This week we have been learning about multiplication and lots of different strategies to help us. Some of us have used arrays, the lattice method, repeated addition, number lines, vertical multiplication and even the Japanese method.
This term our Big Idea is ‘Change’ and we have been learning and talking about culture. We brainstormed cultural practices we are a part of, such as soccer, church, sports, community places, and even food. We also explored different provocations including, Australia and content puzzles, Indigenous Australian communities, Jeannie Baker books and Australian locations.
This term we have been reading the text ‘Frindle’. It is about a boy named Nick who changed the word pen to frindle with the help of other students and his English, teacher Mrs Granger. At first, Mrs Granger didn’t like Nick and the other students using the word ‘frindle’ because it wasn’t in the dictionary and not a real word. However, towards the end of the book, we found out that Mrs Granger was helping Nick all along.
Nick has power in the book because he made his own word and was determined to make a new word.
This week we have been doing some fun activities related to book week. On Tuesday, the whole school got to dress up as their favorite book characters. Each year level held a parade to show off their amazing costumes. Can you guess some of the characters we came as?
On Wednesday we went on a treasure hunt with our buddies to find different treasures we have around the school. Some of the clues we had to find the treasure were;
A place that you can spend money.
Something that is made of wood and is a cylinder shape.
Something with a number on it. Something you can hang on
Some of the treasures were our school canteen, basketball courts, and even the monkey bars. It was really fun.
With our buddies, we have been following the design process to solve the problems we see in the world around us.
We first needed to think of a problem and something we could create to solve the problem. Some of our ideas are:
A machine that can write for us to do our homework
A robot that has vacuum wheels and four arms that can move things to clean the house
A machine that has a fan to convert gas into oxygen
We then thought about what our robot would look like and created a plan to make the robot. We had to research to find out about how the lego robotics (WeDo 2.0) work and how we could use code to make our robot work and move.
Today we had a visit from Australian author, Adam Wallace. He shared some of his books and together we used our imagination to share our ideas for his next book. He also talked about how we can use the power of our imagination.
He then talked about some of his amazing drawing techniques and challenged us to draw a cute panda in 30 seconds, using our opposite hands. Then he taught us how to draw a toilet pig. A toilet pig was first a toilet which turned into a pig. Each time he gave us instructions on how to draw the pig and the instructions rhymed!
In class, we were given time to continue with our amazing drawings and even turn it into a story.
Below are some pictures and a link to our twitter account if you would like to see some more pictures.
Today we skyped with a counsellor from kids helpline. Kids Helpline is a group of people that you can call and talk to if you have problems. They can help you with different problems by discussing them and ways to solve them.
The counsellor talked to us about healthy and unhealthy friendships and what empathy means. Empathy is when you can help someone when they need it. It is putting yourself in their position by thinking about how and why they might be feeling. A healthy friendship is when you care about each other and can play fairly. It is when you notice when they are upset and help them. An unhealthy friendship is when you are always fighting and don’t care about each other.
We also looked at some conflict resolution to help us with problems. We are going to be using the I feel…When… Can we talk about it? to help us with our problems. An example of this is I feel sad when you don’t let me play with you. Can we talk about this?
This term our big idea is “Power” and we have been exploring different pictures and videos that are powerful. We first had to think about what we thought power means and brainstormed some words that we connected to power. Some of the words we brainstormed were persuasion, people, control, force, voice, words, kings and elements. We were then given photos of different people and had to think about if the person was powerful and how.
“One of the people we looked at was kid president and he is powerful because he makes motivational and positive speeches that can have power over people.” -Zain
“Another person that we thought was powerful was Mr Katsikapis because he has the power of control in the school and to keep it safe.” -Haydar
In 4E we have been learning about different discoveries and scientist that have impacted our world. We all chose a scientific discovery we were interested in and were able to use keyword searches and paraphrase important information.
We first had to think about the type and amount of information needed for our presentations and created a rubric to assess our work.
“I think a 3 star presentation will include lots of information that explains each idea in detail. It should have at least a page worth of information per paragraph,” Melissa.
“A one star presentation will have very little information and would be less than 1 minute,”Lucas.
Some facts we have learnt while researching are;
“Albert Einstein won a Nobel prize in 1921 for his work in physics,” Lucas.
“Cars were invented in 1985-1986, by Karl Benz,” Haydar.
“Penicillin was discovered in 1928 when Alexander Fleming came back from a break and found a mould that killed bacteria,” Zain and Abaan.
“Galileo discovered that the moon had mountains just like earth,” Melissa.
Today we experimented with the Makyey Makeys. The Makey Makeys is a set which includes alligator clips, a USB to connect to the computer and a circuit board. It allows us to experiment with technology and use materials to make a keyboard.
Here is a link to the website we watched to help us understand how Makey Makey works.
We also learned about inputs and outputs. An input is something that the computer receives and output is the information the computer sends. ‘For example, with the Makey Makeys, the input was the Makey Makey (telling the computer to do a certain thing) and the output was the game’, Zain.
We have been experimenting with different materials to see what would take less tome to melt ice. We had to write a procedure of what we would do in our experiment. We first thought of a hypothesis to predict what we thought would happen when we mixed different materials with ice. We had to think about the materials we would use and the steps we needed to follow in order to be successful with our experiment. While we were experimenting with the materials, we recorded the elapsed time to think about how long the ice took to melt, so could see which material would melt the ice the fastest. While our ice was melting we monitored the chemical reactions that were occurring. We looked at the results of our experiments and used this to reflect on our hypothesis so we could write a conclusion.
The bicarb soda took a very long time to melt the ice. The bigger part of ice stayed solid and the smaller parts started to turn white as it mixed with the bicarb.
In conclusion the bicarb soda did not melt the ice in 40 seconds, instead it took 25 minutes and 9 seconds to melt.
In conclusion the lemon juice and ice took a very long time to melt ice and salt was the quickest to melt the ice.