In Room 2 we have learnt that legends are stories that explain why or how something is the way it is. We thought that we knew the legend of Matariki but as we explored further we began to find more and more stories. Some were similar to each other and some were very different. We decided to write our own legends to explain how the seven stars of Matariki came to be.
Our writing, the seven stars of Matariki.
As our garden plans combine with our learning around Matariki, our sharing space is growing. We'd love for you to come in a and share it. Our bucket is full of potatoes! We will add our kites here once they have returned from our Hikoi tomorrow.
Having time to explore, experiment, test and try develops deep thinking, a more complete understanding of process and purpose.
Our Key Competency focus for discovery day this Friday was Thinking. So often we rely on the knowledge of others without question. Having to follow instructions and modify them, selecting those that are most appropriate based on the outcome required takes thought.
Room 2 had to use prior knowledge and understanding of the purpose of a kite. We were also able to use our classroom tools, laptops and iPads to do some research.
It has to be light so our decorations can't be too heavy. Lasini
Doesn't it have to be the same on both sides to fly? Lucas
Using what we have around is fantastic motivation to create new and exciting things and who doesn't have a sheet of newspaper somewhere? We used our thinking skills to search on the internet, putting in keywords to find instructions for newspaper kites. We had to look critically at the instructions.
Did they make sense?
Were there any pictures to help us?
Did they look as though we could finish them in the time that we had?
Did we need any other materials?
Could we add another keyword to our search to get more specific information?
Duraseal fancy kites.
We have used duraseal (contact adhesive) in Room 2 before to create our nature mandalas. It can be tricky to work with and requires patience and a plan. The instructions that we were given had no words and the pictures didn't show everything. It has hard to know what to do next. Lucas. We had to consider out decorations, think about which were light and heavy. I remembered to fold my kite in half to make it the same on both sides. Shelby.
Some beautiful creations were made with these kites and what better way to celebrate than by flying them. Thanks to Jacob for the great pictures here!
(Can you spot the kite that is not like the others?)
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