Do you know what a Rube Goldberg Machine is?
We didn’t know what it was either until we watched a video last week and found out it is a series of complex chain reactions that perform a simple task.
There were lots of materials provided for us to explore. But before we did, we needed to follow a thinking process.
1. Think of a simple task we wanted to perform.
2. Consider what materials might be best for using.
3. Come up with a plan.
4. Create our Rube Goldberg Machine.
5. Test our construction.
6. Evaluate if it worked and, if not, make changes and test again.
We took videos of our testing and the most important thing we learnt was
FAILING IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF CREATING SOMETHING AND IT IS NOT A BAD THING
Here are some videos of our successes and failures (which, remember, are good things!)
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Nouns are the words we use to name a person, a place or an object.
There can be other nouns, called abstract nouns, that are things we cannot see like ‘love’ or ‘hatred’.
When we are writing, we can make these nouns much more interesting by ‘activating’ them, or bringing them to life with description.
The sorts of ways we can make them more interesting is by explaining how many there are, using opinion and factual adjectives, using classifying adjectives and explaining where the noun is.
Here is an example of some sentences we activated as a class.
We then ‘had-a-go’ on our own and shared what we came up with.
In the future, when we are revising our work we can look for nouns and use a table like the one in the photo to ‘activate’ our nouns and make our writing more detailed and entertaining for the reader.
To begin our learning of fractions, we first needed to come up with a definition of what a fraction is.
We also learnt that it is also important to understand what is NOT a fraction so that we do not become confused and so that our definition of a fraction is stronger.
This is what we decided:
1. Fractions are when an object, group of objects or a number is split up into equal pieces or group.
2. Non-fractions are when an object, group of objects or a number is split into pieces or groups that are NOT equal.
This term our CBL Big Idea is ‘Curiosity’.
To spark our imaginations and ideas, we engaged in several provocations.
There were computers, floppy disks, remote control cars and an overhead projector to take apart.
There were also lots of materials to try and construct a rainproof and windproof mini shelter, as well as a crime scene to solve through fingerprinting and chromatography.
We having been taking photos of our work and our wonderings on our iPads and using them to create CBL journals using either the application ‘Keynote’ or Google Slides so that we can track our progress, our thinking and our knowledge.
This term we are seeking parent helpers who might have an hour or so each week to come into our classroom and assist us with our learning.
The teacher will be trying an online sign up form for parents to say when they are able to come in.
You must have a current Working With Children Check and also sign our school’s Child Safe Conduct form. Please make sure the office has a copy of these things.
Once you have done this, head to signup.com and select when you are able to help out!
We hope to see some parents starting from next week!
At our Student Led Conferences, many parents were asking about what sorts of tasks their child could be doing at home.
It is recommended that your child read each night or for a total of 60 minutes across the week. This could be reading independently, reading to someone or being read to.
There are then some other activities that will allow your child to show you their skills and understanding in spelling and numeracy through their online access to Literacy Planet and Mangahigh.
Finally, you can work with your child on constructing some writing pieces and on attempting a mathematics challenge.
All of these activities have been added here on the blog and should also be pasted into your child’s homework for you to discuss with them.
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As a mid year reminder here is the app list for families:
Year 3-6 Student iPad App List
This term we have been focusing on drama and drama skills. These have included voice projection, creating a character, blocking (where we stand, enter and exit a stage) and production tasks such as sound engineer, backdrops, props and costumes. We have been working in small groups to create a play and add our own touches to it, before we film and share these with our Buddy Classes.
To prepare for our plays we have also been working on our teamwork and drama skills through warms ups such as “I am a…”, Mime relay and Time Machine were we work as a group to create a scene.
We also had a greta time with the non campers playing drama games such as First Line and Mime Relay, the students showed great imagination in presenting short improvised plays.
With the term fast ending, don’t forget to practise your lines which you can find on Showbie.
Grade 3/4 camp is on from Wednesday May 31st until Friday June 2nd. For all children not attending the camp, they will be participating in the non campers program which will run during normal school hours.
All non campers will need to meet on the basketball courts on Wednesday morning to be divided into their groups for the activities for the three days. Students will stay in the same group and in the same room for the three days of the non campers program. There are great fun learning activities planned for the three days including cooking, science experiments, team building challenges, Sphero coding etc. Students who have iPads please bring them charged ready to use as usual.