This week I have 8 classes of Year 5 and 6's in the Makerspace, this is their second session with a focus on 'Mountain to Sea' back in class (their first session was 'The Antlered Ship which I blogged a few posts back). Today's ignitor was a video rather than a picture book as I wanted to make links to the New Zealand geographic landscape and to the time lapse photography used and this medium fitted. We had a rich discussion before outlining the challenges, students related their prior experiences of Matariki to this version of the story. The narrative made very clear links to our school 'Skills and Attitudes'.
I used the video below which I downloaded from You Tube and played directly from my laptop mirrored using an Apple TV onto a large flat screen. I don't play videos directly from the internet, this ensures videos play smoothly and I am not relying on the internet to stream.
There were 6 Challenge stations for this weeks sessions
Each station had a Matariki flavour and learners were encouraged to focus on the role of the twins Waitā and Waitī, that of teamwork and collaboration.
I was inspired by a Twitter post by 'Mr Forrest' and shared this with students via the 'Students Link' page on this Website. The end product would be a transportable 'mini golf' course with a hole created by each of the 8 senior classrooms (each with its unique Matariki link or thread). In this session students were challenged to work as a team to complete the planning stage, including a LEGO prototype to test their thinking. Learners collected the materials they needed and took these back to class to begin construction - the goal was to have the hole completed by the end of week 9 with a student versus teachers 'tournament' planned for week 10.
Here is an example of the first 2 classes LEGO prototypes created today...
I wonder what the kids will call me, today one said "I'm looking for the Apple Teacher"......and another said "Are you Mrs Maker?" ......funny.