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Life Education Van

Last week our school was privileged to have the Life Education Van visit our school.

Each class was able to enter the van and participate in a one hour lesson about different life skills.

The 5/6’s learnt about decision making and consequences. We also learnt that we need to be well informed and educated before we are able to make informed decisions.

 

We learnt about Drug education, where we had to classify legal and illegal drugs. This was certainly an eye opener, because we learnt about energy drinks and the amount of caffeine in them. Some drugs fell in the legal medical field, even though they are normally illegal. One example of this was medical and illegal marijuana.  Foods which contain caffeine, also included chocolate and coffee. We learnt about alcohol, which is legal to people over 18 years of age and the effects that it has on the body.

We discussed just what effects cigarettes and alcohol have on the body and exactly which parts of the body are affected.

At the end of the session we got to meet Harold, the mascot for Life ed. He was really cute!!

MONASH SCIENCE INCURSION – HOW THE EARTH MOVES

We were very fortunate again this year to have Lydia from the

Monash Science Centre visit our school to teach us about how the earth moves.

Her presentations are always so informative, interesting and educational.

We learnt so much about the earth.

She explained about the layers of the earth, about natural disasters

and particularly, about earthquakes and volcanoes.

We conducted some experiments which helped us to understand

what is going on underneath the Earth’s crust.

It helped us to understand the movement of Tectonic Plates,

and how rock consistently heat, melts, cools and solidifies.

These hands-on activities were enjoyed by all and

they helped consolidate our knowledge on how the earth really does move.

Our first activity was to understand how magma moves just below the crust.

We then experimented with some ‘oobleck’; this was so much fun.

It helped us understand how the earth’s core is solid, and yet how the magma is liquid.

Great stuff!

Our final hands-on activity was to create a volcanic eruption in a plastic bottle.

Amazing!

Watch the videos below to find out just what we did.

Please feel free to leave a comment.

Follow the link below to previous posts on Weather and Climate and Natural Disasters

Weather and Climate – what’s the difference?

http://mrsrf.global2.vic.edu.au/integrated-studies/

Electricity Incursion from Monash University

This week Sally, a scientist from Monash University,

came to our school to teach us about electrical circuits.

It was a fantastic, and very educational incursion.

We learnt so much and we were even able to build our own electrical circuits.

We built series and parallel circuits and discovered why the more lights there are on a series circuit, the weaker the glow.

A parallel circuit maintained the strength of the glow for each globe we added.

We especially enjoyed the part about how the aurora borealis looks in a test tube.

Did you know that a lemon and potato can actually conduct electricity?

We experimented and discovered that they do conduct electricity.

How the Earth moves – Monash Science Incursion

Last week Lydia from the Monash Science center came to our school to teach us about Natural Disasters.

We conducted some experiments which helped us to understand what is going on underneath the Earth’s crust. It helped us to understand the movement of Tectonic Plates, and how rock consistently heat, melts, cools and solidifies.

It was a very interesting incursion and we had a lot of fun.

Study Jams – Weather and Climate

Click on the following link to take you

to some fantastic information on Weather and Climate.

There are also some great interactive activities.

Use the website to help you with your research as well.

Study Jams – Weather and Climate

weather and climate study jams

I hope you enjoy the activities.

Write back and tell me something  new that you learnt.

Laws of Light

This week our class participated in an incursion to learn about the

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Lydia, a scientist from Monash University,

came to talk to us about

the laws of light and its properties.

It was a very interesting incursion.

We learnt so much and Lydia made it so interesting.

After the incursion we worked in groups

to create quiz questions.

See how you go!

How much do you know about light?

Try out our quiz questions and enjoy!

Write back and tell me what you thought the best part of the incursion was.

What fascinated you the most?

What new knowledge did you gain?

Did you get all the quiz questions right?

 

Follow these links to more interesting information about light:

LIGHT ABSORPTION, REFLECTION, REFRACTION

BENDING LIGHT