LET'S HAVE A LOOK OUT OF SUBJECT BOX
DEAR VISITORS! THIS IS THE SECOND PART OF OUR PROJECT.
HOMEPAGE IS DEDICATED TO THEME BASED PERIOD "WATER" ACTIVITIES.
"HUMAN BODY" ACTIVITIES ARE MOVED FROM HOME PAGE TO "EARLIER ACTIVITIES" PAGE.
PROJECT PARTNERS ARE HAPPY AND PROUD TO SHARE THEM WITH YOU.
The students of 5th grade, by creating "Out of subject box-Water-Erasmus +" educational activities, participated as a choir at the 20th May 2019 musical event dedicated to the European Maritime Day in Neorio Moro. At the event, co-organized by the Sailing Club of Chania and the Regional Unity of Chania, songs were played with lyrics by N. Gatsos
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We danced, we sang, we talked, and we felt that they were connecting us a lot. The “out of subject box” program is an excuse to leave the “ego” and go to “us”.
During the "WATER" theme based period there were a lot of activities, when children were drawing water. There are many ways to do it. Illustration, collage, "drawing music", "expand the view", "make a copy of masterpiece", "fish line" - are some of activities done by children of Centro primary..
Third grade children made collages of fish and waterfalls. They used blue peaces of magazine pages for background and draw fish with black narrow pen. Waterfalls were made of wool thread ...
Fourth grade children listened to the symphonic poem "the sea" by famous Lithuanian composer and artist M.K.Čiurlionis. They tried to illustrate music with their pictures. You can listen to the episode of music HERE.
The third grade children tried to expand the pictures of sea views. They sticked photos with sea views on bigger sheet of paper and draw additional view as expansion of the picture...
The third grade children had fun. They draw any curved line and made fish from that line. Here you can see the steps of doing that. Try it and have fun!
There are possibilities to draw illustrations to any story or text, of course, but There were stories, connected wit water. Third grade children read the traditional stories, legends about origin of Lithuanian lakes, rivers and bridges and draw illustrations to those legends.
Children choose pictures of Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Ivan Aivazovsky and Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis. They discussed wthe impressions and the mood of pictures and what are the ways for artists to meke these impressions and moods. We learned a new word "marinist" in our discussion. After children tried to copy pictures and to create not just acopy, but the mood too.
Fish tank is expensive, needs to look after it... You can get it almoust for free, and will not have spend time for feeding fish and cleaning it... :) First grade children brought some jars from jam with lids to school and made their own fish tanks. It was a lot of fun. Try it in your class!
Ice - the solid state of water. If it is solid, you can use it for sculptures. All the school visited the exhibition of ice sculptures presented by pre - school children. It was realy COOL... Everybody had to do quick observing and make pictures - sculptures disapeared in some hours... Click HERE to see presentation of exhibition.
Water is very important in our lives. We need it to survive, but also water can be very dangerous. For example - sea. One minute - you enjoy swimming in the sea and other - you can be captured by treacherous waves. So we decided to create a dance about beautiful but unpredictable sea. The dance was performed by girls from our school extra curriculum dance group (girls are from different classes).
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School, escaping from the narrow framework of traditional teaching, can bring forth and develop children's skills that will help them to structure their emotional world as a worthy of a new society with a primary focus on man and his environment.
5th grade students suggested and performed the well-known "Singing in the Rain" within the framework of the Erasmus + “Out of Subject Box”, announcing that out of the box can be great creations, contributing to the development of a modern pedagogical system.
You can watch SINGING IN THE RAIN HERE
We “dived” into the world of water sports: We learned about sports that take place in the sea, in rivers, in swimming pool water and on ice.
First, we searched for and found photographs about sports that occur in or on the water and then, we discussed and gathered information. In the end, we created a collage about water sports.
We talked about the role of Water in our daily lives and made a Water Cycle model.
Aim – Objective: To help the pupils discover the amazing journey of water through the Water Cycle and understand how water gets to our houses through experiential learning activities.
The pupils created a story about the Water Cycle.
It was based on an interdisciplinary approach which integrated Language, Environmental Education (EE) and Art.
The “project method”.
We listened to the sound of the waves, holding a nylon sheet and then we entered into the “stormy water”.
We created the sound of the sea with percussion instruments.
We listened to the sound of the rain with the help of plastic bottles.
We blew into a small pipe and listened to a slight whistle, and blew into the water and watched bubbles. Then, we blew into straws, which didn’t make any sound at all! But then, when we blew into the water, small bubbles were created once again.
YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/2x7-bhl6S8w
Sublects involved: Music, Theater
Teacher: Dona – Maria Kavroulaki,
This semester we occupied ourselves with water with the help of our friend, Droppy, which told us everything she saw, listened and lived during her imaginary journey.
Droppy met Poseidon, the ancient God of the Sea and his wife, Amfitrite. We read a book about him and drew him.
Then, Droppy joined the circle of water. We joined it, too, through videos on You Tube.
Then we talked about where water can be found on earth and made a beautiful poster. We were very sorry to be informed that in many places around the world there is lack of water.
In the end, with Droppy’s help, we wrote and drew in small drops the necessity of water.
