**Guest Post by Keely**
S.O.L.E stands for…
S.O.L.E was a project started in India. It is a way of expressing your opinion where you are the boss of your brain. We are currently doing a S.O.L.E project. Our big idea is, the world would work without science. It is in relation to our Inquiry unit Science. You use different materials including the internet, books etc. You make a poster or power point to show your personal opinion. It is done in little groups. You don’t just have to work with one group you can change groups as much as you desire. I don’t believe the world would work without science because we wouldn’t have the medication we have now and the plague and other curable diseases would have killed most of us by now.
Do you think the world would work without science? Why?
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?