November 2010


We are very excited.  We were chosen to work with a Professional craftsperson through projects with CRAFTed.

 The lady who will be coming into our class works with clay, she is a ceramist. Her name is Kim Sharkey.  Kim has her own studio and website, www.peaceofearthpots.ie.     We will start our project next February.  We are looking forward to working with Kim and learning all about clay!

 By Jack, Ellen and Katelyn.

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This is a video that we found on the iPod Touch while looking for five facts about the pomegranate. We thought you’d like to see it.

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Rang III Pomegranate Tasting

Today we tasted pomegranates in school. 22 people liked them and 5 people didn’t like them. We were tasting them with two other schools in America on Twitter. The schools we were tasting them with are in Indiana, USA. We ate the seeds, they were nice and juicy. Some people didn’t like the seeds but liked the juice. Lots of people thought they tasted like grapes. They also tasted like cranberry. The schools in America thought that the pomegranates were really nice and they didn’t like the seeds.

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Rang III Pomegranate Tasting

Earlier we went to the halla to find out five pomegranates facts each. We used our iPods to go onto the internet to find out the pomegranate facts. Here are some of the things that we found out:

  • We found out that the word pomegranate is from the Latin “Pomum Granatum” which means “apple of many seeds”.
  • The Romans called the pomegranate a “punic apple”.
  • The ancient Egyptians were buried with pomegranates. (Weird!)
  • The pomegranate is also known as “Granada” in Spanish and “Grenade” in French.
  • The pomegranate can cure kidney disease
  • The most popular thing is pomegranate juice but there is also pomegranate jellies, pomegranate wine and even pomegranate salad dressing.
  • Pomegranates are actually not a fruit, they are a berry.
  • The pomegranate tree can grow between 20 and 30 feet tall.
  • A lot of people don’t know that it’s only the juice and the seeds that are edible.

 

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Rang III Pomegranate Tasting

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Rang II Pomegranate Tasting

Electrical Circuits

 

Last Friday we made electrical circuits. The class was split into 5 groups. Each group was given a basket with wires, batteries, bulbs, a battery holder and a bulb holder.

 

              

Each group then worked out how to connect the wires and battery in order to light the bulb. We came up with lots of different versions!

              

Some groups only used two wires, a bulb and a battery.

Other groups used more wires.

One group even worked out how to blow the bulb by adding more power to the circuit.

 

                   

At the end some groups used all of their equipment in the one circuit. The bulb was still really bright so we learned that the length of circuit didnt effect the flow of electricity or the brightness of the bulb.

This week we are going to investigate conductors and insulators of electricity!

We think that rubber, a copper coin, a magnet, a key, a walking stick with metal, a crutch and tin foil will conduct electricity. We will let you know our findings!

                      

Sixth Class used a poetry app on the iPod Touches to create poems about disastrous weather conditions. 

We have been studying hurricanes, typoons, tornadoes, blizzards, floods and storms in Geography.

We each chose a weather force and wrote a poem about it.

      Here are some of our poems.

Snow                                                                                  Typhoons

By Emer H                                                                       By Oisin S

Swirls all around                                                           Forms in the east

Lies on the ground                                                       Comes in from over the sea

On top of a post.                                                            Destroys cities.

Like                                                                                     Like

Crunching dry toast                                                     Hurricanes and cyclones

Ice in the freezer                                                           Rips up houses

A broken, cold lever                                                    Destroys everything in its path

Falling                                                                                Flattening all obstacles

Covers everything in a white blanket.                 Brings only pain & destruction.

 

Lightning                                                                          Tornadoes

By Claire Mc                                                                    By Caoimhe

Starts in the sky                                                             Sucks things off the ground

Making its way down                                                   Sweeps across the land

Hits the ground.                                                            Takes its prey.

Like                                                                                     Like

A flashing bulb                                                               An evil cheetah

Clouds quickly covering the sun                            Swirls like a whirlpool

Blinds opening and closing                                      Loud as an elephant

Blinking                                                                            Rumbling

Before your eyes.                                                        Like a dealy drumroll.

Snow

By Neasa

Freezes in the clouds

Falls slowly through the air

Drops gently to the ground.

Like

A white blanket

a dusting of sugar

A coating of ice cream.

Drifting

Covering everything it can.

