Posts Tagged With: Social Science

SS and NS at its best

The first two weeks have already been action packed with activities. In Social Science we have been looking at the build of South Africa. It became so much more fun when we could show our understanding by making play-dough models of South Africa. The next step is to design an Explain Everything slide to show our understanding of the different land forms in South Africa.

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In Natural Science we have discovered the fascinating world of fossils. They certainly provoke many questions and endless discussions and we have learnt lots of interesting facts from each other. This week we tried our hand at drawing some fossil pictures. We are going to be creating our own trace fossils out of clay next week.

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Our outing to the museum combined a bit of learning on the San/Khoi cultures in historical South Africa and some more fossils. The children could barely contain their excitement while looking around and the touch room was a firm favourite where they got to touch various skeletons, stuffed animals and even get a glimpse of many insects. We ended the day off with lunchtime in The Gardens, while taking the opportunity to feed the birds and squirrels.

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All in all, a great start to term 2 and the atmosphere is abuzz at what lies ahead.

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The Exciting Egyptians

Egypt day hit Elkanah on Friday with much excitement.  There was a wide variety of glits and glamour.  The children went the extra mile as they put together beautiful costumes that contributed to a very colorful day! The day was filled with activities such as moulding their own mummies out of clay wrapping it up and placing it in their home made sarcophagus and learning more about this fascinating ancient civilization. Now they are ready for the ILT where they will have more hands on activities about ancient Egypt.

 

 

 

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Social Science weather project

The Grade Five’s got their chance to be meteorologists.  They first made their own rain gauges and then had to measure the weather and rainfall over the week and compare their readings to the week’s forecast.  Their projects had to be presented on the iPad as a Keynote presentation. The children took to the challenge and we’re not only discovering weather conditions but also became better experts at using Keynote, including inserting graphs with their data on it.

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Play dough fun in Social Science

The Rainbird class learnt all about the build of South Africa. To test what they had learnt, they had to built a model showing the coastal plain, plateau, escarpment and mountains. Some of the playdough had such a nice essence we were tempted to eat it. Of course as one of the children found out when tasting it, that the amount of salt in playdough doesn’t make for a tasty treat

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Fun with Scale

The Rainbirds had fun studying scale today.  The had to measure their friend and draw a scaled down drawing of them. Who would have thought measuring could be so much fun!

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Ancient Egypt ILT

That's the way to spread out while we are working

That’s the way to spread out while we are working

Designing the surrounding area for the pyramid

Designing the surrounding area for the pyramid

Everybody has a job to do

Everybody has a job to do

Lots of debating and deciding going on

Lots of debating and deciding going on

Spiders and spider webs in the tombs were just as important

Spiders and spider webs in the tombs were just as important

Teamwork is essential

Teamwork is essential

The buzz was evident in the Rainbird class this morning as they embarked on a mission to show their talents as Architects. They had to design and build a pyramid and place it in a scene of Ancient Egypt. It was wonderful to see their creativity emerge as they incorporated all their knowledge on Ancient Egypt into creating superb projects.

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Ancient Egypt Day in the Rainbird Class

The Rainbird Egyptians

The Rainbird Egyptians

Posing in style

Posing in style

Some of the beautiful girls

Some of the beautiful girls

Mummies in action

Mummies in action

The boys

The boys

The girls

The girls

Concentration while designing

Concentration while designing

Ancient creations out of clay

Ancient creations out of clay

Detail is important

Detail is important

He looks like a real Egyptian

He looks like a real Egyptian

Our shadufs - An example of what Egyptians used to collect water

Our shadufs – An example of what Egyptians used to collect water

What an utterly amazing home made costume

What an utterly amazing home made costume

The Grade fives had a fantastic day on Wednesday. There were many little Egyptians walking around and many people were commented on the innovative costumes the children came up with. There certainly was a buzz in the air and the children approached the various activities enthusiastically. They loved creating their mummies, sarcophagi and canopic jar. Now there is anticipation for the Integrated Learning Task next week.

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Social Science ‘Dustbin search’

The Rainbird class had a wonderful time rummaging through “dustbin rubbish” to discover more about the people these belonged to.

Listening and sharing ideas

Listening and sharing ideas

Teamwork is essential to working this out

Teamwork is essential to working this out

Josie and Garron busy with their investigation

Josie and Garron busy with their investigation

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