Sunday, March 11, 2012

Room Four's Rock Pool Research

At Values Assembly on Monday we started focusing on the importance of 'liking our insides' as Campbell in Room 5 put it.  We listened to Dr Seuss's "The Sneetches" and talked about how it feels if someone looks down on you because your clothes or toys aren't as expensive as other people's.    You can have a go at sharing the video clip we enjoyed later in the week.

I'm very pleased to say that the super dooper cool kids in Room 4 'like the insides' of their classmates and didn't really need much of a reminder about this.  Go Room 4!!!

Walk and Wheel Week
Kerrianne and Matthew were lucky enough to have their Walk & Wheel cards drawn out of the bag for a school prize and everybody who 'walked or wheeled' every day is now in the draw for a voucher for sports gear.  Good luck everybody.  

The highlight of our week was definitely the trip to Warrington Beach on Friday and there are some fabulous photos coming up but first ...

Make yourself comfortable and imagine you are at the bottom of a rock pool like we did on Wednesday last week.  We all pretended to be the creature we had been researching and wrote some cool stories from their perspective.

I am a starfish.  I eat little fish.  They are hard to catch.  The fish is yuk.  
by Caitlin

I am a crab and I eat sea-snakes.  Sea snakes taste yummy.
by Steven

I am a sea-star.  I eat fish.
by Matthew

I am a chiton.  I like algae.  It tastes good.
by Kahnye

I am a starfish.   I eat fish.
by Thomas

I am a crab.  I eat fish.
by Tom

I am a sea-star and I like hermit crabs.
by Salesi

I am a starfish.  I eat mussels.  Mussels are easy to eat.
by Koby

I am a starfish.  I eat mussels.  They are soft.  I float in water.  I like mussels and I am spotty.
by Lindsay

I am a sea-star. I eat mussels.  They taste yucky.  They are disgusting to eat.  They are soft and mushy.  They live in a shell.  I never eat the shell.  It's yucky to eat as well.
by Tigue          

On Thursday we carried on our investigation into time.  We looked at how long a minute is and made some one minute sand timers so we can check out what we can do in a minute.  

What do you think you might be able to do in a minute? 

And now HEAPS of photos of our fabulous Rock Pool Research on location at Warrington.  

We started with some sand art before morning tea.

Tom is engrossed in his art

Salesi and his fish

What a gorgeous day!

Steven created an awesome crab (with 10 legs of course!)

Lindsay and a couple of jellyfish

One of many of Dakota's creations.

Finally ... the Rock Pools!!!

Luke and Steven found a sea-star under a rock.  This one is a cushion star. 

Matthew, Isaiah, Charlotte and Koby were very keen rock pool researchers with Charlotte's dad, Andrew.

Charlotte was very observant and noticed what she thought looked like a bird's tail.  Mrs B thought it was seaweed but then she had another think and wiggled the rock just a little.  A fish that was the same length as Charlotte's arm from her elbow to her wrist darted under this big rock.  Can you see it's nose?

Koby found a cats eye snail.

We found a few tiny crabs. 

Baylee found a sea tulip. 

Dakota found a chiton

Kahnye found this rock with two chitons.  We compared them to our rocky shore guide and discovered that the bigger one at the bottom is a snakeskin chiton and the smaller one is a green chiton.

Sora found this cluster of shells and slimy blobs.  The shells are limpets and the dark red blobs are red beadlet anemones. 
Here's a link to show what a red beadlet anemone looks like when it is eating.  Cool eh!!

As for Room 4's Star of the Week - well, we didn't have Star Circle on Friday because we were away for the whole day.  But we will all find out first thing on Monday morning.  It's someone who has been making great progress with the Key Competency of Managing Self ....

You're getting fabulous at Showing 5 skills for great listening.  Go Tom!!!

Swimming starts this week.  We'll all be really tired but we're sure there will be fantastic photos so don't forget to come and see.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, Room 4 -you have had an awesome hands on week of learning! What a lot of Rocky Shore creatures you found a Warrington.
    Tom - what a star you are, keep up your great self-management.
    Mrs MB