Friday, 27 March 2015

Inquiry -ducks

We really do know a lot about ducks in Room 5.   We have learned that ducks have an oil gland that they use to keep their feathers waterproof.  They are continuously using their bills to preen and cover their feathers in oil. Yesterday, we did some great experiments on what 'waterproof' means.  We applied some oil to paper, then put some water on it and watched it bead up rather than soak in.  We also looked at other materials that we found were waterproof like glad wrap and tinfoil.

 Today, as with most Fridays, we had some new entrant visitors.   Today we looked at snails (incidentally, one type of food enjoyed by ducks) We had a book, a poem and snail hunt.  We then did some writing on snails.  My favourite story today was Sam's.  This was all his own work (apart from the last line which I helped him with)

The snail is chomping on the leaf.
He made a trail, a slimy trail.
I found the snail, I followed the trail. 
Sam Collins

Here are some other pieces of writing from today

The snail is making a trail.  
He is slithering.
Mia van der Merwe

The snail is slithering to me.
 It is coming and he is making a slimy trail on the carpet.
Jake Davies

The snail is up on the leaf. 
 He fell down the leaf.
Eden M

The snail is making tracks on the ground.
Asriyah Ali

The snail is making a slimy trail.
He is sliding to me.
Emma Roberts

Monday, 16 March 2015

Beaks and Feet - what ducks eat.

Hi all here are a couple of videos on our duck investigation into what ducks eat.  Room 5 are all doing well at working collaboratively.  Well done Room 5!

Friday, 6 March 2015

Beaks and feet - Inquiry Learning

Hi there  - Thank you to those of you who have taken the classroom camera home so far and captured some images of life at home.  I can honestly say it has been fantastic for our oral language programme and the children's ability to ask questions.  We have also been getting to know each other well.   Last week during our walk we saw a lot of birds - duck, geese, pukeko, stilts, and gulls.  During our time watching them - we really focussed on their different shaped feet and beaks.  Most of the interest in the initial discussions we had after the walk seemed to focus on ducks - and we have done some learning and writing about ducks this week.  Here are some of the questions they asked - as a starting point for our Inquiry.  We can't wait to get our 'beaks' into answering these questions.  Where possible this will be integrated across the curriculum.  Stay posted for some writing examples on this.

I should mention, before we asked these questions - the children did talk in groups.  Apologies for not capturing every face in the video, or answering every hand that was up (on the video) - we did continue and ensure every question was recorded.  I really just wanted to provide you with a sample of the type of questions asked.