Reply to “The POWER of a FLATTENED Classroom” from Global Grade 3

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The POWER of a FLATTENED Classroom

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Hello Global Grade 3,

What a wonderful surprise to be honoured by your class in this way. It’s hard to believe my blogging adventures started only early in 2011. At that time I wouldn't have imagined how much blogging would become a part of my life or how many classes I would visit through blogging. Like many things in life, I saw something interesting and tried it out.

Zubayda – The sample of iron sand came from a place in New Zealand’s North Island known as Awakino. The Awakino River enters the Tasman Sea at this point. The heavy iron sands were washed down the river from volcanic areas upstream.  I was able to check slides from a visit to Awakino in 1983 and found a slide of the beach with the iron sands. Below is  can of the old slide. In summer, the beach is too hot to walk on so people walk along a small stream to get to the water’s edge.

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Tre – The DVD was to show the sort of thing I make for schools and community groups. Almost every child in the school appeared in their production. I thought it might be fun for you to hear the Aussie accent and see the Aussie kids perform. For many years I used the iron sands when my classes were looking at magnetism. Because the sands don’t seem to rust, I was able to use them many times.

 

Cemre – I have been able to hold a real koala and have photographed and videoed them many times. They are cute looking but are only awake two or three hours a day. Below is a photo I took of Suzie. She lives at Potoroo Palace, an animal refuge near my home.

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Nick – The pahoehoe is interesting. It crumbles into sand but, unlike the New Zealand sand, isn’t rich in iron. Did you know there are different types of lava?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lava

Dimitrios – The Australian flag has three major parts to it. The Union Jack is in the top left hand corner and shows our link with the United Kingdom. The five smaller stars on the right are known as the Southern Cross (or Crux to astronomers). While it can be seen in the northern hemisphere at some time in the year, it’s always in our night sky. I can use it to find south at night. The large star under the Union Jack is known as the Commonwealth Star. It has 7 points, one for each state and one for the Australian territories.

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Constantine – When you look at flowing lava, you can tell what type it is by how it moves along. The pahoehoe moves along almost like thick honey whereas the a’a’ seems to be chunky and harder.

Jayden – I know how much fun it can be to receive a surprise package. The mystery of what it contains can be exciting.

Chris – The scree was an unusual find in a way. After finishing my tour into the crater, I found many pieces had been caught in my clothing. The way in to the Mt. Tarawera crater is a very steep scree slope. Each step I took in the deep scree was well over a metre long as I made my way down. This meant I didn’t really have to collect it, it caught a ride with me. The iron sand was from New Zealand. The black pahoehoe and a’a’ were from Hawaii. The photo below is already on this blog but I thought I would repeat it. The arrow points to people on the crater rim. You can see a break in the rim to the right of the people where people start down. About half way down the scree slope you can see a trail start. It's a great experience going down the very steep slope. With the deep scree, it's not very likely you would lose you footing but it would be a very long way to roll to the bottom.

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AJ – How many rocks? That would be hard as I have from tiny gemstones to a large and heavy lead/zinc sample. I suppose there might be between one and two hundred samples. The Australian and Canadian dollar are almost in parity (the same value) when I just checked.  $A1.00 = $C1.03 The a’a’ and pahoehoe came from the same area of what Hawaiians call The Big Island. The Big Island is really Hawaii but the whole island chain has taken the name. The samples came Kilaeua lava flows. I don’t have very much of either. Your samples were the third I have sent out, one to England, one to Wales and one to you. You will see the name of the iron sand beach in Zubayda’s reply.

Davis – The small school in the DVD ended up buying around 60 copies of the disks. The money I take in helps me make more for others. I don’t make a profit by what I do but I have to charge for some otherwise I couldn’t afford to make them. The project I am doing for a choir now involves a special DVD for girls in a dance school and a DVD and 2 CDs for the choir. The girls pay $5 for their DVD and the choir gets the DVD and 2CDs for $10.

My favourite? I have recordings I’ve made in schools back to 1982. Each holds a special place in my memory but my favourites are probably the big shows involving 15 schools. There are so many talented students and teachers around.

Obsidian is also known as volcanic glass. Magma with high amounts of silica (also in sand) can form obsidian if it cools quickly.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obsidian

Christopher – There have been many special designs of the Australian dollar but the basic design, and my favourite, is the kangaroo dollar. I agree, sulphur is interesting and easy to find in volcanic areas. It is one of the three major ingredients in making gunpowder. I like sulphur crystals but they need to be protected if they are to keep their shine. My crystal sample was gather, with permission of the owners, from a volcanic area near Rotorua. Rotorua has the smell of sulphur everywhere.

Chelsea – You probably already know the Canadian flag also once had the Union Jack on it before it became what it is today. It wouldn’t surprise me if one day Australia takes a new design. There are many people with suggested designs often including kangaroos and/or stars. What I have always found strange is out $1 coin is bigger than our $2 coin. It always seemed the $2 should have been the bigger.

