On Friday 16th March we had a fantastic day celebrating our school’s 80th anniversary. The entire school had a trip on Puffing Billy up to Emerald Lake. The weather was beautiful, we played some fun games, a kookaburra stole our lunch and we chatted to some lovely people on Puffing Billy. We were all tired when we got home but it was a memorable day. Have a look at our pictures.
This week in Maths, we have been working on tenths, hundredths and thousandths. It is sometimes a bit hard to remember that thousandths are actually much smaller than tenths. We tried to sharpen our understanding of the value of decimal places by playing Colour in Decimals. The game uses a decimat (a rectangular shape which represents a whole broken into tenths, hundredths and thousandths), a six sided die, a blank die (you mark it with tenths, hundredths and thousandths) and coloured textas or pencils. By rolling the dice we work out how much to colour in of our decimat. The extra challenge is to keep a running total of the amount of decimat coloured in as each turn progresses.
The game really helped us to learn the place value of these decimals and to practice adding decimals together. It also helped us to understand that all our numbers are connected by the number 10.
This is what a decimat looks like;
and this is what the decimat looks like as the game progresses:
The idea for this game came from a great book called Engaging Maths. You can also read about the game in this article:
Welcome back to school. I am looking forward to a great 2018 with my brand new 5/6 class. I have had a great holiday. I went to Japan with my family. We visited Tokyo, Nagano, Kyoto and Hiroshima. I also got to visit my brother who lives in Japan with his family. It was winter in Japan. While everyone in Melbourne was trying to cool off from the hot weather, we were putting on our warm winter jackets. We even saw a snow storm. It was a great trip.
I wonder what you did in your holidays? I am looking forward to hearing about your adventures.
Thanks to some technical problems it has taken a few weeks for me to get this post on the blog. Finally, here it is….
We had a great time visiting Killester College and conducting science experiments in a real laboratory. The Grade 11 students showed us how to make lava lamps, we tried to figure out if oobleck is a solid or a liquid and we tried to solve a chromatography mystery.
Last week, we went to Cranbourne Botanical Gardens to find out more about Who Lived Here First? Our guide, Helen, showed us some of the tools and weapons the Aboriginal people used. She taught us how to do ochre painting and, best of all, she shared some finger limes and lemon myrtle tea with us. We had a great time (even if it did rain on us). Check out our video.
In today’s class 3/4F built and programmed ‘Milo the Mars Robot’ as part of the We Do 2.0 Lego activity. The class was divided into groups of three and allocated the roles of either the constructor, finder or chromebook. Roles were swapped after every 10 steps ensuring everyone had a fair go building, constructing or finding pieces to build Milo. Once built, Milo was connected to the chromebook and by using coding was controlled to either move forwards and backwards or make sound. The activity was engaging and allowed for students to use team work skills to build Milo together successfully.
We have been learning about addition and today we did an activity called Connect the Numbers. You can find the activity in Maths on the Go Book 2 by Rob Vingerhoets. The students worked in pairs to make as many addition problems as they could using a list of numbers. All of the addends and sums had to appear on the list. Students got bonus points for writing addition problems with 3, 4 or more addends.
The great thing about this activity is that it worked for everyone in the class no matter what their ability. The book provides three versions of the activity so I could give the students a range of numbers that worked for them. I loved watching how different pairs worked together. It is fantastic to see students who are not confident in maths working really hard to do the best that they could. The very best thing about this class was watching lots of heads bent down, thinking, talking and engaging in maths without even realising they were doing it.
Later this term, we will do this activity again but, this time, we will use mixed operations. My students tell me they are all ready working on their equations that will earn them bonus points.
Term 2 is about to start and we have lots happening. We will be studying history in our Inquiry unit, ‘Who lived here first?’ We are looking forward to a visit to Cranbourne Botanical Gardens. I am looking forward to beginning our Scratch journey as part of our Digital Technologies curriculum. Grade 3 students will be preparing for NAPLAN in Week 4. Finally, we will finish the term with our First Reconciliation.
I am also looking forward to getting the Daily 5 fully implemented in our class. 3/4F has done a great job getting used to the Daily 5 program. This term, we will be making the program part of our daily routine. During the holidays I attended the Google Summit where I learnt about more collaboration tools we can use on our Chromebooks. I can’t wait to explore the ways we can showcase the great work 3/4F students produce.
Have a holy and happy Easter. Looking forward to seeing you all next week.
Welcome to the new school year. I hope you have enjoyed the holidays and are ready to get back into lots of interesting work.
This term we are learning about geography. Our unit topic is, ‘Where in the world is Australia?’ Can you find Australia on a world map or a globe? What country is our nearest neighbour? See if you can find out and come and share it with me at school. We are going to have some fun learning how to read maps and follow directions. We are also going to find out what it would be like to be a Grade 3 or 4 student in another country.
Term 1 is also swimming term for Grade 3/4. We will be going swimming every day for 2 weeks. By the end of your lessons, you will all be swimming like fish. 🙂
This term, we are also going to start the Daily 5. These are 5 activities we will do everyday to improve our reading and writing. I am really looking forward to teaching you all about it.
Last thing, have a think about your favourite activity over the holidays. What was it? Who did you do it with? Most importantly, how did it make you feel? You will be writing about it in our first few days back at school.
This week we visited Taskworks as part of our Term 4 Inquiry unit, ‘What Objects have made our daily lives easier?’. It was a great day full of interesting and challenging activities. Everyone had their own favourite activity. We all had a chance to think about how things worked and how we can put useful objects together.