Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tiere's New Words from Week 7

Here is a great example of work produced in Room 7's novel study. Hopefully some of these fantastic new words will find their way into the student's writing. Tiere has produced a wonderful and descriptive sentence using all of the new words she has learnt.

This is my word investigation chart.This task was to find words I haven't heard or seen before and investigate about it.I have sentences at the bottom of my chart to show that I have structured new words I haven't seen or heard before in a sentence.

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Phoenix by Jayden and Nesbert

Here is a narrative story written by Jayden and Nesbert 

M.A.K.M-9000 - Mean, Auto, Killing Machine by Darwin and William

Last week Darwin and William worked together on a piece of narrative writing.

Step 1:
We activated our prior knowledge of what we know about narrative writing and then as a class we created a success criteria to guide us during the writing process.

How to write a narrative story
  • Use the T.O.P.S. writing structure to organise our ideas.

  • Use simple punctuation correctly in our sentences. . (at the end of a sentence) AKL (capital letters, nouns, I)  

  • Use the ‘CCC strategy’, dictionaries or sounding out patterns to check mispelt words.

  • Make sure your sentences make sense by proofreading for meaning, spelling and (complex) punctuation.

  • Write interesting language that will ‘hook in’ the reader (eg. metaphor, personification, hyperbole.)

  • Include dialogue to give the reader more information about the characters, events and solutions.
Step 2:
This is our planning for our story.

Darwin and William verbalising their story to another group.

Step 3 -  Click here to view their piece of writing for their narrative story

Step 4 - Feedback, sharing with our peers.

Step 5 - Re-crafting - using feedback given by our peers

Step 6 - Teacher Conference 

Step 7 - Publishing our end product - see our video below

Step 8 - Personal writing reflection.

We hope you enjoy the end product of our narrative story - we appreciate your feedback. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Inquiry Investigations by Ms Aireen

Today Room 7 started their inquiry investigations of a science area they are interested in. This is related to the science topic we are focussing on this term - Discoveries and their Impact. 

Encouraging students to take ownership of this investigation was challenging to some groups as they were unsure of 'where and how to start'. This is where the role of the teacher is crucial. I have learnt in today's session that when students are finding it challenging to take ownership of their learning, a simple critical statement, question or suggested actions (e.g quick research of specific areas for learning development - what specific area of biology do you want to learn and research about?)  will help guide or give them a clear starting point. 

With key questions and scaffolding prompts provided, students were able to make a start on their projects through critical discussions - by agreeing on a topic to investigate and negotiating on key ideas/areas to investigate and thinking of critical questions to drive their investigations. 

Here are the topics students could base their investigations upon:

Before moving on to 'Asking Questions' students were encouraged to think about the outcome of their investigations.  I prompted each group with the following question - 

What do you hope to get out of this investigation?

Here are students responses to the questions above (this was done through brainstorming key ideas related to the science area of interest)

Lolo and Charlie-Ray have decided to investigate the role of a mechanic. 

Christopher and John have decided to investigate the invention of a computer based on security of computers. 

Kini, Jayden, Darwin and Sam are investigating  the science area of Archeology. 

Brandon, Cypress and William are investigating the science area of chemistry. 

Mckoy and Loni have decided to investigate Robotics.

Lauren, Tiere, Patosina and Mary are wanting to investigate the science area of biology  - endangered animals. 

 Deandra, Mele Devine, Lavinia and Harmony
are wanting to investigate the work of Leonardo Da Vinci

Now that my class have identified the key outcome of their investigations , they are now ready to ask critical questions that will drive their learning for this inquiry project. 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Room 7 students Get Well Soon to lovely Miss Aireen

Our students in Room 7 wishing Miss Aireen feels better soon.

This is a card that me and my friend Lolo made.
It is for our lovely teacher Ms Aireen.