**Guest Post by Abbey**
3/4 D has been learning Geography over the past 3 weeks and we have started to make continent flap books., which have all 7 continents in them.
I have also learnt about longitude and latitude as well as the earth’s degrees.
I have really enjoyed the Skype sessions with other Australian classes, and the Geography Skype with the Grade 7’s , through that I learnt that on Google Earth , you can actually go to Mars.
Who can name all 7 continents?
A couple of weeks ago, Miss Fraser tried to trick us and told us that all of the continents in the world were formed by one man digging a lot of big holes and filling them with water. She said that even though the land was once connected, it is now separated by water because of this man digging holes.
We knew Miss Fraser wasn’t right. But could we prove her wrong? How?
We had a couple of sessions to research and then share our learning with the class. We found out that;
- Earth is a rock planet
- There was something called a “continental drift”
- There was once a large land mass called Pangea – also known as the “supercontinent”
- As magma below the Earth’s crust moves and circulates, it causes the shift of tectonic plates. As the plates move, so too do the continents on top of the plates
- Pangea began forming about 300 million years ago, was fully together by 270 million years ago and began to separate around 200 million years ago
**Miss Fraser is extremely proud of our researching skills and finding information all by ourselves (with the help of our partners and other class members.)**
We can’t wait to do another SOLE activity!
What did you find out from your SOLE research? Do you think you could prove Miss Fraser wrong? What was the best part of learning SOLE style?
SOLE stands for Self Organised Learning Environments.
Miss Fraser learned about SOLE Investigations from her friend Miss T, who teaches 4B in Mildura.
When Miss Fraser told us what we would we doing, this is what was on the board:
Our task was to prove Miss Fraser wrong. Miss Fraser told us that the continents of the Earth were created when one man decided to dig really big holes and fill them with water.
In our groups, we had to work together to research and find lots of evidence to use against Miss Fraser to prove her wrong. We used Google Apps like Docs and Slides to gather our information so that we could be working on it at the same time as our partner.
There were many people who thought that after reading one fact on one website that they could prove Miss Fraser wrong! They were encouraged to double check their facts and keep gathering evidence.
We have found out some interesting ideas and Miss Fraser has heard us talk about Pangea the Super-Continent and tectonic plates. We will be sharing our learning next week so stay tuned to find out what we learned!
What is something interesting that you have found out about how continents were formed? Was learning SOLE style fun? Why?