What an amazing week! We’ve been planning, making, testing, re-designing, improving (repeat), reflecting and sharing our wonderfully innovative inventions. Whipping around the design cycle and building carefully with some tricky materials has been really rewarding and a lot of fun. Our understanding of simple machines, forces and design thinking has grown immensely and the Grade 3 Team are delighted with the learning and proud of the students. We’ve had to collaborate with limited resources and work through a whole host of problems that the design brief threw at us. No glue, no blue tac, no un-reusable plastic or tape and almost all the resources will be able to be reused. The enthusiasm at the sharing session was really quite inspiring: it is quite powerful when unfamiliar parents (or even those from other classes) are interested in your work and so a big thank you to everyone who came and got involved.
Check out our process (all creative credit goes to Mr Big C in the Maker Space):
There were a bunch of links to SDG Week and we had a number of proud moments discussing the children’s vision of the future. With UN Day around the corner, there is a positive and excited vibe around the school and we look forward to celebrating that with the community. We’ll spend a few days reflecting on and wrapping up the design unit before launching our next one: Sharing The Planet. The Central Idea is the struggle to share the environment impacts living things and we’ll be exploring how living things uniquely adapt for survival; the impact of changing environment; human perspectives on conservation and the effect on living things. Our integrated writing unit will be non-fiction reports and in math we’ll continue digging into place value, mental math strategies and addition/subtraction concepts.
If you have any interest/expertise with endangered animals, adaptation, conservation or something similar, or you know someone who does, we’d love to hear from you. Also, you can always fill out this form if you’d like to help us out in another way, or if you’d like to help out with reading (Tuesday mornings in Week A; Friday mornings in Week B), please get in touch with Christin.
As always, if you have comments, suggestions or wonderings, we’d love for you to get in touch.