Thanks to some technical problems it has taken a few weeks for me to get this post on the blog. Finally, here it is….
We had a great time visiting Killester College and conducting science experiments in a real laboratory. The Grade 11 students showed us how to make lava lamps, we tried to figure out if oobleck is a solid or a liquid and we tried to solve a chromatography mystery.
Have a look at our video.
Last week, we went to Cranbourne Botanical Gardens to find out more about Who Lived Here First? Our guide, Helen, showed us some of the tools and weapons the Aboriginal people used. She taught us how to do ochre painting and, best of all, she shared some finger limes and lemon myrtle tea with us. We had a great time (even if it did rain on us). Check out our video.
In today’s class 3/4F built and programmed ‘Milo the Mars Robot’ as part of the We Do 2.0 Lego activity. The class was divided into groups of three and allocated the roles of either the constructor, finder or chromebook. Roles were swapped after every 10 steps ensuring everyone had a fair go building, constructing or finding pieces to build Milo. Once built, Milo was connected to the chromebook and by using coding was controlled to either move forwards and backwards or make sound. The activity was engaging and allowed for students to use team work skills to build Milo together successfully.
We have been learning about addition and today we did an activity called Connect the Numbers. You can find the activity in Maths on the Go Book 2 by Rob Vingerhoets. The students worked in pairs to make as many addition problems as they could using a list of numbers. All of the addends and sums had to appear on the list. Students got bonus points for writing addition problems with 3, 4 or more addends.
The great thing about this activity is that it worked for everyone in the class no matter what their ability. The book provides three versions of the activity so I could give the students a range of numbers that worked for them. I loved watching how different pairs worked together. It is fantastic to see students who are not confident in maths working really hard to do the best that they could. The very best thing about this class was watching lots of heads bent down, thinking, talking and engaging in maths without even realising they were doing it.
Later this term, we will do this activity again but, this time, we will use mixed operations. My students tell me they are all ready working on their equations that will earn them bonus points.
Term 2 is about to start and we have lots happening. We will be studying history in our Inquiry unit, ‘Who lived here first?’ We are looking forward to a visit to Cranbourne Botanical Gardens. I am looking forward to beginning our Scratch journey as part of our Digital Technologies curriculum. Grade 3 students will be preparing for NAPLAN in Week 4. Finally, we will finish the term with our First Reconciliation.
I am also looking forward to getting the Daily 5 fully implemented in our class. 3/4F has done a great job getting used to the Daily 5 program. This term, we will be making the program part of our daily routine. During the holidays I attended the Google Summit where I learnt about more collaboration tools we can use on our Chromebooks. I can’t wait to explore the ways we can showcase the great work 3/4F students produce.
Have a holy and happy Easter. Looking forward to seeing you all next week.
Welcome to the new school year. I hope you have enjoyed the holidays and are ready to get back into lots of interesting work.
This term we are learning about geography. Our unit topic is, ‘Where in the world is Australia?’ Can you find Australia on a world map or a globe? What country is our nearest neighbour? See if you can find out and come and share it with me at school. We are going to have some fun learning how to read maps and follow directions. We are also going to find out what it would be like to be a Grade 3 or 4 student in another country.
Term 1 is also swimming term for Grade 3/4. We will be going swimming every day for 2 weeks. By the end of your lessons, you will all be swimming like fish. 🙂
This term, we are also going to start the Daily 5. These are 5 activities we will do everyday to improve our reading and writing. I am really looking forward to teaching you all about it.
Last thing, have a think about your favourite activity over the holidays. What was it? Who did you do it with? Most importantly, how did it make you feel? You will be writing about it in our first few days back at school.
See you soon in 3/4F.
This week we visited Taskworks as part of our Term 4 Inquiry unit, ‘What Objects have made our daily lives easier?’. It was a great day full of interesting and challenging activities. Everyone had their own favourite activity. We all had a chance to think about how things worked and how we can put useful objects together.
To celebrate the Rio Olympic Games we have enjoyed our own Mini-Olympics at St Joseph’s. We have also had a great visit from Coach Approach. This gave us the chance to learn shot put and relay running from real athletes. We also got to learn some circus skills, try a hip hop routine and learn all the basic taekwondo moves. It is great to discover that we can be active and healthy doing lots of fun activities.
As part of our unit on Healthy Habits we are making a schedule of the physical activity we do each week. We are also thinking about the food we eat and asking whether our food really is as healthy as it claims. We have discovered that sometimes food packaging tells us that things are really good for us but once we check out the nutritional panel we aren’t so sure. Everyone in 3/4F now knows how to find out if a food is really good or us or not.
Check out our Coach Approach photos:
Celebrating the Olympic Games on PhotoPeach
Yesterday, we went to Werribee Open Range Zoo to find out all about how animals and plants survive. We heard about the many endangered species on the earth and how Werribee Zoo is working to prevent the animals and plants becoming extinct. Our favourite part of the day was the trip in the Safari Bus to see the wild animals up close. Here is a slide show of our day.
Excursion to Werribee Zoo on PhotoPeach