Friday, April 22, 2016

SCIENCE IS AWESOME!

Our Oobleck Experiment:

This week we made Oobleck! We mixed cornflour and water and watched for the reaction. We were amazed to see that Oobleck could act as a solid or a liquid, depending on how we treated it!

First of all, our reflection about doing science....

Ava: science is fun because it's about trying something different!
Emma: I enjoy the hands-on approach of science
Eva: we learn from seeing and doing- I like learning that way
Ben: agreed that a hands on approach is a great way to learn
Annie: everyone got a go at being involved in an experiment
Lucas: I love the fun and mess of science
Tom: Science is important for future learning

Now for our conclusions about Oobleck....

Ben thought it happened because the corn flour solidified it and the water made it liquify
Alexa thought that because you mixed a solid and liquid together, it was like they were fighting to be the star
Tom thought there was a chemical reaction between the water and the cornstarch
Caitlin thought it was because there was a solid and a liquid and the solid kicked in with pressure and the liquid had no pressure
Jordi learnt that when you hold the oobleck the "cogs" hold it together and when you relax your hold, the "cogs" separate

Now we'll ask the scientists??

So we Tweeted it and this is what has happened so far? 
So now one of the Middle MY students will try Cam's suggestion  for their personal learning task!






Monday, April 18, 2016

VALUING SELF- ASSESSMENT

We have been using a rubric to self-assess our writing. This is what we thought about afterwards!                    

 Annie said, "You can use your mistakes to improve."

Emma reflected, " You get to know your strengths and challenges and begin to work on the challenges."

Ben thought, "You know what you are good at so you can improve in other things."

Ava said, "It helps you know what you should improve upon."

Alexa noted," You will know where to improve the next time you write this sort of text!"



Monday, April 11, 2016

Coding Adventures begin

Today we learnt about a tool that allows us to make a computer do the things we want it to. We started with a simple program called Scratch Jr.  (thankfully there is a Chrome Store App for this and we can use it on our Chromebooks)
Here are some of the things we learned :


I learnt how to make my cat small then big – Emma
I learnt how to change a background – Jordi
I learnt how to program my cat – Tom
I learnt how to change my sprite – Sophia
I learned how to turn to the right and left – Ebony
I learnt how to change my background – Ava
I learnt how to add characters – Niamh
I learnt how to program a different way to what I knew – James
I learned to change my person and make voices – Rose
I learned how to make sounds – Lucas
I learnt how to make a cat invisible and visible. – Sienna
I learnt to change my cats direction – Siena
I learnt how to get big then small – Elva
I learned that you can make a play out of Scratch – Chantelle
I learned how to change animals and make plays – Matthew
I learned how make a voice – Jennifer
On Scratch Jr I learnt to change the background and add new characters I also learnt to change the colour of my cat – Raphael 
I learned how to change my person’s colour – Sam
I learnt that you can make your sprite talk – Caitlin
I learnt how to make it flip, small and big – Annie 
I learned to change characters – Hannah
I learnt how to change the colour of the person – Zach
I learnt that you can make the cat move over and over again –Hannah 
I learnt how to make him talk and how to turn him into a lizard – Ava
 I learnt how to make 2 different pages on 1 project – Sophia
I learnt how too use Scratch – Frances
I learnt how to change characters and delete them. – Declan
I learned to shrink and grow – Mia
On the first video I learnt how to make a car move. On the second video I learnt how to make animals race . – Frances
I learnt how to make a race! – Patrick
I learnt sounds speed and race’s and everything – Emma 
It was great I could make a dog shoot a Basketball into a basketball hoop with only using three buttons – Lucas

We also used Google Classroom to shared our resources (our toolbox), our learning and our questions.
It was really exciting to see what we achieved in just one hour.  Watch out for more sharing about this fun new adventure.
Why code? 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Thursday, March 24, 2016

END OF TERM REFLECTIONS

What a wonderful morning we spent looking at the presentations of the Term 1 Inquiry -  Who am I? Who am I called to be? One of the highlights was the choice of a "Habit of Mind" to guide the Term 2 goalsetting. The top choice was "Persisting." Others wonderful choices included, "Creating, Imagining, Innovating" and "Thinking about Thinking."

