Wednesday, March 21, 2018

'Filled to Capacity' - Finding out about Volume

In Maths, we are finding out about Volume.
Volume is the amount of space inside a shape.

Our first challenge was to make a building with 12 cubes.

Although the buildings were different shapes (some were tall and narrow, others were short and wide), we decided that they took up the same amount of room because they were each built with 12 cubes.

The second challenge was to create a container that would hold 30 beads, with just the right amount of space.
It took a few tries, 
but everyone showed persistence and kept trying until they had a container just the right size.

We kept trying!

We saw that different shaped containers can have the same volume.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

#NZreadaloud - Gavin Bishop

For the next two weeks we are taking part in the Yr 1/2 #NZreadaloud. 
We will be reading lots of stories by New Zealand author Gavin Bishop and we will be posting about our learning on the readaloud blog here.

We read Gavin Bishop's version of 'Chicken Licken' 
and compared it to another version we have in our class.

The endings were quite different. One is sadder than the other!

We voted on which ending we each preferred.

Let us know which ending you prefer!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Building Our Growth Mindsets

Our 2018 school year is underway!

During the first week back we used videos and activities from 

Jo Boaler's Week of Inspirational Maths
to get our brains thinking again.

Over the past couple of years we've been working on maths in different ways, working in mixed groups to figure out rich tasks that develop our math thinking. 

We've been learning to talk about our learning and to challenge others to explain their thinking. 
We've also been learning that mistakes make our brains grow! Our new saying is 'a mistake is a first attempt in learning'.

The 'Building Shapes' activity got us working as a team to try the challenges. Each team had to convince the 'skeptics' that we'd created the shapes.

Did you notice some groups who kept trying until they found success?