Learning Lizard Geniuses!

Yesterday, we presented our Term 2 Genius Hour projects to the class. We also had some parents attend to watch us share our learning.

You can find some photos of our presentations plus some of the actual presentations (if completed on Google) below. We had such a huge range of questions and topics covered – from Dinosaurs, reptiles such as snakes and lizards to the Haka and Harry Potter!

We absolutely loved doing Genius Hour for the first time this term and can’t wait to begin next term! Miss Fraser is super proud of our efforts in trying to answer our big questions.

Snakes by Jackson, Phoenix & Ben:


The First Person on Earth by Jessica & Charlotte:


Dolphins by Tyler, Felicity & Sophie:


Dinosaurs by Alannah & Emma:


Bearded Dragons by Azmain:


Ancient Egypt by Patrick:

What was your favourite part of Genius Hour? What was something interesting that you learned? Have you started to think about your big question for Term 3 Genius Hour?

Launching Genius Hour

Today, Miss Fraser showed us a video called “Caine’s Arcade”

We really enjoyed watching the video and seeing all of Caine’s creations out of cardboard! Miss Fraser showed us this video to help us understand that small ideas can turn into big inventions (and someday, lots of money!)

Caine’s Arcade helped to spark some interesting ideas of our own. Next term, we will be spending 20% of our class time learning, designing and creating things that we are interested in. Some general ideas that have come up are;

  • Our own arcade games
  • Magic
  • Languages
  • Building machines like billycarts or model cars
  • Recording our own music

Over the school holidays, we will be thinking about our “big” question and what we can spend our Genius Hour working on.

What would you learn about, design or create if you had the chance? Have you ever done Genius Hour at your school? What did you focus on?

Carousel

To practise working together as a collaborative group, we completed an activity called a Carousel. We call it that because we have different questions to answer on separate pieces of paper and after a certain amount of time, each group rotates to the next question.

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We had 5 questions to answer:

What is learning?
School is important because…
Our classroom  should be _____ every day.
One thing Miss Fraser needs to help me with this year is…
What does everyone in our class need to do to make sure we can all learn together?

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We enjoyed working in groups together and a lot of us had the same ideas that we agreed upon. We also learned an important acronym to remember how we are expected to work in groups:

G: Give thoughtful feedback
R: Respect all opinions
O: On task at all times
U: Use soft voices
P: Participate
S: Stay with your group

How would you answer the questions? Why is school important to you?

Our First Week Back

We have been working very hard during our first week back!

The Learning Lizards have been using Y-Charts to understand what makes a great classroom and what makes a great teacher. We used these Y-Charts to create our class mission statement. A mission statement is kind of like a code of conduct. Ours is:

The Learning Lizards of Room 14 will follow classroom rules and ensure that everyone is respecting our rights and responsibilities. We will have a positive attitude towards learning, never giving up and striving to work to our potential.  We are responsible learners and we will contribute and participate in all classroom learning activities. We are creative and happy learners.

We also started our class novel, James and the Giant Peach! Miss Fraser has been modelling reading with fluency and expression.

We looked very closely at our school’s rights and responsibilities:
Everyone has the right to feel safe and comfortable at school
Everyone has the right to learn and work as much as possible
Each of us have a personal responsibility and a communal responsibility to uphold these rights.

In Maths, we looked at what makes a great mathematician. We decided that Mathematicians can be normal, every day people! We also looked at numbers in our lives.

Penny returned to school and is enjoying her new, large home! She is getting to know us all. Ethan has been doing a brilliant job at looking after her properly.

Penny loves it when the boys share their moustache stickers with her!

Penny loves it when the boys share their moustache stickers with her!

We have also been getting to know each other quite well. Miss Fraser paired us up using the Magic Hat and we completed a Venn Diagram to show the similarities and differences between each partner. We found out some really unusual things about each other!

Overall, it has been a fantastic first week and we are looking forward to many more!

What is your favourite activity at the beginning of the year? What is your favourite subject area to learn about? What would your class mission statement have to include?