So it seems that people aren't the only species to face tough changes. We're off to the river next week to find out what nature has to go through. I wonder what we'll find out?
After planning and making a pipe cleaner prototype, we finally got to make our action figure with wire. It was much harder than we thought! Take a look at the finished figures.
We LOVED making our salt dough creatures! Here's just a few of them...
One of our mini challenges was to build a house from a sheet of paper, two bandages and two paper clips. Take a look at our houses. Which one do you like the most?
This term's theme for our challenge topic is "make it work."
Today we faced the marshmallow challenge. The goal is to make the tallest tower you can from just twenty sticks of spaghetti pasta and eight marshmallows.
This is what we learnt:
Can you find the tallest tower in the photos below?
What a topic this is turning out to be!
Day 1 of Term 2 saw Manuka students airing their thoughts on everything that they think is not fair about their life. Most statements involved siblings. (Some things don't change!). Stay tuned for some examples.
We chose the statement we felt most strongly about and rated it on a human continuum, with 0 (nearest the camera) being slightly unfair and 10 being REALLY unfair. Take a look at us.
THEN came the event that I'm sure you heard all about, Eat How the World Eats. It was chosen because it represented unfairness on so many levels and teachers hoped it would get students talking.
We had a big discussion afterwards on how students felt at different times. It was interesting that Chloe, the only one from Manuka and one of only ten in the school to get McDonalds, felt both happy and guilty. It was also interesting that some people who got rice appeared more annoyed than some students who got nothing.
More discussion will definitely follow! Meanwhile, take a look at some photos. Can you guess how the students are feeling? What do you think they got to eat?
Camp is edging closer and preparations are well under way.
This week Arrowsmith children have met in their activity groups to plan and make a mascot. The mascot must meet certain criteria including- be at least half of the children's size, be 3-D, represent a common thread within the group and be able to stand the test of time.
The mascots will travel to camp next week and be photographed doing all of the activities, some of which are abseiling, archery, kayaking and mountain biking.
Whose mascot will stay intact throughout the hectic week?
We've been having fun creating our own avatars to use on our blog page. An avatar is an online picture that represents us. You can use them instead of a photo.
Next week we will learn how to upload them to our individual blog page.
Here are some sites that you can use to create your own avatar.
B.E.S.T. stands for better every single time and that is our focus in Term 1. We can apply this to all areas of our learning.
In connected learning we are currently working towards making a poster to portray aspects about ourselves. We have been experimenting with a variety of art mediums such as charcoal and pastels.