These questions are just "one small step" in the inquiry learning process as we begin to take these questions and early ideas and understanding further. Knowing is one thing but understanding is another-we will be going deeper into our science understanding over the next three weeks and will keep you posted on our continued journey.
Here are some highlights from their questions and discoveries:
Questions from Kyle, Hamish and Blake : Why does the moon have craters? How do comets get made? Does the ring around Saturn spin around or stay still? Why do they have gravity in space? What are stars made of? Do stars move? One discovery made on Friday: The moon's craters are created by meteors crashing into it-the moon's gravity attracts them first which protects the earth.
Questions from Ciara, Kate, Kaisha, and Amarlee: Is the sun really a star? How many stars are in the sky? What forms planets? Is there another planet in space like earth? What would happen if there was no gravity? How many people have been to the moon? How do you travel in space? One discovery made on Friday: there are two planets that scientists have found that appear to be suitable for life and just like earth, these are Kepler 186F and Gleise 832. One of them is only 490 light years away? (How do you travel there?)
Questions from Angus, Ace and Matthew: Why is space moving away from us? Why is the moon half light and half dark? Why is Mars red? What is a black hole? What is inside a black hole? How many stars are in space? One discovery made on Friday: There is nothing inside a black hole. We don't even think it is a hole at all because nothing can exist inside one. Everything is sucked into a black hole even light, but nothing is left just energy. The energy builds until it explodes and we think this creates a star?
Questions from Lily, Pratik, Liam, Noah, Amie: Are there any stars bigger than our sun? Does every planet have the same gravity? How many moons are there in our galaxy? Does each star or sun have it's own galaxy? What is the sun made out of? Do aliens actually exist and do they carry lazer guns? Since suns explode over time, when will our sun explode? How do stars help planets? Is it possible to live on other planets in space? How were planets made? Is there an end to space? How big is space? Is it expanding? Is there wind in space?
One discovery made on Friday: Space is growing bigger everyday and there is no start or end to space. Each star has it's own solar system and these solar systems exist within galaxies-ours is the milky way-and these galaxies are only a small part of the bigger picture. Earth is so small and so is our sun. Honestly we are so tiny.
Moon Craters being formed
Black holes-collapsing suns...
The universe is expanding...
Seasonal Planting and Pallet gardening
With the practical work sorted Mr B asked us to attend to our Inquiry focus for what to plant in our pallets for this time of year. We know more about seasons than we did at the start of the term but it is helpful to experience how this impacts on our gardening-for one thing it sure is colder out there now!
We divided into learning groups who could collaborate well together and split our inquiry question into two parts: What kind of plants grow well in pallet gardens? and What kind of plants can be planted now?
From this we were able to make a list of suitable plants and then write a whole class letter to Ms Bartram who had earlier asked Room 3 what plants we wanted for our pallet gardens.
Here is what we wrote her:
Kia ora Mrs Bartram,
This afternoon Room 3 researched pallet gardens to see what plants we could try growing at this time of year.
Mr B told us to look into it and we would write you this request for buying the seedlings...Please can you get for us these kind of plants
from Room 3
On Monday morning we arrived at school and found a delivery of these plants and more compost soil ready for planting. Later in the week we will set about planting up our pallets with produce that should be ready to use within only a few short weeks!