Rayann – How long to make a movie? I haven’t really kept record of how long it can take but, to give you and example, it has taken me about 8 hours just to design the titles at the beginning and credits at the end for the latest DVD project and more to do the same for the two CDs. There are many other tasks involved but, as a rough guess, my latest project might take around 40 to 50 hours before I make a master DVD for copying.

In my reply to Zubayda, I have shown a picture of the iron sand beach at Awakino in New Zealand.

In my reply to Dimitrios, I discuss the Australian flag.

James – One interesting thing many don’t seem to know is Australia only became a nation in 1901. Before that there were British colonies under the names we now call our states. The states voted to form a commonwealth under the name Australia. The original 1901 flag had only a six pointed star. Our current flag didn't become official until 1934.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_flag

Joyce – The schools DVD was fun to make. They only phoned me the day before to ask if I could film their play as parents had asked for a copy after their first night. The next day I was there checking out the hall and setting up cameras. They didn’t use microphones so the sound was only from the cameras therefore the baby noises.

What was interesting about the box for me is they were all amongst my favourite things. I have a number of glove puppets I’ve used in class, many rock samples, some flags, 30 years of school videos and I have always liked the kangaroo $1.

Ben – Until we can send objects to people on line, we’ll always need snail mail to send gifts. I always enjoy making the DVDs. My most successful can sell around 200 copies but I also give some away for free just because I enjoy making them. Schools know I charge them nothing for small projects. Schools always get a free copy of anything I make for them.

Danny – I probably started collecting rocks when I was your age. I have always been interested in science so geology was just one subject area I explored. My science degree was really in zoology and psychology but I also studied some maths, botany and chemistry at university. I didn't have time to study geology and physics.

The obsidian was bought from a rock shop in New Zealand. I wasn’t able to find any in areas where you are allowed to take samples so rock shops are a great source of interesting ricks and fossils.

Lauren – The school on the DVD is in a small coastal town. It has a beautiful beach, small boat launching inlet, some rugged coastline and is between two national parks with beautiful scenery. I holidayed there as a child as did my mother when she was a girl and my grandfather when he was a boy. My mother’s side of my family has been in this area since 1847. The photo below is taken from a wharf and shows Tathra Beach in the background.

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Ella – The koala puppet was bought in a local shop. I have another type of koala in my collection as well as a platypus, kookaburra, and cockatoo plus some non-Australian animals. My favourite local animal refuge has three koalas. I was able to film the first time Suzie’s baby poked its head out of Suzie’s pouch. They also sell Australian animal glove puppets.

Elijah – It wouldn’t be a good idea to use a’a’ as soap as it would be a little too scratchy, There is a volcanic stone I wasn’t able to send that can be used but not as soap. Pumice is a light volcanic stone. When superheated rock is thrown out and cools quickly, bubbles can form. Because of these many small bubbles, pumice is able to float in water. People can use it to rub calluses off their skin. I am out of samples at the moment or I would have included some.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pumice

Rebecca – When called in to film shows, I often don’t know what is going to happen. For the show in the DVD, I had no idea what would happen. I found it fun to watch. The only catch is I can be standing in the same spot for two hours while filming to make sure everything records well. Only when I edit the film on this computer do I have the chance to watch each act and cut out the bloopers or times when nothing is happening.

Tyler – Videoing in schools has been a part of my life since 1982. All the old videotapes are now on DVD so I have 30 years of school history recorded on them. Looking at the 1982 video, it can be hard to believe cute little 5 year old Nathan and Jenny would now be 35 years old. There are many memories stored in my DVDs, slides, negatives and photos. I hope to eventually have all stored on computers so they won’t be lost. J

For the class…

Do YOU know the significance of the six stars on the Australian flag? What do the symbols on YOUR flag represent?

(My reply for Dimitrios)  The Australian flag has three major parts to it. The Union Jack is in the top left hand corner and shows our link with the United Kingdom. The five smaller stars on the right are known as the Southern Cross (or Crux to astronomers). While it can be seen in the northern hemisphere at some time in the year, it’s always in our night sky. I can use it to find south at night. The large star under the Union Jack is known as the Commonwealth Star. It has 7 points, one for each state and one for the Australian territories.

Do you have a national bird, or flower or animal?

Australia

Flower – Golden Wattle

I didn't have a photo of the golden wattle in my collection but here is a photo of a similar wattle.

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Bird – emu

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Mammal – kangaroo

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The three emblems appear of Australia’s Coat of Arms.

This is not my graphic. It was sourced through Wikimedia Commons.

As well as national emblems, each state has its own emblems.

Floral emblems of Australia…

http://www.kidcyber.com.au/topics/emblemsAust.htm

Animal emblems of Australia…

http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/australias-animals-emblems.htm

Bird emblems of Australia…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Australian_bird_emblems

Do you have a favourite rock, mineral or fossil sample in YOUR collection? What makes it your favourite?