Twitter

We started using Twitter in the classroom last year. We continued to tweet this year and regularly tweet about things we are learning in class and things we write about on our school blog. This week, we joined other schools who have been tweeting about things we were learning during Science Week. It was while we were looking at our tweets this week that we received a message that read: “Hi there! We are tweeting from our classroom too! Would you share with us what you’re learning today? Where are you?” We replied to this tweet and so began a conversation during the course of the week with a school in Indiana, USA. (@superkiddos) It was interesting for the pupils to learn that the pupils in Indiana were just starting their school day as we were finishing up our school day. Another school in Indiana has also begun to join in the conversation with us (@BloggingBees). Here is how the conversation has gone over the course of a few days this week:

  • USA: Hi there! We are tweeting from our classroom too! Would you share with us what you’re learning today? Where are you?
  • IRE: We are learning things on our iPod Touches. We are in Sligo, Ireland. Where are you? What ages are you?
  • USA: We live in Indiana, United States. We r 7 & 8 yrs. old. We live by a lot of lakes. 20/24 of us have a lake in our backyards.
  • USA: Some things we’re curious about: Do u have school uniforms? Do u have big cities? How do u get around your town? Cars? Bikes?
  • IRE: We are learning about Christopher Columbus in history. Do you know anything about him? What is your weather like? It is cold.
  • IRE: We are 7, 8 and 9 years old. Our school is beside Knocknarea Mountain and near a surfing beach called Strandhill.
  • IRE: We wear a school tracksuit to school. It is navy with white stripes. We use cars because we live 5 miles from town. Its rainy!!
  • IRE: We start school at 9.20am. What time do you go to school at? We finish at 3pm. What time do you finish at?
  • USA: We start school at 8:20 and end 3:00 pm. We are just starting our day — are you ending your day?
  • USA: Normally it is snowy & cold in November, but today it is unusually warm. Last week it snowed and this week it’s hot!
  • USA: CC facts we think we know: Sailed across the seas in 1492 Discovered America 10/12 is Columbus Day Do u have Columbus Day?
  • IRE: We’ve just got another half an hour to go. We’re just finishing our Irish language lesson at the moment. Theres 27 in our class
  • IRE: Columbus died when he was 55 years old. We found out that his 3 ships were called Santa Maria, Pinta and Nina. We’ve no CC day.
  • USA: We have about 5 more hours to go. We’re getting ready for writing workshop.
  • USA: We are looking at a globe and light & figuring out why you are getting ready to go home & we are just starting our day.
  • USA: what lang. do u speak & know? We speak English.
  • USA: We know a little Spanish, Arabic, Korean, and sign language. (Our teacher if fluent in ASL.)
  • IRE: We’re going home now. We speak English and we’re learning to speak Irish. Goodbye. Tweet you tomorrow!
  • IRE: Our school website is http://ransborons.scoilnet.ie/blog/ Do you have a website so that we could learn more about you?
  • USA: Our corporation site is www.wawasee.k12.in.us
  • IRE: We wrote about helicopters http://bit.ly/cDRl7q We received an email from a Helicopter Training Academy in Australia because of it. #twience
  • USA: That is so cool! Can you teach us something about helicopters? Most people here don’t get to ride in helicopters.
  • USA: Helicopters are usually for emergencies or news media in America. The public ride in airplanes.
  • USA: We love learning about you on your website! So cool!
  • IRE: We found out on our iPods that Christopher Columbus introduced pineapples to Europe!
  • USA: Cool! We have someone in our class who LOVE pineapples! What kinds of fruit do you eat most in Ireland?
  • IRE: We can get almost any kind of fruit but our favourites are apples, pears, grapes and Irish grown strawberries
  • IRE: Do you get homework for the weekend? We don’t get any for the weekend but we do during the week.
  • USA: We don’t get homework, but our class is the exception. We are expected to read and practice spelling every night, though.
  • USA: Those are some of our faves too! We also love bananas. What kind of sweet things do you like? We like cookes and chocolate!
  • USA: We read your school’s site. Can you tell us: What is hurling? Our most popular sports are football, baseball, and basketball.
  • USA: We spell it “favorites.” We are wondering: is “favourites” a mistake or is that how you spell it?
  • USA: Do you spell other words differently too?
  • USA: Do you have special dances you do in Ireland? Some people here do a dance called a Tango.
  • USA: We do a school dance too!
  • IRE: We like chocolate bars, cake, jellies, sweets (candy) crisps (chips) biscuits, marshmallows, ice-cream, lollipops and popcorn.
  • IRE: Hurling is an Irish sport. The stick is made from Ash and the ball is called a sliotar. Over the bar = 1 pt. Under the bar=3pts
  • IRE: We spell favoUrite with a U. We also spell coloUr with a U. We also spell flavoUr with a U.
  • IRE: Maeve in third class does Irish dancing. One of her dances is called “The Job of Journey Work”. It’s a traditional set dance.
  • USA: What r your biscuits like? For lunch today we’re having chicken soup, turkey sandwich, cookie. What did u have for lunch?

And so we ran out of time on Friday afternoon. We hope to continue the conversation via Twitter and see what else we can learn about life for pupils of the same age 3,000 miles away!

