words to create a class word cloud.
Children watched a variety of video clips to spark curious wonderings and documented them on our CBL wall. We read the story ‘Ada Twist the scientist’ together. Children were asked what a scientist looked like and drew their representations.
We found out that some students believed scientists only wore lab coats and glasses. They also didn’t know that there were different types of scientists. Children made eye catching posters and explained their thinking with engaging images and explanations.
Alana- I wonder how waves become powerful?
Enes- How does the vinegar make the egg bounce?
Students were split into groups and worked collaboratively to write down what they noticed about different pictures that link to ‘Power’.
Alana: “I think the scientist is testing the chemicals to see what they do.” Emma: “I wonder how solar panels make power?” Mateja: “I observe that these are red blood cells.”
Our CBL challenge is to ‘Discover Australian History’. We worked in groups to investigate our interests. We narrowed it down to creating a penal colony and a ship from The First Fleet.
Students worked collaboratively to plan and design their projects. They used ‘The Voyage’ game and their research skills to create detailed drawing with labels.
Students were excited to start building their projects. They used recycled materials an available resources to create. We co-constructed a teamwork rubric and use it to reflect on our productivity, effort and time management each session.
We have been working hard to create specific goals to achieve each session. This has helped us to stay focused on a goal. We have also been researching what we are making so that it looks accurate. We are excited to showcase our learning and presentations to our parents and peers next week in our CBL gallery!
Good Afternoon Year Three Community,
It is that time of year again, the WORD MANIA CHALLENGE is here! We would love to see all students and parents involved in the challenge. We need everyone to jump onto Word Mania and play as many times as you can to build up the highest possible scores. Last year our Year Two students achieved a tenth placing on the National Leaderboard and won some amazing prizes.
Together we can achieve great things, so let’s get playing!
Accessing Word Mania:
Word Mania is accessible on desktop and mobile devices. Simply log in to LiteracyPlanet on desktop and click on the Word Mania icon, or can download the free Word Mania 2018 app (iOS and Android). Students use their LiteracyPlanet login details for Word Mania.
How to Play
Word Mania is an interactive online word building game. Players are given a board of 15 randomly generated letters, and have three minutes to create as many words as they can. Every valid word formed earns points. Longer and more complex words score higher, and scores can be boosted by building valid words consecutively, and using special Gold and Diamond letter tiles. Word building uses various literacy skills: phonemes, morphemes including affixes and plurals, spelling, word recognition, vocabulary and word knowledge. Students can play as many times as they like, and the sum of the highest 50 game scores by at least five students from the same grade will be their school’s score for that year level.
$350,000 in Prizes!
Word Mania Dates:
Practise – Thursday, May 17 – Sunday, July 29.
Competition Round 1- Monday, July 30 to Friday, August 3.
Competition Round 2 – Monday, August 6 to Friday, August 10.
Final Round – Wednesday, August 15 to Friday, August 17.
For more information visit: http://www.wordmania.com/au/