INVESTIGATING PLANTS

We are investigating a problem in our classroom: our plants are not growing as we expected!

The most important part of research is asking questions before you investigate. Ishanvi, Grace and Chloe have recorded their questions here:

Ishanvi, Grace and Chloe then used some library books to help with their questioning. These library books were very useful:

  • The Gardening Book by Jane Bull. J635BUL
  • Cool Stuff the Grow by Stephanie Turnbull. J635TUR
  • Rocks and Soil by Peter Riley. J552RIL
  • Grow It Eat It J635GRO

Here are some photos from the books. Can you read the pages to research the answer to our problem?

Have you got a question which will help us with our research thinking? Write it in the comments below.

DISASTER ACTION

We are learning to use digital technologies in finding solutions for problems connected with disasters.

READ:

https://www.redcross.org.au/prepare

and

http://education.abc.net.au/newsandarticles/blog/-/b/3060819/curious-kids-why-do-we-have-droughts

CLIP 1: DISASTERS HAPPEN

CLIP 2: DEALING WITH FLOODS

http://education.abc.net.au/home#!/media/2163724/life-on-our-ever-changing-creek

CLIP 3: HOW TO PREDICT AN EARTHQUAKE

http://abcspla.sh/m/30150

CLIP 4: PREPARING FOR FLOODS

http://education.abc.net.au/home#!/media/3353989/flood-prevention-in-tokyo

 

CLIP 5: PREDICTING BUSHFIRES

CLIP 6: VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS

CLIP 8: WHAT CAUSES TSUNAMIS?

http://abcspla.sh/m/31077

CLIP 9: DISASTER IN BALI

STEM RADIO

As a project for Science Week, we are creating a news podcast: STEM RADIO!

We are aiming to produce quality news items which are about the latest exciting developments in our world. Based on STEM topics, we hope to inform our audience how science is used to solve problems and create solutions in our world. In particular, we want to tell our audience which science was involved – the basic scientific thinking and science disciplines behind the story.

Here’s an example podcast segment.

Process:

Work with a partner. Choose an article from the list. Create a draft of your podcast script. Include:

  • WHO
  • WHEN
  • WHERE
  • WHAT
  • THE SCIENCE INVOLVED

Are there any direct quotes in the article you have read? You may use these to create an authentic ‘voice’ in your script. You may include a fictitious quote or interview in your podcast if it helps to highlight the science!

TIPS FOR SUCCESS – VERY IMPORTANT!

  • Use the assistive tech on your laptop to read the computer.
  • Include the main idea in your introductory sentences.
  • Your original writing is best – just don’t copy sentences from the article.
  • Make it entertaining!

Here’s a list of suitable articles: stem radio articles for 6M

RECORDING YOUR SCRIPT

  • Use audacity on your laptop.
  • Keep the laptop still when recording.
  • Keep yourself close and stay in the same spot when recording.
  • make sure you and your recording partner are at an equal distance from the computer so that both voices can be recorded at the same volume.
  • Rehearse!
  • Finished? Now to get your file ready. FILE < EXPORT AS MP3. Save this and email it to me with SCIENCE PODCAST 6M in the subject line.

 

SCRATCH GAME DESIGN

Try my Scratch game below. What do you like about it? What do you think needs improving?

New to Scratch programming? Try these useful tutorial cards.

TIP: think of a game that you like playing in real life, or on the Scratch community. Use this as a format for your game, Here’s some ideas:

  • Pong
  • Super Mario
  • Maze
  • Memory cards
  • War/battle
  • racing car
  • Choose your own adventure

Emoji and Graffiti

Combine the power of emoji with graffiti to create speech bubbles on these images. Stick to the theme: migration.

Choose an image from this slide show:

TIP: Insert your chosen image into a Word document. Add a ‘callout’ shape. type your emojis inside the callout shape – no more than 5 emoji per shape. Here’s my example:

emoji graffiti example

Upload your file into the Activity space in Seesaw.

 

APP DESIGN

Would you like to build a web-based app to help our community members improve the management of their waste?  Here are some tips and resources.

Check out Ms Lockyer’s app.

TIP 1:

Spend time on your planning. The most important consideration is WHY are we designing this app, along with WHAT ACTION do we want our audience to take after using the app?

TIP 2:

Here’s a useful document to help you plan: app plan for waste inquiry based on the Techgirls Are Superheroes app designing competition.

TIP 3:

We will be using the resources on Code-org to build our app, specifially AppLab. Here’s a link to their privacy policy for our students’ protection. You might like to read it with your parents. We are using AppLab under a teacher-membership/online classroom arrangement and you will receive a login card for this.

Garage Band

Garage Band on the iPad is a fabulous tool for creating your own music which you can use with integrity in any of your own multimedia projects.

TIPS:

  1. Find a classmate who is an expert in Garage Band. Ask them to be your GB Buddy.
  2. Watch this YouTube clip:

3. Think LOOPS! These are patterns of music that can be joined together to create a catchy song.

4. Aim to create on the iPad as quickly as possible – they are not always available. Keep a note on which iPad you are using.

5. When you are happy with your tune, get it onto your PC. Try emailing it to your PC. (this might take a few minutes, so be patient.) This guide is useful.

6. Plan B for getting your Garage Band song onto your PC: airdrop the song to your teacher’s iPad. They can then send it to you via email OR OneDrive.

Once you have received your song on your PC, use Audacity to make changes, including putting it in a format which suits your project. You will need an extra bit of software called a LAME Encoder. This can be downloaded onto your PC from here.