The Lorax

By AllStars

Many students in S23Jade have been thinking and talking about the environmental issues raised in the Dr Seuss story “The Lorax”.

They have discussed, acted out and spoken at a town meeting using the different perspectives of the creatures involved in the story.

As a “wrap up” activity students were asked to design a Thneed Factory that was more environmentally positive and sustainable than the one in the story. They were asked to consider the energy used, the pollution released and the effect on the living creatures around the factory, the noise and the transportation of the finished Thneeds around the country.

There were many fantastic ideas and suggestions made by the students – please look at the following pictures of parts of their work.

 

What do you think? What would you do to improve the environment at the Thneed Factory? Leave a comment below.

Playing With Skitch

By AllStars

Yee- Ha!

We finally got to use our iPads in the Library today :-)

We had a play with the “Skitch” app – which allows you to add words and drawings onto photos.

First we listened to the story “The Little Red Hen” and discussed the characters and the words and actions that helped us work out the personalities of each of the characters. Then we had to choose a character and think of some other words we could use to describe the character and their actions.

Next we got to use the iPads to show what we thought! We had to take a photo of the character and add the words we had come up with to describe the character. We had to take turns using the iPad, make suggestions, share the thinking and make sure that each person contributed equally to the task.

Here are some photos of us working together – as you can see we are loving this  :-)

We will share our creations very soon!

 

Stage 2 are Entymologists

By AllStars

Stage 2 have also been learning in the Veggie Patch this term. They have been conducting science experiments using plants, learning about pollination and classifying bugs.

Each week a new group of students works in the Library to investigate how entymologists group bugs. We found out

  • that living things are grouped into species, and that each species have characteristics special to just their own group.
  •  that a lot of bugs are arthropods which means they have legs with lots of joints.
  • Insects have 6 legs, three body parts and usually have wings.

We had fun collecting bugs from the veggie patch and observing them to see if we could work out if they were an insect or not. We tried to draw scientific drawings of our creatures. Here are some for you to enjoy ….

Background Image: Southern Cross with Sparklers

Our cool image of the Southern Cross is from here: http://freeaussiestock.com/free/Australiana/slides/southerncross.htm Thank you :-)