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Welcome to GO Sessions Middle

Welcome to GO Sessions Middle (yr4-6). This is our sample lesson.

This session is likely to take around 1.5 hours to complete, and each week we have an online meeting (on Tuesdays). Sessions can be completed anywhere, anytime, and most work can be completed using our online portfolio.

For Conceptual Development, this year our universal concept is systems. This week is really about introducing you to the idea of systems, asking questions about systems, and recognising systems around you in the world. Each week in this block we will build our understandings about systems. In the next block (next term) we will start looking at a specific system in depth.

Here are some images that might represent some systems... which systems might these be?

Image made at www.piZap.com. Images from www.flickr.com. Top left Creative Commons License: Isaac Henry. Others no known copyright restrictions.

To get you started, make a list of all the different systems you can think of. That might take a while! If you are stuck, look at yourself and look at the things around you. Is your body a system? Does it have systems in it? Does the room you are in belong to a system? 

Then see if you can work out what makes something a system and something NOT a system.

Record your ideas in a new page in your USpace portfolio called 'First Ideas about Systems' (In a usual GO Sessions a brief tutorial is provided to help students work in their USpace portfolio).

Now choose ONE or TWO of these activities to complete....

Quotes exploration - in this activity you will look at what other people have said about systems.

2. Comparing systems - in this activity you will compare different systems using a venn diagram.

3. Classification of objects - classifying or organising things is a form of a system, look organising books in a library. In this activity you will classify or organise some things you might have at school or at home.

4. Processes - developing a process or a way to do something is another form of system. In this activity you will make a process or a way to do something that you do in your life, and there's a creative spin!

Choose one of these activities to work on and publish  your work in your portfolio. (Again, guidance is provided about how to do this.)

In complex thinking in this session, let's explore snowflakes... choose one or two of these smaller tasks to complete:

Come up with exactly six snowflake related words – these could be creative or scientific – aim for words that you think no one else will have. 

What systems are snowflakes part of? Not part of? Make a long list.

What questions about snowflakes have NEVER been answered? If a snowflake could talk, what questions would you ask it?

Watch ‘The Science of Snowflakes’ 

Share exactly six scientific details about snowflakes.

Research, then compare and contrast exactly six different snowflake types. Can you make a 3d model of one of them.

Why do you think each of these activities is using exactly six?... hint - it's something to do with snowflakes!!

Go to http://snowcrystals.com/ and gather six new details about snowflakes. 

Makey Makey Space...
Create a model of snowflake that shows six important things about you. If you do this, photograph your model and publish in your portfolio.

Create a sketch of a snowflake that uses kowhaiwhai patterns and colours (red, black and white). Use kowhaiwhai shapes that represent you and 
your local area. Being close to the Manukau Harbour, I would use a mangopere (representing my local area) as my starting point for a snowflake.

And for some fun...

Want to make a snowflake but hate cutting out? Try this: http://snowdays.me/ 

Like Star Wars? Go to http://mattersofgrey.com/diy-star-wars-snowflakes/ and make some Star Wars snowflakes! 

If you are new to GO, spend some time exploring How To GO.

Click here to contact us about GO Sessions Middle

This session at a glance:
In conceptual development you will start exploring systems
In complex thinking development apply some different thinking skills and tools to snowflakes

Websites you might find useful this week: