When exploring information reports we decided that the following elements were really important:Planning (using a graphic organiser)
Introduction (general statement/classification/description of what report is about)
Paragraphs to organize information (3 or more sentences per paragraph)
Topic sentences at the beginning of each paragraph
Sentence Fluency (long and short sentences)
Conjunctions (to make some sentences longer)
Summary ( to tie all of the information together)
Revision using ARMS – Add, Remove, Move, Substitute
Editing using CUPS – Capitals, Understanding, Punctuation, Spelling
An annotated information report about Day and Night
You will notice that the students of 3A did a great job of using the important elements listed above in their Information Reports.
What do you think is the most important element of an information report?
On Tuesday some members of 3A and 3B made sculptures out of time foil. We glued them on to paper and drew the shadow. They looked very effective!
How would you describe these sculptures?
I could not resist posting this photo of a Spider’s web that I took this morning.
It was quite early – the sun is low in the sky. Can you see the shadows?
Have you noticed your shadows change during the day?
Yesterday we used spheres to model the Sun, Earth and Moon.
The Sun is the largest object in the solar system. It is gigantic compared with the Earth, which is larger than the moon.
We used our spheres to show how the Earth spins on its axis (once every 24 hours causing day and night) and orbits around the sun (taking a year to do so). When the Earth is not facing the sun it is night.
There are some great websites such as ABC splash and NASA which show the process clearly too.
What have you learnt about Day and Night?
This term we have a new inquiry topic!
We will be studying the relationships between the sun, earth, moon to help us understand how we experience day and night on earth. This knowledge will also help us to understand directions including North, south, east, west and how time can be determined using a sun dial.
This week we were all interested to learn about the New Horizons Spacecraft. This spacecraft is the size of a golf buggy and left Earth 9 years ago to reach parts of space so far away that they have not yet been explored. The spacecraft went near Pluto this week and beamed images back to Earth.
This is a link to an ABC news report about Pluto.
What are you wondering about Night and Day and/or Space?