Pre-exhibition – starting our Exhibition process

Last week we culminated our fourth unit How We Express Ourselves and this week, as we’re sure the students have informed you, we launched into many Grade 5 meetings and discussions to lead us into our fifth unit How We Organise Ourselves. OUR EXHIBITION UNIT.

On Monday we kicked off with an introduction to exhibition with photos from the previous year – ‘starting with the end in mind’

On Tuesday we looked at the Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Organise Ourselves and what this entails. We also had a visit from the grade 6 students who worked through the exhibition process last year. Our question session with grade 6 students focussed on:

HOW you chose what you wanted to inquire into?
WHY you chose it?
WHAT you did as part of your Exhibition – where you went, what resources you used, who you spoke to etc.
Some further conversation had us reflecting on when we viewed the Grade 10 ‘Personal Project’ Exhibition. Our conversation focussed on

What impressed us? What topics or projects most interested us?
WHY? What did the student DO to help us to understand their issue?
What resources did the student use? Think about people they talked to, places they went, online resources, library resources and others
What did we think could have been done better?
As the students were so engrossed listening to the grade 6 students we followed up on this on Wednesday. We talked about what ‘stuck with us’, what we could use to help us in our own inquiries in the coming weeks.

On Thursday we looked at the ‘Sphere of Influence’. A Circle of Influence encompasses those concerns that we can do something about. They are concerns that we have some control over. As opposed to A Circle of Concern, the wide range of concerns we have, such as our health, our children, problems at work, the amount of government borrowing, or the threat of war.

And finally Friday. Today we started thinking about the possibilities. Students had the opportunity to collect great ideas by looking at ideas generated through class Padlets 2016.

In relation to making decisions regarding making a decision, we are encouraging the students to ‘keep it in mind, and keep open minded to all possibilities!’ We have all next week to explore before making a final decision.

Phew… what a productive week!

Classifying beauty

5W students together brainstormed what they found to be beautiful in a ‘telling frame’ last week. This week we categorised everything that we found beautiful using Tony Buzan’s Mind Mapping technique.

Please ask your child to show you his or hers. They will all be available to see on Friday April 7th at our Student Led Conferences (information to come.)

2 excellent examples are posted here. Well done Luca and Oliver.

What was beautiful for you last week at or near Shoichi and Colleen’s house?

Please choose the ONE photo of yours that YOU really find beautiful. And ONE of Ms Pender’s photos. You can find Ms Pender’s photos HERE.

Please:

1. Edit your photos as you wish
2. Put your 2 photos on your Google Doc – see assignment on GC
3. Write a description and explanation about WHY you have chosen these 2 photos. Write under each photo.
4. Make sure your Google Doc with the photos is SHARED so that ‘anyone with the link can view’
5. ‘Bitly‘ your Google Doc link.
6. Add your Bitly link with a brief description of what it is to the class blog – in the comment box below (see Mr. Weekes comment for an example)
7. Add your Google Doc to Seesaw – again, write one sentence saying what it is you have done and why.

Parents – please see your child’s photos and explanation/description in the comment boxes below.

Thank you everyone.

Further photos of our Egg Tower Challenge!

Both in the planning stage AND in the ‘is it still standing’ stage!

So what was it that made our students feel like ‘scientists?’ And what would your son or daughter do differently next time?

Our wonderful science videos

Thank you all 5W students and parents for making some great videos representing some thoughtful science. We shall upload our videos to Seesaw along with our science experiment reports – great examples of procedural writing. Meanwhile, if you want to see some of the videos made, please take a look at them via this link. Thank you.

Our reflection on the Marshmallow Challenge – edited using Grammarly

This week 5W students have enjoyed taking tackling the Marshmallow Challenge. We reflected on the big learnings that we took from it.

We have also been introduced to Grammarly and have used Grammarly to edit our reflection write up.

So – you should notice significantly fewer spelling and grammar errors in the reflection writing in the comment boxes below.

5W students, please ‘bitly’ link your Google doc – make sure that you share the link as ‘anyone with the link can view’.

Thank you.

Marshmallow Challenge 2016

5W students had great fun this week doing the Marshmallow Challenge

Our winning group – with the only free standing structure actually standing after 18 minutes – included Dylon, Seidy, Tetsu and Hafren. Here they are:

dhtmsphd-final-winners

We all learned about the value of:

listening to each other’s suggestions
the power of ‘prototyping’ – that is trying things early, adapting them and trying again (not waiting to the very end to put the marshmallow on top for the first time!)

I wonder if the students have learned this lesson!! We shall see very soon 🙂

Here are some other photos of students engaging with the Marshmallow Challenge. Please ask your child about it.