Balancing Clown 01

We made clowns out of card. We had to colour them. Then we had to neatly cut them out . We also had to get two of the same coins and stick them onto the hands of the clown. Then we tried to balance the clown by the nose on our finger. We also tried balancing it on the rim of a teacup. We even tried balancing it on our nose. The way it works is that gravity is pulling it down and the lower towards the ground you put it, the easier it is to balance because the gravity is pulling it down. We enjoyed doing this experiment very much.

Balancing Clowns 02

By Sophie Leigh and Caoimhe B

Science Facts

We used the 10,000 Science Facts app on our iPod Touches to find out interesting facts for Science Week. Here are some of the things that we found out:

  • A ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball of rubber
  • Singapore means “City of Lions”
  • A 1,200 pound horse eats about seven times its own weight each year
  • A banana tree isn’t really a tree. It’s a herb.
  • One quarter of the bones in your body are in your feet
  • Four million children die each year from inhaling smoke from indoor cooking fires that burn wood and dung
  • Egyptians invented the potter’s wheel, the scissors, toothpaste, the key the clock, metal pipes and the calendar
  • 15 million blood cells are produced and destroyed in the human body every second
  • By the year 2012 there will be approximately 17 billion devices connected to the internet
  • A dragonfly can fly at 25mph
  • If a T-Rex tripped while running the fall could probably kill it
  • Blood is such a good stain that native Americans used it for paint
  • A baby echidna is called a puggle and is smaller than a jellybean
  • A raisin dropped into a glass full of fresh champagne will bounce continuously up and down non-stop
  • Archaeopteryx was a small creature with feathers that could fly and shows that birds are descended from dinosaurs
  • Thomas Edison invented the Light Bulb and he was scared of the dark
  • Americans eat more bananas than any other fruit, a total of 11 billion a year
  • 107,000 is the number of gallons of water an average residence uses every year
  • A snake can eat a deer in one bite and survive a year without eating
  • Christopher Columbus introduced pineapples to Europe
  • 15 million gallons of wine were destroyed during an earthquake in San Francisco in 1904
  • A baby rabbit is called a kitten
  • A baby oyster is called a spat
  • A queen bee may lay as many as 3,000 eggs in a single day
  • 10% of all human beings ever born are alive at this moment
  • A litre of vinegar is heavier in winter than in summer

Salmon of Knowledge 01

Picture by Ciara L.

Our class listened to the story of the salmon of knowledge.Heres what it was about.Fionn Mac Cumhail was only a young boy when his father was killed in battle. His mother sent him to be reared by 2 wise women who lived in the woods in the Slieve  Bloom Mountains in county Laois. The wise women taught him how to hunt wild animals in the forest.They also taught him to protect himself with a shield and how to use a spear and sword.They taught him most of the things he needed to know in order to become leader of the  fianna. Fionn grew strong and brave and he was good at many sports. He could run quicker than a hare. He could strike a wild duck with a stone from a sling. However he also needed to know twelve books of poetry by heart. So the wise women  decided to send Fionn to a famous poet called Finnegus to learn poetry. Fionn left his home in the mountains and went to live with Finnegus. The poet lived beside the River Boyne in County Meath.Here Fionn learned much wisdom and was taught many poems and stories. He also learned how to write poems. Finnegus had spent seven years trying to catch the salmon of knowledge in the River Boyne. It was said that the first person to taste this fish would have the gift of knowledge  and would be wiser than any other person. Early 1 morning Finnegus caught a large salmon. It was beautiful and shone like silver.He knew it must be the Salmon of Knowledge.

Salmon of Knowledge 02

Picture by Caoimhe O.

He brought the fish to Fionn and asked him to cook it.Finnegus told Fionn to light a fire and to roast the salmon over it. He warned Fionn not to eat any of the fish because he knew that the first person to taste the magic fish would be given the gift of great knowledge. As the fish was cooking , Fionn noticed a big blister on it’s skin.He burst the blister with his thumb. The fish was very hot and some of it’s skin stuck to Fionn’s thumb. The hot skin burned his thumb.Fionn then put his thumb in his mouth to stop it from hurting. He forgot about  the warning of Finnegus. Fionn brought the salmon to Finnegus when it was fully cooked. When Finnegus looked into Fionn’s eyes he immediately he knew that Fionn had received the gift of wisdom and knowledge from the fish. “You have tasted my Salmon of Knowledge”, said Finnegus, “I can see it in your eyes. I have waited for years to catch this salmon and be the first person to taste it”. “I only put my thumb in my mouth because I burned it and I wanted to take the pain away2, said Fionn. “I am very sorry”. Finnegus was sad but he forgave Fionn because he knew that Fionn had not disobeyed him on purpose. “You now have the gift of knowledge and you will be able to foretell the future every time you put your thumb in your mouth”, he said to Fionn. Fionn was now a wise, brave warrior. Soon afterwards, he left Finnegus and was chosen as leader of the Fianna. We enjoyed this story.

By Leah and Joshua (Rang III)

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