Back on the 21st of November, Mr Wong's reading groups began trying out multimodal texts and developing learning skills to read and gather information across texts. The topic of learning was pioneering aviators.
The first three photos show the everyone making connections to themselves by first making news reporter interview questions to interview themselves about themselves...
The next step involved using a selection of those questions to find out information about either Jean Batten or Amelia Earhart using research skills taught by Mairi Ogilvie from the National Library.
This is the first time Mr Wong has tried this, so there are still some wrinkles to iron out. Mr Wong would like to thank Mrs Anderson from Learning Space 2 (Digital Footsteps blog) for helping with the planning.
WALT: find information about the world around us. This year LS1 have been working on an independent task called General Knowledge. We choose one country every week to do general knowledge on. This task requires map skills, scan texts for key information and to make connections with different countries. It's fun to see the different cultures, and to learn about the interesting facts. Here are a few General Knowledge tasks finished by these following students.
Here is the website if you would like to try it yourself.
Lift, drag, thrust and weight are the four forces on a flying object we have been investigating. We have been note-taking, learning about how aeroplanes & helicopters work. He have also been looking at hot air balloons and birds. On a plane thrust must overcome drag to go forward, and lift must overcome weight to fly and be kept in the air.
This term our topic is Flight. The past 4 weeks Mr Wong and Mr Ogilvie's group were learning about Flight and Migration. This week Mr Ogilvie's group are studying Rocket Science. We did an experiment using a balloon. About 7 metres of a fishing line was pinned from one end of the room to the other. We put a straw through the string for the rocket to fly. We then took a blown balloon and stuck it on the straw using clear tape. Mr Ogilvie used a clip to hold the end instead of tying it. Then we made our prediction then let the clip go, while the balloon pushed against the air to the other side of the fishing line. We did this experiment 3 times for each balloon (3 balloons). After that we made a graph showing how many metres each balloon went. Mr Ogilvie's group enjoyed doing the Balloon experiment.