Human Curiosity Leads to the Understanding that Earth is a Part of an Immense System Called the Universe
Over the past few weeks Grade 3 have been exploring the Universe.
We began with a provocation in the MPR where the children watched a video of various space flights, the first moon landing, satellites in orbit, whilst listening to the music from Space Odyssey. They also watched the live tracking route of the International Space Station as it circumnavigated the Earth and star maps of the night sky projected onto another screen.
From this experience the children then created mind maps of the particular aspects of the Universe that they were interested in, and they wrote down numerous questions that they wanted to explore about the Sun, Moon and planets, stars, the Universe, spaceships, astronauts, living in space, Black Holes, the Big Bang, the International Space Station, gravity, the seasons and the Greenhouse Effect.
The children then worked independently or in pairs to research information and prepare their presentations for our Exhibition. Some created documents or slide presentations, others wrote up and illustrated their findings to display on colourful display boards. They made games and activities, quizzes, models and many of them chose to investigate Science experiments connected to our work. They built and launched air-and-water pressure, balloon and straw-powered rockets, created a sunset in a jar, split white light into the 7 colours of the spectrum, demonstrated eclipses and moon phases, showed the effects of gravity and the Earth’s orbit and looked at the Greenhouse Effect on Venus and Earth. Others built and programmed a Lego Moon buggy to roam over their terrain. Some created videos explaining the Big Bang and presenting a series of cookery demonstrations of suitable food to prepare inside a zero-gravity spaceship.
When it came to Exhibition Day, the children set up all their work in the three MPRs, ready to welcome their parents and all the Primary classes. They spoke with such confidence and knowledge when their visitors arrived, sharing their learning, playing their games, demonstrating their experiments and answering the many questions that they were asked. During our reflection time during the afternoon, the children shared their feelings and expressed how pleased they were with how everything went. Most of them felt they had done a good job, felt very proud of what they had achieved and many wanted the Unit of Inquiry to continue!
WELL DONE to the whole of Grade 3 for your fantastic effort and all the hard work you put into preparing and presenting our Exhibition.
More photos are available HERE.
by Ms. Jennifer - Grade 3 Homeroom Teacher