Some More of our Favourite Places

Here are some more of the books we created using Book Creator to share our favourite playground places. This time Mrs S saved the books as movie files to share on our blog.

All the classes have chosen a range of places within our school grounds. There are those that like the play equipment better and those who enjoy the large, grassy oval as their favourite play space.

Do you have a favourite space? Is is somewhere that you like to play with friends or a space to be alone? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.

More Favourite Playground Places

Other classes also worked on creating books about their favourite playground places. Each class created pages using Book Creator that were then added to Dropbox so that Mrs S could put all the pages of each book together. In some of our books there were also some favourite inside places.

Looking at all the photographs there seem to be lots of favourite places in our playground. Do you like taking photographs? What do you think would be another idea for a collaborative book that we could create? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.

Favourite Places

Prep G worked with their Grade 3/4 buddies to create a book about their favourite playground places.

First we talked about our favourite places and then went outside to take photographs. When we came back inside we used Book Creator to make our pages. When all our pages were completed we added them to Dropbox so that Mrs S could combine all the pages into one book. Take a look at some of our favourite places.

To read our e-pub version follow this link and add our book to your e-book library.

Have you got a favourite place? Why do you like it? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.

Animal Moves

During Term 2 Prep G and Prep F explored how animals move. They went on an excursion to ZooDoo and saw lots of animals moving.

With some help from our buddies in grades 3/4 we used ArtRage and MS Powerpoint to show how animals can move. Take a look at our digital book.

Have you watched animals moving? What words would you use to describe how an animal moves? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.

More Pictures with Pattern Shapes

Our grade 1-2 classes and their buddies also explored the Pattern Shape app. They were able to use all the shapes to create a picture. Their next task was to count the number of each different shape used and also to count the total number of shapes used. The Pattern Shapes app uses the same shapes that we find in our Pattern block sets that can be found in each of our classrooms. We can use these shapes to help us show our maths knowledge as well as create interesting pictures.

Have a look at the Animoto videos of our work. Our 5-6 buddies helped us to use the Snipping tool to take a screen clipping of our pictures. They also helped us to save our work in the correct place so that Mrs S could find all of our work when she was creating the images in our videos.

How else could we use the Pattern Shape app to share our learning? Are there some other ways that we could combine Maths with Art? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.


Creating Pictures with Pattern Shapes

Prep F and Prep G have worked hard to create some interesting pictures using the Pattern Shapes app. They used a triangular grid to help them line up their shapes. Their buddies from the 3/4 classes helped to use the Snipping Tool to save a copy of the pictures. Sadly some of the Preps ran out of time to finish their pictures. Watch the Animoto videos to see the finished ones.

Have you created some pictures with shapes. What did you create? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.

Drawing Our Families

Prep G and Prep F have been busy drawing their families using ArtRage. They had some help from their buddies to export their finished drawings as JPEGs. Have a browse through their digital books to see some great artwork.


Our buddies, from 3/4 J and 3/4 P, were very helpful when we were using ArtRage. They showed us how to add a layer, how to select different drawing tools and how to save our work.

Have you worked with a buddy before? What is the best way a buddy can help? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.

Quilts For A Princess

Do you know the story of The Princess and The Pea? In Mrs S’s version of the story the Princess was very fussy and only agreed to marry the Prince if she could redecorate. She searched and searched for a great design for a quilt but could not really find what she wanted. Mrs S challenged us to create the perfect design for our fussy Princess. We use the Geoboard web app to start our design and MSPowerPoint to manipulate the design. Some of our designs are not quite finished but many of them can be seen in our Animoto.

Quilts can be made from small fabric pieces that are all joined together. The quilter starts off by making lots of blocks using a pattern and then joins all the blocks together. There are many designs published for quilters to use but most of them start with simple shapes like squares and triangles and the complicated pattern is made when the quilter joins the shapes together. These quilts are called patchwork quilts.

Which quilt design do you think the fussy Princess should choose? Can you share any more information about patchwork quilts? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.

Exploring A Great Maths App

During our Mrs S time we used our new iPad mini devices and our laptops to explore a great Maths app called Geoboard. A Geoboard is made of nails and uses rubberbands and can be used to explore topics in geometry. We were able to use a virtual geoboard which meant that we never ran out of rubber bands and they could not break by being stretched too much.

We started out by exploring the app and the tools we could use. We then had an open ended challenge to complete. The good thing about an open ended challenge is that there can be many answers.

Have a look at some of our work.

Have you used a Geoboard to create shapes? What else could you use the Geoboard app to explore in Maths? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.