On Friday, Gary showed us his new rocket launcher and we got to shoot off rockets into the air. We investigated what would happen if we put more water in them and what would happen if we put less water in them. Let's just say we all had a blast!!
Yesterday, Room 4 ad our first session for What's on the Menu. We were in the garden piccking off caterpillar and caterpillar eggs, collecting fejoa's for our muffins and learning about different herbs and when we would use them for cooking. In the kitchen we were mixing, slicing, spooning and cooking some srcummy muffins filled with oozing fejoa. YUM YUM. Here are some snaps of our afternoon.....
This week we had a homework task of making paper planes....but that wasn't all. We found out some interesting facts about the paper planes. We also disscussed what motion our body does to fly the perfect plane, how to make the perfect plane with tight folds and a wing span that can create lift. We also learnt that paper planes need perfect symmetry which means a mirror image of one side to be exactly the same as the other side. This touched on a little nit of geometry.
Of course we then had to have a Fly Off. Congratulations to Charlie Eaton 1st with 10m, Mihailo Nikolic with 9m, and Carter Fitzpatrick with 8m.
Room 4: Well done on another week of homework and what an enjoyable task it was as well.
We have certainly settled into a great routine in room 4 and are starting to make some pregress in our learning. We have been learning about different reading strategies such as summarising, picking out key ideas, making connections and activating our prior knowledge. In writing last week we completed some great character descriptions about a troll or a giant and these are on your child's blog if you would like to have a read as well. This week and for the next couple of weeks we will be focussing on newspaper articles and writing about our friends experience at camp. We have created questions and looked at what makes a critical thinking question. We will then interview our parnter and write an article focussing on their experinece. Watch this space to find out more.....
I had some mad scientists in room 4 this afternoon and some fantastic statisticians as well. All of them were investigating, analysing, summarising, and making statements about what we were finding out. Did you know that it is amazing what you can find out with the humble colourful candy of the M&M? Today we placed them in water as part of our science and watched what happened....."wow","look at this", "that's awesome" is what I heard!!! Then we did a statistical investigation into the most popular and least popular colour of M&M in the packet that Room 4 got dished out. We tally charted all the colours in the groups and then we did a massive tally chart on the whiteboard from the whole class. We made two statements about our inquiry and then we ate them!!!!! (some were brave enough to eat the 1hr long soaked M&M's...needless to say there wasn't much clean up!!)