Help needed

Jacinta, the pastoral associate of the Parish, came and spoke with the Year Two students about the different groups in the Parish who see a need, fill a need in the local community.  As we now move into the action phase of our design and technology inquiry, we are hoping to be able to use what we have learned about the design process to reach out to some of the people these groups help and bring them a sparkle of joy as we enter the season of Advent.  Sewing_Needle

On the 27 of November, we will be holding a skill building workshop open morning so that all students know the necessary basic sewing skills to assist in the production of some hand made gifts.  We have put a call out for able and willing grown ups who can give us some time in the morning to teach a small group of students how to thread a needle, tie off thread, complete a basic tacking stitch and perhaps even sew a button.  The more helpers, the easy it will be to teach. (We may also need some volunteers who could cut fabric shapes for us… will keep you posted.)

I have invited my mum & dad to give us a hand.  We are looking forward to it being a fun and interactive morning 🙂

All donations of materials, thread, buttons, needles etc can be brought into school this week.

Hot off the presses…

It has been a big week in 2MS.  We have published our first book of Expositions, titled “What do you think is the best super?”  We have been really focused learning how to write a well elaborated persuasive text and hopefully this is reflected in our book.  From all accounts our families enjoyed reading our writing.

This week we have also finished production of our very first Stop Motion clips.  In groups of three, the students have been working through the design process to make a stop motion clip for a particular purpose.  On Friday we began the final phases of the design process: evaluate and analyze.  As we watched each video, we were able to evaluate each one against our success criteria and we also analyzed our interpersonal skills.  Not only did the groups do a great job at making the clips, they have given constructive feedback to each other and been able to be very reflective about their own contribution to the process.  I have been really proud of the students work on this project 🙂

Here is an example of one clip.

How to make a new friend 3

More will follow 🙂

Fraction Artwork

We have explored fractions of an object by creating some artworks.  This was inspired by a book called “Picture Pie” by Ed Emberley.  As you look at the artworks can you work out how many fractional pieces were used?  What happens if you have more pieces then the denominator, such as five  halves or six quarters?  I wonder how many whole circles you used to make your design?

I wonder if this would work with squares that have been divided into halves, quarters and eighths?  I would love to see some square fraction artworks 🙂


Fractions in Action

Our maths focus at the moment is FRACTIONS.  They are pretty cool and what we have learnt in division is going to come in handy with this unit.

We have been exploring the language of fraction notation and fractions of an object (the whole). What is the numerator?  What is the DENOMINATOR?

Next we will be working out how to find the fraction of a collection.  Lucky we were so clever at division because the skills we learnt will really help make that a piece of cake :)

We have used a fraction wall to compare fractions.  For example 1/2 > 1/3 and 1/5 < 1/4.  What have we noticed about the size of the parts as the denominator gets bigger?

Check out this website and have some fun with a fraction wall at home:

You might even like to show mum or dad how we made some fraction rectangles in a Word document.

What do you call fractions that take up the same amount?  For example 1/2 of a rectangle is the same as 3/6 of that same rectangle.  Fractions like these have a special maths name.  Who can find out what it is?

See a Need, Fill a Need: Part 3

We are in the second phase of the design process.  After INVESTIGATING Stopmotion films and the app on the iPads, we are now DESIGNING our own films.  To do this we are using a storyboard to get our idea ready.  This is like what we do in writing when we use a composing sheet to get key words ready before beginning our draft.

In our filming groups we have started filling in a storyboard with simple images and phrases.

Once our storyboards are completed, we will then begin to  PRODUCE.

Don’t forget to have a look at home for any small toys that could be used in your films.