Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Measuring Area

We measured the area of the vegie patch and we discovered it was 6m2
We measured the area of the seat - Alex, Riley, James and Grace
We were measuring the chessboard while working as a team. The area is 49m2 - Will, Natalie, Adam and Kitty
We measured the area outside the drink taps. 
We measured the area of the oval, by running fast with the trundle wheel. It is 900m2.
Some questions for you...
- How do you measure the area of a circle? - Will
- What sort of things in every day life do you have to use measurement of area for? - Maddy
- What do you think we should measure? - Kitty & Piers
- Where do we use area? - Dylan, Angus, Nat
- When in your job do you use area to measure things? - James
- What else could you measure? - Jasmine

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Maddy's cupcake and lemonade stand.

This afternoon, Maddy and her family hosted a cupcake and lemonade stand to raise money for people in the Phillipines who have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan. The lemonade was refreshing and the cupcakes were splendiferous! I'm not sure how much they raised. Maddy might soon enlighten us via her blog...

Friday, 15 November 2013

Our Design Projects

     All the Middles are making inventions for a problem or a need that we wanted to fix – Kitty
       All the Middles have thought about a particular problem they would like to help and they are going to make an invention that will help other people – Maddy
This term all the Middles have seen a need in the world and thought of an invention to help it – Jasmine
       We’ve been watching “Wallace and Gromit’s World of Inventions” and it has been inspiring us to make inventions. Some people have tried to make miniature versions of the inventions – Piers
       We have thought of something that could help a need and so we have invented that would fix it. If it’s really hard to make we will make a model of it – Adam
       We got a booklet this week and on the first page we had to write how our invention would help other people. Under that we had to let our minds go wild with ideas! – Jack
       On Thursday, I got an Inquiry booklet and I started to fill it in. On the first page, it said pick a need and invent something that could help with the need. I’m thinking of inventing a robot bin that will help stop people throwing rubbish everywhere, by sensing rubbish all over the world and picking rubbish up really fast – Alex

This week in Maths: division

This week, our class have been learning about division and we are solving sums using MAB (blocks) and counters – Ruby
       Before this week started I found division quite tricky. Then when I started to use the MAB blocks and counters I found division easy – Grace
This week we have been learning about division and we were modelling it and we were using counting charts, which were good because it made more sense, because you could see the numbers – Mia
       When we were doing division this week I found MAB blocks a bit confusing. When I used grouping with the MAB’s one by one, I found it a bit easier – Jack
       With easy division sums I did doubling to solve the sums. With 15÷2, I counted by 2’s and got to 14 and there was 1 remainder – Jamie
       I find that MAB helps me a lot because I can see a picture of them. I find counters and counting charts confusing – Rosie
       I’m glad that we have learnt more about division because when I saw a division problem on a test I thought, “Oh, no! It’s the dreaded division”. Now that I have learnt more about it I don’t think division is that hard - Maddy

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Onomatopoeia in Poetry

On Wednesday, Middle S explored the literary concept of Onomatopoeia.
The dictionary defines Onomatopoeia as:
the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named (e.g., cuckoo, sizzle).
We watched a video with some very catchy music that not only helped us to remember how to pronounce this long word with many syllables, but also gave us lots of ideas to generate our own onomatopoetic words.

We brainstormed many words as a class

Then, we created our own poems demonstrating Onomatopoeia. What images and sounds do these words evoke as you read them?

Lights flash in the distance
Sweat trickles down my face
I can feel the ice-cold water dripping on me from above
I hear a shrilled call in the distance
The fire crackles and sparks
The water from the hose gushes
I can hear loud sirens zipping
I try to stand, but wearily fall
-       By Madeline

A ball goes flying in the air, Zoom!
Straight into the back of the net, Bang, Crash!
A loud roar comes from the crowd
“GOAL!” yells the referee.
-       By Will

Fishes go blub, blub
At night the fish goes to sleep
In the water weeds
And you can hear them rustling
By Brandon C

Pitter, patter goes their feet
Ding dong, ding dong, there’s the bell
Whisper, that is all the children say
-       By Jasmine

Whoosh, whish, cars drive past
Rain plops as I run away
Rustle, rustle, I am scared
What’s that sound?
-       By Ruby

Lights flash in the distance
Chugga chugga goes the train
Leaves rustle on the street
Plop goes the rain drops
Ducks go ‘quack’, as I zip up my jacket
Honk! Go the cars as they go past and splash me
-       By Mia

Our Term 3 Learning about Australian History

Name Reflection on the learning of history this term and our presentations today Tara This morning in Middle S ...