Saturday, 24 October 2015

Floating and Sinking

We read the book called Stuck where a tennis ball was lost down a hole. The girl put water in and it floated up to the top... We had some questions and wondering  about what floats and what sinks. Mrs Field set up some things to experiment with and we predicted if they would float or sink. It was fun guessing and then seeing what happened! We had to fill up the container with lots of water to start with. We all had turns to test the different things. We recorded our ideas and then tested them. It was very exciting.

Final session for ALL Reading Detectives

Our fifteen weeks have come to an end! In our final session we made sock puppets so we can read to our puppets! 
We read A Hole in the King's Sock and decided to use our own old socks for puppets!
We took our detective tags home too. We have really enjoyed our learning with Mrs Field. We are good reading detectives!

Reading Detectives Morning Tea and Sharing time

Last term we invited all the students' families and some teachers to a morning tea in the hall. We planned the food, the invitations and the way we would spend our time there.
It was exciting to send out the invitations. We had read the book Tim's Costume so we knew all about getting invitations. Our brothers and sisters came too. They liked the food and seeing us read.
We looked at all the posts on the ALL reading Detectives blog. We shared our scrapbooks with the people there and read to different people. It was fun and Mrs Field was very proud of us. We had drink, cup cakes, scones like we made, sandwiches, sausage rolls and snake lollies!
Mrs Burrough gave out stickers to us all.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Directions to find treasure!

We made our treasure maps. It was fun. We had to tell Mrs Field how to get to the treasure by giving good directions. She wrote down what we said and then she read it back to us to check it made sense. That's what good writers do.
Mrs Field typed out our instructions and put them on a scroll. They had brown dye wash on them to make them look old.
Here are our maps and instructions.

Making Lemonade Scones

Our group of Reading Detectives were learning how to sequence events and find action verbs. We made scones in the hall kitchen. While they were cooking, we put the strips of the recipe in order to show how to make scones properly. Once the scones had cooled down a bit, we put jam and cream on them! Mmmm! They were delicious! Thanks Mrs Field!

Friday, 11 September 2015

Writing about things that fly

Sometimes we read and sometimes we write with Mrs Field. That's what Reading Detectives do to get better at reading and writing. Most of the time we do both!
We started thinking about what things fly and why? What do they have in common? What is similar to machines and birds when it comes to flying?
We read about machines that fly and hover. We read books about Learing to Fly and one called Feathers and Flight. We read about how an albatross stays out at sea for a long long time and has shaky legs when it comes back to land. The book was called Wibble, Wobble Albatross. Now we know why the author chose that title.
We watched a video clip about a bird learning to fly and just getting away from a shark when it landed on the water! That was close! We watched a video clip about how a plane flies and the science behind it. This helped answer some of our questions but it also gave us more questions to investigate.