During the beginning of Term 4, we’ve been learning how to say general shapes in Spanish to compliment the same learning we’ve been doing in our classrooms. This has proven to be an exciting test for us since the Spanish we are learning is quite challenging. Our learning has been aided by popular verbal games that we enjoy such as ‘pass-the-flashcard’ and ‘Spanish whispers’. We look forward to the rest of Term 4 in which we’ll also be learning various manners in Spanish and re-visiting numbers once again.
‘I’ve enjoyed learning with flashcards and doing Spanish whispers’ – Bisma (Prep D)
‘We’ve been learning how to talk Spanish and we’ve been doing the colours again’ – Hargun (Prep E)
This term our CBL Big Idea is ‘Environment’. Through this, we are focussing on ‘waste’. As part of the ‘Tuning In’ phase, we looked at the guiding question; How we can reuse items to control how much waste we create?
We were able to use our creative thinking to come up with ideas to solve the problem of how much waste we create. One of the provocations was a plastic bowl. Below are some of the creative ways we came up with to reuse it.
Harnihal: “A bowl to mix things.”
Prisha: “A bowl to eat cereal.”
Mehtaab: “We could turn it into a jellyfish because the bowl is shaped like a jellyfish top.”
Shorya: “First it was a bowl then I made a spinner.”
We then explored a range of different items and came up with creative ways to reuse them once the original function was finished.
Mayra: “I came up with the neck pillow to make a snake.”
Mehreen: “The glass, I put flowers in it.”
Talia: “My item was a fork and I reused it as Forky from Toy Story 4.”
Faris: “Soap; sunscreen.”
Prisha: “It was a jar, I reused it; a fish tank.”
Now, here is a question we want to know from you: What do you have around the house that you no longer use or need? What could you reuse it as? Let us know in the comments!
This term we have been learning to infer character emotions in a text by using the text clues and our prior knowledge to say how the character could be feeling. Using this, we read the text ‘Hairy Bear on the roof’ by Joy Cowley and described why the characters emotions changed throughout the text and inferred what they might say or think.
Jianna: “I can infer that Hairy Bear and Mrs Bear are feeling sad because the roof has a hole.”
Mehtaab: “I noticed that Hairy Bear is putting his hands on his face because there is a hole in the roof. I infer that Hairy Bear is feeling confused that there is a hole in the roof.”
Shorya: “I can infer that Hairy Bear is feeling happy because he fixes the roof.”
Prisha: “I can infer Hairy Bear is feeling scared because he is falling off the roof.”
Talia: “I can infer that Hairy Bear is happy because he grabs onto the roof. He’s thinking he’s going to be safe.”
Mehreen: “I can infer that he’s feeling scared because he’s falling down. He is thinking I’m going to fall in the bush.”
Mayra: “I can infer that Hairy Bear is feeling scared because maybe he is going to get hurt from the bush that has thorns.”
Over the last three weeks, we have been learning about subtraction. We have been learning to identify the whole amount, take away the smaller amount and say how many are left.
We used cups as bowling pins to create our own subtraction bowling stories.
At times, we missed all of the ten cups! Instead of having another go we had to think of the number that would be represented in the subtraction story: There are 10 cups and 0 fell down. How many cups are left? There are 10 cups left standing.
We read the text ‘Simple Technology’ by Pam Holden.
We were able to notice and explain our thoughts and feelings to others. Technologies such as taps and toothbrushes came up in our discussion and how they were invented not only for a purpose but to make our lives easier. For us, a tap in our house provides us with clean and fresh water any time that we need it however what about back before this was in every household?
Talia: “Go to a clean pond or somewhere else that has water to clean.” Mehtaab: “Get a bucket, put soap and water and wash it.”
Imagine doing this each time you needed to wash your hands, body, clothes or dishes!
With our new knowledge about simple technologies, we were given the task to make icing. We added our ingredients together and used a wooden spoon to begin the mixing process. It took so long! We then discussed if we knew of a technology that could help us mix our icing quicker and easier; a hand held electric mixer. We then shared our thoughts and feelings on the similarities and differences between the two technologies.
Readers Question: Can you think of a simple technology that has improved your life? Tell us in the comments!
Through the ‘Finding Out’ and ‘Sorting Out’ phase of our inquiry into Curiosity, we have been observing the characteristics and properties of different objects.
In week three, we had a range of objects in a ‘feely bag’ and were able to share what we noticed, thought and felt prior to pulling the object from the bag. Through this, we were able to make connections to what we already knew about certain materials.
Zach: “It feels like a bottle. I think the bottle is made of glass.”
Gurman: “I think it’s a bag, maybe plastic.”
Faris: “I can feel a stick; wood.”
Amani: “I think it feels hard. I think it’s the thing that you get the salad (tongs).”
Ruby: “I think the tongs are made out of metal.”
Prisha: “I think the tongs are made out of steel.”
Talia: “I think the holder for the ice is made out of plastic.”
In groups, we then used a selected object from the ‘feely bag’ and found objects around our learning environment made from the same material. We used PicCollage to sort the materials.
In week four, we were provided with a range of objects/technologies made from ‘incorrect’ materials. We were able to notice and justify our thinking to others.
Talia: “I noticed that the bouncy ball is made out of foil. It doesn’t bounce because it’s made out of foil.”
Mehtaab: “I think this mirror is made out of plastic. I think this mirror doesn’t work, it doesn’t work to see your reflection.”
Gia: “I think the scrunchie is made out of paper. It didn’t work because it is made out of paper. It will break when you put it on your hair and twist it.”
Ruby: “I noticed the cup is made of tissue paper and when you put water in it, it spills everywhere because it’s not strong enough to hold the water.”
Armaan: “I think it’s made out of tissue. The water is going to spill all over the floor because it’s made out of tissue.”
Prep: In Spanish for Term 3, we Preps have started learning to say a variety of animals in Spanish. We’ve already played a variety of verbal games that help us to remember what we’ve learnt throughout Spanish and also some exercises in our books to help us learn successfully the spelling of the animals. We can’t wait to continue learning to say new animals and also describe their colours in Spanish.
‘I like learning how to say spider in Spanish because it has a letter that isn’t in the English alphabet’ – Valentino (Prep H)
‘I like it when we have Spanish’ – Kierra (Prep D)