Flat Stanley on Tour in Kilmore!

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Flat Stanley, Global Project, ICT | Posted on May 9, 2016

Our regular blog readers will know that we are in the middle of a project with Mrs Monaghan and her class at Middleham Primary School in England. Earlier in the term we sent our flat selves to England and received flat friends. Read more about it HEREHERE, HERE and HERE.

We took some of our flat friends on a tour of Kilmore PS and made the video below.
 

 

Our friends in Middleham took our flat people on a tour of their town and made the amazing video below for us. We learnt a lot about their town from the information and pictures in the video.
 

If we went on a tour of Kilmore township, what should we show our Flat Friends?

 

What did you like most about the video tour of Middleham?

 

 

Amazing Animal Adaptations & Marvellous Mr Miller

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in ICT, Skype, Units of Inquiry | Posted on April 7, 2016

In the last week of Term 1, three of our classes (5D, 5G & 4/5B) participated in a Skype call with Mr Miller from Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Wyoming, USA.

It was an amazing hour filled with lots of information and objects we would never have been able to see without the use of technology. We had a tour of the museum – whilst we sat in our classroom! Mr Miller walked around the museum showing us different artefacts and teaching us new things about animal adaptations as part of our inquiry unit. We learnt about grizzly bears, moose, raptors, beavers, wolves – just to name a few.

 

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Here are some comments from our student Skypers:

 

Mr Miller took us around the museum and told us about animal adaptations, including grizzly bears can eat 20 000 – 40 000 moths a day and buffalo and goat horns are made out of the same stuff as our fingernails. Everyone enjoyed it! Jenaya

If you hike in an area with grizzly bears you have to take a special spray so they don’t attach you. Matt

We are so thankful that you did a Skype call with us. You taught us so much about animal adaptations. I hope we can talk again soon! Brodie

Bighorn sheep have a hollow chamber between two slabs of bone in the skull which acts as an airbag when they clash heads in a fight. I also learnt that raptors have sharp talons, hooked beaks and amazing eye sight which lets them spot a mouse from a whole mile away! Jemma.

It was awesome and now I know a lot more about animals and their adaptations. Kash

A beaver can block its ears so water doesn’t get in there.

I only have eight sticky notes left because I took so many notes! April

Bighorn sheep have their brains far back in their skull so they don’t get brain damage from ramming. Ethan

Bears have sharp claws to protect themselves from other animals and also to climb trees. Phoebe

George told us that our fingernails are made from the same thing as moose, rhino, ram and buffalo horns. It was an extraordinary experience. Milla

I wish I knew as much as you Mr Miller! Tom

 

We found out about the virtual field trip through Microsoft Education’s Skype in the Classroom website. We thank all the people who run the website and the people like George and Lauren who give up their time to educate people all around the world.

We wonder where we will visit next!

 

What adaptation do you find the most interesting? Why?

 

If you could ask Mr Miller a question about animal adaptations, what would it be?

 

Six Hats

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in ICT | Posted on February 15, 2016

Image Credit: http://www.classcrown.com/blog/?p=239

Image Credit: http://www.classcrown.com/blog/?p=239

 

A man named Edward de Bono developed a special way to think about things. His strategy is based on six different coloured hats. Each hat helps you to think about a topic/issue in a particular way.

 

Image credit: http://www.ballymenaprimary.org.uk/skills_thinkinghats.php?p=3

Image credit: http://www.ballymenaprimary.org.uk/skills_thinkinghats.php?p=3

 

We used some of de Bone’s hats to think about ourselves and get to know our classmates. Using PowerPoint, we created slides and learnt how to:

*Format backgrounds

*Include hyperlinks

*Add animations

*Include transitions

*Use the snipping tool

 

We also practised:

*Inserting slides and textboxes

*Formatting the size and colour of our font

*Inserting ClipArt images

 

Below is an example of one our PowerPoints.

Wearing your Yellow Hat, please tell us about your favourite part of 2016 so far!

 

Do you think the Six Hats are a good tool to use to think about things? Why or why not?

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