Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Our Science Expo

Today, we did our science expo and we all picked a subject to learn about and to teach other people - Natalia
I think we all did a great job and we should all get a pat on the back - Molly
We were successful at presenting and teaching others about what we were learning - Adol
I learnt while studying volcanoes that a volcano is actually a mountain and opens up to a pool of molten rock below the surface. When pressure builds up, eruptions can occur - Cooper
I learnt that in Chemistry the Greeks began chemistry by mixing things together - Natasha
I learnt that a meteor is a chunk of space rock and if it burns up in the earth's atmosphere its a meteorite - Jake
I learnt that when you do gym you build strength in your arms, legs and core - Grace
I learnt from James R. that when you are in a plane, there is drag at the back of the plane and thrust at the front of the plane, weight at the bottom and lift at the top - Oscar
I learnt that Leonardo Da Vinci designed the submarine. Mrs Fitt told me that he designed the wings on aeroplanes - Sienna
 

Tessellations

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

The technical language of explanations

Today, during writing we practised defining the technical terms in Explanations. This was the model we used...

Term: microwave oven
Meaning: a household appliance used for cooking food
Features: has a turntable, digital display, found in the kitchen
Example: fan-forced microwave
Explanatory Sentence: A microwave oven is a household appliance that cooks food and is usually found in the kitchen. An example is a fan-forced microwave.

These are our versions, using our own examples. What do you notice about the explanatory sentence?
 

Feedback on lessons

Monday, 16 June 2014

Buildings with a View

Today, for maths, we investigated shapes by making buildings of unusual shapes using blocks. We looked at them from different angles to see what effect it had - Molly
We looked at the buildings from different angles - the front view and side view. They looked different from both views - James
All of us got 30 blocks and a sheet of paper with a grid on it. At the bottom were different 'buildings' with numbers of blocks in each section - Jamie
I learnt how to tell the difference between the side view and a front view - Cooper
I discovered a strategy at the end which is an easier way to figure out the shapes. Look at the grid with the numbers and find the biggest number in each column, so you can draw the right number of squares in our grid books - Adol
If you look an angle and cover one eye you can't see the side of the blocks - Lachie










Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Magnets

Today we explored the properties of magnets using different shaped magnets and a variety of materials. Here is what we discovered:
  •  Magnets have a magnetic force which attracts to a north and a south side of a magnet - Lachie
  • If you put a magnet on a computer the computer will break - Jake
  • Magnets attach  to other magnets - Molly
  • I found out that north and north repel same with south and south but north and south connect -Cooper, Jamie
  • Most magnets connect to paper clips – Ryan, Jenny
  • Magnets stick to hair clips. Magnets don’t stick to windows - NATALIA
  • A north magnet cannot stick to a north magnet. It is the same as a south magnet – GRACE
  • Magnets are made out of atoms. The magnets don’t stick to the clock, but if you turn the clock around it will stick to the batteries at the back of the clock - Sienna
  • Magnets only stick to metal that includes iron and 2 or 3 other types of metal - Adol