Thursday, August 19, 2010

Mapping Fun!

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Our reading activity this morning involved a map! Mrs N had made a map using Google Maps. She added some markers and some questions. We needed to navigate the map, read each question carefully and then answer it on our answer sheets. It was a lot of fun and it really made us work hard! We needed to use our skills in reading, writing, maths, thinking, using a touch pad, following directions and matching symbols. We learned how to make the map larger and smaller and how to move it around. We also practised using Google to help us with some answers and to help check our spelling. Thanks to Kyle's mum, who was our class helper today!

This afternoon, we had a visit from "Science Alive". Mr Doyle told us about how Science is all about discovering and finding out. Scientists study animals, plants, people from the past, dinosaurs, diseases and how we can cure them, stars and planets, fish in the sea, bugs and insects and everything else in the world we live in! The closer scientists look at the world the more we realise how beautiful and incredible it is.

Our senses help up learn about the world, but sometimes they can trick us. Mr Doyle showed us a trick. He held up two curved pieces of wood and asked us which was bigger. We all guessed wrong because they were exactly the same size. It was just an optical illusion making one look bigger than the other, because of the curves.

He also talked to us about water and how interesting it is. All the water on the Earth has been here for billions of years. It is constantly going around and around the water cycle. No new water is made, it just changes form. This means that the water we drink could be the same water a dinosaur drank, or that a famous person bathed in! Luckily, the water is cleaned and purified by evaporation, which leaves the dirt behind.

We did lots and lots of practice for our poetry recital. Just 4 sleeps to go! We'll be performing it at school assembly tomorrow and we're very excited!

Love from The Smarties and Mrs N


  1. Dear Smarties,

    I ♥ your Google Maps lesson! How fun to learn about maps using a real place!

    I'm curious, which places did people enjoy visiting the most and why?

    Your pal,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

  2. Thank you smarties for having me in your class yesterday. I had fun. Some of you taught me a thing or two on the lap tops. The Triantiwontigongolope is sounding fabulous, I hope I spelt it correct.
    from Kyle's mum