Costa’s Levels of Questioning

Hey readers this blog post is about what do you know, Costa’s levels of questioning. Don’t go all higgly jiggly on me now, I’ll explain EVERYTHING. (That’s just exaggeration)

In class we have been focusing on Costa’s levels of questioning. Costa’s levels of questioning involves 3 levels of questioning.

THE FIRST LEVEL

The first level of questioning is basically you 5 W’s plus a h. (Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?) It’s called the literal level of questioning. It’s where you gather all the information. Let me give you some examples:

  • What is the name of the character?
  • Why are you reading this?
  • Where is your house? (Don’t answer that)

It’s the right in your face literal questions, you with me? (That’s a first level question)

THE SECOND LEVEL

The second level of questioning is the inferential area. It’s where you kind of make deeper thought into questions which means you use clues in the text to make a question. It’s a bit harder than the first level of questioning. Let me give you some examples:

  • Why did the main character act that way?
  • What are you thinking when you read this post?
  • Why would anyone drink toilet water? (Don’t ask)

There you go. To get these questions you kind of have to read between the lines…

THE THIRD LEVEL

The third level of questioning is evaluative. It’s where you evaluate the text and make a question to go with that. It’s basically making an opinion on the text. It could also be making a prediction or a theory on the text. They are also quite detailed. Let me give you some examples:

  • What is your opinion of this blog post?
  • Are you enjoying this blog post?
  • Is your mother sick? (Nothing personal)

It’s making judgments  about what you have read in the text.

Let’s go a little further  in the topic of questioning by asking some questions…

Why do we question? 

Well, it helps us understand more of the topic or text by getting that information that you wouldn’t normally get.

How does questioning help us with our learning? 

Um… I just said! It helps us understand more of the topic we are learning.

What are some activities we have done in class?

This activity and reading stuff on computers and asking questions… We also did this thing called Cornell Notes, which we had a sheet of paper that was neatly organised in boxes, and we wrote notes and made questions out of them.

What are some questions that you have developed from these activities? 

WHY are we doing these ACTIVITIES? (These next few questions have nothing to do with you but you can still read them) Why does the girl in the story like pretending to be upset? I give up! That’s it, good bye!

I mean it, see ya! (Post has ended)

 

Paper, an Infamous Maths Tool

Hello there reader, as the title suggests, this post is about paper and how it has been a maths tool in my grade.

When you think of paper, you think of drawing, writing, and paper planes! Especially paper planes. But paper planes also have maths in them. But today I’m not going to talk about paper plane maths, I’m going to talk about… paper maths. (Don’t be disappointed)Which is paper without the plane. So instead of planes we made lots of other different things which can be measured and recorded. Here they are:

First up Ladies and Gentlemen is the paper helicopter, if you don’t know what it looks like, look below.

The paper helicopter I was talking about

The paper helicopter I was talking about

 

 

 

 

 

Now all you do is you chuck it off the top of a building (If you want to) and it will (If you know how to follow instructions) spiral to the ground looking like a helicopter. If you want to learn how to make it click on this link http://www.wikihow.com/Create-a-Paper-Helicopter Now we recorded how long it took to get to the ground, but we didn’t throw it off a building, we threw it off the moon! Jokes, we threw it off the top of the spider web which is quite tall. (Throwing it off the moon isn’t a good idea) The teacher had a stopwatch and was timing our descents. Here are my results. For the first attempt I got 4 seconds. Which I thought was pretty good. For the next attempt, I got 3 seconds, not good. But the last attempt was a miracle, I got 7 seconds! And the crowd goes crazy! (Which is meant to be you) But I soon found out that I was beaten by 8 seconds.

Next up is the surprisingly named 3,2,1 Pop! Now you must be wondering what in the world is it, well let me tell you a little something. That little something is what 3,2,1 Pop is. It’s actually just a combo of vinegar and baking soda, in a weird plastic holder thingamajig which had a lid. When you combined the elements it would (Supposedly) blast into the sky. Which was wrong. For ALL the attempts I got 0 m. All it did was fizz and let out all the precious pressure. Not good at ALL. My results for that were 0 m, 0 m, 0 m, you get it. If you want to know how to do it visit this site http://www.nasa.gov/

The next thing is the Paper Rocket! It’s basically a rolled up piece of paper that gets launched by another rolled up piece of paper. It’s actually quite fun but you can’t really get it further than 8 m as I found out with my results which were 6.8 m, 8 m, and 5.4 m. Quite successful in the end. I didn’t put anything on the rocket but it still flew far enough.  Here’s what you need to make it http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Paper-Rocket. Here’s the table of all the info:

Table

 

From this data you can see that both my paper rocket and paper helicopter did better than my 3, 2, 1, pop.

The paper helicopter’s result mean is smaller than the paper rockets mean.

 

Things I did learn, be better at being fast at putting two things into one. (Referring to the 3, 2, 1, Pop!)

Well, I hope you have learned as much as I have, which isn’t a lot. See ya!

Bottle Rockets, My little friend, NOT!

Hi there reader, this post is about bottle rockets, you know a rocket which is actually a bottle filled with water and air blasted into the sky, that’s the thing. At school we all brought plastic bottles and made bottle rockets. I got mine in the nick of time, actually no. I got it at 8 in the morning and drunk all its water in 2 hours. Well I think I did.

Now this is the part where I have to answer some questions about my bottle rocket.

What was your prediction?

My prediction was that I would get the bottle to fly about 50 metres of the ground.

Did your prediction come true?

Guess what!? The opening of my bottle didn’t even fit the air compressor! Therefore I didn’t even get the bottle 1 cm off the ground. SO my prediction didn’t come true.

What would you do next time?

Well, I would get a smaller bottle. FULL STOP>.

That’s my very short reflection on my bottle rocket which completely FAILED. The end.

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