Archive for March, 2010

Equivalent Fractions

We touched on this briefly today so for those that would like more information on how to solve equivalent fraction problems check out this song and then play the game below.

Try the game here

Song Play List

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Can everyone please post the Youtube links to three of their favourite songs in the comment sections. I want to make a class playlist of music so that when we do certain activities we don’t have to listen to me play “Horses” x infinity times.

Thanks

Gold Rush!

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Last week we were introduced to life on the gold fields in Australia. I found an educational game that enables students to simulate the life of a miner and search for gold using the tools and methods of the time. It’s good fun, so check it out. Let’s see who can raise the most cash!

Go here to download the game.

Upcoming Events

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With only two weeks left of school we still have a few events to prepare for. Our class is going to run the sausage sizzle so we need helpers to collect the money, make posters etc.

On the last day of school we also have “Dress like a Fool” day in “celebration” of April Fools Day. Dress up in your most hilarious fool costume for a chance to win a prize.

Remember also to bring Edudance money ASAP.

Narrative Assignment

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Our writing assignment for this week requires you to write a narrative based on the above picture.

All assignments must be proof-read and edited before handing them in. Assignments must also be typed using paragraphs when appropriate.

Use your checklist to ensure you have included the elements of a successful narrative.  If you  need another checklist you can download checklist narrative.

Tableaux Vivants

Tableaux Vivants, French for “living-picture” was a popular form of entertainment that is still used as an art-form today. This week we performed a variety of tableaux as an extension to our work on mime and charades in drama. Students recreated a number of different scenes in a set time limit, and then drew from their knowledge of the Percy Jackson book to construct a scene from the story.

 

Tyger Tyger – by William Blake

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I am really happy with everyones efforts in learning all our poems this term. The poem for the last two weeks is one by William Blake called Tyger Tyger. This poem has a lot of symbolism and imagery in its words, and I like the cadence and rhythm of the poem when read aloud.

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright,
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire in thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, and what art?
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand, and what dread feet?

What the hammer? What the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb, make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright,
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

Science – Electricity

This week we are studying the topic of electricity in class. We have learned a lot of the terminology associated with electricity and have been working with creating series and parallel circuits. We tested out a variety of materials to investigate which objects acted as conductors or insulators.

Congratulations to Tate as well for researching last weekend’s Greek origin words. Your write-up was excellent as was your verbal presentation in class. Well Done Tate!

Weekly Rap

First I want to congratulate everyone for their effort and hard work these last six weeks, particularly those people that persevere and put in their best effort during this hot weather.

Only three more weeks left of term and we still have a lot planned. Next week we will be working on the concept of electricity and I have many hands on lessons planned. We need to make a start planning our animation projects. We will also aim to complete one good standard narrative a week.

For those wanting a weekend challenge – We studied spelling words that had a Greek origin this week. The influence of Ancient Greece on our society, culture and language is huge. Here are some popular words that also have their origins in Ancient Greek mythology.

Arachnid     Achilles Heel     Atlas     Volcano     Cereal Nike     Herculean     Panic     Music     Midas Touch    Titanic

Tell me how these words relate to Greek Mythology. First one with all meanings wins a prize. :)

Collections

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For our next speaking and listening task we will be presenting and discussing  our personal collections. We all love to collect things that are special to us, so this is an opportunity to share our prized possessions with one another.

Instructions for Presentation

1) Keep your presentation short – 2-3 minutes maximum.

2) Discuss-

a) What your collection is.

b) The reasons why you started your collection

c) Why the collection is special to you.

c) Any special items in the collection that have significance.

You can view some videos from the ABC Program “The Collectors” at this website – http://www.abc.net.au/tv/collectors/video/download.htm