As we come to the end of our Spinning in Space inquiry, we need to think about what we have learned about living on our amazing planet – Planet Earth!
What makes it the only known planet in our solar system with life on it? What are the special conditions on Earth that allow life to flourish?
What are the problems facing our planet and its environment?
What can each one of us do to protect our planet into the future?
To gather our thoughts, we will be writing down all our ideas in a PMI chart (Plus, Minus and Interesting or Ideas). Then we can work out which problem to focus on to do some research before working out how we can help.
Here are some websites you can use for your research:
This morning you will be learning another strategy to do subtraction. We will be counting on to take away by finding the DIFFERENCE between the two numbers using the empty number line.
We will be playing a game called CONVICT COUNT ON to explain how this strategy works in a fun way.
You can have a go on your own later or at home to use the strategy online with this SUBTRACTION ON A NUMBER LINE activity. You can change how big the numbers are that you have to subtract and you can actually see the jumps.
You can also watch a couple of videos I made of this lesson, using an Empty Numberline to count on and count back to subtract. You can find it on Dolphinkids by following these instructions:
Here are some fun videos made by the Commander of the ISS a couple of years ago. In this video he sings a David Bowie song which is perfect for life in the International Space Station, so high above Earth. Enjoy it. 🙂
Here are some science clips showing you what life is like in space – with no gravity! Ordinary things are certainly different.
This week we are learning more about Space Exploration. We have learnt about the first man on the moon – which was 50 years ago in 1969. Now we want to learn more about the Space Race which is happening right now – how scientists are working right now on the ISS (The International Space Station) and how Space Science is being used to develop new technologies to make our lives on Earth easier.
These photos show you the International Space Station (ISS), astronauts working on a space walk, the Hubble Telescope and the Space Shuttle when it launched the Hubble Telescope into space in 1990.
International Space Station (ISS)
Hubble Space Telescope
Repairing the Hubble Telescope in Space
THE MODERN SPACE RACE:
China and India have joined the race to explore the Moon (with robotics and lunar vehicles – not people). China landed a spacecraft on the far side of the moon this year in January and India has a spacecraft on its way there right now.
Welcome to our relief teacher for today!! Room 6 and I hope you have a great day with us. 🙂
Our timetable for today is already written up on the small whiteboard next to this smartboard. Here are some things to note.
BANK BOOK MATHS – Students need to get out their bankbooks and put them on their desks. They place their blocks (5c per block) on their desk too (organised into tens and ones), then write in the number. Do the maths – blocks x 5c = $… Then add any cash below it if they have money from reading, then carry final amount for each line in the bankbook to the right hand side running total column. Next line write down any voucher they want to purchase (shopping list on back of bankbook) and do the maths. TEACHER to sign and confirm maths calculations – TEACHER to give out vouchers (they are in a big plastic bag on left hand side of my desk). Students keep vouchers and tender them after lunch or when you give time to use them.
FATHERS DAY CARD – writing Students have written in their draft writing books about why Dad is special – teacher to quickly mark for spelling and punctuation. Teacher to give out custom sized card for good copy to go on and we will stick that inside “shirt card”. You will note that I was working on this on my desk – card is there and a sample finished card product is there but you will need to cut up a few pieces of card on my desk for students to use. This will be stuck into their shirt card later.
FINISHING OFF THE SHIRT AND TIE CARD – Yesterday students made their origami shirt and tie card and today they get to decorate and complete it. You will need to bring up “Dolphinkids” class website and watch the youtube clip – making a shirt card to see how to draw the Superman logo on the inside top of the card – good listening skills needed here and to have a go. They can do it on separate paper first then stick it on… It’s a bit tricky but with help, all can do it and it’s not meant to look perfect, just similar and recognisable as the logo. Show them how to write DAD above it and the byline below (on video). Then stick their card (good copies from above) on the inside bottom of card, fold up and decorate their tie in footy colours or something meaningful to their dad – then please help them to just add a dab of glue under topknot of tie to attach it to the card. You could get them to fold up an A3 piece of paper and make an envelope for their card… then put it into their reading folder in their bags for safe keeping until Sunday.
WEIR RUN – If it is on you will need to gather in undercover area after recess. You will need to take blue folder on shelf next to my desk with Health Forms in it – and your job when you all reach the weir is to stand at the beginning of the track and monitor students and stop them when time is up. Zoe and Reef need to fetch their asthma packs from Office to accompany them on the run. NOTE: Fynn’s Mum, Erika, will be coming on the run too and possibly Julia (Kesava’s Mum) and Lisa (Beau’s nan).
If run is called off due to weather, then start with the Father’s Day activity to ensure it is completed today.
If no run, there will be time for a comprehension activity – colour sheets dreamtime story on my desk. Students to work on a piece of lined paper and write names on all their work. There are also Thinkers Keys workbooks in pigeonholes near door entry and they are finishing off Blast Off The Moon retrieval charts/comprehension (on my desk with lacky around them)…lots to go on with.
BEHAVIOUR – blocks are our reward currency for good work, good listening, good following instructions and for being a good person in our classroom – helping others and being kind.
NOTE: Fynn is working on a visual timetable and there are folders on my desk on right hand side. He gets visual t/t and one folder at a time to complete and show you before he can have his reward. (He is not working on the class timetable or doing the card – and has already had an opportunity to create the origami objects following the directions). Any problems, see Kelly Brierty in the office. She will come down if Fynn does not follow your directions, but he must complete the task you set to go to recess or lunch or have been actively working on it. Go Fynn! You are getting really good at this timetable and please show your relief teacher how it works. Remember to set the timer and have a good day!
Beau – please show your teacher today how helpful and kind you can be and how you are now able to get on with your tasks and do a good job. I love the way you have been sitting on the mat this week! 🙂 Remember: You don’t need to worry about family the way you have been because this one is for your father – so just enjoy it and create something special for him!
iPads – Don’t worry if you only have 5 iPads. I brought one home last night to play around with some apps, so it is safe.
Have a great day, everybody! Remember to
DO SOME FUNDRAISING THIS WEEKEND as the Fun Run is next week Friday!!
On Wednesday we did not meet Ms Frizz and the Magic School Bus, but we did go on a Science Field Trip and we did go in a school bus!
We are going to be using the data we collected to write in our Science journals and work out how healthy our waterways really are.
Here are some photos from our excursion and a big thank you to our parent volunteers who came along as team leaders. 😎 and to Michelle Keppel from Nature Conservancy for organising this fun scientific field trip.