Tic Toc Lesson

To help extend the students knowledge on time and the link between digital and analogue time the students in 4EK had a special little treat today.

Each student was given a tic toc biscuit where they then had to write the time from the analogue time on the biscuit to the digital time for both a 12hours and a 24hour digital clock. Once students had done this they then needed to write three worded problems about their specific time. Below are some photos. of the students working as well as them playing time Bingo.

Investigating how the sun tells the time.

Today in 4EK we looked at how the sun helped people in the past tell the time and give directions. We predicted before we begun what we thought our shadows would be like at different times in the day. Every time we went outside and traced our shadow we noticed some changes.

Some of the things we discovered were that in the morning our shadow faced west as the sun was rising in the east. As the time moved closer to midday our shadows got smaller. Then in the afternoon just before home time our shadows changed direction and were now facing east as the sun was setting in the west.

Below is a picture of a diagram we drew to help us to understanding how the sun can help us to tell the time.

Here is a video of us working outside making our discoveries about the sun and how it helps us to tell the time.

Time

This week we have been investigating how to tell the time. We have been exploring the great range of ways we can tell the time and the link it has to our seasons, months and our solar system including the sun. Below are some photos of the clocks some students made to help them develop their understanding of telling the time of quarter past and quarter to. The clocks are designed to have a flap on each number. Underneath the flap, students placed both minutes and the language involved with time to help them develop a clear understanding on how a clock works and how to tell the time.

Genius Hour

Class 4EK is taking part in Genius Hour. If you are wondering what it is watch the video below.

The students in 4EK are given one hour of class time to research and investigate a topic that they like. But the topic that they investigate must follow the three rules

  • There needs to be a question that they want to answer that can not be answered by Google.
  • They must do research on their topic
  • They need to share their findings with others.

Within 4EK some students are working individually and others are working in pairs. Some of the questions being investigated include:

  • What is the impact of nuclear energy on humans?
  • Investigating how code works and creating own coding script using Java.
  • The process that chocolate goes through from the plant to the shops.
  • Is fruit healthy for you?
  • Tropical Diseases
  • Natural Disasters
  • Our Solar System
  • Different ways of producing art
  • What it takes to produce and write a song

These are just some of the topics that students within 4EK will be investigating

Keep an eye out in coming weeks to see what the students have discovered.

Money Around the World……First time using Google Docs

This week our school went Google. This means we are a Google for Education school. Our school is now using Google Apps in our classrooms. We have been looking at Money this week and one group of boys were set a mini project to investigate Money from around the world, the different currencies and comparing money from around the world to our Australian dollar. Below is the boys presentation that they created.

This presentation was created through Google Docs, where the boys worked collaboratively together on the same document both at school and at home.

Well Done boys. ūüôā

 

Magic Potions vs. Healthy Juice

The students in 4EK have been looking at measuring and becoming familiar with using a variety of instruments to measure capacities. The lesson Magic Potions was taken from the Australian Curriculum Lessons.  
The focus of the lesson was for the students to
  • Measure, order and compare objects using familiar metric units of length, mass and¬†capacity
  • Use scaled instruments to measure and compare lengths, masses, capacities and temperatures

In the lesson the students needed to create a magic potion within making their potion explode with specific rules and regulations to what and how much each item they were adding to their potion. Click on Magic Potion for a direct link to lesson

The students enjoyed this lesson so much that as a follow up the students then had a similar lesson where they needed to create a new fancy healthy juice. Below are some of the students work.

 

Building Houses 4EK Style.

Today in our class we looked at calculating volume. The students in 4EK were required to design their own house using MAB blocks. Once they had build their house they then needed to calculate the volume of their house. This was a great as students were able to make the connection between measuring a shapes area to volume.

This was a very fun and engaging activity. Make sure you check out the video below to see some of the houses created by the students in 4EK.

http://youtu.be/Ii6LmveIPqY

Questions:

  • What did you find interesting about finding the houses volume?
  • What are the key differences between Area and Volume?

Who Sank the Boat?

As part of our Mathematics topic on Volume, Mass and Capacity the students in 4EK have been doing a range of hands on activities to help them develop their understanding.

This lesson was another lesson where children’s literature was used to introduce the lesson. After reading the book ‘Who Sank the Boat by Pamela Allen’ the students needed to design their own¬†plasticine boat that needed to float.

Once the students had designed their boat they needed to estimate how many marbles they thought their boat could hold, before it sank. This was a fantastic lesson where students made predictions and modifications to their boats to help them hold the most marbles.

The boat in our class that could hold the most marbles was Hannah’s and Bridget’s. Their boat held 40 marbles. Well done girls.

Below is a video showing some of our class boats sinking.

http://youtu.be/O58cToGGINM

Questions:

  • What did you learn about the design of your boat?
  • What would you change next time?
  • What mathematical terms did you learn during this lesson?
  • What happens to the boat as more marbles get placed into the boat?

Fractions

This week the students in 4EK have been learning about fractions.¬†I introduced the topic through using the app “Near Pod” focusing on the lesson Basic Fractions. In using this lesson on “Near Pod” it helped the students to revise their understandings of fractions. Below is a video from the lesson.

Throughout the week students have been learning how to place fractions on a number line, recognising equivalent fractions and adding fractions with the same or equivalent denominator. I found a fun new way to help student recognise equivalent fractions through the use of hopscotch. Below is a picture of the hopscotch I created within our classroom.

The students in 4EK also created A3 posters to show their understandings and knowledge of equivalent fractions. Below are some student examples.