DOMINO RUNS – Engineering Designs

Here are some videos of domino runs.  This is all about CAUSE AND EFFECT.  If you do one thing (knock down the first domino), then you cause a reaction to happen (the next domino will fall) and it goes on and on to the end.

After lunch today you will be learning how to set up domino runs.  The challenge is to set up a full run and have it work where all of your dominoes will fall.

This video clip shows you how to make a template for setting up dominoes, using lego.

Later on we’ll learn about spirals and walls. Let’s perfect the lines of dominoes first.

Mrs Veary

Indigenous Australians have a real sense of Place!

As we explored the idea of people and places being connected in our new inquiry we looked at how Aboriginal people are very connected to the land.  They welcome people to country, include aerial views of the land in their artwork and tell stories which usually include landforms! 

As we explored this idea, we created artworks using traditional icons and symbols to illustrate the stories we wrote about “the place in the picture”.  Here is William’s artwork and story.

 

Great job, William!  You put a great deal of care and thought into this creating this artwork with all the dot painting – and typing up your story.  A very professional result!

Mrs Veary 😎

Triathlon Success for Lottie and Shiloh

Both Lottie and Shiloh participated in the Year 3 Triathlon event earlier this term.  Here are two reports written by them to let you know what it was like!  

Editor’s note: My apologies to both Lottie and Shiloh.  This post was created and has been sitting unnoticed, waiting for the photos to be published.  It was a job well done, girls (both the racing and the writing) – thank you for sharing the experience!  Mrs Veary

On Friday the 25th of August 2017 I went to Triathlon, but I forgot my bathers and my bike. It was disappointing. Then my mum came and brought them.

Everyone had to do swimming first. All the Year Threes had to go last at swimming. The Year 5s and Year 6s had to do two laps of everything, except bike riding. We had to jump in the water then start doing freestyle, get out then put on our shoes and put our helmets on, then run with our bikes until a certain point. There we had to get on our bikes, go to the BMX track, then come back. I accidentally skipped the BMX track but I kept riding to the end. After we had ridden our bikes, we had to run around the oval near the Rec Centre before we had to run through the park. At the end of the park there was a big inflatable balloon, which we had to run under to get our medals.

It was my first experience of Triathlon. It was very exciting and I came third out of all the Year Threes!

Written by Shiloh

My Big Day at Triathlon

On Friday we had Triathlon and we had to train every Friday for it. But on the day we had to bike ride, run and swim. We lined up in groups and when Charlie blew the whistle, we set off and ran into the water and swam around. Then we hopped out and started running around to our bikes. We got our shoes on and got on our bikes and rode off as fast as we could. We had to follow the Mums and Teachers’ hands for directions. When we finished riding we hopped off our bikes and put it in our base. We ran across the oval. I ran to the finish line and that was the end of my first Triathlon.

Written by Lottie Wood

Some of our exciting projects this term!

We have had so much fun this term alone with our learning and here are some of the highlights.

  1. Pyjama Day fundraiser for “Save the Children Fund”.  You all really look SO tired….you must have been working really hard before this photo…

2. Making Clay Stamps with Tracey and Ian Dowling.

This is a slideshow of Ian Dowling’s visit where we made clay stamps based on our wetlands visit last term.  Our stamps will be used to create Ian’s sculpture for the new school.  What a lovely idea it was to share our creative energy in this way.  🙂  (Thanks, Tracey!)

Clay Art with Tracey and Ian Dowling on PhotoPeach

3.  Arley winning the Junior Journo writing competition…

4. Our highest fundraisers for the Fun Run – raising money towards computer equipment at our school.  Well done!   😎

That’s why being part of a learning community is so much fun!  Great work everybody!

Mrs Veary 🙂

 

Podcast 4 – Term 4

Congratulations to Mason, Rory, Luca V, Luca G and William for this high quality podcast, with commentary on the Go-karts, Westpac helicopter visit and among other things, giving us an up-to-the-minute rundown on what weather to expect for the week!  🙂  [Scroll down and press the arrow to play the podcast.]

 

Enjoy!   Mrs Veary 🙂

 

DAILY WORKPAD FOR WEDNESDAY 6 DECEMBER

Good morning everybody and welcome to your relief teacher for the day!  🙂  Here is your work for the day.  Please help your teacher by showing him or her the Maths Modules we use in rotating groups with teacher (they are in a bundle on my desk with a lacky around them and you will see a yellow, blue, purple etc. piece of card separating the different maths groups’ booklets.)

This morning instead of ROTATING MATHS GROUPS, we will be doing whole class activities, so you all need to work thoughtfully and do your best work without disturbing other who might take a little longer at the task than you.  Fast Finishers: you can go on the computers ONLY to finish all your tasks ON STUDYLADDER!!  Wordsleuth experts (Luca and Luca), can you please show your teacher and make a wordsleuth for ALL OF THE CLASS TO DO, using these words – then print 22 copies. This wordsleuth is for any fast finishers and if there is spare time during the day!  Great challenge people!

