Friday, September 17, 2010

Our Inquiry

This term each child set their own inquiry question to answer in their topic work with Mrs Wistrand on 'Children of Asia and the Pacific'.

Quite a few children wanted to find out about outback Australia, and we were lucky that
Mrs W @ Harston in Australia, was able to help them.

Mrs W sent over some awesome Powerpoints for the children to use in answering their questions and we are very grateful to her.

Adam's cousin Gabriel also sent him a letter and photos about her life in the outback. She told us that she learns through 'School on the Air'. Her nearest neighbour is 100 kms away. Her best friend lives 5 hours away.

These are some of the posters the children are working on as they answer their questions.


  1. I see Joberth and Manaia is talking.

  2. Hello Mrs McKenzie and B4,
    It looks like you have really been working hard on your inquiries. Your posters look amazing.
    I think it is great that you were able to set your own inquiry question.
    What things did you find out that surprized you about Australia?
    from Mrs W

  3. My one was on Sri lanka the anser was girl's were saris boy's were saron and shirt's

  4. Your inquiries sound so interesting. Last year, your teacher made contact with my grade 2 class, but because I was new to the "blog world" I didn't know how to reply! I'm much better at it know, but still learning. I teach grade two and three in Emeryville, Ontario - which is in Canada! We will soon be studying traditions and celebrations around the world and would love to learn about yours!

  5. My question was "What sports do you play in Australia?'
    They play all the sports that we play in New Zealand.
    by dylan

  6. My question was 'What sports do they play in China?
    I learned that in China some people play boxing.
    from Liam

  7. I LEARnt that aboriginals celebrate special ocations.

  8. Dear Room 143
    We are glad you've figured out commenting! We will be pleased to tell you about some of our traditions and celebrations. Do you have any particular questions?

    from Mrs McKenzie and B4

  9. Hello B4,
    I’m so happy to see your classroom, you all look as though you have great fun learning there. I especially like the Popcorn and PJs lesson you had. I am Dylan’s, Aunty Kiri and I live in South Korea. It’s really neat to be able to see Dylan and his classmates because I miss him, Mason and Bonnie very much. Now I will be able to see what you’ve been up to by visiting your classroom’s blog. : )

  10. Mrs McKenzie and class B4September 21, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    Dear Aunty Kiri
    Dylan will be delighted to read your message tomorrow.
    The class have been learning about 'Children of Asia and the Pacific' in their inquiry, so they might have some questions for you!
    We hope you visit us often.
    Judy McKenzie

  11. Dear Mrs McKenzie,
    I will be happy to answer any questions the children may have. South Korean children have quite different lives compared to New Zealand children, although they still have fun and love to play.
    Kind regards,
    Kiri Atkinson