A warm welcome back to school everyone. This term we are investigating dairy products and how milk gets from the grass to the glass! Students have each chosen a 'big question' to focus on and research over the next few week.
Comment below something that you have learnt about cows, how milk is made, transportation of the milk and anything else you might find interesting about the dairy industry!
Over the last few weeks we have been looking at some rich maths questions, where students are required to problem solve and use a range of different mathematical strategies to find the answers. Here is one to have a go at, you could even do this with your whānau at home to see what mathematical strategies they would use.
When I went into a classroom earlier this week a child rushed up to tell me she was 8 that day!
If you are 8 then this could be for you, but if it is another number then you just change the 8 to whatever your age is today.
Find a great variety of ways of asking questions which make 8.
(If 8 is the answer, what is the question?)
Things like 6+2, 22−14, etc.
But you need to get examples that use all the different mathematical ideas that you know about.
1) So you could show some multiplication and some division.
2) If you know about fractions then you can add or subtract numbers involving fractions. You could also ask questions like "What is half of 16?''; "What is four-fifths of 10?'' and so on
Have a go and comment your answers onto the blog! :-)
This week we are learning about how to create our own story book characters! We watched a clip from the Literacy Shed https://www.literacyshed.com/nightzoo.html which gave us directions on how to create our character. Here are some wonderful, short pieces of writing. Ken the Griffen Ken has spots all over his body that glow in the dark. His wings are as hot as the sun. His beak is as shiny as a diamond. Ken lives in the far woods in an invisible cave, only Griffen's can see the cave. By Xun-E Fong Hayley the fat, happy Hedgehog Hayley has a fat tummy like a big elephant. He has tiny teeth but are razor sharp. He also has a spikey back but it is fluffy like a rainbow pompom. Don't be scared to touch him. Hayley lives at the top of the cold Mount Maunganui. By Pearl Bishop At the end of our session we shared our stories to a buddy and highlighted two words in our stories that we thought were amazing!
What a fantastic day in the water! Everyone was enthusiastic, dressed in their house colours and rearing to go. Students were able to swim in at least 4 events throughout the day. When we returned from school we discussed and wrote down what we felt, smelt, heard and saw at the event. I felt cold and bored waiting for my race. When I was racing I felt pain because I didn’t have any goggles.
I heard birds and the other kids when we were outside. When I went inside I heard people screaming and splashes.
I saw people getting fit using tools at the gym upstairs. I saw a rainbow of colours from the houses.
This year we will be having a focus on the importance of peer and self assessment. We use a green highlighter for 2 areas of our learning we want to improve on, we call this 'green for growth'. The pink highlighter represents an area of our work we are proud of, we call this 'tickled pink'.
As a class we have co-constructed a success criteria that outlines what a quality piece of handwriting looks like. From there students assess themselves based on this criteria.
Here is an example of what quality writing looks like!