In 4A we took part in a very interesting experiment. After learning about the different types of government, we wanted to know what it would be like having a dictator run everything so we decided to choose a student in our class to be a dictator for two days who could make up the rules.
Our dictator decided to split the class into two groups: short people and tall people and decided that the short people would get to have more privileges while the tall people would not.
Here are some of her rules:
– short people leave for recess, lunch and home before the tall people do
– tall people need to make sure the classroom is tidy while short people don’t have to
– the dictator can choose where people are allowed to sit on the floor
– tall people can ask questions but they cannot answer questions
– short people can join in the ‘brain break’ activities but tall people may not
– if a tall person complains about the dictator or her rules, they have to pick up rubbish in the classroom or be the last to leave the classroom at the end of the day
The table below shows you what we thinking and feeling when we first started living under a dictatorship. It really does reflect how people with different amounts of power can feel in the wider world.
The feelings we had from this experiment were very strong and we decided that we did NOT want to live in a dictatorship. We felt that letting one person have all the power was not a good thing in this case because it meant that people were not always going to be treated fairly.
The Olympics started on the weekend and to get everyone at ACPS involved Miss P created a 2 week challenge. The challenge is everyday for 2 weeks an activity will be displayed at the gym. The activity for today was a challenge for Australia! Our challenge was to run around the whole basketball court (both courts) for 10 minutes together as a class. We each had to count how many laps we ran. As a class we were able to do this 250 times. Some people did enjoy it and other people were just too tired to run.
We have included a photo of the class and used our fingers to show how many laps we ran (some of us did not have enough fingers for the amount of laps we ran).
Power comes in many forms and one of those forms is government.
We have been learning that different countries are run (or governed) in different ways and that in Australia we have a representative democracy.
There was a really helpful video found on BtN that we watched and we learnt lots of things like:
– democracy comes from the Greek words ‘demos’ for people and ‘kratos’ for rule/power so it really means “the people’s rule” or “the people’s power”
– it allows people to a have say about important issues that might affect them
– people get a chance to vote and share their opinion
– in Australia we value freedom of speech (people have a right to say their opinions), equal treatment (no one is treated as though they are better than anyone else) and a just and fair trial (someone cannot be found guilty unless it has been proven)
– in countries where there is not democracy there is often not freedom of speech, equal treatment or just and fair trials
– in countries without a democracy, the people don’t have the power but instead royal families or dictators get to have all the power and make all the decisions
We then used our ‘What if…?’ Thinker’s Key to imagine what life would be like if we didn’t live in a democracy. Stay tuned for what we came up with in another post!
Did you know that:
– 90% of information we remember is linked to images
– we can work out the meaning of symbols extremely quickly without needing words
– when people visit a website, they only read 28% of the words
– colour makes people more likely to read something
Well, in 4A WE know these things! That is why in 4A we have been looking at creating infographics. These are a fun, simple and easy way for us to get information across. We have been thinking about what colours suit the information we are trying to share, images, icons and graphs that help pass on our message, and what the most important information is that we should put into writing.
Below are some photos of what to include in an infographic and a couple of examples.
It’s taken a while but we have finally finished our display for our garden. Firstly, we all made a tessellating pattern and then voted on the one we liked the most. This would become the background for our design. We then enlarged the design on calico and wrote “Our Community Garden’. Have a look at the finished result.
Our CBL Big Idea this term is ‘Power’. We have been talking a lot about personal power and the power we have to control our own lives and affect others with our actions and behaviours. We listed all the ways that we have power and filled outlines with the ones that grabbed our attention. Here are some examples of our work:
As a class we also discussed other individuals and groups of people that we knew of that had some power and how this power affected our lives. We then had two sessions and a week at home to put together our thoughts to present to our classmates. Here is some examples that people shared with us:
(link to Google Slides)
We have also been talking about power in our Literacy sessions. We are reading a book called “Frindle” by Andrew Clements at the moment. It is a book where the main character uses his personal power through his friendships and popularity in school to change the word ‘pen’ to ‘frindle’. As his primary school teacher tells him – a word is just a word until someone gives it power! Soon everyone in town is calling a ‘pen’ a ‘frindle’ and the word change begins to cross the country thanks to newspapers, tv reports and merchandise. We are almost at the end and can’t wait to see how Nick’s life ends up – and whether or not his old primary school teacher finally admits he has won the word war! It’s an easy book to read with some cool new vocabulary words along the way – if it sounds interesting please ask us about it!
The idea of power has also been thought about in writing as we get into our information report. We have talked about power of the individual to protect their own work such as words, images, photos, music and movies. We learnt about Creative Commons and how this is a way people can have power over their own work and be respectful with their power over others. In fact we made sure we used Pixabay, Pics4Learning or FlickrCC to choose pictures for our information reports so we knew we had permission to use them! The video below was a short one to get us thinking about the idea of copyright and Creative Commons – feel free to watch! (thanks to Nancy Minicozzi for making and putting the video on YouTube for us to watch):
So much thinking and learning is happening in our classroom! Feel free to leave us a comment or question or leave us an answer to one of the questions below:
What power do you have?
Who do you think has power in your life?
What do you know about Creative Commons?
We look forward to reading and responding to your comments!
This term in 4C we have been learning about power and bullying. We had two apples. One apple we said nice things too, the other apple we said mean things. Then Miss Bell cut the two apples in half and there was a result! The one that one we said mean words to was badly bruised. The other one we said nice words to was perfectly fine and not hurt. We then talked about how some people may look okay after they have been hurt, but on the inside they are not. This relates to power as we have the power to be nice to others and make them feel good on the inside.
In our class, we are writing shout outs to people who are doing a great job by helping others or sharing.
On Tuesday at 10AM we had a PE session with North Melbourne footy players. We played Rock, Papers, Scissors Train. We also got to be partners with the players. Also we played Rucks and Rovers and First to Footy. The players names were: Aaron, Luke and Ben. At the end we got to get pictures and ask questions, we also got some signatures.
At the end of term two, the students in 3D and 3E carried out a science experiment of making slime. With just a few ingredients of borax powder, PVA glue and food colouring we enjoyed creating and playing with our gooey goodness!
The slime was so sticky that it wouldn’t get off our hands!
I made different samples including Minecraft and Terraria.
Students have begun their AFL program and ACPS are very lucky to have Zach from the North Melbourne Football Club running the program for our Year 4 students.
Our Year 3 students will be taking part in the same program, with Miss P and Mr Muscari running the AFL skills an drills. Students ‘unpacked’ what AFL meant to them, by recording their prior knowledge and showcasing their recordings with the class with a ‘sports gallery walk.’
Students were treated like artist by holding their recordings and class walked from student to student observing their work.