The last 2 days have been the Year 4's.......my 'brainwave' plan that I was so excited about worked.......sort of. You never can tell what will spark learners interests and passions......one class had only 2 learners chose the 'ART' station whereas the next day it was crowded with budding artists. I'm looking forward to seeing the follow up back in classes when students photograph their collages to use as the front of their 'Life Cards' (such a brilliant app to support writing and it just fits so wonderfully with the postcard genre style of picture book that was this Year groups spark - Meerkat Mail).
I was surprised with how many learners wanted to build tunnels (out of recycling - bottles and boxes) then navigate their Sphero's through - their Sphero was 'Sunny' the Meerkat and their tunnels were to connect the relatives (I would have rather had them coding them but they need some more explicit teaching around coding first). The science experiment was a HUGE hit - making rain clouds (shaving foam clouds, water and food colouring, they fit some wonderful time lapse videos) o replicate the rainy environment that 'Sunny' visited. I loved that a group of girls worked out how they could make a tornado and used the language of how they would add to the book with visiting a relative in a 'storm country'.......love it when we can spark curiosity and link thought processes too!
The Kmart microscopes were brilliant yet again, they fit across so many curriculum subjects and it doesn't seem to matter what age the learners are they are fascinated by them. A great value add on iPad tool that I now wouldn't want to be without.
Apps used with the Year 4's as well as the hands on 'stuff' - Camera app (photo's, video and time-lapse), iMovie, Pizap, Write About This, Spark Lightning Lab, Life Cards (downloaded for use back in class as follow-up.)
I have a group of Science teachers visiting on Monday so I'm looking forward to sharing what we do in the Makerspace and the thinking, planning and curriculum design behind it.