Let’s Collaborate

Earlier in the year Mrs Smith received an email from Miss Crowther and the children of 5/6 Team@UPPS. It let us know that she would be travelling to Tassie with some of their class on a school trip. She asked about spending a day with our class.


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Oh, wow! What a great idea. We would get to meet some of the children we have exchanged Trading cards with and Mrs S would get to meet someone that she has only spoken with via email or Skype over the last four years.

The answer was definitely yes and the date was quickly added to the school calendar.

As the day drew closer Mrs S thought and thought and thought about what we could do. She felt that this would be a great day to collaborate in person so we were sorted into groups of 4. Each group had children from both schools. During the day we worked together and got to know each other as we created some tetrahedral kites.

Before we started with the kite making the 5/6 CS students gave the 5/6 UPPS students a tour of our school and found out a little about our guests.


Making the kites was a little tricky at first. To start we watched a video. Then we read through the instructions and worked out how to join six straws together with string to create a tetrahedron. Thank goodness for pieces of wire as this made threading the string through the straws a little easier. We learnt that tying good knots was important when repairs were needed on one kite which did not quite get out the door for the first test fly. All was good once some knots were retied.


Working together gave us the opportunity to combine four small kite sections together to create a bigger tetrahedral kite. Our fickle weather made the first test fly of our kites a little troublesome but eventually all the kites were in the air. Take a look at our Animoto to the see the fun.

It was fantastic fun meeting our online buddies and creating kites, talking, flying kites, talking and playing games. The day flew by and then 5/6 UPPS headed off to see some more of our great state.

Have you worked together to create something? Have you flown a kite? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.

Exploring Our Weather Data

We have been very lucky to have some of our blogging friends adding data to our spreadsheet over the last few months. Last Monday while our Grade 6 students are away on an excursion the Grade 5 students had time to explore the collected data.

First of all Mrs S gave out a print out of each sheet from our master spreadsheet and challenged us to work out which marked dot on a map matched our data. We had to read the data carefully to find some clues to the locations and use our prior knowledge about the Northern and Southern Hemispheres to help us. The dates confused some of us because the month was written before the day.

We then created some visual information based on the data from our spreadsheet and began adding this to a collaborative Google Doc. Even though we worked hard on Monday we have not finished adding our graphs and charts. We experimented with using MS Excel to create some of our graphs and learnt some new skills. Others chose to create a calendar with icons or  a chart. Take a look at our work so far.

It was interesting to see the similarities and difference in our weather around the world.

What does our data tell us? Please leave a comment sharing an observation you can make from the data we have presented.

Our Alien Creatures – a collaboration with 5/6JC

We have been working hard on another collaboration with our friends from 5/6JC. Miss Crowther was keen for us to continue working with her class after our trading card exchange. Her class were working on their writing skills and wanted to create some informational reports. We had an email conversation to work out the details of a collaboration where her class became the authors and our class became the illustrators. As our class have been exploring Space, Mrs S suggested that 5/6JC might like to write their reports about newly discovered alien species. They then emailed their reports to our class who were responsible for reading the information carefully and creating an illustration for the text.

This was a perfect opportunity for our class to revisit and practice some of the computer illustration techniques they had used earlier in the year to create avatars. Our avatars are displayed in the header at the top of our blog. Once we received our information reports we set to work reading carefully and sketching out some initial ideas. Once those ideas were on paper we found ourselves at computers all around the school working on the final product.

We had a very tight time frame. We had one day to sketch out our ideas, create our alien and save it into a folder for Mrs S to  access. Most of us were able to focus on our work and get this task done very efficiently and showcase our computer drawing skills. Sometimes it was a struggle to take the text and turn this into a picture but everyone enjoyed trying.

Here are our intial sketches and the texts we were sent by 5/6JC

And below are all the great illustrations. You will see both the artwork from our class and the original artwork created by the students of 5/6JC.

Please leave us a comment letting us know your thoughts about our artwork. What new alien species would you like to discover? What might they look like? Leave a comment with a description of your new species.