We are having a fantastic Monday! Three lovely things have happened! Firstly, when we arrived at our classroom this morning we were pleased to observe that several of our seeds have started to grow! We now have seven young plants which include, pea plants, carrot seedlings and tomato seedlings.
After that, we had even more excitement when Caitríona dropped by with a letter for the class in response to our persuasive letters. Not only was she very impressed with our letters, but she also said yes to our request! We will be visiting the playground with our class! Caitríona has asked us to write a report of our trip afterwards. We are looking forward to our trip.
Finally, just before our second break, our whole class got to visit the ice cream van together and get a treat! We were so thankful and enjoyed eating on the grass with our friends before yard. What a lovely Monday!
We have been doing our Stay Safe lessons this term in our class. We have spent this week learning about friendship and how to recognise and stop bullying. To finish off our learning, each pod designed a pod agreement on ways to stop bullying from happening using Jambourd on our chromebooks. Each pod then presented their work and we have joined the agreements together to create a class agreement. Check it out!
Wow! We had an amazing day of fun and sports today! We spent the day working on different sports stations outside and having races. It was tremendous fun. Everybody worked really well together and tried their best at the different events. Well done 3rd Class!
Pictures from the Day
The Obstacle Course
We are having lots of fun in our classroom and are very busy learning together! We have been enjoying buddy reading - we even got to do some reading outside! We have also been busy gardening. Each of us gathered some seeds from fruits or vegetables we were eating at home and we are planting them this week in our classroom. We are trying to predict what plants will grow first. Also, we have been having great fun using the Chromebooks! We have been learning how to use Google Classroom and have tried some other programmes like Jambourd and Kahoot. It is great fun.
We have been busy working on writing an important letter to Caitríona. We are trying to use our persuasive skills to encourage Caitríona to let 3rd Class visit our local playground before the end of the school year. We just finished our letters today and are going to deliver them to her now. Hopefully our letters will be persuasive enough! Have a look at our writing journey below.
First, each pod worked together to come up with some persuasive reasons as to why we should go to the playground.
Then, we wrote our letters one paragraph at a time. We wrote them on whiteboards first and our buddies helped us edit our work before we wrote them into our copies.
After writing our letter into our copies, we read through them and made some improvements with our green "polishing" pen.
Then we published our letters using our neatest handwriting and decorated them.
Finally, we put our letters into a beautifully decorated envelope, ready to be delivered!
We had such a fun day on Thursday! We had our in-school school tour and it was fantastic! We spent the first part of morning in our classroom working on a team challenge. Each pod were given mini marshmallows, dried spaghetti and some other optional sticking tools and we had to try to create the tallest tower in the room. It was very tricky and very fun! After that, we went to the hall and had a super drumming lesson. We learned about different types of African drums and played lots of different rhythms together. After our lesson, we spent the rest of the day outside. As well as having two picnics, each of the third classes had their own area of activities to explore and play on. We had a bouncy castle with a slide, an inflatable obstacle course, an inflate penalty shootout area, giant Jenga, giant cannonball and a crazy golf area. We thoroughly enjoyed our day together! Here are some of our videos and pictures. :-)
Pictures from the day
African Drumming Performance
Earlier in the week we carried out our investigation on the temperature in our classroom. Scroll down to see how we set it up. We spent some time discussing our results and here is what we discovered:
1. The average temperature of our classroom was 21 degrees Celsius.
2. The highest temperature recorded was 23 degrees Celsius.
3. The lowest temperature recorded was 19 degrees Celsius.
Each station's results were slightly different so here are some of the children's interpretations from each station:
Aaya at Red Rubies: I noticed at my station that when the hours went by it got hotter and hotter. I think this was because our station is closer to the window and the sun reflected at the window.
Grace at Shining Sunrise: I noticed at my station that at 11:00am it was the coolest part of the day. I think this was because it was raining very heavily at 11:00am.
Arnav Yellow Yoyos: I noticed that the temperature went up and down. I think this was because the door kept on opening and closing during the day.
Ira and Varshith at Green Glowing Frogs: I noticed that the temperature only changed twice. I think this was because it gets hotter during the day.
Iga at The Diamonds: I noticed at my station that it was going in a zig-zag. I think this was because people were walking around.
Today we started our first temperature investigation. We are measuring and recording the temperature in our classroom for the day. Each pod is responsible for monitoring a different temperature station in our room. There are five stations in total. We are recording the temperature on our weather chart and creating a line graph in our science copies to show our results. Wish us luck! We will show you our results tomorrow.
Today, we continued to work on our persuasive skills in our first ever classroom debate. Our debate topic was, "What is the best sport?" Each of the pods were assigned a different sport to argue for in the debate. Each pod wrote and presented a joint speech. After the speeches, each pod had an opportunity to disagree with the points raised by other pods. At the end of the debate, we thanked everybody and we voted for the team that we believed had presented the best argument for their sport. The swimming team were victorious!
The Teams and Speeches