Natural Disasters News Reports

This week, the year fives began to work on their natural disasters news report projects. The students needed to decide on a well known natural disaster from around the world to research. We will then use our animation skills in iMotion Pro and Do Ink to create an animation of the disaster, and record ourselves reporting on the event. 

This week we were at the researching phase, watching news reports and taking notes and facts to include in our own news reports. 

Take at look at some of our students hard at work. 


We can’t wait until our projects are finished! 

Animation

This term, the year fives have begun a unit on animation. We used the iMotion Pro app this week to create some simple animations with play doh.


Here are some of our creations, we will be using these skills over the coming term to make some animations and news reports on our integrated topic of Natural Disasters, so stay tuned!



STEM Activities

This week in Info Lit, the year fives had some fun completing a STEM activity. STEM stands for Science, Technology, English and Mathematics. These activities start off with a design brief, specific materials, rules and a certain amount of time in which the challenge must be completed.

Here’s what we had to do:

Some pairs made some amazingly long chains!

After we finished our challenge, the students had a range of questions to consider, such as

  • What was your method?
  • Were you successful? Why/why not?
  • What should you have done differently?
  • Why was the winning chain the longest?

Take a look at some samples of our work:

Welcome to Info Lit 2016

Welcome back!  The year fives have kicked off the year learning about the ever important topic of Cyber Safety.  We started this topic last week by watching this short video on Digital Citizenship from the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner:

We then had a look at an online profile and had a discussion about whether it was safe or unsafe, and we decided  it was very unsafe!  You can check it out and decide for yourself here http://www.digizen.org/downloads/Friendbook%20timeline.pdf

The year fives had a go at making their own online profiles, deciding what personal information should be included and what should not.  They did a great job 🙂

Here’s one example, can you guess whose it is?

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What a great way to start off the new year!

 

Minecraft Hour of Code


In keeping with our theme of coding for this term, our year fives had a go at programming Minecraft characters Alex and Steve to move through a Minecraft play space at www.code.org:

   
 
This programming site teaches kids about some of the basic elements of computer science, with video tutorials throughout the levels. I think we all know how much kids love Minecraft, so it was great to have such an engaging learning opportunity. Great job guys. 

Animations and News Reports

The year fives continued to use their animating skills this week, making an animation of outer space and a news report to go with it.  The task was to create an animation using Do Ink Animation, and an animation using play dough and iMotion Pro, and then to put the two animations together using Do Ink Green Screen.  They then had to put their animation into to iMovie and create a news report to go with their animations.

Here are a couple of examples of what the groups came up with:

We had this rubric to help us know what was important when creating our video:

Excellent (3 Points) Very Good (2 Points) Satisfactory (1 Point)
News Report The content of your news report is detailed and relevant to the animation you have made. It is presented in a realistic news report style. Your voice can be heard clearly in your recording. The content of your news report displays some detail and is linked to the animation you have made. It is similar to a realistic news report. Your news report requires more detail and needs to be more closely linked to the animation you have made.   The language used needs to be more realistic.
Creativity Your ideas display an excellent level of creativity in your animation and how it is linked to your news report, and other features included in your news report. Your ideas display a good level of creativity in your animation and how it is linked to your news report, and other features included in your news report. Your ideas display a satisfactory level of creativity in your animation and how it is linked to your news report, and other features included in your news report.
iMovie Features Your iMovie displays excellent use of relevant titles, subtitles and music. It looks like a realistic news report. Your iMovie displays very good use of relevant titles, subtitles and music. It is beginning to look like a realistic news report. Your iMovie displays satisfactory use of relevant titles, subtitles and music. It needs to look more like a realistic news report.

All the finished products were excellent!  Well done year fives!