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?

 

Welcome to Term 3!

Welcome to Term 3! We have so many exciting activities planned for this term including:

  • Woodwork incursion
  • 3/4 camp
  • Stomp
  • Coding sessions
  • Science incursion

In the holidays, I went to Alice Springs and visited Uluru, the Olgas and King’s Canyon. The weather was lovely, sunny in the daytime but rather chilly at night! My highlight would have to be King’s Canyon and hiking in the dark to see the sunrise. At first it was so dark climbing up to the top that it was difficult to see, but the sun slowly peeked its head and lit up the entire canyon. It was spectacular.

What are you looking forward to this term and why? What were some of your holiday highlights?

Epic and Enjoyable Term 2!!!

This term, 3/4W have had a super term doing so many different activities. Some of our highlights included:

  • Cross country because you got to do your personal best.
  • PE playing the Star Wars game because we got to verse one another and this was a lot of fun.
  • Science incursion with Rick in the hall because we learnt new things about science including sound and vibrations.
  • Fizzics incursion because we got to see a fire made from flour, air and heat.
  • Running club because you could improve your running around the school by beating your personal best.
  • Presenting on a natural disaster because we used our creativity and it was fun.
  • Using hexagons to connect our learning for integrated unit on natural disasters because we found out that a lot of things we learnt were linked.
  • Writing our persuasive pieces and finding a powerful image to match it because it was great to see how people used different persuasive devices.
  • Coding because you get to make new games and learn new things.
  • Learning about data and graphing because it is interesting to compare results.
  • Knitting club because we got to learn a new skill and make scarves for people who don’t have that much money.
  • Our blog because we got to write posts and reply to one another.
  • Reading groups and making an ad for the books we were reading.

What did you enjoy or find the most interesting this term? If you are not in 3/4W, what do you think sounds the most interesting? 

Super Scienceworks

This term 3/4W went on an excursion to Scienceworks located in Spotswood. Some of our highlights were:

  • Visiting the planetarium and seeing the movie where we saw the night sky and the movie Tilt. We learnt why we have seasons on earth.
  • Learning how big our earth is compared to the sun. If the sun was gym ball, the earth would be a tiny bead.
  • The Think Ahead exhibition where we learnt about the future. Some things we saw were video games that were controlled by your hands, things were controlled with your eyes, how to be eco friendly, what the past, present and future looked like.

Here are some of the future cars we designed at Think Ahead:

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What was your highlight at Scienceworks and why? What questions do you have about 3/4W’s highlights?