Grade 3\4 got a new assigment about the moon. We have to record the shape of the moon and with the clouds we have to write if they’re wispy, in a clump or covering the moon and with the stars if they are faint or clear or if you can see any constellations. We also have to keep a diary to record our observations, try to some creative writing, record our thoughts and look for newspaper articles. We have four weeks to complete the task.
Welcome back to school for an exciting and fast paced year. Next week we are joining with a QuadBlog so that we can have a bigger audience to communicate with. The other three schools are located in Cheshire, England; Manchester, England and Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
The way that a QuadBlog works is that the schools take turns being responsible for running the ‘conversation’ online for a week. For example, our class is responsible for week 3 and we will post information about our community and then the other three schools will comment on our blog.
Your challenge is the following:
1. Think of a question you would like to ask students on one of the other Blogs.
2. What sorts of things do you think students from England and Scotland would like to know about us?
Good luck and well done Class for settling into a new year so quickly and cheerfully.
Well the first week of 2013 has been a very sad one for Tasmanians. Our friends and colleagues at Dunalley lost their school and many students there have lost their homes too.
Fortunately, Tasmanians are very generous and people are already donating to help those who have been affected. I went to the Hobart Showgrounds yesterday and there were many people, who had to evacuate their homes, camping with their horses. There was a large room filling up with animal food, a man donated 100 bales of hay and people were streaming in with bags of clothes and blankets.
Up in the Derwent Valley a major fire at Lake Repulse has been burning for days. At the Showground I spoke to a lady from Ellendale who told me that she had evacuated with her horses (who were about to have their foals). She could not go home for at least another four days. Her son just graduated from Year 10 at our school!
There have also been fires at Bushy Park, Ellendale, Karanja, Black Hills and Macquarie Plains. Fingers crossed that none of our classmates have had to evacuate and that their families, animals and properties are safe. You can get an update on the fires from the Tasmanian Fire Service page.
You are welcome to leave a message to lift the spirit of the students who have had to leave home, have family members in the fire brigades fighting the fires or are watching the fires, not knowing what will happen.
To my students; these past few days I have been constantly thinking about you and hoping you are all okay. If you need anything, leave a ‘comment’ and I will call your parents.
Well our blog has only been up and running for a short time but I’m very pleased with how well you have participated, including during our class sessions where we collectively moderate / approve the postings. I think you have learnt a lot about the correct language to use on the internet. It has also been great to hear you talking about the blog and to see you practising your typing skills!
Now, for our last post for 2012, I would like you to write the following:
What is the thing you would most like for Christmas (it does not have to be a material item);
Have you got any plans to do something exciting during the break; and
Do you have a message for your classmates.
Have a safe and happy Christmas break everyone and thank you for making 2012 such a wonderful year to be your teacher. You have taught me so much and helped me to be a better teacher too!
This week we are having a one hundred word challenge. You can write more words if you wish. The main thing is that you don’t waste too much time counting the words but concentrate on writing a story that is descriptive, interesting and engages your readers.
I went out today to shop and found myself in my car musing. Hmmm, musing about how much I use my mental maths everyday.
Today I used these mental maths strategies:
I bought two cakes at $3.99 each. I rounded up the $3.99 to $4.00 and then I doubled the $4.00 to get my estimated total of $8.00. Then I subtracted 2 cents to get my grand total of $7.98 but the store rounded the total up and charged me $8.00 anyway.
Then I went to a bookstore. I had a gift voucher for $54.00 to spend, so I was in heaven – a bookstore and a voucher! I bought a book for $49.00 and another book for $7.95.
This is what my brain did:
I rounded up the $7.95 to $8.00;
I added this to the $49.00 by using my mental maths strategy of bridging through ten. You increase the $49.00 to $50.00 (adding $1.00 from my $8.00 which left me with $7.00);
I added the $50.00 and $7.00 together and got an estimated total of $57.00;
My actual total was $56.95 (remember I rounded up the $7.95 book to $8.00 so I had to subtract 5 cents).
There is a much faster way of calculating the total of my two books but I want to see if you can work it out.
So please try to answer the following:
What was the difference between my voucher and the cost of my purchases? Remember to use your $ sign in your answer.
Tell me something you used yourmental mathsfor today OR demonstrate another way to solve my maths problem at the bookstore.
From Ms Thomsett (click on the mental maths link to see the wordle art cloud)
A couple of years ago I saw a puppeteer, Raymond Crowe, on television. He performed a routine to the music of Louis Armstrong’s “It’s a Wonderful World” where he used his hands and a single light to create a silhouette of animals and people.
We will be doing silhouette art in class and I thought you might like to see a performance of shadow puppetry that really impressed me. The video is attached below.
Reply to this post with three adjectives that describe your impression of the performance.