This is just one of the questions we have formulated and investigated within our UOI this week. Other questions we experimented with included: How does liquid move? Why does hot air rise? and Do liquid molecules move at different speeds in different temperatures?
From each question we made predictions and formed our own hypotheses. We then gathered our materials and wrote up a method for how we were to test our hypotheses. We have been working on using all our senses to make specific and accurate observations. We then combined these observations with further research to explain the science behind each experiment.
We are having a lot of fun inquiring into our own questions and developing experiments to understand our line of inquiry: the transfer of heat.
Today we were honored to welcome a range of guests to our school for LOTE Day. We were able to meet teachers and students and watch some incredible performances from MaoLin Elementary School, P’uma Elementary School and another group of students sharing with us a Taiya Tribe Performance and Aboriginal dance.
After the morning performances we are able to rotate through a variety of cultural experiences. Some of these activities included Sugar painting, Glove puppets, Face painting, Taiwanese aboriginal singing and dancing and Dough Figurines.
Max T and Ryan were our translators for the day which allowed us to ask many questions which provided us with great insight into their traditions and cultures. We loved using our mandarin to communicate with our guests.
Thank you Mrs Angel for organising such a memorable day!
Today we were extremely lucky to have Max’s Dad, Mr McLeod come in to talk to us about the stock market.
We have currently been reading “Too Small to Fail” by Morris Gleitzman. Oliver, the main character, has investment bankers for parents and gets himself into a situation where he needs to make money, fast. He decides to sell ‘Shares’ in himself. Now Pollard is pretty good with numbers, eg the number of calories in a cherry ripe bar for instance, however he wasn’t too confident answering our questions about the stock market. Max came to the rescue and invited his Dad in to come and share his job with us.
We loved it!!! Mr Mcleod told us what a share was, what the stock market is and what it used to be. Our favourite part was when he showed us graphs of how Google, Facebook and Pokemon Go has impacted shares and the stock market. We asked lots of questions throughout Mr Mcleod’s presentation and we now have a great understanding of shares and the stock market. If only our main character had Mr Mcleod to listen to.
Thanks again Mr Mcleod!
The boys have been learning about sonnet poetry over the past week and have been applying these skills in our English inquiry time. Sonnet poetry is a lyric poem which has rhythmic and rhyme pattern that develops around a central theme.
Students initially developed poems where the last word of each line rhymed where the pattern worked on multiples so lines 1/2 rhymed, lines 3/4 rhymed, lines 5/6 rhymed and so on. After students had mastered this type of sonnet poem they continued to apply these skills to poems where lines 1/3 rhyme, lines 2/4 rhyme, lines 5/7 rhyme etc, developing this poem around our central theme of sport.