We had a fantastic workshop with Te Kahu. He inspired us and helped us to write more poetry. He taught us about rhyme and personification. You can see photos of his visit below. There is also a video of him performing for us, making up poems on the spot from topics that we gave him. It was amazing!
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This term our inquiry “In our own words” has led to a focus on reading, writing, publishing and performing different types of poetry. We were very lucky to have a visiting poet, Te Kahu Rolleston, work with us.
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Room 10 Dinosaur Mashup
In Room 10 we have an abundance of curious minds, constantly thinking of wonderful wonder questions about a range of topics. We sat down as a class and shared our wonders with each other. We discovered that many of us have similar wonders, we wonder about topics such as dinosaurs, space, and under the sea. We came up with some questions in relation to these topics and decided to begin by investigating dinosaurs.
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Lemon Volcano T3 2018 R5
Room 5 nearly had a natural disaster on their hands as they did a scientific investigation to create lemon volcanoes. The results were delightfully messy.
The materials used were:
Iceblock sticks / spoons / plates
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Have fun with science by designing a parachute using part of a plastic bag, some string and a small toy attached that will float slowly to the ground
The students had to cut a large square from a plastic bag, trim the edges so it looks like an octagon (8 sided figure), punch a small hole near the edge of each side, attach 8 pieces of string of the same length to each of the holes, tie the pieces of string to an object and use a chair or a high spot to drop their parachute to test how well it worked. The idea was for it to drop as slowly as possible to the ground.
Real life experiences
A Group of Room 9 boys has been reading about how things are made.
To further their exploration of this idea we arranged for them to construct and build a kitset desk by themselves without any adult intervention, using the instructions and their own amazing skills. They were a little hesitant at first in their own abilities but with determination and a can-do attitude they gave it a go and made a nice strong standing desk that is now an envied piece in our classroom.
We did various experiments. We were surprised to see the oil stay on top of the water, but the food colouring mix in with it.
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Lots of us were surprised that it didn’t mix with the oil. We saw the blobs of colour slowly join together, then become heavy enough to break through the surface tension of the oil and get to the water. We learnt that oil is less dense than the water and the food colouring, so it floats on the top.
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Different food colouring added led to more predictions about colour mixing too. We were interested to see the food colouring slowly drip through the oil, in big blobs, and mix with the water.
Fireworks in a Jar
Our word of the week last week was immiscible.in science it is used to describe how oil and water do not interact- mix or combined together- with each other, water molecules stay with water molecules and oil molecules stay with oil molecules, we discovered when we add food colouring it normally dissolves with the water, until we add the fizzing tablets.
The tables create pockets of carbon dioxide that take the colour and non-coloured water molecules up inside the bubble allowing it to go through the oil.
Once they hit the top of the liquid solution they pop causing the drops back towards the water at the bottom.
Explosion video made by Room 9
Many of the children's hypothesis have occurred during our scientific inquiry. By introducing and using scientific vocab we ventured into the world of explosions, causing our journey to explore different “deadly” reactions between solvents and solutions, rating the explosions success by the noise and the level of destruction or mess they create.