New term. New Inquiry topic. Old clothes?

We started the new term off a little different.  Instead of walking into a normal classroom from the year 2014, we walked into one from the early 1900’s.  The walls were bare, the desks were all facing forward and in long rows and the teacher was dressed…weird.  The only thing on the walls were rules like:

1. No talking

2. Listen to your teacher

3. Do your work

The kids thought it was funny in the beginning but they quickly learnt that school was hard work in the early 1900’s.  The kids had to do all their work on chalkboards, practice their counting and numbers by chanting and they boys got to do geometry (geo boards) while the girls had to do weaving.  There was also no electrictity for the whole day.  It was a cloudly day so it made everything very dark!

We also read  a letter from a girl named Amanda who went to school in the 1901.  She brought her lunch to school in a bucket and her brother came to school on a horse.  As a class we thought about what it might be like for kids going to school 100 years from now.

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Last Week!

The last week of term 1 flew by.  Both students and teachers were anxiously waiting for the clock to tick 2:10 on Friday afternoon.  That didn’t mean that we stopped learning and exploring…if maybe at a slower pace.

We finished our last week of term 1 by continuing to work on writing instructions.  The best way to learn is by doing though…so that meant lots of hands on activities.

The first set of instruction the kids help produce was to a visiting alien who goes by the name Zekbop.  Zekbop was a bit shy and would not pose for a picture but if you need a visual; the kids say she looked an awful lot like Miss Butcher :-).  Zekbop came to our planet because she had seen humans doing something called “combing their hair” and she wanted to learn this for herself.  It was a bit confusing at times but the kids finally talked her through it making sure that she used her hands to pick up the comb and not her feet as well as holding the comb the right way.  Overall Zekbop was very happy with the set of instructions given to her by the students in 1/2B.  Maybe she will visit us another time.

The second set of instructions we wrote and learnt to follow was how to make string Easter eggs with balloon and glue.  It didn’t exactly turn out to plan but the kids got to get very sticky and messy.  Also, the kids were given a chance to take photos of the activity and here is what they photographed.

It may look a little weird but it was fun to make.

It may look a little weird but it was fun to make.

Rita was one of the first to finish her Easter eggs

Rita was one of the first to finish her Easter eggs

Glora is all smiles when showing off her eggs

Glora is all smiles when showing off her eggs

Daisy is very happy with her work.

Daisy is very happy with her work.

Leilani reminds us that instructions can be serious business.

Leilani reminds us that instructions can be serious business.

Shiloh poses with her very gluey hands.

Shiloh poses with her very gluey hands.

Charlyze is a little unsure how the eggs will turn out.

Charlyze is a little unsure how the eggs will turn out.

Mikaela is very careful not to drop her string Easter eggs.

Mikaela is very careful not to drop her string Easter eggs.

Benjamin shows off his completed string and very gluey Easter egg

Benjamin shows off his completed string and very gluey Easter egg

The supplies to make the string Easter eggs are all ready to go for the kids when they walk in.

The supplies to make the string Easter eggs are all ready to go for the kids when they walk in.

Finally, the kids helped write instructions for how to make microwavable popcorn…the end result; the kids got to enjoy some while watching a movie on the last day.  Who knew instructions could be so much fun…and yummy.

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