Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Autumn Time by Room 5

Room 5 is loving Autumn time and even though it is getting cold, it means we can have fun with the leaves!  We have used the leaves in our school to do lots of counting forwards and backwards.  We have also used them to do some sketching.  Our favourite thing to do with the leaves was play in them!!  We were so patient when we sat and talked about leaves changing colours, but then look what happened!

Step 1- Talking about the changes in leaves.

Step 2- Touching the leaves and feeling them crunch between our fingers.

Step 3- Throwing the leaves and watching them fall and tumble down.  It's raining leaves!

What a fun time we had.

Calendar Art by Room 12

Yesterday we experimented with the colour green after Mrs Blair saw this fantastic post by Teach Kids Art

We made many green colour's into hearts. 

Room 12 walked along our school nature trail we saw lots of trees. Mrs Blair asked us to take a snap shot in our minds of part of the nature trail. 

We sketched in our project books to make a plan and help us remember our snap shot. After that we went inside and drew our sketch on our final bit of paper in preparation for painting our picture. 

Here are some photos of us on our slippery but beautiful autumnal looking nature trail. 

Just wait until you see our final pieces of calendar art!
We are super excited to be making them.

Autumn Writing by Room 10

We used Gail Loane to help us share the things we love about Autumn. We also used our senses to describe Autumn.

Ms O'Neil took photos of our work displayed in our classroom. Please come and visit if you would like to read more.

We wonder how Autumn makes you feel?

Autumn Trees from Room 1

It is now Autumn and this is a season of change.
We looked at the trees in our school and Kruze took some photos of the trees by the office.
In the Orchard, we used the Kidpix tools to draw our own autumn trees. 

Autumn Trees by Room 4

We drew these beautiful autumn trees using Kidpix.
Our pictures needed to have a background colour, a trunk, branches and leaves.

We love drawing with Kidpix. We like drawing trees too.
We think our trees look beautiful. We hope you like them too. 

Finding out why leaves change colour by Room 14

This term we are learning about changes.  This week we have been looking at the changes in seasons and we wanted to know why the leaves change colour in Autumn so we did an experiment.
For this experiment we needed leaves from an evergreen, and green and autumn coloured leaves from deciduous trees, plus some rubbing alcohol and a coffee filter sheet.

We cut up the leaves really small with a plastic knife and put them into jars that we covered with rubbing alcohol and labelled.  Then we covered the jars with plastic film and placed them in a tray full of boiling water.  After half an hour we checked to see if the colour from the leaves was showing in the liquid.

Autumn deciduous leaves
Autumn deciduous leaves
Deciduous green leaves

Deciduous green leaves
Evergreen green leaves

We uncovered the jars and placed strips of the filter paper into the liquid.  We checked the jars after half an hour and then again another half hour later. 

Look at our results -
Deciduous Autumn leaves
Deciduous Autumn leaves
Green deciduous leaves

Green deciduous leaves
Green evergreen leaves

What we discovered:

Plants make their own food. They take water from the ground through their roots. They take a gas called carbon dioxide from the air. They turn water and carbon dioxide into food and oxygen. Oxygen is a gas in the air that we need to breathe.
Plants make their food using sunlight and something called chlorophyll. Chlorophyll gives leaves their green colour.

Winter days are short and dry. Deciduous plants stop making food in the autumn. The chlorophyll goes away. Then we can see orange and yellow colours. These colours were in the leaves all summer, but the green covered them up.
Some leaves turn red. This colour is made in the autumn, from food trapped in the leaves. Brown colours are also made in the autumn. They come from wastes left in the leaves.

Our Tadpoles by Room 8

Room 8 have got tadpoles.  As you can see, they are developing into frogs.  The tadpoles that have grown legs, but are still swimming in the water. They are called froglets. When a creature like a frog changes from one type of animal to another it is called metamorphosis. Frogs are a special type of animal called amphibians.  Amphibious animals can breathe in the water and survive on land. 

Oliver and Blake are going to make some fly-traps so that we can catch some live flies for the frogs.  The boys will need to make them soon because it looks like one of the froglets will be a frog any day now!

This is the habitat we made for the frogs.  They need to be able to get out of the water and onto land when they have finished growing their legs.

Interesting Worm Facts by Room 15

We have been investigating interesting facts about worms this week.

Check out our favourite worm website by clicking on the link:

Earthworms makes homes all day.  Earthworms live underground. 
 They eat fruit skins.  They are scared of birds because birds eat them. 
 Earthworms have cold blood.  They have five hearts.  
The biggest worm was found in America.  Sujay

They also have lungs but not the same as us and
 they don't have legs or arms.  They like to eat compost. 

They have stripes on their body and they wriggle.  I like the part when they built a worm house and they put vegetables in it.  Denver 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Feijoa Cake

We had a bag of feijoa's from our school tree so we decided to use the 
Cool Kids Kitchen and get baking. 
Mrs Blair talked to Anna from Room 4 and asked for their feijoa cake recipe. 

 We scooped out the feijoa flesh and measured out all our ingredients, mixing them in a bowl and then pouring them in a big paper lined cake tin.

If you would like to try making them at home we have added the recipe in our post. Ask someone at home to help you. 

Feijoa Muffin Recipe

4 feijoas or 1 banana mashed
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup milk
100g butter, melted
1 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups feijoas, peeled and diced

In a bowl combine mashed fruit, sugar, eggs, milk, butter
and baking soda, mix well. In another bowl sift the flour and
baking powder, make a well in the centre, pour in the liquid
and mix gently, add the feijoas and mix until just combined.

Pour into prepared muffin tins. Bake at 220 C for 12-15