Flying and Floating in Room 15

In Room 15 we have been learning about the blend “fl”.

We watched a cool video about things that float and we all came up with a question/wonder about what kind of object might float. Then we tested our predictions by trying to float each of the objects in a container of water. We were excited when Mrs O’Suulivan asked us to make a floating raft with a buddy, but first, we needed to design our raft (see plan) before we could build our vessels. After hours of boat building and decorating, our rafts were ready to be tested. We had mixed results - some rafts floated and some sank. 

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Later we were challenged to change a basic paper plane so that it would fly further.  Some of us added pieces, others cut it or folded it differently. We wrote a question using our word of the day ‘fly’ and ‘er’ endings e.g. I wonder if my plane will fly further if I make it longer and pointier? Then we all tried our modified planes and had a competition to see which design flew the farthest.  For maths we decorated our plane’s wings with symmetrical designs, using a mirror to check that our designs showed reflection.

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The next day Mrs Thompson set us another technology challenge. This time we had to cut out a symmetrical paper butterfly, then design a way to make our paper butterfly flap its wings without us touching the paper. Most of us attached our butterflies to sticks. Some of us used pipe cleaners or hung our butterflies from strings. Next, we wrote an explanation of how we made our butterfly flap using our words of the day ‘because’ and ‘flap’. We decorated our butterflies with symmetrical designs, again using mirrors to check that our designs showed reflection.

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Our ‘fl’ week was lots of fun!  We all enjoyed having technology challenges which encouraged us to problem solve and use creativity, while also learning about science ideas like floating and flying.  It was great to be able to integrate our numeracy and literacy learning goals in these fun tasks. You can pop into Room 15 and see some of our creations displayed on the wall.

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