# Ferris Wheels & Maps

Today the girls began to look up some of the answers to their questions about Ferris wheels. We wanted to find out how many seats Ferris wheels had on them and what they were made out of. A couple of the students worked together on the computer to type this question in the Google search bar….

We are getting  familiar with the computers in our room, looking for each key on the keyboard and remembering to push the space bar after each word…

As a few of the girls did the research, we provided the others with some wire and pictures of Ferris wheels….

Taylor let us know that Ferris wheels are made out of metal…and we talked about the shape of a Ferris wheel. This helped us begin to use the wire to make a circle and create our own Ferris wheels…

With the materials provided we began making our Ferris wheels….

Learning how to use wire to shape, twist and bend.

We have also started learning how to use a needle nose plier!

When trying to make a circle the plier helps us twist it tightly  to connect and close it…

We are also using the pliers to help us cut wire!! We have to squeeze it real tight but with the help of our teachers and friend we do it!

After making the shape, we began making the seats to add on.

Here is a preview of how our Ferris wheels are beginning to look like..

By:Taylor

By:Ella

By: Clarke

By:Alexandra

By: Amanda

Learning Goals Achieved:

(1)  Creative expression/performance. The student expresses ideas through original artworks, using a variety of media with appropriate skill. The student is expected to:

(A) Create artworks, using a variety of colors, forms, and lines;

(B) Arrange forms intuitively to create artworks; and

(C) Develop manipulative skills when drawing, painting, printmaking, and constructing artworks, using a variety of materials.

Some of the boys have been drawing maps that have “green grass” and a “blue ocean” …

They have been having conversations about how a map can show you how to get to your house and to Little Wonders!

After making a map one of our students looked up his address in our “Address book” in the classroom. Using the Google Search bar, he was able to type in his house address and pull up a map of it!

We looked to see how to get from his house to little wonders. We discovered it is a 30 minute drive!

He was able to use the up, down, left, and right arrow keys to  identify the creek behind his house and browse his area…

As a result of this project we have an homework assignment for all the children in the classroom!

Attached to each child’s cubby is a piece of paper where each child should write their house address down on so we can update our address book and continue to use it for this project. Please send it back with your child this week!

Learning Goals Achieved:

All children have opportunities to access technology (e.g., tape recorders, microscopes, and computers) that they can use:

a)    By themselves

b)    Collaboratively with their peers

c)    With teaching staff or parent

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Technology is used to:

A)   Extend learning within the classroom

B)   ‘integrate and enrich the curriculum

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