We had a noisy maths class today as we were inquiring into how long is a minute and what can you really do in a minute. There were lots of ideas to start with, but after completing a few rounds we realized that a minute can sometimes seem longer than think and shorter than you think. It can depend on what you have to do! It was a busy, fun time watching students really engaged in timing themselves.
We have been learning all about time for the last two weeks, starting with Days of the Week, then Calendars, then different types of clocks and how to tell the time to the half hour on an analogue clock. It has been a lot of fun.
Challenge your child to tell the time on an analogue clock to you for an hour or half hour time.
As well as making the Garden, we were also busy last week with understanding more about Mass and Capacity and so we did some work using the water table outside. Working in small groups we had to estimate how much a container could hold and then fill the containers to check our estimations. Hands on maths work is a great way to make real life connections. Having estimation skills is very valuable in many real-life situations, such as cooking, so a great skill to practice at home when helping in the kitchen.
We were also learning about different roles we can play when working in a group. Students were asked in work in a group to create human letters, but each time they had to take different roles. These were Group Leader, Group Recorder and Group member. After completing the task an interesting reflection by students as we all worked out that being the leader can be very difficult. I have attached the discussion comments made by the students, but there some great reflection points. I was very proud of the interesting points students noted. Great stuff 1HN!
This week in 1HN we covered all sorts of things. We started our week reading and zooming in on the idea that ‘Good readers ask Questions’. This is important to make sure we understand what we are reading about. This idea was especially helpful we were became Inquirers and were trying to sort out some of the information we have researched about Systems and how things are all connected. We did some research on the laptops and were able to take down some excellent notes.
Our maths work this week has focused on Mass and Capacity. We have been discussing how to weigh and order things using scales and using blocks to compare objects. Today we looked at what capacity means and how we can measure that. We found lots of objects in our room that have Capacity and some that do not.
Another important link we made is that to help Systems work, people have responsibilities. We all have some now in our classroom as we all have a Classroom Job to be involved in.
1HN have also done a great job of getting our new system of ‘Bookworms’ up and running. We all did well working out how the systems in our room work best and it seems to be when we all take responsibility for our role and the tasks involved. Well done 1HN!!