Friday, July 30, 2010

Using our Prior Knowledge

This week we have been learning about using our prior knowledge to help us with our reading. Using the information that we already know helps us to understand new information in our reading books. Today, before we began reading ‘A quilt for Kiri’, we looked at the cover and some of the pictures. Then we recorded all our thoughts and ideas: “what we already knew” onto a chart. Using prior knowledge made the book easier and more interesting to read.
Tasi, Rachana, Line and Ahsan

Friday, July 23, 2010

What is Change? What Makes Things Change?

Our topic this term is "Sharing our Stories" and learning how these stories have changed over time. 

As part of this topic, we are learning all about change. We will be learning what is change, and what makes things change. We are beginning by observing some very simple science experiments that show how things change.
 (Thanks to Mrs Douglas from Room 4 for sharing her experiment information with us).
Swirling Whirling Milk Patterns
For this experiment you will need
Whole milk at room temperature
Food colouring
Dish wash Detergent 
A shallow dish

We poured some whole milk into a shallow dish

Next we added a few drops of food colouring into the milk

Then we added in a drop of dish wash detergent
What Happened!

The fat in the milk is broken down by the detergent. This caused the food colouring to swirl and whirl and make amazing patterns. It was like looking through a kaleidoscope. 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Compound Words

Rachana, Tasi and Line have been 
learning all about compound words. 
They have to match the two word 
cards to make up a compound word. Once they have done this they then have to make up sentences using the words. Big ups to Cherry Carl for her wonderful resources. Check out her resources on the link above.