Terrific things in Term 2

Term 2 has been a whirlwind of fun. We have participated in so many different activities. Some of them include:

  • Matter Chef where we were put in 5 teams and we had to cook using eggs as our mystery item and a variety of ingredients. We were judged on our cooking and the judges had to taste our food. Ms Wong even tasted our food!
  • Swimming for two weeks. We really enjoyed learning new strokes and going on large inflatable obstacle course.
  • Having the forensic science incursion. We were told a diamond was stolen and we had to use clues to work out who was the thief out of four suspects.
  • The Winter Concert where some people in 3/4W played the violin and guitar for the orchestras.
  • Cross Country where we had to run 2km around a park.
  • The illustrator/author Craig Smith visiting 3/4W. He showed us some of his great drawings and we had a go of drawing a kid on a skateboard.
  • Art where we used clay to make pinch pots and clay figures.
  • Mad about the Science incursion where a scientist spoke to us about dry ice and taught us about the different states of matter – gas, solid and liquid.
  • Narrative writing where we wrote from the point of view of a character from a fairy tale. For example, writing from the point of view of Rumplestilskin or Goldilocks.
  • Narrative writing where we wrote a sequel to a fairy tale. For example, writing what happens next in Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
  • The Biggest Morning Tea to raise money for the Cancer Council with our Year 1/2 buddy class.
  •  Maths times tables. We are hoping to get our licences soon.
  • Having a student teacher, Ms Field, work with us for two weeks. She helped us with our science experiments.
  • Reading groups where we read interesting books including The Twits, In Big Trouble and Veruschka Babushka.
  • Maths fractions where we made fraction posters on what is a half.

What was your favourite activity this term and why?

State of Change

This term, our inquiry unit is called ‘State of Change’. We are learning about the states of matter and doing different science experiments. We have learnt that the different states include solids, liquids and gases. Solids are usually hard and don’t change shape. Liquids can change shape and they can be poured but they can’t change size. Gases are usually not visible and they can change shape and they take all the room that they are given.

Some experiments we have completed include:

  • Making popcorn
  • Making a volcano
  • Making sherbert
  • Making invisible ink
  • Melting chocolate

This is a video of one of our science experiments.

What has been your favourite experiment and what did you learn? Or what other science experiments do you know?

Welcome to Term 2!

Welcome back to Term 2! I hope you all enjoyed your break. We have so many exciting things to look forward to this term including:

  • Our inquiry unit on science
  • Cross Country
  • Swimming lessons
  • Grandparents’ morning
  • Year 3-6 Music concert

What did you enjoy on the holidays and what are you looking forward to this term? 

2017 Student Blogging Challenge – Week 2

This year, 3/4W is participating in the Student Blogging Challenge as you can see from our badge on the side.

Our task this week is to visit other blogs from around the world. So far we have visited and commented on Mrs Amri’s Crew’s blog and Mrs Norman’s Busy Bees. Here are the links to their blogs:

http://blogs.stafps.wlwv.k12.or.us/staff/amrij/

http://normannoise.edublogs.org/

We can’t wait to explore more blogs around the world. Here is a link to the classes in the student blogging challenge https://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/march-2017-classes/

What other classroom blogs have you visited and what did you like about it? 

Welcome to 2017!

Hello 3/4W! Welcome to 2017 and your blog for the year. Through this blog, we will be sharing and celebrating our work as well as reflect on our learning. Feel free to have a look at the blog and the previous posts.

This year there are many fantastic things to look forward to including:

  • Camp
  • Swimming
  • Buddies
  • PE
  • Athletics
  • Art
  • Excursions
  • Cross country

What are you looking forward to this year and why? 

 

Awesome coding in 3/4W

This year 3/4W learnt about coding. We used the program called Scratch and learnt how to add a score and a timer to games. We also learnt how to get characters to ask and answer questions. In maths we were learning about 2D shapes, 3D shapes and lines. We decided to make a game from what we had learnt.

Here are some of our games. Please play some of them!

https://scratch.mit.edu/studios/3193383/

What did you enjoy about our games and what did you learn? 

Ready, Set, Go for Term 4!

Dear 3/4W,

I hope you had a wonderful break! I had a very enjoyable break – I went to the Blue Mountains in Katoomba (a two hour train ride from Sydney). I went on a couple of hikes and visited some amazing sites including ‘The Three Sisters’ ‘Ruined Castle’ and the Jenolan caves. Here are some photos from my trip:

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We have some great things to look forward to this term including our unit called ‘Looking back – Looking forward’, Dance Drama, probability and measurement in maths and how to use precise words and phrases in writing.

What was your holiday highlight? What are you looking forward to this term? 

Let’s go play ‘unfair’ bowling!

One afternoon as part of our integrated unit ‘Let’s have a ball!’ 3/4W were split into 4 groups and had a bowling experiment. We had to knock down three drink bottles with various balls in 5 minutes. Here are our results:

Group 1

Stood behind the white line and put drink bottles on the yellow line. We used a plastic golf ball.

We knocked down three drink bottles 0 times in 5 minutes

Group 2

Stood at the whiteline and put drink bottles against the green deck. We used a smaller than average size football.

We knocked down three drink bottles 0 times in 5 minutes

Group 3

Stood anywhere and put drink bottles anywhere. We used a netball.

We knocked down three drink bottles 9 times in 5 minutes

Group 4

Stood anywhere and put drink bottles anywhere. We used a rope soccer ball.

We knocked down three drink bottles 12 times in 5 minutes

Explaining our results

After the experiment, we tried to explain our results. This is what we came up with:

  • The ball shapes were different and this meant that for some groups it was more challenging to hit the drink bottles. Some balls were also really light, like the plastic golf ball so this meant it was not heavy enough to knock the drink bottles down.
  • Group 3 and 4 stood anywhere and this meant they could have stood really close to the drink bottles and it would be easier to knock down.
  • Some people stood quite far away from the drink bottles like in group 1 and 2 and this meant they had to have really good accuracy to knock a drink bottle down.
  • Group 1 had a plastic golf ball and it’s really small. This means that if you roll it to hit a drink bottle, it is very hard to knock it down. Bigger balls mean they have a bigger area to hit the drink bottles.
  • All groups used different drink bottles and this means that some had water in it, some didn’t and some were half full. As a result, it was harder for some groups depending on the type of drink bottle they used.

Do you think this was a fair experiment?  If not, what do you think would make this experiment fair?

Let’s Have a Ball! Post by 3/4W

This term the integrated unit for 3/4s is ‘Let’s have a ball’. This week we put on blindfolds and had to identify balls. We had to feel the balls and describe the texture and how they felt. The balls we investigated were: basketballs, soccer balls, downballs, tennis balls, golf balls, footballs and stress balls. Some similarities and differences we found were:

  • Lots of balls had bumps
  •  Some were soft and some were hard
  • Some could bounce
  • Some were smooth
  • Some were shaped differently

Some of the differences were because:

  • The footy was shaped like an oval or diamond-like as you need to have better grip when you pass or kick it.
  • Lots of balls had bumps because in a lot of sports you need grip to shoot, pass or kick.
  • Downballs are smooth because you don’t really need grip when you play the game and it makes it bounce higher.

Can you name your favourite ball and describe why it is that way?