Week 1: This week students explored a range of activities to help us build a happy and friendly classroom community.
On Monday, students participated in different team building games. Team building games help students to problem solve as a team. They needed to communicate and work together in order to achieve a goal. Activities included the cup tower challenge, balloon challenge and the airplane challenge. Students were given prizes for the tallest cup tower, the longest time taken to keep the balloon from touching the ground and who could fly their plane the farthest.
What makes a good friend? On Tuesday students explored the qualities that make a good and poor friend. We worked together as a class to create a list. Students made a poster about what they would like in a friend and what qualities a bad friend has.
A good friend: 1.Honest- tell you the truth. 2.Inspirational- they make you want to be a better person. 3.Caring- they look after you when you are hurt. 4.They make you feel happy and laugh. 5.They are kind- not nasty. 6.Sharing- toys, balls, always include you. 7. Loyal- they never leave their friends behind. 8. Forgive them. Apologise and make things right.
CIRCLE OF CONTROLStudents were introduced to the circle of control. We brainstormed the factors that student have no control over in their lives. These include the weather, parents, friends, animals and cars. Students identified a whole range of factors which they can control. These include their bodies, the words they choose to use and the way they react in different situations. These are their posters:
GRATITUDE POSTERStudents created a gratitude poster. Gratitude means you appreciate someone of something. Students thought about the qualities of each of their peers. During writing, they wrote one thing that they liked about each person is in our grade. They stuck a portrait picture of themselves in the middle. We are going to laminate our posters so we can keep them forever!
“I like the way you are kind and helpful.”
“Thank-you for being my friend and taking care of me when I am hurt.”
Thank-you for visiting! After our first week of bonding, connecting and setting classroom expectations, we are definitely ready for learning! 🙂
This week is book week, On Tuesday we all dressed up in awesome costumes. All of the grade 4’s had a parade where we got to see everyones costumes. We had a very special visitor from ‘Wheres the green sheep’ book, we got to pat the real sheep, he was huge and very fluffy. All of the grade 4 teachers dressed up as Crayons from the ‘Crayons that quit’ book. Ms B was dressed up as a cow from ‘the cow that tripped over the moon’. We had heaps of fun.
Experiment-1We have been learning about the states of matter. Matter is everywhere around us. Matter can be a solid, liquid or gas. We conducted our first experiment in teams. We worked collaboratively and took turns in sharing materials. First we made a hypothesis. A hypothesis is an educated guess about what they think will happen.
Gursewak- “I predict the balloon will blow up.” Chazz- “I think it will explode.” Kavyaa- “I hypothesise that the bi-carb will react with the vinegar and create a gas to blow up the balloon.
Procedure: 1. First we poured vinegar into the empty bottle. It should be 1/4 full. 2. Then we poured 2 tablespoons of bicarb-soda into the balloon with a funnel. 3. Carefully connect the balloon over the top of the bottle. 4. Carefully lift the balloon and support it upright.
We learnt that when you mix bicarb-soda with vinegar, it reacts and the bubbles create a gas which fills the balloon!
READINGIn Reading we have been learning all about context clues. Context clues are clues the author gives us to help us figure out the meaning of an unknown word. There are different types of clues that we can look for. We can find a synonym, antonym, an explanation or an example. We can also use pictures as clues! The first book we used is called ‘Baloney.’ It includes lots of words written from different languages. We needed to use picture clues and our understanding of the text to find the meaning of unknown words. This is what we came up with.
Vidhi- “The book was so weird and interesting at the same time!” Mateja– “In macedonian, the name for school is shkola. And the alien is at school.”
WRITING- Put said to bed!In Writing we have been focusing on different synonyms for said. This helps the reader to understand how someone is talking. It also makes our writing more powerful. These are some examples we came up with together.
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!
This Term in grade 4 sport we are playing dodgeball, Last week we made a record of the longest lasting dodgeball game this term at 20 minutes. Our grade used teamwork and strategies in order to beat 4D, they made it a very interesting and challenging game.
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.