My favourite is crystal pyrite. It has the colour of gold and is also known as fool’s gold. It is much prettier than gold although worth very little. It’s easy to tell the difference. Hit a sample with a stone. If it flattens, it’s gold. If it shatters into little pieces, it’s pyrite.

Pyrite is iron sulphide. Here is a sample from my collection. It comes from Northern Territory in Australia. I have seen very beautiful examples from Italy. It measures 6cm across and weighs 250g.

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Pyrite is often found mixed in with other minerals. Below is a photo of lead/zinc ore from Tasmania. You can see the golden coloured pyrite at the top of the sample. The sample weighs 2500g mainly because of its lead content.

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@RossMannell

Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

One thought on “Reply to “The POWER of a FLATTENED Classroom” from Global Grade 3

  1. The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

    Hello Ross!

    Mrs. Renton told us that a “little bird” told HER that it was your BIRTHDAY a few days ago! If we COULD we would SING Happy Birthday to you! Happy belated birthday, Ross. We hope your day was very, VERY special! Imagine us singing this for you:

    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday dear Ross,
    Happy Birthday to you!

    The Awakino beach in New Zealand would be neat to visit. The picture you shared was beautiful. It looks like it would be a hard beach to walk on, even if it wasn’t hot, because of the iron sand! It looks like a lot of tree trunks were washed up … it is FULL of driftwood! We wonder if the beach is always full of driftwood … or does it just wash away when the tide goes out?

    We can’t believe that koalas sleep for 21 or 22 hours a day! That’s AMAZING! We think they MUST spend the REST of the time EATING! They sound SO lazy! We found this VERY intriguing … so we did a little further research! We found a link to the 7 sleepiest animals in the world. Guess what? Koala’s were number ONE! Other animals were: human babies, brown bats … and here is the link so that we DON’T spoil the REST of the surprise list: http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/news-7-most-sleepiest-animals-world?image=7 We loved the video of Suzie and her baby peeking out of the pouch. Boy … if ADULT koala sleep for 21 – 22 hours … we wonder how long BABY koalas sleep for!

    We think that the Mt. Tarawera crater would be a TON of fun to leap through the scree … but the long roll down sounds just a bit frightful to some of us! We think it’s really funny that the scree got a free ride back to your house when it got caught up in your clothing – that’s an awesome story! That could be pretty uncomfortable if it gets stuck in your boots … we hope it was your PANT leg!

    You are right a’a’ would be TOO scratchy to use on your skin! Pumice, though, is something that MANY of us have tried or have at home. Our resident volcanologist had a few samples and we did try the water test on one of them. We actually had a piece of something from Hawaii that a few of us thought was pumice, but a few of us thought it might be coral. Our volcanologist told us about the test … guess what? The Hawaii sample WAS coral and the pumice sample from Mount St. Helen’s floated!

    We discovered that the national animal for Canada is the beaver and the Canadian horse … we were surprised … but you inspired us to do a little more research AGAIN! We were surprised to see that the Maple tree has only been the national tree for Canada since 1996! What?!? There IS no national flower for Canada. Instead, there is a national floral emblem … the maple LEAF! We were SHOCKED to discover that Canada doesn’t have a National bird EITHER. So … we think … as a class … that it should be the Canada Goose … because it has Canada in its name … AND … because it is found in EVERY Canadian Province!

    On the OTHER hand … because of this little inquiry … we have discovered that Alberta has it ALL! Here is our list:

    Provincial Animal: Big Horn Sheep

    Provincial Fish: Bull Trout

    Provincial Grass: Rough Fescue

    Provincial Mineral: Petrified Wood

    Provincial Bird: Great Horned Owl

    Provincial Gemstone: Ammolite

    Provincial Song: Alberta

    Provincial Motto: Strong and Free (we really dig that!)

    Provincial Flower: Wild Rose

    Provincial Tree: Lodgepole Pine

    Provincial Capital: Edmonton

    We can’t really imagine why Canada doesn’t have some of these National Symbols … maybe it’s because people can’t agree. But, we think the country should decide and vote … majority should rule! Some of us think that we would like to do a vote in our own classroom now!

    We think it might be neat to change the Australian flag because Australia is its own country now … just like Canada is. The kangaroo would be a GREAT symbol for the NEW design because kangaroos are what we THINK of when we think about Australia. We know that there are a TON of neat resources and animals that would be amazing symbols on the new Australian flag … what about a sleepy koala?!? You are right! The Canadian flag DID have a union jack on it … once upon a time! Mrs. Renton doesn’t remember this … but … when she was THREE, the Canadian Flag was changed to the one we have today! Check out the journey of the Canadian Flag here: http://www.canadianheritage.gc.ca/progs/cpsc-ccsp/sc-cs/df5-eng.cfm A few of us think we’d like to stay in at recess, next week, to help design a new Australian flag for you!

    Ross, your comment led to HUGE learning and discussion, as ALWAYS! Because of YOU we have even learned a LOT more about ALBERTA and CANADA! We hope you had an AMAZING birthday!

    The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

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