Subjects involved: Languge, Art, History
Teacher: Dona – Maria Kavroulaki
5th grade: Students created paintings with chalk. These works refer to the reflections of water and the symmetry that these images create.
Their surprise was great from the result, as well as their engagement with a material like chalk, a material unknown to them.
Then the project was disseminated to the local community, exhibiting the works, in collaboration with the Sailing Club of Chania in Neorio Moro.
Subjects involved: Mathematics, Art
1st grade. The children of A1 played and sang the poem "The little river", which briefly refers to the "circle of water". The children gave it with their own enthusiasm and special way, with the help of their teacher and the school musician.
You tube link: https://youtu.be/oDpdcUlaYJU
During this semester we occupied ourselves with water as the most valuable source of life on our planet. We focused on the potable water, found in lakes and rivers and realized how valuable it is. So, we discussed about ways to save water, as opposed to those that spoil water in every day - life. A slight change of habbits can make the difference to the benefit of the environment! It’s up to us! And, after a lot of discussion, we decided to implement this knowledge on the most famous game, played by children all over the world: “Snakes and ladders”… So, we designed and drew the game on a square cloth, 2,40m X 2,40m, where we play and learn again and again….
You spoil water for no reason? Slide down the snake!
You save water? Climb up the stair!
Do your best for the environment and be the winner!
Do join us and play!
Subjects involved: Mathematics, Science, Art
1st grade: By studying the relevant model, we discussed the water cycle. Inspired by our Blue Planet, we built our own blue sea bottom, presenting life in it, and building our own ships to harbor the seas.
Subjects involved: Science, Art
Older students can be great mentors to younger pupils. We have already had many successful mentoring projects in the past in our school. This time 8 grade students Vaiva and Mija became *teachers* for a reading lesson in the 5th grade. Together they read a story about FINBO, the whale, who is sad because he cannot play hide- and- seek with his friends- he's too big! After the reading the pupils are going to write a follow-up story in the next lesson.
But we didn't have any books in our hands. Why? We were reading the story in International Digital Children's Library. Pupils were excited to experience a digital walk through the library for the first time. The mission of this unique library is to support the world's children in becoming effective members of the global community - who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas - by making the best in children's literature available online free of charge.
Just visit International Digital Children's Library and chose your book!
Beacons located along coastlines and harbor entrances have long prevented disasters and saved many lives at sea.
Slovene 4 B class pupils made a working lighthouse, after studying about the electric circuit they used recycled materials: cardboard, toalet paper rolls, styrofoam and of course a bulb and a battery.
We can't get lost now!
INTERNATIONAL WATER DAY 2019 was celebrated on 22nd March. This year our pupils discussed the importance of saving water in accordance with the main topic of International Water Day 2019. Sustainable Development goal 6 is crystal clear: water for all by 2030, meaning leaving no one behind. But today many people are still living without safe water, struggling to survive.
After discussing the important question children made paper boats and wrote their water-saving slogans on them. They made “a boat regatta“ and decorated their “sea“ with shells and stones, collected from our incredibly beautiful Adriatic Sea.
So, will you turn off the water while brushing your teeth, too?
Pupils in classes 5B and 5C experimented with liquid mass and density. During their science project work they weighted different liquids in the same quantity and calculated their mass. Pupils found out that different liquids' weight depends on their density. During their English project pupils continued experimenting with density and made the Density Tower using water, dish soap, vegetable oil and an ice cube. They learned that ice floats because of its lowest density. Pupils took an active part in these experiments and had enjoyed it very much.
Pupils in class 2 C and their teacher Meta used water at Maths as visual material while teaching / learning parts of the whole. First, pupils used bottle caps, then they did the same mathematical task with water in plastic cups which was a bit more challenging.
During the science lessons they experimented with ice cubes, tested and observed how ice cubes melt if you sprinkle them with salt or put them in water.
Pupils experimented with liquid density and observed how different liquids mix in a *wonder bottle*. They observed the *volcano* effect when they put coloring dye in oil or the bubbles when they turned the bottle upside down and oil came on the surface.
They also learned about life in freshwaters ( rivers, lakes) and life in saltwaters (oceans).
Pupils were asked to visualise and describe their findings and feelings.
Children from 4b class and techer Kristina suggest you to try experimets with water to try in your class. Just download powerpoint presentation with discription of experiments and pictures. Make fun!
Cut the same or similar shape of paper. It is your water lily. Bend lily's perianths inside the shape and put lily on water surface. What is happening and why? You can see 2b class children doing this experiment. Just click HERE
Make jelly fish from peace of plastic bag, as it is in the picture... It is not difficult at first time, but it is very important to blow as much air into jelly fish "head" as you can. It will help your pet to float on the water... Use plastic bottle as fish tank.if you eant to make your jelly fish more visible, put some color into water... Our pre- school children just used ink... Fill your bottle with coloured water and let your jelly fish into it. turn the bottle bottom up - your pet will imediately move to the top of the bottle. Why yoyr pet is always trying to get outside the water?
Follow the order of making jelly fish in our pictures and enjoy it!
