During Book Week we had a visit from Craig Smith, the author of The Wonky Donkey and other stories. Craig was very entertaining and shared his books through music. You can watch some videos of Craig on his website including an animation of The Wonky Donkey.
The theme for this year’s Education Week was “Technology: Create your future” so the focus was on creating solutions using technology (instead of being consumers). We held an open afternoon and completed STEAM activities. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.
Our classroom theme was Where the Wild Things Are.
After reading the story, students made a wild thing and a wild thing trap using a variety of materials. We had lots of parents assisting with the construction of these items.
Here are some of our creations
There was a Home Learning Matrix sent home for the whole school, where you could select the task of your choice to complete and return to school. 1/2SM were very creative and you can see all of their hard work in the following slideshow.
We had lots of fun. Thanks to all of the parents who were able to visit.
Here are the posters that we made for division. We needed to work out how many cookies we were going to have and how many students were going to receive the cookies. We needed to test whether we could share the cookies fairly using counters and coloured circles before we recorded on our posters.
Our historical dress up day was a great celebration to complete our Changes Over Time (Technology) Inquiry. We had lots of fun dressing up in olden day clothes. There were lots of activities that students rotated through during the day, including old fashioned games and dancing.
Here are some photographs of the outside activities students participated in.
Here are the 1/2 teachers.
Thanks to all of the parents and relatives for dressing their children in clothes from the past. We really appreciate you taking the time to organise costumes.
This week we completed our very first experiment as part of our Science-based Inquiry. Here are the instructions in case you’d like to have a go at home.
What you need:
1 cup full-cream milk
4 different food colourings
A medium-sized bowl (we used plastic plates)
What to do:
Pour the milk into the bowl.
Place one drop of each of your colours into the milk, keep the drops close together.
Dip the cotton bud into the dishwashing liquid.
Dip the cotton bud into the milk.
Watch the colours swirl around.
Here is a youtube clip that we watched showing the experiment.
We worked in groups and were able to create some really beautiful patterns in the milk.
Here are some of our observations:
I saw colours moving into the milk and they were swirling around. Olivia
I saw a green circle. Maddex
I saw lovely colours and it was cool. Mikayla
During the milk experiment I saw the colours swirling. Fletcher
I saw a rainbow. It was colourful. Sidney
When I put the dishwashing liquid in, the dye ran away. Riley W
I saw that when we put the dishwashing liquid in with the milk and food colouring, the food colouring ran away and made awesome patterns. Sarah
I saw lots of patterns and colours. Jamieson
I saw lots of colours. Cohen
I saw that the colours went into a star. Sienna
I saw a seahorse and a rainbow. Bradley
When I put drops in, it moved around. William
I saw the food colouring going away. Eve
I saw a rainbow star. It was green. Shayla
I saw colours drop in the bowl. It was beautiful. Madison
I saw a rainbow star and we mixed the colours. Lilah
When I put the dishwashing liquid in and the food colouring in, the green turned into a star. Salini
I saw a rainbow. Tyson
The detergent pushed the colours. Kody
When we mixed the cool coloured milk it went all rainbow coloured. Georgia
When we put the dishwashing liquid in it looked like it [food dye] was running away. Zoe
Why does it happen?
The fat and protein molecules in the milk are altered by the soap. This causes them to roll around. Once the soap molecules have mixed evenly with the fat and protein molecules in the milk the motion will stop. So keep adding drops of dishwashing liquid when the action slows down.
Did you try this at home? Leave us a comment and tell us about it.