Inquiry

Term Four 2013

Civics and Citizenship – ‘Who’s on the Moon’

Task: Follow the instructions to complete the Australian flag.

After reading all the definitions for Democracy, write a definition of your own.

Post your definition at the bottom of this page.

Term Three 2013

Learning about Learning

We watched a video of 8 different learners learning 8 different ways. We discussed what we noticed about the ways that these learners were learning. Soon will we learn about what these learning styles are called.

1. Helping each other, team work, group work, partners, pairs, collaboration.

2. Music, singing, song, music notes, keeping the beat, listening.

3. Peaceful, calm, own space, not distracted by others, self learning.

4. Being in the garden, out in the environment, knows a lot about nature, outside in the fresh air, nature smart.

5. Learns by drawing, recognising shapes, needs to draw objects and ideas to learn about them, visualising, likes to look at things, likes to watch others to learn new things, see before doing, learn by looking and watching.

6. fixing things, learning by building and doing, self directed, working with hands, good at making things or sports, trial and error.

7. Looking at numbers, likes working with numbers, loves maths concepts, prefers maths to other learning areas, likes learning about things that have patterns, looks for numbers all around.

8. Learning by reading, likes learning new words, likes learning new words, reads instructional texts, learning from books.

 

Kinesthetic Learner (Body Smart)

Naturalist Learner (Nature Smart)

 

Auditory Learner (Music Smart)

Visual Learner (Picture Smart)

Linguistic Learner (Word Smart)

Logical Learner (Number Smart)

Intrapersonal Learner (Self Smart)

Interpersonal Learner (People Smart)

 

Term Two 2013

Immigration

 

 

 

      TERM TWO INQUIRY – GEOGRAPHY

     AND IMMIGRATION STORIES

Anh Do ‘The Happiest Refugee’.

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THE LINK BELOW WILL HELP YOU DISCOVER MANY AMAZING FACTS ABOUT OUR EARTH AND ITS CONTINENTS, COUNTRIES AND OCEANS 

LABEL THE DIFFERENT CONTINENTS ON THE LINK BELOW.


TERM ONE MINI INQUIRY

BUILDING BRIDGES

The Westons and the Millau Bridge from Marg Weston on Vimeo.

 

 

 

 

 

WORLD’S TALLEST BRIDGE

Name:          The Millau Bridge      Type   Cable 

Location:  Southern France    Height:  Highest Pylon is 343 metres.

 

WORLD’S HIGHEST BRIDGE

Name:  The Siduhe River Bridge   Type  Suspension 

Location:  Hubei Province of China   Height:  496 metres

Main Span: 900 metres long

WORLD’S LONGEST SUSPENSION BRIDGE

Name:  The Akashi Kaikyo (Pearl Bridge)   Type: Suspension 

Location:    Connects the cities of Kobe & Iwaya over the Akashi Strait, Japan                        

Length:  3,911 metres

WORLD’S LONGEST  BRIDGE

Name:  Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge   Type: Railway  

Location: Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway China

Length:  164 k

 

WORLD’S WIDEST  BRIDGE

Name:  Sydney Harbour Bridge   Type:  Suspension

Location: Sydney Australia 

Width:  48 metres   Interesting Facts  Wide enough for 8 lanes of traffic, 2 train tracks, a pedestrian walkway and a bicycle path. The bridge turned 80 years old in 2012. There are 200 steps to the top. 

WORLD’S OLDEST  BRIDGE

Name:  Caravan Bridge   Type:  Arch Stone Slab

Location: Izmir, Turkey      Age: 2,863 years old (built 850BCE)

Interesting Fact: It is reported that St Paul used this bridge on his journey.

 

TYPES OF BRIDGES

The beam bridge

The beam bridge is a simple type of bridge, composed of horizontal beams supported by vertical posts.

 

The arch bridge

An arch bridge is a curved structure that converts the downward force of its own weight, and of any weight pressing down on top of it, into an outward force along its sides and base

An arch bridge doesn’t need any additional supports or cables. In fact, an arch bridge made of stone doesn’t even need mortar.  There are still many arch bridges built by the Romans 2,000 years ago, without mortar, which are still standing today.

     
The suspension bridge
Suspension Bridge is a bridge in which the roadway deck is suspended from cables that pass over two towers; the cables are anchored in housings at either end of the bridge.
The cable-stayed bridge
Like suspension bridges, they are held up by cables. However, in a cable-stayed bridge, less cable is required and the towers holding the cables are proportionately shorter.
BRIDGE BUILDING VIDEO

Enjoy this bridge building video and learn some of the important differences between arch, suspension and cable-stayed bridges. These differences are important when deciding what kind of bridge would work best in any given situation. Engineers take into account the bridge purpose and location before choosing the best bridge design.

 

 

 BUILD A BRIDGE LEARNING ACTIVITY

BUILD A BRIDGE GAME

 

 2012 Inquiry

GRADE 3/4 INQUIRY TERM 3 ‘Stories from the Stage’

To further enhance your performance presentation of Term 2 Inquiry learning, ‘Australia on the World Stage in the 80s’ and ‘Australians at War’,  in Term 3, we will be exploring how stories are best communicated on stage.

So far we have watched your wonderfully entertaining performances in Alice in Wonderland Jnr, our 2010 production. You completed a P M I which focused on the good and not so good elements of your performance and wrote ideas for performance improvement. Many students used the language of theatre and performance when completing the PMI – well done!

Another form of musical story telling is through Opera. Opera Australia is a very famous company that tells many different types of stories through operatic song and music. Some stories are very dramatic and sad and some are full of fun like this clip from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. The singer is Anthony Warlow who also starred in The Phantom of the Opera and Annie.

Here is a clip featuring good acting by child star Shirley Temple. Do you think it is good acting? Why?

This is not so good acting! Do you agree? Why?

Enjoy this Tweedledum and Tweedledee from a different stage telling of the Alice story. Do you think it is entertaining? Why?

12 thoughts on “Inquiry

  1. I enjoyed in inquiry the Tom and Jerry game and also I really enjoyed the highest Bridge in the world bye for now Madison

  2. Hello mrs Weston
    during this inquiry I have loved building bridges. it is amazing how some bridges can stand for so long. like the one in turkey.

  3. Hi mrs Weston,

    Thank you for putting a lot of hard work to find all of the videos of the bridges and thank you for all ways finding new things to do at school.

    Alana

  4. Hi Mrs. Weston,
    I have learnt a lot of things about bridges.
    I have a really good experience how to make a bridge now!!!
    Some are easy like Beam bridge but some aren’t!!
    I think at school is really fun and learning about bridges are fun as WELL!!!!

  5. Hi Mrs Weston,

    One day I would like to visit the tallest bridge in the world. Thank you for all the bridge resources and letting us make bridges.
    🙂 😉 B) 😛

  6. Hi this is Katie
    In this inquiry unit I really liked was we made our own little bridges and then we made a huge bridge but it sadly got smashed!:) :p

  7. Q1 some of the bridges a beam bridge a suspension and a cable bridge.
    Q2 I enjoyed putting the bridge together.
    Q3 I would like to make a huge bridge with icy pole sticks and play doh and tape and glue straws

  8. Hi Mrs Weston,

    Hope you are having a good holiday. I know another fact about the Sydney Harbour that you can put on the blog, when the Sydney Harbour Bridge opened in 1932 you could ride across on your horse for just 1 cent.

    • That’s an amazing fact Alana! I think it would have been 1 penny way back then. Thanks for the detail! Enjoy the rest of your break. From Mrs Weston

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