Weekend Homework

Hi Everyone,

Yes, here’s a post about the dreaded weekend homework!

1) Arrays posters. If you took yours home to fix it up, you will have this to work on. Remember, you need to include 4 pictures of real life arrays (there are some below if you need them!), grid paper models (you can easily print grid paper after an images search for 1cm grid paper), what each of your arrays shows and a list of the other factors and YOUR definition of what an array is.

2) Immigration Timeline- the due date for these is fast approaching- Wednesday 2nd of April.
You need to include the who, what, when, where, why for these 10 events: 10 Pound Poms, Populate or Perish, The Gold Rush, White Australia Policy, The Great Depression, The First Fleet, Modern Day Refugees, World War 2 and one of your own choice. You also need to include a text box with information about Indigenous Australians who were here before European Settlement.
Some of you have almost finished (well done!) others will need to do some serious work on this over the weekend.

3)Time Zones Table. You need to include 10 cities and their countries, their time in analogue and digital, the date and how many hours they are behind or ahead of Australia. Here’s the time zone website to help you out: http://www.timeanddate.com/time/map/
It is to your advantage to have this finished ready for next week- it will form part of our writing task.

4) Any blog posts you have not finished… there were several of them- check the other blog posts to see where you have missed one.

5) Your connections table on visual texts- see the post below.

6) Your organising timetable on your after school activities.

If this looks like a lot to you, then you really need to consider how much of it is ‘true’ homework. The majority of these tasks are finishing tasks that YOU DID NOT finish in class time. If you have a lot of finishing to do at home, you really need to be considering how effectively you are working in class…

Arrays Poster!

Yes, unlucky for those who didn’t finish these in class today as they are now your homework for tonight!

Your arrays poster must include…
4 images of your arrays from real life
4 models of your arrays made from grid paper
An explanation about what each of your arrays shows e.g: This array shows 6 times 4 which equals 24. This shows us that 6 and 4 are factors of 24. The other factors of 24 are…1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, 24.
Your definition of an array
And as always- a heading/title and your name!

Look forward to seeing all of them handed in finished!

Visual Texts and Connections

Hi Everyone.

In class we have been talking about what a ‘text’ is. We know that a text is not always just words from a books! We know that a text can also be pictures, posters, movies, audio, ads… the list goes on!

Today we are going to be practising making all three types of connections: text to text (T2T), text to self (T2S) and text to world (T2W).
We will make these connections using a series of images from a slideshow about Afghanistan. We will look at each slide together, talk about what we are viewing, what it makes us think of, what it reminds us of, what it makes us feel, how is it different to my life, how is it similar, have I encountered anything similar….e

You can also think and talk about making parallels… Do you remember what these are, and how they work with English?

Make a table this one in a word document…Yours will need to have 7 rows… (Click on it to enlarge it and read the text).


Then, use this link to open the slideshow.



(Remember to right click, open in new tab!)

As we view the pictures, record your connections into your table in your word document.

Do you have a connection that you would like to share? Post it as a comment below.


Real Life Arrays!

In maths at the moment, we’re learning about arrays.

Through arrays we have also learnt about prime numbers, composite numbers, factors, times tables, times and division facts (and how they sort of join in together) and multiples (the maths meaning-not the English meaning!).

They’re pretty nifty things.
We practiced making some arrays using coloured counters.

We also learnt a new game, called the ‘factors and multiples game’ (imaginative, I know!). To play this game, you need a hundreds chart which you can find here, something to act as counters (we play with one colour for each person, but you don’t have to), 2 die to roll- you can find online die here to play with if you don’t have any at home- don’t pinch them from another board game!
When we play at school, we roll for one another.
1)Roll the die.
2) If you roll a 3 and a 6, you can have 36 or 63. Place a counter on which ever number you like.
3)Then you need to place a counter on a factor or a multiple of 36. You could choose 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 18. Multiples of 36 are only 72 (well, on our hundreds chart).
4)While you play, remember to employ some strategies! First to have 4 of their counters in a row is the winner!

After some practice with counter arrays, we head outside to find real life arrays. They were actually everywhere! Here’s some that we found.

Can you tell me something interesting that you found out about arrays, primes, composites, factors, times tables, division facts or multiples?


A Young Refugee


Here’s a short video about a refugee boy from Afghanistan. His name is Bashir. He is a bit older than Jamal in ‘Boy Overboard’, but his story is quite similar.

While you watch the video, record a Wow! moment in your WRITING BOOK.

After you have recorded your Wow! moment, share it with someone sitting on your table. Did they record a similar connection to you? Or did they notice something different?

What connections or parallels can you make between our novel and this BTN clip?
Can you make more than one connection or parallel? Are you noticing anything about connections so far?

Now that you have recorded a Wow! moment, we will talk about how to word these when we are writing them up.



Weekend homework!

So, some weekend homework!

You can finish off:

Your Australia poem, your camping maths activity, any blog comments you have started this week.

I would also like you to research anything you like about Afghanistan. Record anything interesting you find out on a piece of paper and staple it into your diary. We’ll have a chat about these next week.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Miss C.

Tell me what you know!

Hi everyone.

I know you’ve all found out some really fantastic, intriguing and interesting things during the first section of our inquiry unit. I’ve heard and seen bits and pieces of what you’ve found, but I’d really love to see everyone’s discoveries. So- this is your chance to show me!

Remember to be careful of your spelling and punctuation. This is really important for earning your own blog.


Hi everyone.

This is a video clip with some information about Afghanistan and the ‘government’ or Taliban. It will help you to gain a better understanding of what Afghanistan looks like and what life is really like for kids living over there.

While you are watching the video, record a Wow! moment.
Remember, a Wow! moment is a part of a text that gives you a reaction or feeling. It can be a feeling, what you were thinking would happen, a prediction that turned out right or something else- as long as it made you react somehow!

Record your Wow! moment into your reader’s journal with you Wow! moment from yesterday’s chapters and your partner reading Wow! moment.


Once you have recorded your Wow! moments, choose 2 moments to make Text to Text connections with. Write your text to text connections as a comment, remembering to clearly explain your connection (include titles, authors, clear details). Someone who has never read/watched our texts will still need to understand what we are talking about!

Boy Overboard

This term, our class novel is ‘Boy Overboard’ by Morris Gleitzman.

boy overboard

A story of adventure, ball control and hope.

Jamal and Bibi have a dream. To lead Australia to soccer glory in the next World Cup.

But first they must face landmines, pirates, storms and assassins.

Can Jamal and his family survive their incredible journey and get to Australia?

Sometimes, to save the people you love, you have to go overboard.

The book deals with some sensitive issues, such as the war in the middle east, assassins, landmines, refugees and migration, along with common story themes such as friendship and family. These issues are all dealt with Morris Gleitzman’s usual sensitivity, humour and kindness and through using language and scenarios that are appropriate for children.

We are following up some of the issues raised in the book with classroom discussions, investigations and kid friendly news from BTN, all with a respectful attitude.

The best thing is that we’re talking about some pretty big issues. If you’d like to talk to your kids about these issues, have a look at this blog post for some ‘hot topic’ words and some tips.

What do you think of our novel so far?