Monday, December 12, 2011
What do you think of our final product? Make sure you ask the children what it represents and the key elements involved.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
This is something my class did last year and it's an excellent way to test all the skills we've been learning this year - co-operative skills, team work, measurement skills, blog posting, video / photo taking, graphing and just 'getting into it.'
Here are some of the measurements Great Eight are planning;
Robbie, Tim, Andrew, Logan - How many poc marks are there on the surface of an orange?
Cameron, Mac, Kes - How far can you fire an orange in a homemade slingshot?
Olivia, Jaidene, Simone - What distance an orange will splat when dropped off our playground fort?
Sophie, Gabby, Emma - how much juice does an orange need to loose before it can float?
Karen, Sophie, Kaitlyn - What's the best method to juice an orange?
Liam, Travis, Zach - How far can we shoot an orange from a pipe shotgun?
Aleisha, Ruby B - How long can we make an orange stay airborne using human forces?
This should be fun! - Watch this space, after Wednesday for the posts to come...
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
The Pens literacy group were challenged to write a news article for their blogs with a really great one being posted on the school website! Here's Travis' post that he wrote about the classroom upgrades.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Ruby: I liked to Science inquiry and the ski trip
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Hi to all our Penta Blogging friends. We're really enjoying reading all your comments and appreciate the feedback. We're learning lots about things we can do in the future with our classroom blog and also our student blogs!
Today we had a great conversation about making our comment settings available to allow 'annon' comments. We want to reflect this some more before we act but would still LOVE your individual comments!
If you are unable to make a comment on our student blogs could you leave them attached to this post? We will be able to read them in one place. Just leave the name of the person's blog you are commenting on.
Thanks again! We're fast becoming addicted to the 'Penta!'
Monday, September 19, 2011
Can we make a persistence video like this?
These are the things we think make it a great film / video
- framing - not too much space above the heads (face is in the top third)
- the shot was in the same space, lets the viewer see the 'things' moving, not the camera
- the camera is still
- humour draws in the viewer and keeps attention
- speaker knew what he was going to say
- easy to hear his words and sound effects
Next we had 10 minutes to see if each team could create their own persistence video that meets the criteria. Here's our best effort!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The competition for the most popular animation closes on Friday! The movie with the most youtube views will win - time to get watching!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Here's a great poem that Olivia wrote durig our silent writing time. We spend 15 minutes each day writing whatever takes our fancy! She told me she sat by the door and was inspired by looking outside. Great writing, Olivia. We can almost sense the quiet while we read.
Can you hear that? It is the peace, the quiet. That is what it is .
Can you see that? It is the birds, the bees. That is what it is .
Can you feel that? It is the hug of the sun, the breeze. That is what it is.
Can you smell that? It is the fresh mowed grass, the beautiful spring roses. That it what it is .
Can you taste that? It is the rich taste of cadbury dark chocolate. That is what it is.
By Olivia Fraser
Friday, September 9, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
We've been learning about the different camera angles and techniques that will help the class film their documentaries next week. What kind of technique am I using for this clip?
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Here's a video of one team arranging their 'experiment steps cards' that we learnt about - before I mixed them up! Karen will explain why she's not talking in the video...
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
We've been learning about solids, liquids and gases and what makes them different. Sophie has been able to draw and explain what is different about the atoms in each form of matter.Next we wanted to have a go at putting the scientific method into action - observe, question, hypothesis,test, review and explain. We observed a glass of water that was fill to the top. Next we wondered what would happen if we added a little bit more water to the glass. Would it spill over or would the water stay on the top? We were divided on the answer.
Here's a picture of what happened when we tested our hypothesis.
We saw that the water formed a kind of bubble on the top. We kept adding very small amounts of water and the curved water grew with it until at last it spilled over. Here's our Cause and effect map - a butterfly thinking tool.
We were able to see that the atoms have a 'force of attraction' that kept them holding onto each other - until there was too much weight and gravity pulled them over the edge. Our thinking box helped us gather our thoughts and create a definition / description of what was happening.
Stay tuned for some amazing science in our independent 'tri teams' - coming up next week!
Monday, August 22, 2011
Next week we'll be adding our sound effects and music. You can see our movies on youtube soon - the most number of hits, combined with a criteria grade will determine who has the best film!
Here are some shots from today's action.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
We've been using 'Hot Tools' to help us order our thinking. Today we used the Thinking box which helped us define what science is. Below are Ruby B's and Aleisha's definitions. You can read it at the top of their boxes.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Jack, Mac and Cameron are selling chocolate dipped fruit. They'll get taxed 90% for the sugar content and our Tax Officers will have to work that one out!
Benjamin's managing our bank. There are lots of people waiting to withdraw 'snidges' from their accounts.
Sophie and Sean are busking beside the bank. They think they've made 'heaps' because they've strategically placed themselves near where people are walking around with cash - beside the bank!
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Here are some snaps of us practising C.P.R. - can you remember what that means?
This week's team gives us some info about dog safety!
Monday, June 27, 2011
Editor: Sophie White
Photographers: Ruby, Robbie
Journalists: Tim, Olivia, Sean and Kees
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Harold took us on a journey to the planet 'conformity' today where everyone acts the same! We loved the stars on the roof and the karaoke song at the end!