We have come to the last week of term and the final sharing about our playground investigations. The 5/6 and 4/5 classes have completed their double page spreads and their book is done. Each section shares the idea that a pair of students worked on as a suggestion to solve one of the two problems their class worked on.
When publishing their work each group needed to think about the content and the layout of the page so that their readers will clearly understand each idea. By using Book Creator the groups were also able to add audio to their page to add more information.
What do you think about the ideas dreamed up by our classes. Have they given you any good ideas. Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.
All of the classes investigating our big question – “Does our playground meet our needs?” – have been working hard to come up with a solution to the problems chosen for their class.
Students worked with a partner to created a double page spread sharing the final idea that they explored with our design process planning sheet. By doing this this they have come to the last stage of the design process we have been learning about – Share.
Time constraints and a planned excursion to explore some nearby playgrounds has limited the time that our grade 3/4 classes had to spend on the improve section of the design process but everyone has been able to share their ideas in a book created using the Book Creator app. The other four classes are still working on their ideas and will share their book in another blog post.
Mrs S has shared the book online so that our classes can share our ideas with other classes, teachers, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, carers, sisters, brothers and any one else who may be interested in seeing their creative ideas.
What do you think about the ideas dreamed up by Grade 3/4 B and Grade 3/4 Y. Have they given you any good ideas. Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.
After adding all of our dots to our satellite image the classes worked with a partner and in whole groups to come up with some survey questions that would give us some more information about our needs in our playground. Mrs S collated these and looked for the commonalities between each class to create an online survey for all the classes to complete.
During the time each class spends with Mrs S and their class teacher students completed the survey. It was very interesting to see the results automatically update as each student submitted their answers. Our classes all saw how efficient it was to use an online survey tool that collated the results as they were entered and created graphs of the data.
The survey data added more information about where students like to play and also what they like to do outside.
We found out that our oval is the most popular play area and the second most popular spot is our netball courts. There are quite a number of students who would still like to be able to play in the junior playground. Some of these students like the sheltered areas that are there and other would like to play with brothers and sisters.
After talking about our results it was time for each group to try and identify some playground problems. Mrs S and our teachers reminded us that we were searching for solvable problems. We found that some problems were people problems, others were space problems, some were safety problems and some were more to do with dreaming of changes we could make to our outside play area.
After working with all 6 classes Mrs S was able to come up with a list of eight ideas. Each class narrowed this down to two and are now focused on imagining clever solutions.
We will be trying to persuade others about our ideas by creating a presentation that describes the solution we have imagined for each problem.
Which problem would you choose? How would you solve it? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.
This term we have started to explore an inquiry question. Using the design process we are asking questions and collecting data to find out if there are any problems that we might be able to create a solution to help solve.
Our big question seems simple but when we started to think carefully each class found that it led to many more questions and the need to do some research and collect some data.
As part of our data collection Mrs S put up a large satellite image map of our playground and each class was invited to add their data. Each class was asked the same two questions.
Where do you love to play in our playground?
Is there anywhere you do not like to play? Where?
Every student was given 3 yellow smiley face stickers and 3 red frowning face stickers so that they could add them to the large image. After having time to explore a colour satellite image from Google Earth everyone was able to add their dots to the map. You did not have to use all 6 stickers. We were collecting visual data about where we like to play.
After each class had added their dots Mrs S took a photograph so that we were able to see how our data changed over time.
Some of the areas in our playground became so covered with dots that there was a slight mound when you carefully touched the map. Layers of dots covered the ones underneath.
What questions do you have about our collected data? Are you wondering why each dot was placed in a certain place?
Please leave a comment sharing any questions you might have.
This year our classes have been exploring the design process. Architects, engineers, scientists and students can use the design process to help solve problems. These problems may be small, big, imaginary or real and in each case the design process helps break down the problem into smaller steps.
Students had two challenges to complete and learned more about the steps in the design process as they completed these challenges.
Challenge one used only one building material and asked students to design a safe but tall structure for a little plastic bear to be able to see better in the classroom. We named all the bears – Harry.
In our second challenge there were more materials to choose from and the challenge had changed slightly. Harry still needed a safe, tall tower but there also needed to be a way of going up and down. The size of the groups building together also were larger.
Can you see the extra materials we had? Can you see some ways of getting up and down? Please leave a comment to tell us what you can see.
Some of the classes have been working hard with their buddies. They have been app smashing to create an online book all about the friends of ten. They used ArtRage to receive a tracing image via Airdrop. They took a screenshot and cropped it after they had finished working with the image in ArtRage. They Airdropped the image back and Mrs S created a book in Book Creator. They received the book via Airdrop and added the text to the pages.
We use the Friends of Ten maths strategy to help us when we are working with numbers. We might be combining numbers together. We might be finding out how much more to get to 10 or 20 or even more.
On the 16th of November we had an assembly, one the classes that shared was 1 Youd. They talked about the narratives they wrote. They firstly shared about the types of things you need to make a story like, a heading, a story line and other things like that. Then they all shared the name of their story. All of the stories looked great. They also did a drawing on the front cover of their book and did an amazing drawing throughout their books. Towards the end of their presentation one of the students read their book to us. It was about a crazy house. It was really well and it was really funny. It looked like everyone enjoyed the presentation a lot and it got a massive clap at the end.
Do you enjoy writing stories? What do you like writing about. Please leave a comment to share your thoughts.
Two students created digital posters about the visit.
Troy talked to the whole school about how Monster Trucks work and about the way that they were put together. He also told us how they are shipped to Australia from America. They are now all built the same size. The tyres were huge – $9000 per tyre. That is WOW!
Have you ever seen the Monster Trucks? Would you like to drive one? Please leave a comment to tell us your thoughts.
During Mrs S time in our classrooms we have been working with our buddies to create digital posters. We have a task sheet to help guide us through the steps we need to follow. We are learning to use the iPad cameras and the photo editing tools to crop our photos before putting them into a collage. We are using Pic Kids to create our collages.
One of the choices we need to make is about the layout of our poster.
Will we use the grids offered in the app to place our pictures on the page or just go with freestyle?
Will our pictures look better overlapped or slightly sloped?
What makes a good background to show off our work?
These questions are things that we talk about with our buddies as we create our posters.
What is your favourite colour? What photos would you take to represent your favourite colour? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.
Prep F have looked at the needs of living things, for example; a fish needs water to live, a dog needs food to live and so on. One of the things they did for this unit was making a mind map about the sort of things animals need to live. Some of them started with a picture of a cat then drew lines coming out of it pointing to the things it needs, they looked like this.
Prep F also made box houses, in this activity they put things inside their box that you would normally have in a house to care for your pets.
This could include things like animal beds, boxes, play houses, cages, kennels, animal food and heaps more.
All the creations of Prep F looked great and everyone enjoyed making them too.