The students and teachers of the Aroha Syndicate are becoming scientists during weeks 2-4 of Term 3.
We will be looking at, talking about and experimenting with fabric and clothing.
We began with preparation:
- Reading our class set of National Library books
- Collecting natural and man-made materials that could/could not be used for clothing
- Investigating useful websites and images for our topic
Our before views were important:
- We looked at a range of images, from photos and book illustrations.
- We looked at some interesting websites :
- We were looking and our own clothing, especially our school uniform!
- Some Children brought in clothing for different activities from home.
Exploratory activities – Teachers and students from different classes chose various of these:
- A table of materials – children can sort and explore.
- A tumble of activities at tables with different categories.
- Children bring in clothing for different activities from home.
- Do different activities in different clothing to see how it feels.
- Police Constable Jonathan may be able to bring in his uniform, for children to explore.
- Beating flax.
- Making tapa cloth.
Use exploratory activities to encourage questioning
- Literacy development of what is a question (use knock -knock jokes or other jokes and similar ideas to support questioning skills.)
- Find questions in reading materials and collect the information for display.
- Question mark on big paper – we write our ideas around.
- Questions can be captured and recorded during exploratory activities.
- Small groups can draw questions about the topic.
- Fat and skinny questions – opened and closed questions
- Teachers will guide the children to develop their questions and select a ‘big question’ to focus on.
- Teacher and children select follow up questions to explore.
- Children as scientists – explore materials that relate to questions.
- Children are encouraged to ask questions of each other and the teacher throughout their exploration of materials.
- Discuss findings from explorations and compare after ideas with children’s before views.
- Generate more questions and ideas for further investigation.
- Find more information using other sources such as the internet and reference books.
Reflection – we think about what we have experienced as scientists during this study of the Material World:
- What did we find out?
- What went well? What could we do differently next time?
- What else do we want/need to find out?
- Where to next?