Here are the words:

places             celebrations               temperatures              weather               climate

forecast         tropical                        temperate                   polar                   equator  arid                 desert                          culture                        zones                  people population     languages                    currency                    neighbouring      Australia        countries                      inquiry                       multiplication

That should make a challenging wordsleuth for everybody to do later today – using all the words from our inquiry: Places Near and Far.  😎

WORK FOR TODAY:

9 – 11: FITNESS – your choice but students might show you Heroes or Tepees out on the oval

MATHS – 1. ALL STUDENTS TO DO THE TEST (back two pages of their MULTIPLICATION MATHS MODULE) – which are on my desk as explained above – coloured card indicates different maths groups and in a bundle on my desk.

MATHS – 2. AREA DICE GAME – students played this yesterday in pairs.  The dice and gameboards (A3 sheets with gameboards coloured in texta at various stages – names on each) should be on my desk under the window or on little table next to my desk near flowers….just have a look.  They all know how to play using multiplication.

INQUIRY – MUDMAPS   All students need to draw a mudmap of their home and neighbourhood which will go onto their MY PLACE SHEETS.  Today get students to draw their mudmaps in pencil first – size is important! as they need to fit onto the final 2-page spread we are creating – so please give out half an A4 sheet of paper!   Go over what they look like in MY PLACE the book – look on my desk and talk to students ( I have their booklets with me unfortunately, to mark) – X to mark their place and labels to indicate what is around them and any interesting facts.  When you are happy with them, they need to use colour to make them good copies.  Discuss using a key or legend.   This is a task which will show what they have learned and needs to be done with thought and care.

recess

After recess please check when but there will be a Year 3 Presentation Assembly practice in the undercover area.  Students need to line up in their pairs as practised from shortest to tallest (they know who their partners are) and you will be leading in after room 5 and before room 7.  I am sorry I am not there for it but do a really good job!

Depending on how long this takes, finish mudmaps or practise song (using Dolphinkids) and the Smartboard Monitors will set this up for the class.

LUNCH – Duty in Forest area first lunch

U.S.S.R.

Last ten minutes after packing up for LOTE, sing the song one more time and

REMINDERS:  Tomorrow is your Year 3 Presentation Assembly and you need to come to school looking your best – uniform, hair etc, so plan your shoes, clothes and get a good night’s sleep.   🙂

2:20 STUDENTS GO TO L.O.T.E.

Have a great day everybody and I will try to put up the PODCAST later this morning, so check back in to listen after recess!   (Hit the refresh button).

Mrs Veary 😎

 

 

AUSTRALIA’S NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES

We learnt about geography characteristics of place the other day.  Here you can move your mouse over the picture and see some of these characteristics revealed…

WAYOUTTHEREWORLDS

Today you will be making posters about different countries which are near to Australia.

Use the website (created by another teacher below) which will take you to your video for your country and website links.
These things have to appear on your poster:

  • NAME OF COUNTRY
  • CAPITAL CITY
  • POPULATION
  • CLIMATE
  • LANGUAGES SPOKEN
  • CURRENCY USED (MONEY)
  • DRAW YOUR OWN FLAG
  • IMAGE OR DRAW A NATIVE CREATURE FOUND THERE (animal and/or bird- say what it is)
  • INCLUDE A MAP OF THE COUNTRY
  • IMAGES FOR FOOD
  • IMAGE FOR TRADITIONAL HOUSES
  • IMAGE FOR SCHOOLS
  • IMAGES FOR TRADITIONAL FOOD

TRY TO USE COLOUR AND WRITE YOUR OWN HEADINGS TO MAKE IT EYE-CATCHING AND PERSONAL !

[Here are a couple of posters done by Room 7 students…]


This is your link if you are doing:

ENTER WEBSITE FOR AUSTRALIA’S NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES HERE (click here)

  • FIJI,
  • PAPUA NEW GUINEA,
  • NEW ZEALAND or
  • INDONESIA.

You can also use the links you find there and look for your country when you get to the website, plus these two websites with lots of the information you need:


This is your link if you are doing VANUATU:

Watch the video and have your pencil ready to make notes:

Other websites:

  1. DUCKSTERS
  2. KIDZSEARCH

This is your link if you are doing TIMOR:

Watch the video and have your pencil ready to make notes:

2. VIDEO – SHOWS NATURE AND LANDSCAPE

Other websites:

  1. DUCKSTERS
  2. FACT MONSTER
  3. KIDZSEARCH

Mirror by Jeannie Baker

In this beautiful book without words, we can see two different worlds – each a mirror of the other.

The book is promoted with these words:

This innovative dual-book format, effectively communicates the way people’s experiences and values are shared, despite geographical and cultural differences.

As we read this book together, you won’t have the musical cues of the video to tell you where you are or what to think.  You will need to watch very closely to notice the hidden details (natural features and human features) of each boy’s “PLACE” and we will be discussing how these characteristics of place have affected the children. (Remember we learnt about these characteristics and made a T-chart of them….?)

First: here is the video, and then we’ll read the actual book.

I’m sorry but the copy of the book has disappeared from the library and so we will have to be happy with the idea of the book we’ve gained from these two videos.  From this idea we can clearly get the idea of how each boy’s PLACE and culture has affected daily life.

From what you have seen, try to compare the boys’ lives.  Consider:

  • What was different about the natural features of each boy’s place?
  • How did this change the way they live?
  • What was the same about the human features of each boy’s place?
  • Did this mean that they lived the same way or how was it different?

You are doing such a good job of thinking about Geography and how a place can change people as well as how people can change a place!!