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Book Week

Room 28 has closely studied and explored the scientific and ocean themes of Dr Seuss 'Wish for a Fish'

"A cat in the hat approaches the beach, two children he sees that he wants to teach. As he’s in his submarine underwater, he teaches the children about the fish, the size of a quarter. As they dive down deep down into the sea, they pass the Sunlight zone, Twilight zone, then the Midnight zone, then they reach the abyss, the bottom of the ocean. The animals they see are only three!! But then as they can see, as tired as can be, their adventure is done with a little bit of……..SUN!"

By Katinia Room 28

Our Art Display

Reading about ocean zones inspired our class to create art pieces to highlight the different organisms that live in each zone down in the depths of the ocean.

Ocean Zones

Sunlight Zone: 0 - 200m
Twilight Zone: 200m - 1000m

Midnight Zone - 1000m - 4000m

Abyss - 4000m - 6000m

Trench - 4000m - 11000m +

As a class we also created a cut out submarine similar to the one used by Dr Seuss in the book. 

Fun Fact

Did you know?

"Oil is lighter than water? If you get a cup of water and pour some oil in it you can see that the oil does not sink to the bottom it stays at the top!"
~Katinia, Ben & Jireh 

Science Experiments

Our students took the challenge to use science as a tool to display the 3 different ocean zones. 

Initially they thought this would be easy but little did they know, the water, oil and soap ratio would be more of a challenge to get right! 

Multiple attempts were taken, a lot of oil spilt and redos but at the end....groups finally got it right! 

Student Voice

"When we started this experiment we were really confused on what would work but with a little bit of teamwork we created this beautiful art. First we added blue water into the bottle, then dishwashing liquid and shook it up to create the midnight and twilight zone. We then added oil to make the twilight zone. At the end we labelled it and put it on display. 

~Katinia and Maggie

What did we find challenging?

"It was really difficult trying to get the shells to sink to the bottom. We just realised that oil was lighter than water, so any objects we put in after the oil would mean that they just floated above the water in the oil, the sunlight zone. If we could do it again we would put the shells in first with the water"
~Myarles, Justin, Jireh and Te Aroha. 

Ocean Charms

Now that we had better practice with our understanding of how oil was lighter than water and would therefore float above! We decided to create some amazing ocean charms!

Our students put a range of shells, messages in the bottle, sand, water and oil to capture the ocean in the bottle. They turned out magnificent. 

Making Our Ocean Charms
Our Experiences

"I found the ocean charms a lot easier to do because I could work on it by myself, which is a lot easier that trying to figure out the ratio of water and oil in a group"

"It was really easy using a smaller container"

"I found it more difficult, I think the bottle was a lot easier"

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