You can draw your fish tank, but it will be more realistic if you will use plasticine. Image will be not so flat - you will get simple version of 3D. Children from the 1b class suggest you to try it.
We know, that water turns into steam, when we heat it. Is it possible to turn steam back to the water? Yes. You just need to cool steam and to collect water. Children from 3b class used simple equipment to get woter from steam - two containners for water, hot water, trensperant plastic film nd ice cubes. When hot steam touches cold plastic transperant film, it turns into the water and drops to the sontainer. Now we know new word - CONDENSATION! It is also good ilustration of water circle.
Water can help you to draw uderwater world. Just rumple sheet of paper and put it into the water before drawing. Use watercolors and you wil get soft and blured image - like real underwater world. Children from 3b class enjoyed it very much!
Drop water on plastic.... it becomes a race car! You can move drop on racing track from start to finish and keep the shape of water drop. What keeps the shape of drop? Can we destroy the strong surface of drop? We tried toothpick, but unsuccesfully... Just "magic" toothpick helped us - we dipped it itnto liquid soap before using. Soap destroyed surface of water drop. Soap molecules have special shape and can "ïnsret" between water molecules and to destroy surface. Many interesting questions and answers during this experiment!
Water is great for dissolving a lot of materials. But not for all of them. What you can dissolve in a cup of water? Children from "4b" tried to answer this question by trying... They put salt, sand, starch, sand, ketchup, different groats, soda, citric acid ect... into water and tried to dissolve them. They wrote experiment results in a special table compared them and discussed. Sometimes results were unexpected - try to put soda and citric acid into the water together.... :)
At first sight water looks the same, but we know that it can be different. Secondgraders tried to gues -what kind of wter is it? Tap water, distilated water, sparkling mineral water, boiled water and still mineral water? Children tried to taste, to smell water and to gues which water it is. Teacher Rasa, Leila's mom and children discussed together, what differeces of teste and smell they feel and how it is possible to identify types of water.
Try it in your class!
Pupils in class 4 C started to work on the theme * Water*. Water is the most important thing for human survival, so if for some reason you are not able to get clean water, knowing how to purify it can save your life. The main two ways to purify water are either heating or filtering. So, the main aim of this project work was to learn how to make a simple water filter and to understand how we can filter water by using cotton, charcoal,sand, gravel and rocks. Pupils did a great job!
The main aim of this project work was to connect English and Science. Pupils watched a short video * DYI water filter * in English, matched the English words for the substances and played puzzles. Next lesson they draw a water filter and labelled it with the words they learned.
As pupils in class 2A and 2Č already mentioned the words " molecules" and "atoms" , the teachers gave them an opportunity to have a lesson in a chemistry lab where chemistry teacher demonstrated the structure of a water molecule. Pupils learnt that red colour stands for oxygen and white for hydrogen. Pupils wondered why it isn't blue. Then they learnt about the stucture of ice and what happens when we sprinkle salt on ice.
During Art lessons pupils made models of the structure of ice and a water molecule.
During physical education pupils represented the atoms of hydrogen and oxygen (having red and white circles on their T-shirts) and played the game "Little Atoms". In another game they immitated ice, steam and liquid.
On 2 February,2019 pupils in class 4B and 4C studied about water the whole day. Class teachers, Italian and English teachers co-operated and implemented their good practice experience from the staff meeting in Lithuania in November, 2018. They invited other primary teachers to observe the activities and shared the Lithuanian project – based learning - teaching experience with them.
All day pupils did experiments with ice, made a water filter, studied water cycle, draw water mills and learned new words in all the three languages: Slovenian, Italian and English. They played games and puzzles, solved quizzes, made art pieces about water. At the end they reported about their experience and were really excited about it.
SHORTLY ABOUT PROJECT
Sometimes teachers understand teaching just as transferring of the knowledge; there is a lack of teamwork skills, no connections between knowledge and real life, no alternatives, conflict between national curriculums and declared innovation ideas. Teaching is focused on the results of formal evaluation: grades, levels, etc. It does not meet contemporary needs as it does not develop competencies that today's children of primary age will need for creative solving problems and meeting future challenges. One more issue - understanding importance of diversity and possibility to use it as advantage in education. All partner schools are interested in theme based education and are trying it in practice. There are succesfull episodes, but for developing working system, partners need more theoretical knowledge and practical skills.
* Organizing theme based learning periods, based on later mentioned themes in all partners' schools.
* Observing of theme based (integrated) learning process at partner's school and assisting teachers.
* Creating online toolboxes for themes "Human body", "Water", "Space" "Europe".
1. Practical "hard" part for work in class connecting all teaching subjects:
- Activity list for pupils
- Activity plans
- Activity instructions
- ICT instruments and links
- Evaluating instruments
- Any other things using in class for current theme
2. Theoretical "soft" part for preparing working in class, planing:
- Description of objectives of activities
- Ways of organizing cooperative learning
- Recomendations for involving parents and members of community.
- Possible challenges and problems
- Preparing environment for theme
- Alternative teaching resources (resources outside the school)
- Desription of possible evaluating ways and methods
- Using diversity as resource
* Sharing toolbox materials and observation impressions with local teachers and online