Thursday, 17 April 2014

Painting with straws: Part 1

We have been having a go at creating abstract paintings by blowing through straws.

Here's the video on how you use this technique:

Here's a video of a straw blowing artist:

We watched these videos and had lots of time to think about and discuss this new technique. Then we had a go using water on the concrete outside:

Then we practiced this technique using paint on paper. It was more tricky than we thought!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Describing movie characters.

We have been writing descriptions of characters. We have talked about how we can publish in the best way to suit the audience we want to read our writing. These writers have chosen to publish their writing on the blog.

Here are our success criteria. Do you have any feedback for us?

It has lots of information:
  • ·       Uses most of the senses (looks like, sounds like, feels like, smells like, does…)
  • ·       You can imagine this thing easily.

It is interesting to read – it might have lots of detail or it might be funny.
It tells a little mini story about that character.
It has all the capital letters and full stops you need.
It has to have at least one simile.
The information is grouped – what it looks like and what it does.
The  sentences start differently.

Movie Night

 We had such fun at the movie night on Friday.

Here are some pictures of Hub 2 children having a great time:

The upside down person car

The Upside Down Person Car.

I made an upside down person car yesterday.  It was fun! I love building Lego sculptures.  It had wheels on its head.  I built my upside person car in the inclusive room.  It can shoot arrows out of its body.  It can kill baddies with its laser.  It can see when its head is not facing the front. The upside down person car can stand up straight. Sometimes it breaks down.  It has a hat on its wheels.  When it's by the edge of the cliff it can fly to the other side.  It looks like a supermarket trolly. 

By Eugene. 

My super jet fighter

My Super Jet Fighter.

On Wednesday we made Lego sculptures. I made a jet fighter.  It can transform into a submarine ship and any thing you want. It's fast.  There's a gun on it that can move.  It rescues people in battles.  It's made out of plastic Lego but if it was real it would be made of metal.  It's white, green, blue, brown, pink, yellow, red and black. It's got more then enough security cameras.  It's more powerful than other planes.

By Henry       

The weird bat.

The Weird Bat

On Wednesday I made a Weird Bat.  It is made out of plastic.  It is poisonous and it can mine with its poisonous claws! It can turn hot and cold. It can run as fast as light.  The weird bat can go upside down and it can explode baddies.  It has a darkness sword and it can never die because it can go invisible.  It can fly.  It has super sonic ears and eyes.  It can hypnotise.  It is sharp.
           By, Kyan           

Monday, 14 April 2014

How to make salt crystals

What you'll need:

  • A jar
  • Water
  • About half a cup of salt
  • A spoon for stirring
  • String
  • Scissors
  • 2 toothpicks

  1. Fill the jar with water.
  2. Add about half a cup of salt to the water.
  3. Mix the solution together with a spoon.
  4. Cut a piece of string with scissors and tie each end to a toothpick.
  5. Place the string over the top of the jar so that the string dangles into the middle of the solution and the toothpicks hang over the edge.
  6. Don’t forget to clean up when you’ve finished.

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How to make sugar crystals

What You Will Need

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups table sugar
  • clean glass jar
  • pencil
  • string or yarn (do not use nylon string)
  • pan for boiling water and making solution
  • spoon for stirring
  • (optional) food coloring

  1. Tie the string to your pencil.. The string should be able to hang into your jar without touching the bottom or sides.
  2. In the pan start boiling the water. You may want to ask an adult for help or let them know you're using the stove, just in case.
  3. Stir in the sugar one spoonful at a time. You want to make sure there is lots of the solute (in this case sugar) in the solution, but not so much that it doesn't all dissolve into the solution. If you have some undissolved sugar your Rock Crystals will start building onto those molecules rather than your string.
  4. Add a few drops of food coloring if you want some color to your candy.
  5. Carefully pour the solution from the pan into your clean glass jar. Make sure it's clean, otherwise crystals will build onto those molecules on the jar and not on your string.
  6. Balance the pencil (with the string tied to it) on the lip of the jar and let the string dangle into the solution. Again, don't let the string hit the sides or bottom of the jar.
  7. Find a safe spot for your jar so it won't get knocked around or exposed to too much dust and debris.
  8. Check on your Rock Crystals the next day and notice how they're started to take form on the string.
  9. Whenever your Rock Crystals are the right size for your taste or when they stop growing go ahead and take them out of the jar and let them dry.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Parent Workshops

Thanks to the parents and caregivers who came along to our parent workshops today. For those of you who couldn't make it or if you want to access the notes again, here is the presentation we used for both the Home Learning and eLearning workshops.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Trip to the Wetlands!

This afternoon we wanted to spend time building relationships with learners outside of our friend groups.  We walked with Hub 1 to the wetlands.  It was fun to spend time playing collaborative activities and being able to apply the social skills we have been learning in the hub.

Today we spent time building our knowledge of social skills.

We took time to share what things we like and don't like.  Then came together to reflect on how we could use this knowledge to make the Stonefields environment a better place.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Patrick's Crystal Learning

Today Patrick taught some learners from Hub 9 how to make crystals. 

1. First you have to put hot water in a pot to boil. 
2. Make sure you have a pencil or a stick.
3. Tie string to the pencil or the stick.
4. Put a paper clip on the string. 
5. Put the sugar into the burning water.
6. Mix it and make sure the sugar is dissolved. 
7. Pour the sugar mixture into a the glass jar or cup. 
8. Put your pencil with the paper clip into the glass jar or cup. 
9. Leave it in a warm place and see if any crystals grow. 

What are we cooking today?

It certainly smells pretty yummy in the kitchens at Stonefields this morning! We have two break through groups cooking today. We have build our knowledge about the recipes and the ingredients we need. Today we are applying our understanding by cooking macaroni cheese and chocolate chip cookies. Yum! Yum!

Macaroni Cheese 

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thursday, 3 April 2014

The day it rained...

This week, Miss Campbell's literacy groups watched the story "Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs". We used the story to help us imagine what else we wished could fall from the sky if it could rain food. 

Here are some of the descriptive stories we came up with...

The day it rained hotdogs

It rained hotdogs. There were colourful hotdogs. The hotdogs were hot. They're cold. They tasted like pepperoni. It is red.

By Tyler

The day it rained peanut better sandwiches

Yummy peanut butter sandwiches started to slowly fly down to the ground. It sounded like thunder. It fell into a tree too. We ate all of the peanut butter sandwiches. I wish it rained peanut butter sandwiches everyday.

By Nathan

The day it snowed macaroni cheese

One day it snowed macaroni cheese. It was cool. I liked it.

By Flynn

The day the lollies fell from the sky

The lollies zig zagged quickly from the sky. They jump too as they shoot down from the sky and rolled from the sky. They come down fast. It comes bumpy. It floats too.

By Kate

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Balloons for Gabriel

Look what we delivered to our friend Gabriel. We hope you enjoy the balloons and the card we made you! See you soon!