Monday, 26 August 2013

Shake, Rattle and Roll...

The Awesome 1's are well accustomed to 'Mother Earths' little tantrums e.g.earthquakes and volcanic eruptions - well, we thought so! At 2:30 pm on Friday, 16th August, Room 1 were out on Carlton School 's International Football Field playing kickball. All of a sudden (after Nikita's amazing catch) the ground started rolling and did so for a good 40 seconds. Sophia 'Harry' Rogers screamed out "Its an earthquake!" and clung with dear life to a soccer post. 

Meanwhile, Mr. Sager was calming the Awesome 1's and asking them to remain still. The sensation was like standing on a waterbed and feeling the mattress roll continuously. Once the quake had settled, a majority of the Awesome 1's were suffering from a bad case of motion sickness. They quietly lined up and headed towards the evacuation point where the rest of the school were now gathering.

Mr Peterson checked the class rolls and that everyone was ok. We were given the all clear once the buildings and gas had been checked. It was quite an ordeal and we were very lucky that the Australian and Pacific plates rubbed together and no subduction had occurred (according to the news).

The earthquake measured 6.6 on the Richter scale and was situated 8km down. It was centred off the northern part of the east coast of the South Island (that's a mouthful!). There were 200+ aftershocks. It was most definitely a scary, yet exciting way to finish our week!

The Awesome 1's earthquake safety guide:

What would you do?

Triple one equals fun!

The Awesome 1's always look forward to 12 pm on a Friday. Why? Because they get to hang with their junior buddies from Room 11. During this time The Awesome 1's teach their Year 1 buddies how to use apps on the Chromebooks, draw using art programs, read to them and plant veges in the combined garden.

The past two weeks have seen the triple ones working on their spring and summer planting in the garden plots and relaxing in the library enjoying the wonderful variety of text neatly stacked on the shelves.

A great time is had by all and the seniors really enjoy teaching and looking after their junior buddies. Bring on the next 'Triple 1 Fun Day!'

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

A giraffe on the loose at Carlton...

A giraffe on the loose at Carlton? What craziness is this you ask? Well intrepid blog readers it just happens to be true, but just not the wild, found in the African plains type. This giraffe is fluffy, educated and visits schools and teaches students about life. Oh, and his name is Harold.

The Awesome 1's were very lucky enough to visit Harold in the mobile classroom and learn about the qualities of friendship, bullying and the harmful effects from smoking. They were involved in class discussion, games and group activities. These topics are part of their Term 3 Inquiry unit.

The Awesome 1's were already well versed in the topics covered and provided some incredibly intelligent comments and replies. They watched video clips about the 'Do and Don'ts' of  friendship and then sung along with Harold about what they had covered.

The unit was fantastic and has only made Room 1 better people from the learning experience. Thank you Harold and Chris the presenter for a wonderful time.

Monday, 5 August 2013

The probability of math being lost in time...

The Awesome 1's have been learning about probability this term as their minor focus while fractions is their major focus. In probability, the students have learned about the meaning of terms such as certain, likely, even, unlikely and impossible. We looked at events that relate to these terms and linked them appropriately.

So what about time travel? "Impossible" the Awesome 1's reply.
We then discussed what IMPOSSIBLE actually meant using the dictionary. The ever challenging teacher then asked "are cell phones impossible?"
The students looked at him like he was mad. "Of course not" they replied.
The teacher then posed the question"what about 100 years ago? What would the people of 1913 have thought of a phone that fits in a pocket and can take photos?"
"Hmmmmm, never thought of it like that" replied the Awesome 1's.

The teacher then explained that nothing is impossible, we as a species just haven't figured out how to do it yet. Then to prove that time travel could be POSSIBLE, the teacher presented a YouTube clip of a woman on a cell phone back in 1928. Have a look at the clip below....

Is time travel real? The Awesome 1's seem to think so, but we'll leave it up to you to decide. One thing is for CERTAIN, our maths lesson was a lot of fun and we learned a lot.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Monochromatic magic....

Sketching and painting in black, white and grey has been the art focus for the Awesome 1's. They studied the artwork of Darcy Nicholas then looked at how Tammy Morin approached the artist's work. We really liked the limited range of colours and how they had to, and could be blended.

The students of Room one studied black and white images of themselves and took note of the varying shades of grey, white and black. After a brief sketch, they set about mixing and blending the three colours. Once completed and dry, the students cut the painting out and glued it to a black A3 sheet. Finally, they were asked to identify values that represent themselves and write them in white pastel.

The final results are simply amazing and really promotes the great artistic skills the Awesome 1's do possess. Well done and what a fun time we all had.