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

FEEDBACK FOR THE TEACHER

Notes to Text
   
What Worked Well (WWW)
Even Better If (EBI)

Alexa: I liked the way we worked in steps to learn the skills
Eva: I liked that we learnt at our own pace
Ava: I liked the process we followed
Tom: I liked how we really revised each step
Luke: I enjoyed using the Chrome book for research
Lucas: I liked how we learnt the skills ahead of time.
Declan: I liked researching the facts myself
Caitlin: we had more conversation with partners beforehand
Ben: more collaboration
Hannah B: more collaboration with groups on the same topic
Ava: more whole class brainstorming
Alexa: more sharing of ideas beforehand

Topic Sentences

Thursday, March 3, 2016

LENT IN A BAG : CANDLE

At Monday morning prayer, the Seniors presented us with "Lent in a Bag." Today we explored one of the objects -the candle - and read from Matthew's Gospel 5:14-16 ..."You are the light of the world!" 

Thanks Seniors!

 

 Our Reflections 

Declan: Showing other people the way...being the light to other people...being seen as the light like Jesus.

Patrick: We are called to be the light of other people's world. When your friends are in the dark, we are there to light their way. Don't blow out someone's light. It would be like being alone in the dark

Caitlin: The candle means to be a light in the world...make a difference in the world...be the light for someone and make it a more fair and kind world!

Rose: The candle represents Jesus, because jesus is the light of the world. We can light up somebody's world by being Good News and by reaching out in love and mercy! 

Hannah A: The light means to show people the way and not to be a bystander. Be the one who helps people...show them the good way, not the bully's way.

 Jordi: The candle means to shine your light on one another, to make people happier when they are feeling down. The candle is like Jesus beacuse he is the light of the world. We can also light up other people's world.

 

 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

LITERARY LANGUAGE

What an amazing experience it was watching my 3/4 class exploring Jackie French's picture story book, "Fire, for literary devices. Their excitement was palpable. Here's what they had to say!

Rosie: Dear Jackie French,
Today we read, “Fire.” “I really enjoyed how you used personification, similes and metaphors. Some examples are, "King fire has a short harsh reign" and "earth’s green children have come back, Peering from the word of black. "I also liked "hills bleached gold".
From Rosie!    

Alexa:

My favourite thing was all the great personification such as, ‘Earth's green children have come back.” I just could not stop myself from reading it over and over again. Can you please please write a book like this one . Bye from Alexa 

Patrick:

Dear Jackie,
Today we read, “Fire”. It was a fantastic book and the part I enjoyed was when used a simile with, “Winding like a small black snake”. I liked it because it went into the detail and fire is like a small black snake. And the illustrations were really realistic ...I loved the illustrations. I also I like how you called fire the "monster" or the "beast."

Zach:

Dear Jackie ,
Today we read the book “Fire.” I really loved it when you used personification and wrote, “Trees licked by tongues of fire, Flames are laughing, higher, higher.” I also loved that simile when you wrote, “Winding like a small black snake.” But the reason why I really loved it was because you really got in there and described it very well.        


Thursday, February 18, 2016

EMOTIVE LANGUAGE

Thanks to a great Scootle Object, we were able to explore our understanding of emotive language as a device that helps us when writing a persuasive text!

Emotive language means words that describe something and make you want to do that thing...Hannah A
Emotive language is a kind of text that we use for persuasive writing...Annie
....by Caitlin
When you use emotive language, you are using your emotions to tell someone about something...Emma
Emotive language is emotions changed to words...Ava
...from Miles

With emotive language you are persuading the readers to come to the place you are advertising...Declan
...from Jordi

Emotive language is trying to convince people to change their mind...Miles
Scootle supports our learning!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Is Handwriting a Thing of the Past?

This is our first movie for 2016! We have been debating the worth of handwriting after finding out that Finland has scrapped the teaching of handwriting. The Years three and four students completed all the filming themselves! 



Is Handwriting a Thing of the Past? from Marg Yore on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Climate justice, Laudato Si, Catholic Social Teaching, Global Goals

As the year draws to a close, the students from Middle Matters have completed their amazing inquiries into Climate Justice.
This brief snapshot of presentation slides gives a glimpse into how they've made the connections between the facts,the Global Goals, Catholic Social Teaching and the papal encyclical, "Laudato Si."
Furthermore, they have raised awareness amd discussed possible actions that can be taken, even as a primary student!











Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Nature's Close - Ups - our favourite artworks in 2015!

Our inquiry asks, "How are we Called to Care for our Common Home?" As we look at the call of Laudato Si and its implications for sustainability and the stewardship of creation, we take time to look at and paint some of the wondrous things in our world!

Friday, October 23, 2015

SOCKTOBER - Crazy Socks Day!

SOCKTOBER

Today, our school held a fundraiser for Sock-tober to help children in Madagascar, through Catholic Mission. We wore crazy socks to school and brought a gold coin donation to help support this great cause.


 The day was a success and everyone was happy!
-Stephanie and Jamie        
 (Social Justice leaders)