Hi guys , this is Winkle , Rishita , Brock and Emma .
In CBL our Big Idea is Biodiversity and we were working on the biome called Tropical Rainforest! We did some research about the rainforest and made the choice of making a website together!! We included information and it is kid friendly so everyone can read it.
Our challenge in CBL is to preserve biodiversity. To help us with this, we need to know that biodiversity is and what would happen if it stopped.
To help with this, we had a look at food chains.
So what is a food chain?
Well, we learnt that a food chain is a way of showing how energy can move from one living thing to another in the form of food and that it shows how living things in a biome are linked together.
We worked in groups to find a food chain from different biomes and drew them. The drawings also had the words ‘producers’, ‘consumers’, ‘herbivores’, ‘omnivores’ and ‘carnivores’ written on them to show what we know about the sorts of food the producers eat.
The next thing we did was to pretend we could take out one of the living things from the food chain. We had to think about the effects this would have on the other organisms the chain and came to understand that everything in a biome is important.
We had around about 20 parents, cousins, brothers and sisters come and visit our classroom on the last Thursday of the Term to see our marvellous CBL solutions.
Everyone was very excited to share their hard work with family members and there were many proud smiles from both the students and their families.
At the end of the Convention, we asked people to leave us feedback by sharing two stars (things we did well) and one wish (something they thought we could improve on next time). The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and we can tell everyone had a great time and would like to see more displays of our work like they did at the Invention Convention.
Once everyone had left, we also did our own reflections on our solutions and on our CBL guiding questions.
A big thank you to everyone who came and visited us: it wouldn’t have been such a success without your support.
There was a lot of fun (and chaos) last Friday as we constructed our inventions for CBL. The inventions are based on problems we had either experienced or had seen other people experiencing.
We had to think about who would be helped by our invention and then we needed to research the different parts we would need to make the invention work. A design was drawn of our idea, with the diagram needing to be drawn to scale. For this we needed rulers and our maths books to make sure we knew how big each part of our creation would need to be.
Once we knew the sizes of everything, we could start measuring, cutting and adhering our materials. After this, we added colour by gluing on paper or painting our inventions.
The final thing we needed to do was compose a text about our invention to put with our model at the Invention Convention. We knew we would need to write a non-fiction text and decided the most suitable ones would be information reports, expositions, descriptions and explanations. In reading, we sat with people who were doing the same text type as us and looked at an exemplar to make sure we knew what structural and language features we would need to include. The information we found out was shared with the class.
Our writing was then drafted, peer-edited and published on our iPads.
It was then just a matter planning how our classroom would be set up, moving desks and then came the hardest part of all…making sure our room was clean!
We finally created our installation for the Specialist showcase and it looked amazing! The hardest part was working out how we wanted to arrange our work. We had to work together as a class and we decided that we were going to arrange them in order from largest to smallest. After taking some time to work this out we used blue tack to stand our totem poles on the tables. Did you see our work at the showcase? if not you can have a look at the pictures below and tell us what you think.
We were so happy to see so many families come to see the work of students on display at the Specialist Showcase this year. Parents and students were able to come into the Art rooms and participate in a variety of activities such as mindfulness Mandala colouring, Pop Art murals painting, bubble art and experimental painting using mineral paper and inks. Everyone had a great time spending time together and making some very creative Art. Some of the Pop Art Murals from the night of the showcase still need some work. If you want to help finish them come to Art club during blue school timetable at lunchtime and give us a hand to finish them. See below for the pictures of what kids and families created.
Were you at the Specialist Showcase last week?! It was a huge success and was fantastic to see so many parents coming down with us to see the highlights of our specialist classes. Hopefully you had a look at the Gallery while you were there because we had a great showcase of student work ranging from Term 1 to Term 3. It was like walking through a sea of colour and creativity! If you didn’t get a chance to see the gallery, or you want to see some of it again, check out the gallery pictures in this blog. There’s also some great pictures of some of us and our parents enjoying the art activities. It was pretty busy at times in the art rooms, so hopefully everyone who came a long had a chance to participate. Grade 1s and 2s had already done the activities in Miss Kirk’s room, so they were great teachers on the night to those of us that hadn’t done them before! In Miss Thomas’ room, there was painting happening for a secret picture, which she will shortly be revealing! Please enjoy these pictures!
We have been curious about installations and what kind of art works they are. We have discovered that Installations are artworks that becomes part of a space or an environment and can be made by one or more artists. We made Totem poles out of tubes that represent each one of us and we plan on creating a class installation using everyone’s artwork. We were inspired by the Aboriginal memorial Totem pole installation at the National Gallery of Australia. We hope our installation demonstrates our ability to work as a team and our school values of respect, responsibility and achievement. Look out for our installation around the school, it will be finished soon.
In CBL we have been looking at the amazing inventions that people have come up with and how many of them started as what were thought of as crazy ideas. We have also looked at how many items we have today have come about from improving upon something that already exists.
We decided to have-a-go with making something new from what already exists by using the BAR Thinker’s Key, which is a creative way to make an object better.
Each letter in BAR stands for something else.
B: Bigger. Take something that is already on your object at make it bigger.
A: Add. Add a new feature to your object.
R: Replace. Get rid of something from your object that you may no longer need and put something else in its place.
An example of this is the iPhone. It has been around for a few years now BUT the screen has gotten Bigger, a second camera has been Added and the old charger has been Replaced with a smaller one.
Here are some of the amazing and creative ideas we came up with for everyday objects. We have put all of them into a book in our classroom if you would like to come and see more!