This term we have been learning about the environment and how we can live sustainably. We have learnt about sustainable housing, renewable energy sources, composting, the waste cycle and how we can save water. Our challenge this term was to make a positive impact on the environment. We noticed that people were putting the wrong things in our compost bin and were putting things that can be composted into the regular waste bin. So we decided to educate the grade 3s on what things can and cannot be composted, and then make mini compost bins for each class.
Did you know? Fruit scraps, eggshells, tea bags, vegetable scraps, hay, leaves, spices and herbs can go in compost bins. Whilst, meat, onion, bones, glass, metal and dairy cannot be composted.
Composting is important because it helps to reduce waste and keeps our soil full of nutrients so that we can grow big healthy plants.
This term we have experimented with Baitk painting. This Art style is a traditional art form in many Asian countries and is used to decorate fabrics that are turned into clothes. Our paintings were inspired by nature and we used primary colours to mix secondary colours with fabric paint. Fabric paint is runny ahd hard to control so they were a real challenge to paint. The outlines of our work were painted with cold wax- (Batik is usually done with hot wax but our pictures have the same effect as ones made using hot wax). We think our effects are really beautiful, what do you think?
Students in Year 3 have been continuing to explore how sustainability affects our lives. They have looked closely at the sustainability problems that exist in the world and what initiatives have already been put in place.
“People aren’t reusing and recycling and they are destroying forests by chopping down too many trees.” -Youshia
Students have begun to think about how they can be sustainable in their own lives. They have used all of their experiences from this term to help guide them. They are specifically focusing on how they can make a positive impact in the world.
“I can help people not to litter and turn off the lights in my house when we’re not using them.”
“I will make sure we don’t leave taps running at home and always use a half flush.” -Taylor
In finding out how to be sustainable, students designed their own eco friendly homes and community buildings. They designed their buildings based off of the research they had done.
“I used solar panels because they get energy from the sun instead of the burning coal.” -Omid and Ranveer
We have been learning about sustainability this term as our CBL Big Idea. We are using our new learning about how to be sustainable in our rich task.
We were able to choose to be an Architect, a Community Council Builder or an Environmental Educator. Together we are designing and creating a sustainable model community. Architects and Community Builders are designing sustainable buildings or community areas while the Educators are creating information presentations to share with people why our community should be sustainable.
We have learnt about solar panels and other energy saving options such as building materials, paint colours and reusing water in different ways.
Our community will have houses with solar panels, water tanks, vegetable gardens and other sustainable ideas. A park, library, hospital, water park and swimming pool will also be included in our community.
We are almost complete with our buildings and will be preparing for a Community Showcase soon. Keep an eye out for more details!
Here are some pictures of our community being designed and created by us these last few weeks:
In 3E, we use many different ways to assess our learning. One way is the Learning Pit. The Learning Pit is a way for us to show how well we understand something. If we are in the bottom of the Learning Pit then it means that what we are learning is too hard. If we are at the top of the Learning Pit then it means what we are learning is too easy and that we are able teach what we have learnt to someone else. If we are climbing up the side of the Learning Pit, then what we are learning is ‘just right’ for us. We have hand signals to match each level of the Learning Pit.
So next time you learn something new think about where you are in the Learning Pit!
This term we have been looking at environmental issues in Art to come up with designs for our own environmentally friendly green bag. First we brainstormed environmental issues that we could use to inspire our designs. We then sketched our ideas on paper using pencils and came up with a message to put on our bags.
The designs were drawn onto the bags using special fabric markers and pastels so that they can’t wash out.
We think that there are many really great designs with very powerful environmental messages on them. Have they made you think about how you can help to fix an environmental issue? We hope that our bags will make people think more about the things in our lives that impact on our environments.
Each Thursday in 3E we have a problem solving lesson. This lesson allows us to apply the skills and knowledge we have gained through other maths lessons to an authentic problem. This week one of the problems we had to solve was the following:
Mr Katsikapis is planning for 2 new portable classrooms to be brought into the school for next year. However, only the legs for the chairs and tables have arrived and they look identical. There are 288 legs in total. How many chairs and how many tables might be in each room?
Can you work out the answer?
DON’T forget to follow the problem solving process, that is: understand the problem, think of a plan, do it and then check your answer.
This week we have been looking at the effect the sun is having on our planet. We created visual representations, videos and flow charts to show our understanding of the cause and effect relationship between pollution, the ozone layer, ultraviolet (UV) light and our own bodies. We have been keeping track of the UV index rating each day. We now understand that it is important to wear our hats and protect ourselves even when it is cloudy!