Friday, 31 October 2014

Planet Facts: Efaraima, Robbie, Juliano, Tim and Jacob A

Well done boys! You worked collaboratively to find lots of interesting facts about the planets in our solar system. I really liked the way you used each person's strengths to create your presentation.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Phases of the Moon: Jazmine, Halatoa. Asmah and Evan

This Prezi about the phases of the moon was made collaboratively by Asmah, Jazmine, Halatoa and Evan.  They have made it very simple and easy to read because they will be presenting it to our youngest students.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Congratulations Yvette!

Comic Life have shared Yvette's blog post with their Twitter audience. You can have a look at her 'create' task by clicking this link:  Yvette's Blog

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Tui, Yvette, & Fine's Collaborative Paragraph

The Solar System is apart of the galaxy usually known as ‘The Universe’. The Solar System consists of eight planets, and more than a quadrillion amount of stars. In ancient times, people began to create constellations with the stars. Most people say that they’re able to probe the stars but do they realise stars are light years away from us, somewhere floating in lost gravity? Light Years away, Earth is spinning on its on axis. This process produces an illusion of day and night: One side of the Earth absorbs light from the Sun,  while the other side absorbs darkness. Because of the nuclear fusions happening inside the Sun, day is caused when  bright blue Sun rays hit Earth’s atmosphere, hiding stars from the naked human eyes. Astronauts who travel to space are trained so they’re able to help expand knowledge in space explorations and technology. We believe, that our solar system is unique

Faitele, Joshua, Efaraima, Evan & Robbie'e Collaborative Paragraph

The sun orbits the earth and it’s the only star in our solar system. Stars are like a ball of gas held by its own gravity. A space probe is a piece of technology that explores and collects information from our planets. There are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on all beaches. The earths atmosphere is made up of several layers. Space exploration is an ongoing discovery and exploration of structures in space. Many solar systems together form a galaxy. Every planet rotates on its own axis having differents lengths of day and year. Constellations have been an important part of human society. Neil Armstrong was an astronaut and the first person to land on the moon.

Tamim, Oh S’mar,Tim,Piripi and Puke's Collaborative Paragraph

The sun is the closest star to our planet.Without the sun we would not be able to live. The sun is what gives us time. Earth spins around on its axis so we get an equal share of daytime and night time. Earth’s atmosphere stops the speed of whatever comes into our atmosphere.There are 8 planets that spin in an orbit in our solar system. A universe is made of many galaxies.Our planets is one of many planets in the milky way galaxy. Scientists believe that constellations are a group of stars that form an image. Astronauts are planning to move to Mars for a year to see if humans can live there. They are also trying to travel to other planets. Way’s we get to space have changed in the last 20 years. Gravity makes us not go to space it keeps. The distance in space is called light years. Satellites are in space because before we did not have them and the phone calls we made did not go far so we sent satellites to get our calls to another part of earth.Space probes are also a piece of technology created by scientist. A probe is a spacecraft that travels through space to collect science information. Probes do not have astronauts living inside. Probes send data back to Earth for scientists to study. By learning about the solar system in our school we will be able to understand the ways of the universe. Our idea of space exploration is getting better and better.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Information Poster: Jacob

This is Jacob's information poster on the article 'Eye Spy'. It has information on galaxies, constellations, the moon and planets.  He created this using comic life.

Jazmine, Shantay, Kyra, Halatoa, Jacob S & Juliano's Collaborative Paragraph

We live in the universe that is built up of many galaxies. Many solar systems make up a galaxy. In our solar system there is a Sun that shines bright in the day, but you can’t see it at night because the Sun only shines at a specific time. Our planet orbits around the sun on a 365 day axis. The further the planet away from the Sun, the longer it takes to orbit around the sun. The Solar System has 8 planets all together. The Sun is a star. Stars are actually light years away from our planet. Most stars are bigger than the sun. A group of stars is called a constellation. When we can’t see the sun at night because one side of the Earth is facing the moon.The moon is like a satellite because it orbits in Earth’s atmosphere. Over the past few years technology has changed. People have been sending out space probes and satellites to study other planets and the different suns. Satellites give us a clear understanding of planets. Space probes need to be built for the different  gravities on the planets. Astronauts are space explorers that go to planets after space probes.

Learn-Create-Share: R6/R9

Our Year 7 and 8 students are taking part in a collaborative reading challenge this term. We are using the 'create' component is to show the connections we have made to the information and how we have made this information our own.

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Dialogic Feedback

The feedback below shows an example of how dialogic interaction between learners helps encourage justification of responses. I am so proud of my students as this level of thinking is completely independent of any teacher input.

Student led Feedback

The feedback below shows how our Year 7 and 8's use 'learning talk' to help move each other's learning to the next level. It's wonderful to see what happens when students make connections to their learning.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Quick Quiz created by Asmah

After reading the text 'Shooting Through' Asmah has created a quick quiz for her friends to answer using Google Forms. These are great questions and I look forward to seeing the responses she gets.

Pah Nwee's popplet about Stars

Pah Nwee used his research skills to find out these facts about stars. Part of his challenge was to be able to tell us all about the information he had found out in his own words. He did a fantastic job of both parts of his challenge.

Asmah, Kapri, Samantha & Dontailan's Collaborative Paragraph

Asmah, Kapri, Samantha & Dontailan worked collaboratively together to create this paragraph using their research skills to help them understand some of our Topic words. I think they have done a great job!

The sun is the center of our Solar System. We live on the third planet away from the sun called Earth. Over time as the universe has been going through phases of change, scientists have sent astronauts on space rockets for the idea of space exploration expedition. Research shows, that we have eight planets in our galaxy and more than a billion stars. It takes twelve hours  for the Earth to orbit the sun on its axis, giving us daytime. Stars are luminous points in the night sky made of gas called hydrogen and helium which expand when gravitational energy compresses them. Did you know that when we join stars together it forms a shape in the sky called constellations? Have you ever been told that during daytime the suns rays scatters across the atmosphere causing us to have a blue sky. As the Earth orbits the sun on its axis, the moon is the satellite of the Earth. As the astronaut is up in space they use technology such as space probes to gather information about the environment around them, so scientists can use the information to get a better understanding of our aging universe.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Establishing our prior knowledge:

This term we will be looking at how the Solar System and our knowledge about the Solar System has changed over time. I'm excited to see what we find out if this is what Room 9 know before we start this term's learning journey.