In week ten of term three, I attended a three day course to become an accredited instructor of the Rock and Water program. It is a physical program which we began in our P.E lesson today with the purpose of teaching students social skills through a psycho- physical approach. If you would like to know more about the program please visit http://www.connectedself.com.au/young-people/rock-water-program Ask your children about some of the activities they did in Rock and Water today.
The first of our videos have now been completed. Here’s the first by Stuart and Sam. I will add more videos as links below this post when they are finished. We will have a vote in class and decide upon 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for the editing challenge. Those students will receive a prize.
Please remember that we have a separate page for students in my Maths Group. However, here’s a short video from today’s maths lesson. Students in my group are learning standard five or six of the Australian Curriculum. We are working on measurement this term and we’ve just started work on length. In today’s lesson we incorporated Information and Computer Technologies (ICT’s) by measuring on Google Earth and using GPS to track a 1km walk on the oval. Students also used trundle wheels, which was lucky as the iPad gps signal was poor.
In health lessons this term, students are learning drug education. After establishing a definition for what a drug is, students have begun to read some fact sheets from the Life Ed Drug Education programme. This week, students have learnt about caffeine. This drug has become a health concern for some young people through “Energy Drinks” and bars. After learning some of the ways in which caffeine affects the body, students created posters with the aim of persuading young people to consume minimal caffeine. In future weeks, students will learn about the harmful effects of nicotine and alcohol. They will then focus on alcohol in particular and learn about the impact on brain development in adolescence. Students will complete an assessment task which will be to write an exposition text, persuading young people that it is not safe for young people to consume alcohol.
Parents, if you have any concerns about this program, please give me a call or send me a message through class dojo messenger.
As part of enviroweek, students have completed a habitat survey of the school. We learnt about lizard habitats and then students used a satellite map of the school to work out what percentage of the school grounds might be potential habitat. Each group marked off grid squares that were overlaid on the map. We then entered these grid squares into an Excel spreadsheet. In year 7, students learn how to find mean, median and mode (average). Hunter programmed the spreadsheet to work out the averages for us, whilst other students worked on their calculators. The pie graph shows that 14% of our school grounds has the potential to be lizard habitat. Next, we will brainstorm ways in which we can make these areas more lizard friendly. In computer sessions, students have completed Excel tutorials, learning how to program and format spreadsheets. Parents, if you have access to a computer, you could ask your children to show you what they have learned.
The class was excited to pick our first carrots today. We planted seeds early last term and we have patiently watched them grow. We currently have plenty of silver beet growing, and many students have taken bunches home. Next week is enviro-week and only a week away from Spring. Students will plant out a couple of garden beds with potatoes, which we expect to harvest towards the end of term four.
This week, students have been learning to programme Excel Spreadsheets to complete calculations. They have also learned basic formatting skills. Students have created data sets and used their spreadsheets to create graphs. Today, we began to learn about Stem and Leaf plots. Students measured each other and added their heights to our class Stem and Leaf plot. In our next lessons, students will learn to use their data to find the mean, median, mode and range of heights in the class.
Today, our class of year 6′s completed an Eggsperiment. On our tour of the Coorong, we learnt that Ngarrindjeri people used to dig down in the sand on Young Husband Peninsula to find fresh water. As the Peninsula has the sea on one side and brackish water, in the Coorong, on the other side, the water table under the shallow peninsula contains mostly salt water. However, when it rains, fresh water soaks through the sand and sits on top of the salt water, due to the differences in density.
In this experiment, students saw that fresh water (died green), when poured carefully, would sit on top of salt water.
If you are lucky, when travelling down the Coorong, you might see an emu or kangaroo digging in the sand in search of fresh water to drink.