Maths will play a large part in the unit as one of the outcomes requires student to be able to measure and record time in relation to running and measure distance in relation to throwing and jumping. The learning teams set off to work in measuring both time and distance, but the students, on their teams, decided how they could best show their understanding of of how to measure both time and distance related to running, jumping, and throwing.
The students understand that their questions are very significant and that recording these questions plays an important role in their learning journey. As they are busily working away at designing their own learning tasks, they must write down any questions that they have and anything that they are having difficulty with. My goal is to go through all of their assessment sheets and to record all of their questions for my own teaching purposes. I will add to this list of questions as we proceed through the unit and use whole class discussions to address the answers to these questions. All questions will be recorded on large poster sized paper for the students to refer back to during the unit. Some questions generated so far are:
What is the middle button on a stopwatch for?
How do you reset a stopwatch?
When measuring throwing, do we measure where the ball lands or do we measure to where the ball stops rolling?
How should I position my arm to get more distance when I throw?
Is measuring time in running other distances like 30 meters, 50 meters, and 80 meters OK to do?
Is a handball throw and throwing for distance different? How?
As educators, we all know the power of AHA!! moments in our teaching. To see our students have these AHA! moments is great and to immediately highlight this learning to the whole class is critical in order to sustain or increase motivation. I have asked my students to record these AHA!! moments and to immediately let me know when it happens. These AHA!! moments may seem quite simple, but we must keep in mind that the students are only in grade 3 and 4 and that they have made these discoveries on their own. Some of the AHA!! moments that we had this week were:
- We learned that we don’t need the tape measure anymore after we measure off a distance. For example, if we measure off 50 meters, we can then roll up the tape measure and place cones at the start and finish line
- We learned that when running longer distances we must conserve our energy
- Our times in running were getting slower because we weren’t taking enough breaks to rest
- I learned that throwing far comes from pushing off the back leg and turning hips.