Showing posts from December, 2014

Have you discovered Wonderopolis?

Throughout this year, I have been visiting a website called 'Wonderopolis'. It is an excellent resource for all primary school levels and I just love that it answers questions that children have posed.
This is one that I used this year with my Year 4 class while we were investigating health and hygiene practices.

All the Wonderopolis topics are posed as questions and have a video or photos, text answering the question (which can be listened to if required) as well as 'wonder words' related to the topic and activity suggestions. 
I have often used the site as a springboard into a topic or to promote further questioning. As an adult, you can subscribe to their email list to get each new 'wonder of the day' in your inbox. I use this as a way of matching the new wonders to what we are learning. You can also search the wonders to find one that suits your purpose.
Students can ask their questions by clicking on 'what are you wondering?' link, and vote for wonders…

Science Festival

Last year, my school hosted an Arts Festival to showcase all the incredible Visual and Performing Arts we do. This year's Festival was all about Science!

In Year 4 for Term 3 our Science unit was a Primary Connections unit called "Package it Better". Through this unit, our students learned about materials and their properties. My class designed, created and evaluated packages to protect a LEGO model (Series 2 Mixels). These packages, along with a lot of photos and written evaluations were displayed in the Year 4 corridor during the Science Festival.

Also on display were Year 4 karakuri camshaft models. These paper camshaft models were created from a model book, then each student got to design a 'scenario' to attach to the model. We had a lot of zombie hands reaching from the grave!