Saturday, 17 October 2015

How many ice blocks?

WALT: use what we know to solve maths problems.
Problem: I have $4.00 and ice blocks are 80c each. How many ice blocks can I buy?
First I got my $4 and swapped each $1 for 5 20c pieces.
Then I put all the 20c into groups of 4 (that is 80c). I can buy 5 ice blocks.

Kerri Thinks
Wow Lizzy! What super thinking. You thought about what you know about money to do some very clever thinking. I love the way you could explain your thinking to the me and then the class.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

How much cake?

We have been learning all about fractions and what a fraction is. We decided that a fraction is fair. It needs to be the same shape, same size or the same number. 
We have also been doing loads of thinking and problem solving in our maths. We think problem solving is hard but we are very proud of our learning!

WALT: find the fractions of sets and shapes.
Success Criteria
  • I can use what I know to solve problems
  • I can use a picture to show my thinking
  • I can use materials to show my thinking
  • My shares are fair (the same shape, same size or the same number)

How I am going

I can use what I know to solve problems
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I can use a picture to show my thinking
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I can use materials to show my thinking
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My shares are fair (the same shape, same size or the same number)
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Reflection
My favourite part was: using materials like the jelly beans to help my learning when I was doing groups of.

It was really hard when: you had to figure out some of the questions like what is a third.

Something that really helped me was: using the materials and Kerri showing us how to do it lots of times.

Something new I learned was: what a half was and what a fraction is.

Kerri Thinks
What great learning about fractions you have done this term. I am pleased you use the materials to help you show your thinking. You can find fractions of shapes and sets like bags of lollies and your fractions are fair.
Even when questions are hard you think about what you know and how you are going to solve them. Problem solving can be tricky you need to think about what the question is asking and then think how you can use what you already know. Lots of thinking and drawing pictures can help you solve tricky problems. I love how you have a go and take some risks in your learning!!
Remember to keep on practising those maths facts at home - they are more tools to add to your maths solving toolbox.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Rangatiratanga

We are learning about Rangatiratanga (Leadership and initative).

This is what we think Rangatiratanga is...
  • Helping new kids –showing them what to do and where things are
  • Doing something without being asked
  • Helping
  • Solving problems for ourselves… thinking
  • Leading by example… showing by doing
  • It is not being a bossy boots
Rangatiratanga (Leadership and Initiative) - it is all about thinking and making some choices for ourselves. 

We need to think for ourselves!!




I show rangatiratanga - (leadership and initative) in the classroom.
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I show rangatiratanga - (leadership and initative) in the playground.
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My Reflection
I show rangatiratanga in the playground by: Helping someone when he or she is hurt and I get a duty teacher 

I show rangatiratanga in the classroom when: tidying up when I am not even asked, doing the right thing.

It was really hard when: when I want to do the right thing but I'm not really sure what the right thing is.

Kerri Thinks
You show rangatiratanga in and out of the classroom. You are someone who leads by example. You can be counted on to quietly do the right thing, even if the questions are hard, and you are in the right spot trying your very best. You show initative when you make choices about what needs to be done and getting on and doing it - like helping to keep the i-time icons tidy even when the kids just dump them on the table. 
It can be tricky to know what is the right thing to do but if you keep on trying your very best at everything and think before you act, you will make the right choice.

Using what I know

WALT: think about what I already know before I start reading

Success Criteria:
  • I can share my ideas about what I already know before I start reading
  • I can learn from what others already know to help me in my reading
  • I use what I already know to help me work out new and tricky words
  • I use what I already know to help me better understand what I read



How I am going

I can share my ideas about what I already know before I start reading
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I can learn from what others already know to help me in my reading
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I use what I already know to help me work out new and tricky words
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I use what I already know to help me better understand what I read
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Reflection

Thinking about what I already know helps me because: I already know it and I can keep learning about it.

It was really hard when: I had to think what was going to happen next because you are don't look at the pictures, you have to do lots of thinking.

Something that really helped me was: Kerri and my story and practising. I share my ideas more now.

 Something new I learned was: new amazing words

Kerri thinks
Lizzy, you have really grown in confidence as a reader and now readily share your ideas in the group. You can be counted on to think before you answer and are prepared to have a go and take risks in your learning. Being a great reader is all about thinking about what you have read and making sure you understand the text - you are a great reader Lizzy!

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Writing to describe

In High5 we have been practising writing to describe. That means we are trying to get the reader to see what we see, we are using our words to create a picture. We have been adding details to our writing to help make the picture clearer.

Task:
Our job is to do this planning and write our own story about a person in our family that is special to us.

Success Criteria:
  • I planned my writing 
  • I added details (what I can seehow my person moveswhat I might hear from my person)
  • I did some fixing by myself
My writing:


    


How I am going

I planned my writing
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I added details (what I can seehow my person moveswhat I might hear from my person)
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I did some fixing by myself
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Reflection
My favourite part was: planing my writing because we do it first sometimes.

It was really hard when: I had to add some more details to my writing because it was hard to think of more ideas.

Something that really helped me was: my plan because I could look back at it and see what to do next.

Something new I learned was: to describe what I could see, what I could hear and how I felt in my heart. 

Kerri Thinks
Great writing Lizzy. You add think before you start and add load of ideas to your plan. You then use you plan to make sure you have details in your story and this helps make you writing interesting for your reader. You reread your writing and are starting to do some fixing by yourself - you have another try at some tricky words and are even starting to add more ideas as you edit. Your next learning step is to make sure your your ideas are grouped. This will help make yur writing easier for the reader to understand.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Wearable Arts

We have been learning all about design on our way to create our wearable art garment. We started with some challenges…
1. In teams create and build the tallest tower
We made a castle with a tall tower... what a team!













We worked together; sharing ideas and helping each other. We have learned that it is really important to design and plan our creations before we start. This means we all know what we are trying to make.
2. Build a shelter for Leo our class bear

We learned that it can be very tricky to work in groups and we all have to take turns.
3. Work together to create a costume for 1 member of our team to model. 
Here we are in our costumes!
We remembered that it is important to design our work before we start. We also learned that we have to be careful with our materials, newspaper and tinfoil rip quiet easily.

We are going to use what we have learned to create our wearable arts garment.

Success Criteria:

  • Research and find my inspiration
  • Design and plan my garment (How I see things)
  • Follow my plan to create my garment
  • Create a garment that is going to last
  • Create a piece of art – an idea or a story or message
My story
My label it

My Plan

Making 

Photo of me in my garment


How I am going

Research and find my inspiration
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Design and plan my garment (How I see things) 
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Follow my plan to create my garment
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Create a garment that lasts
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Create a piece of art – an idea or a story or message
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Reflection

My favourite part was: doing the sewing on the pouch 

It was really hard when: making my mask because it was really hard cutting the holes for the eyes.

Something that really helped me was: having my plan and Isaac's Grandma.

Something new I learned was: learning what was a wearable art and what was a costume.

Kerri thinks
You looked carefully at images of the bat and used these to help you design your garments. You did your best to follow your plan, working hard by youself and with only a little adult support at times to create your garment. Masks can be very tricky to make... remember you can try to tighten the elastic to fix your mask or make bigger eyes. Part of technology is trying something and then fixing and trying again. You learned some new skills, like sewing and it was great that we had loads of adults to support us all in our learning!