In writing we are learning to write (WALT) in complete sentences. A complete sentence must:
Start with a capital letter and end with a full stop
A complete sentence needs to have a subject (the subject is what the sentence is about)
A complete sentence must be a complete idea and make sense on its own
As part of our 'Minute to Win it' inquiry we have had a science learning focus around the Sun, Moon and Earth. Before we began our learning around the Sun, Moon and Earth we had to draw a picture of the Sun, Moon and Earth. We had to had to think about the different sizes, shapes and colours. Here are some of our pictures of our before ideas:
Several of us thought the Earth was larger than the Sun
Excellent prior knowledge about the size shape and colour of the Sun Moon and Earth2
From our before-ideas we found that most of us knew the colours and shape of the Sun, Earth and Moon. The biggest confusion we had was thinking that the Earth is bigger than the Sun. Some of us also thought that the Sun went around the Earth.
We have been researching the Sun, Moon and Earth as a class by using the internet and reading library books. After we have found out about the Sun, Moon or Earth we do a whole class brainstorm of what we have learnt. Then we write down our ideas, focusing on our WALT of writing in complete sentences.
Here are some of our stories:
Te Pou had some great ideas in his writing
Some interesting writing and diagrams by Pania
Sam had some great ideas in his writing
Lilys writing and picture of the Sun Moon and Earth
Declan and his writing about Earth
Danika understands how big and hot the Sun is
Clara and her writing about the Moon
Annabelle and her writing about the Sun and Earth
Amber and her writing about Sun
It takes the Moon 28 days to go around the Earth. It takes three days to get you to the Moon. By Tom
The Moon is four times smaller than the Earth. The Moon never stops moving. By Juno
The Earth spins around the Sun. When it turns towards the Sun it is morning and when the Earth is facing away from the Sun it is bedtime. Some people call the Earth the blue planet. By Annabelle
The Earth is the only planet with life. The Earth is the only planet with one Moon. The Earth is the only planet with water. The Earth is blue because it is covered in water. By Lachlan
The Earth is the only planet that has water and life. The Earth is blue because it has more water than grass. The Earth goes around the Sun and also spins to give us day and night. By Te Omeka
The Sun is over one thousand degrees and made of gas. The Sun is in the middle of the Solar System and gives life to Earth. If you ever touch the Sun you will die. On Earth the Sun can give you sunburn and start a fire. By Lachlan
When the Earth tilts away from the Sun it is Winter. When the Earth tilts to the Sun it is Summer. By Danika
The Moon is going around the Earth. The Sun is bigger than the Moon and Earth. By Ryleigh
The Moon makes the tide go in and out. By Izak
I use to think that the Earth was bigger than the Sun. Jessie
I enjoyed learning about how the Sun is bigger than the Earth and Moon. Juno
I know the Sun is the biggest star. Te Omeka
I liked doing the pattern decorations on our Sun and Moon artwork. Annabelle
I liked how I am getting better at drawing. Declan
I know the Moon is smaller than the Sun. Amber
We have also integrated our Sun and Moon learning into art and have created Sun and Moon paintings using warm and cool colours.
First, we had to learn to draw the sun and moon design. We followed a design template on youtube.
Next, we learnt about warm and cool colours. Then we used watercolour paints to paint the sun in warm colour and the moon in cool colours.
Finally, we practised drawing small detailed patterns and decorated the different sections of our painting with coloured pencils.
Lachlan worked very hard on his picture
Te Omeka carefully painted his picture
Jessie is an expert painter
Declan created very detailed patterns