Grade Four Incursion and “Toss out Tuesday”

Today the grade four students enjoyed an incursion presented by Cultural Infusion.

The focus of the incursion was for the students to learn more about indigenous Australians and to listen to some dreamtime stories.

Everyone enjoyed listening to the didgeridoo and the storytelling.

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Today was also “Toss out Tuesday” and “Tidy Tub Tuesday” at Leopold Primary School.

Students and teachers were encouraged to clean out tubs and tidy up classrooms by recycling paper. In 4KJ we like to have a very tidy and organised classroom, so we were happy to participate in this event.

More information about recycling week can be found here.

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What did you enjoy about our incursion?

What do you know about recycling?

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Billy Carts Incursion

Our inquiry topic at the moment is called “Smooth Moves“. We’re exploring how forces and motion affect movement.

To learn more about this topic, we had a special incursion about billy carts yesterday. We had lots of fun learning with our instructor, Brent.

Students were involved in a rotation of activities providing them with the skills and knowledge to safely build and drive a billy cart.

The four rotations were:

  • Design: designing a billy cart. Creativity was encouraged!
  • Workshop: building an object out of different materials,
  • Construction: making a billy cart from start to finish, and
  • Racing: driving a billy cart safely.

During the incursion the students learnt about using tools, driving techniques, knot tying, force, motion and more.

After we finished the four rotations, Brent chose the best boy driver and the best girl driver to have a race. He selected Andrew and Jess for their precision and speed. Andrew chose Jake and Liam as his pushers. Rochelle and Paris were chosen by Jess as her pushers.

It was then time for the boys V girls final race. Watch the video to see who won!

Here are some photos from the incursion.

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Have you ever made a billy cart? Do you think you’ll make one in the future?

What did you learn from this incursion?

Explain how force and motion affects the way a billy cart moves.

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Readers’ Theatre Performances

This term the grade fours have been learning about making healthy choices. We have learnt about good nutrition, exercise and lifestyle choices we can make to keep our bodies in tip top condition.

To celebrate and demonstrate our understanding of making healthy choices, the students scripted and performed readers’ theatre acts.

Here are two groups performing their scripts.

The Quinns

Augustus Goes Healthy

Have you ever performed readers’ theatre?

What have you learnt about making healthy choices?

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Question for Parents – Healthy Choices

The students in 4KM and 4KJ are enjoying learning about how healthy choices affect the way we all live.

Here are some 4KM and 4KJ students with healthy lunch options

We would love parents and our other blog readers to share some of their healthy tips with us. Please leave us a comment and consider sharing with us:

  • Your favourite healthy meal or snack
  • A healthy recipe you and your family enjoy
  • Your favourite form of exercise
  • A tip for a healthy lifestyle

Feel free to ask us questions too. You can start a new comment or reply to another comment.

We look forward to hearing some healthy advice from parents and our other blog readers!

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Swap It, Don’t Stop It!

4KM and 4KJ are enjoying our new term topic, Healthy Choices.

Last week we learnt about an Australian government initiative called the Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents in Australia. We know it is important to eat a balanced diet with foods from all of the different food groups.

Yesterday we learnt about another campaign the Australian government is running. Swap It, Don’t Stop It is a national program aimed to help Australians make healthy food and exercise swaps.

It’s all about swapping some of the things you do now with healthier choices.

The Swap It, Don’t Stop It website has a lot of excellent advice about making healthy choices.

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What is your “swap it, don’t stop it” idea?

How do you stay fit and healthy?

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Natural Disasters Projects

This term, all Grade Four students at Leopold Primary School have been studying the topic, Natural Disasters.

Over the past couple of weeks, the students have been busy working on a Dynamic Assessment Task (D.A.T). This is a special project which demonstrates what students have learnt in a fun and interesting way.

4KM and 4KJ’s D.A.T consisted of four tasks:

1. Creating an an informative PowerPoint presentation (with a partner) about a specific natural disaster.

2. Making a model at home to represent their chosen natural disaster.

3. Presenting their PowerPoint and model to the class.

4. Sharing their projects with all other Grade Four students in our Natural Disasters Expo.

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Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan worked with the students to make some PowerPoint tips. Here are some of our recommendations when creating a PowerPoint:

* Dot points to show key facts or information are better than large paragraphs. As teacher, Silvia Tolisano says, the “audience is there to listen to you, not to read your slides”.

* Pictures tell a thousand words. Use images to make your presentation interesting and memorable.

* Text should be easy to read and backgrounds should be simple.

* Include a slide of references to show where you got your information from.

* When using images or pictures, use Creative Commons images and include an attributions slide to show where the pictures came from.

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The students all did a fabulous job creating PowerPoint presentations. Here are four examples for you to read and enjoy.

 

Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan were so impressed with the effort the students put in at home with their models. Look at all of the wonderful creations!


 

What did you think of our projects?

Have you ever completed a special project?

Do you have any tips for using PowerPoint?

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Natural Disaster Tagxedos

This term the Grade Four students are beginning to investigate natural disasters.

‘The Violent Volcano’ http://www.flickr.com/photos/95572727@N00/3534586145

A natural disaster is generally caused by something happening in nature, such as the weather. Unfortunately, natural disasters can cause serious injuries and destroy many things.

It’s important to learn about natural disasters so you can find out what to do if they happen. This is information you can share with other people too. Being prepared for natural disasters can save lives. It’s also interesting to learn about why natural disasters happen and develop our understanding of science and geography.

We have been doing some reading this week to find out some background information about natural disasters. We look forward to working on some projects and activities throughout the next month to develop our understanding.

Today the 4KM students learnt how to use Tagxedo and created a word cloud demonstrating what they think of when they hear the term “natural disasters”.

Tip: click on the full screen button to make viewing easier.

What did you think of the Tagxedos?

What do you know about natural disasters?

What would you like to learn about natural disasters?

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