Monday, March 21, 2016

How does yeast grow you wonder?

Room 1 tamariki were very busy indeeed yesterday morning making ginger beer with Mr Hoek. The purpose of the lesson was to investigate and research how yeast grows?

The classroom discussion was around biotechnology – looking at the reaction involved with yeast – which is a living organism.
What is Bio? The science of living things.
What is tech? We can use biology to make things.

Watch youtube clip How to make homemade ginger beer the link to the video is
 The tamariki were provided with all the ingredients and equipment to make ginger beer in small groups. They all had a lot of fun and it was their first time making ginger beer believe it or not!

Research and note taking
Tamariki were using class technology (iPads and Macbooks) for research and investigation into how and why does yeast grow?

They were asked questions such as:
1) What in the ginger beer mixture reacts?
2) How does the yeast and sugar dissolve?
3) How are the bubbles made?
4) How does yeast make carbon dioxide?

These questions will help form their explanations of how yeast grows..

When writing the tamariki need to think about:
What is involved in explanation writing?
Explain what is happening (topic)
Linking paragraphs – First, then, next, now, finally etc (one idea per paragraph)
Use topic specific vocabulary

Last but not least the tamariki were deciding on how they would present their findings. Can’t wait to read/see and listen/hear their final explanations of how yeast grows!!

Monday, March 7, 2016

How To Be A Scientist?

Over the last week Room 1 tamariki have been songwriting and working in small groups to come up with their own raps about being a scientist. They all came up with attributes that they think you need to have as a scientist, some were you need to be open-minded, persistent with trial and error, dedicated, communicate easily with others, curious, creative, investigative and the list is endless. Their challenge was to incorporate their selected attributes into their very own scientist rap.

Stay tuned for our very own science raps produced and recorded by Room 1 tamariki!!

Goal Setting The SMART Way

We are on a mission to be focused, engaged and motivated learners with our maths learning this year. Miss O'B has given us our assessment results to talk about, compare, analyse and identify what we need to do next. We have talked about strategy stages we are currently working on to solve addition/subtraction problems. We have completed a basic facts test, an attitude interest survey and a PAT maths assessment. With all of this data and information we have looked closely at what we are already good at doing and what we need to focus on.

Our SMART goals are completed and we are busy displaying them, talking about them, writing about them, reflecting about them... (you get the point). Here are two photos that have helped us to write SMART goals for term one. Some are in the area of basic facts, some are about strategies we use, some are about statistical literacy we will learn about later on in the term.

What do you think?