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September 5, 2017
by leesclassroom

Design Brief: Historical Artefact

Your assignment is to design and construct a Colonial Australian Historical Artefact.

You will investigate, design and produce a model representing some aspect of life in early Australia. For inspiration check out paintings and pictures of that time, I’ve placed some below. What were people using, making or wearing? Think transport. shelter, clothing, tools.


Investigate and design

  • What information do you need to develop your design?
  • Make a list of questions you need to research.
  • Use simple mind maps, sketches and labelled diagrams to explore different design solutions.
  • Choose one design solution, draw a more detailed plan and make a list of materials required.
  • Record a list of design goals that’ll you use to evaluate your completed artefact.


  • Using your plan and list of materials construct your artefact.
  • Make ongoing modifications to your design and develop alternative solutions to fix any problems in your design.

Analysis and Evaluate

  • Present your finished Colonial Australian Historical Artefact to the rest of the class. Explain its various features and why you have included them into your design.
  • Explain the difficulties or problems that you had and how you worked to overcome them.
  • Evaluate your completed product using your list of design goals.





September 5, 2017
by leesclassroom

Check List for Historical Fiction

  • I can write a historical fiction narrative set in Colonial Australia. It is based on facts and details, using historically accurate events.
  • I can develop a historically accurate colonial character.
  • I can use historically accurate vocabulary and write historically accurate descriptions.
  • I can organize a plot with events in an order that makes sense to my reader.
  • I can use transitional words and phrases to show the passage of time.
  • I can revise my narrative to add dialogue, to show characters’ thoughts and feelings.
  • I can create a compelling beginning to my historical fiction narrative that hooks the reader.
  • I can create an ending to my narrative that leaves the reader with a sense of completeness.
  • I can check my work for correct capitalization, correct spelling, correct punctuation at the ends of their sentences, correct conventions when writing dialogue.

June 28, 2017
by leesclassroom

Term 2 Heat Project

In this term’s science unit the class has been learning about heat.

They have investigated how heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another, the connection between the gain or loss of heat by an object and change in the temperature, and how heat can be transferred through direct contact or from a distance.

The have also explored the difference between heat and temperature, how a thermometer works and what is an insulator.

They have created PowerPoints containing much of what they have learnt. These can be found on the grade 4 blogs. Below are two examples made by teams of grade 3 students.

Heat by Thomas and Sanja

Heat by Liv and Antoinette

June 26, 2017
by leesclassroom

Heat Unit: Resources and Holiday Experiments

Below I’ve listed some sites which might help with your PowerPoint. Beneath that are several heat and energy experiments you might be interested in doing during the holidays. Remember to always check with a parent before carrying out any experiments.


What is Heat? – Definition & Explanation

How Heat Energy Works.

What is Heat Energy? – Facts & Calculation

Forms of Energy: Thermal, Radiant, Chemical, Electric & Nuclear Energy

Energy Transfer: Examples & Overview

Mechanisms of Heat Transfer: Conduction, Convection & Radiation


What is Conduction in Science? – Definition & Examples

What is Evaporation? – Definition & Examples

What is Temperature? – Definition & Measurement

Measuring Temperature in the Lab: Instruments & Process


Holiday experiments:

Water balloon and candle

Convection spiral

Why do temperature layers form in oceans

Does hot water freeze faster than cold water?

Pizza box solar oven

How to make honeycomb

Make a simple thermometer

Endothermic reaction

June 23, 2017
by leesclassroom

Heat Questions

As we come to the end of our integrated unit on ‘Heat’ you are asked to investigate these questions to further your knowledge around the topic. Place your research into a PowerPoint.

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