Last term we began our first Genius Hour Projects. Each student selected a topic they were interested in learning more about. They wrote a rich question to drive their research and chose a format to present their discoveries.
Today we were enlightened by Amber, Adam and Chloe about ‘Latin, iPhones and Rainbows.’
At the beginning of Inquiry Learning this term we used Hexagonal Thinking to explain what we already knew about Science and Physics concepts. Things we didn’t know about were put into the parking lot and other topics and concepts were linked to show what the students already knew.
As we are now half way through this term, it was time to revisit the Hexagons and see if our thinking and understandings had changed.
It was awesome to see the groups rearranging, questioning and clarifying their ideas.
Many were surprised by what they had learnt and could now explain their new understandings.
LISTEN to the reflections on their learning!
Physics Investigations on PhotoPeach
I really enjoyed learning about gears and pulleys and how they work. It was great working with my partner Gemma. I liked how we presented our work and the style of the mini expo.
I learnt how lightning is formed and the different types of lightning. I enjoyed making a model and learning from other students.
I really enjoyed learning about water turbines and how they work. I enjoyed working with a partner also.
I found it interesting learning about light and batteries. I discovered how to create an electrical circuit. Our topic was interesting and it was great working with a partner. She had a very creative mind.
I think I did well and I liked working with Tully to learn about how solar panels work. He was a great partner to work with and we shared the information and research together. I also learnt about lighthouses and what’s inside them from Adam.
I learnt a lot of information about batteries and circuits. I enjoyed making a model also.
Physics Investigations on PhotoPeach
To learn more about Physics we set up 6 activities. It gave us time to investigate various concepts about Physics and discover by experimenting, making, testing and observing. We were like real scientists. We used different materials to learn about:
- incline planes
- static electricity
I discovered that static electricity can move cans and lift paper.
Making gears was fun because we could experiment with different size gears and make things. Adam created a fantastic car that moved.
I learnt that using water glass and light I could create a rainbow. The light reflected off mirrors also to make different effects. We used small torches to shine through a magnifying glass. The light was bigger and made good effects.
I discovered that rubbing a balloon on wool gave it static electricity. You could then use that energy to move an aluminium can.
Holding the light under a magnifying glass and shining it on the ceiling created a disco ball effect.
We used two pulleys to lift a kilogram weight, which was easier than just pulling it up with one pulley.
Today we discovered that the word science comes from the Latin word “scientia,” meaning knowledge.
It is system of gaining knowledge through observing, testing, experimenting and analysing to describe phenomena.
The different fields of science include:
INQUIRY QUESTION : How does our knowledge and understanding of science improve our world?
By the end of the unit we hope the students will understand:
- Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted
- Electrical circuits provide a means of transferring and transforming electricity
- Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity
- Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions
- Providing and analysing data and information informs scientific knowledge and progress
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