Semester One is done

I can not believe that half the year has already gone.  I have come across a few extra photos of some of the great times we have already had learning & growing together..

Looking forward to the next Semester ūüôā

‚ÄúWhat features make a GREAT procedural text?‚ÄĚ

We have continued to investigate ‚ÄúWhat features make a GREAT procedural text?‚ÄĚ ¬†We have been focusing on understanding that to be able to write a great procedure, we have to think about¬†‚ÄúHow can we explain an idea clearly & compellingly.‚ÄĚ ¬†Being clear is really important and making it interesting for the audience is too! The sequence of the steps is also super important.

We watched a Mister Maker clip about making an Elephant Peg Holder.  We used this video to practice writing our own procedure.  I loved reading each one and could see evidence of students being clear and compelling, correctly using imperative verbs and even people using brackets (to add extra information).

We also had a lot of fun making our own as we revised our writing:

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You might like to write a procedure for this easy craft activity:

The Three Little Pigs Materials STEM Challenge

As part of our two week Science inquiry into materials, we took part in a STEM challenge based on the story “The Three Little Pigs”. ¬†In GROUPS, students needed to construct¬†a house for the pigs by selecting and combining everyday materials. ¬†Some engineers were working for the pigs – they needed to build a house that would not be blown apart. ¬†Some engineers were working for the wolf – they need to choose and materials so the house would blow down. ¬†We discovered that house construction is a tricky task and working in a group takes practice. ¬†The classroom looked like an explosion site for a little bit but boy we had fun. ¬†We also had lots to talk about as we dared to fail to succeed…

You might have ago at home constructing an improved house out of everyday materials – remember to decide who you are working for (the wolf or the pigs).

PHYSICAL SCIENCE: Materials Investigation

2Ms is working on a two week inquiry investigation into the properties of materials.  This week we have been building our vocabulary to be able to describe materials like a scientist.  We have also be sorting materials, observing materials,  hypothesizing (having a guess) and testing our thinking.  SORTING, DESCRIBING, OBSERVING, HYPOTHESIZING and TESTING are all things scientists do.

What are some new words you have discovered the meaning of that can be used to describe materials?

On Friday we undertook a GLOVE investigation. ¬†I put the call out for students to search for gloves around their house. ¬†We could not believe how many different types of gloves there were…

Once we had sorted our gloves, we had to reflect on why different gloves are made from different materials.  We then had to choose another object/item that could be made from different materials.  This was a bit tricky.  We found it hard to think of an item and even harder to think about the materials they were made from.  Some people thought about different balls (we had to google to find out what they were made from).  Some people suggested shoes but then found it hard to think of different shoes and to know what they were made from and why.

Here are three different pairs of shoes.

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What materials is each made from and why? Can you find another example at home – maybe of different shoes or perhaps a different item (maybe boxes? a particular toy? your own idea?)?

Follow Me

Our literacy focus is investigating “What features make a GREAT procedural text?” ¬†We are reading procedures, we are following procedures and we have begun to start writing our own. ¬†To be able to write a great procedure, we are thinking¬†about¬†‚ÄúHow can we explain an idea clearly & compellingly.‚ÄĚ Being clear is really important and making it interesting for the audience is too!

We loved reading and innovating on the story “How to sneak a monster into school“:

We had ago at following a light procedure to make a spectroscope:

We even learnt how to do Humming Breath

Can you find some examples of procedure texts at home? What features make a GREAT procedure? What are imperative verbs? Can you think of a topic you could write a procedure for? Could you write a procedure to match this YouTube video: 

Slipper Day

The weather is chilly but the toes in 2MS were toasty warm on Friday. ¬†After a little bit of re-negotiation, Emma chose to pick a Dojo Reward that we could all share in: “Slipper Day”. I wonder if you can match the slippers to the classmate…

I hope someone else picks this reward. ¬†As someone said, “It felt like my feet have been on clouds.” ūüôā

WALT to investigate: “How can we best describe shapes?”

Our subtraction unit has come to an end and the students in 2MS have made lots of great discoveries about strategies we can use to solve subtraction equations.  At home it is important that students keep practicing the automatic recall of basic number facts (addition and subtraction).  For our ten facts, doubles, near doubles and facts under 20, we really want to have automatic responses (no fingers needed) and the only way to do this is practice, practice and more practice.

Over the next few weeks we will be exploring features of 2D and 3D shapes.

I wonder if any students in 2MS know what the D stands for? What shapes can you find around your home?

Someone had a wondering about how shapes are connected to science (& engineering). I think this building might help us answer that wondering…

Federation_Square_Melbourne.I wonder if anyone knows what this building is?  What shape do you notice in this structure? Are there any other famous buildings made from the same shape? I wonder why?

Dare to FAIL and to SUCCEED: Tuning In

Our third inquiry focus is SCIENCE.  Through our inquiry learning, we will explore and work through two processes: the SCIENTIFIC PROCESS and an ENGINEERING PROCESS.

To begin this inquiry, we had a visit from a scientist called Liz and participated in the HANDS ON SCIENCE incursion. This was a great learning experience that helped us form some wonderings about the science behind light and sound. What did you discover from this incursion?  What were some science words used?

This inquiry will not only focus on SCIENCE concepts but will also help us develop a GROWTH MINDSET.  Science is a really good area for us to learn that we are not always going to be successful the very first time we try something.  The three Year Two teachers proved this be demonstrating three science experiments on Thursday that we were not sure would work.  We hoped that they would but there was a chance they might not.  My experiment was called Tea Bag Rocket. What did you like about our science immersion?

On Friday, we then worked on a team challenge.  Throughout the coming weeks, we will be working in lots of different groups on Science and STEM challenges.   It is important that we learn skills to work together.  This beginning challenge was a lot of fun: