Zooooom…………goes Week 5!
Thanks to the parents who have donated jelly and icing sugar. The children have had great fun making our sherbet for Mission Day. Many had never tried Sherbet so it was made even more exciting with a taste test at the end.
Now we just need to decide on a price. Today the children made their signage and advertisements for the Sherbet and the fresh orange juice that we will be selling. We would still love any donations of oranges even if it is just one or two from the fruit bowl.
The children have all begun a Science and Technology task this week where they have chosen a structure to build and a chosen element to power a part of their structure. These designs range from solar power pizza oven to working light houses. Today the children looked more closely at battery circuits. The concept behind them and the impact of interrupting a battery circuit. Their challenge today was to draw a diagram of how a circuit with the following parts would look and then they had the chance to test if that would be a working circuit.
Some interesting results with many students reflecting.
” Oh…hang on the globe is not connected to the circuit it’s a dead end”
“How do I get the battery to go to the globe and the switch”
“I can do it with just the globe staying on but where will the switch go?”
” I’m going to get my own set of this and make a door buzzer like we saw on the video”
Many children are still to test their circuit tomorrow.
Construction has also started on their structure construction too !
Today we shared a modelled writing session on persuasive text writing. Our co constructed writing was based on the topic ‘Zoos should be scrapped’. The learning intention was to write include general topic sentences prior to stating an opinion when writing a persuasive text. Together we decided on how the children would know if they had been successful in this task and revisited the success criteria during our reflection. The children were then encouraged to ‘mark’ their own work but highlighting in red and green so that when they next revisit the task they can use their own feedback to assist with their success.
The children chose their own topics to write their persuasive texts. Some of the topics included
‘Slime should be available to play with at school’
‘Year 4’s should go on camp’
‘Kids should be able to play Roblox at school’
‘Roblox is better than Minecraft’
‘All kids should be given an ipad’
The children continued their work today on Doggone Problem.
They are exploring the following provocation
The children have reached several conclusions from our session reflections. These included
- big breeds of dogs eat a lot more than small breeds….Bailey’s breed eats 4x more than Melvina’s
- some breeds of dogs have a longer life expectancy than others
- dog food comes in a range of sizes, anything from 500gms to 18kgs.
- most feeding guidelines recommend how many cups a dog needs but not how many gms
- it is easier to calculate how much a dog eats in 1 year than try to work out its whole life at once
- dog food is expensive !
Many children are getting into the nitty gritty calculations now and it has been fantastic to watch them using problem solving strategies. Diagrams, pictures, solving simpler problems (how long will a bag last v’s how many gms of food in one year).
We look forward to seeing all of the solutions…..maybe not the pet food bills though.
Mission Day tokens will be on sale on Friday morning in the classroom.
Friday is a casual day for a gold coin donation.
Special lunch orders – Vegetarian Pasta as ordered by 18th May. Otherwise canteen closed for lunch orders.
Mrs Hawkes and Mr Elder