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 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.


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.

Working Together to Create a Story

Eleven classes have been working on creating pictures for a story called “What If Everybody Did That”. Each class listened to the original story written by Ellen Javernick, talked about the ideas in the book and came up with some new ideas for the text. Each idea needed to be related to something that might happen at our school. Mrs S looked at all the ideas and picked out the common threads to create the text for our version of the story. Each junior class worked with their IT helpers to create images to go with the text.

Have a look at the different versions created by our 1/2 classes.

We used ArtRage to create our drawings. Many of us found out that drawing with a mouse is very different to drawing with a pen on paper.

Have you created a digital drawing? What program or app did you use? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts.