Flextangles

Huh? What? I’ve never heard of a Flextangle before! I think she’s finally gone mad, now she’s inventing shapes.

If you walked past 5C’s classroom, that’s what you would probably hear right now.

Well, I’m here to tell you I haven’t gone mad, instead I’ve found a really fun and interesting ‘thing’ for you to have a go at making.

It’s called a Flextangle.

What’s a Flextangle, you ask? Let’s have a look!

 

They are pretty straight forward to make, so it would seem. However, you will need to make sure you are:

  • Accurate
  • Managing your impulsivity
  • Being persistent and resilient
  • Using all of your problem solving strategies
  • And being creative and imaginative

There are more detailed instructions, trouble shooting tips and information on flextangles over at Babble Dabble Do.

Let’s get started!

Presenting your conference

presenting

This is a Wiki How page on how to do a presentation in class.

It includes basic instructions on how to prepare and how to then present. Make sure you read the tips at the bottom on the webpage.
I think the best way of presenting is to think about what engages you when someone is speaking.

Is it engaging if the presenter just reads off a sheet? Is it interesting if they speak in the same voice all the time? Is it easy to understand if they mumble, speed read, slow read? Is it engaging if they have nothing to show you? Is it more engaging if the presenter uses your name or includes a joke?

When you’re reading your script out loud, you might realise that something doesn’t fit, sound right or work. So get rid of it! It’s OK to chop things out, change the order, rearrange and rewrite sections. Remember, you want this to be your very best work.

Giving a great presentation takes practice! So go through it once, twice, three times, then maybe once more, then one more time to just check everything is OK.

In your script, you might consider highlighting key words, changing the spacing or making some cue cards. These can all help to make reading your script a little easier.

3 Way Conferences

Hey Everyone,

We’re all at slightly different places with our 3-Way Conferences, which is more than fine, as long as you feel comfortable with where you are up to. Keep in mind that on Monday you are expected to share your presentation with students from grades 4, 5 and possibly 6. This will be a good opportunity for you to receive some feedback.

Your script should have:

  • An engaging introduction
  • An explanation of how your conference will operate, including your definition of hidden learning
  • A piece of work from Literacy which you are proud of
  • A piece of work from Numeracy which you are proud of
  • A piece of work from Inquiry which you are proud of

For your Literacy, Numeracy and Inquiry pieces you should have:

  • An introduction of the piece, including perhaps a short statement about how you feel about this area of learning.
  • A description of what you were required to do
  • Some sort of sharing, maybe you read a section, share a slide, play a game etc
  • A description of the hidden learning behind the task
  • A reflection on the task

You need to be really sure that you are explaining any ‘school’ language, like sizzling starts.

Remember that this is your chance to really wow your Mum and Dad. You want to blow their socks off with how interesting, clever, mature and reflective you are now that you’re in grade 5.

Divine Divisibility

divisibility

Did you know that there are some nifty tips and tricks to check if a larger number is divisible by a smaller number? That is that your answer will be a whole number, with no remainders, or left overs. They’re called divisibility rules.

You might be familiar with some of them already, like the rules to see if a number is divisible by 2. Do you know this rule?

Your goal is to investigate these rules, create a table of them and prove that they are true, and that they ALWAYS work.

To begin with, I don’t want you to use your iPad to look for rules, you should be able to investigate and test divisibility rules for 2, 3, 5 and 10 without the internet.

Post your table on your blog- remember to follow our guidelines for a good blog post!

 

Reflecting Tools

This morning we discovered what reflecting meant to us as a grade 5 class, how it helps us and how to do reflecting. Here’s what we thought:

Reflecting:
Thinking deeply and seriously about something you have done (activities or behaviour). It’s honest and about the good and the bad.
It helps us:
See improvements, learn, look at our decisions, build confidence, our teachers to improve their teaching and show our understanding of what we have been learning about.
How???:
It depends on the person and the situation! Sometimes it helps to talk, be alone, have some peace and quiet, write it down, listen to music, draw a picture…

There are a number of tools you can use to reflect along with your brain!
Here are three PowerPoints to help you with using appropriate language when you are reflecting.

thinking hats        reflection scale     reflection starters

Click on each one of the pink titles for the PowerPoint to open.

Thank you to MargD Teaching posters for making her PowerPoints and other reflection tools available for download.

Reflecting

Reflecting. It’s a bit of a funny thing to do. And people aren’t always sure what it is, or how to do it. Or why you would even bother.

reflecting

So, let’s investigate a little bit. On your blog include:

  • YOUR definition of reflecting
  • Why you would reflect and how it would help you
  • How you reflect
  • What tools you can use to help you reflect (like the Thinking Hats)

I’m interested to see what you think and what you find!

Thank you 5C

Today, 5C I was quite proud of you all. For people not in our class, I’d better explain why.

This morning I had yard duty. As I was walking around our beautiful school yards, I noticed something that made me quite upset. Our yard was covered in rubbish. There were packets, zip lock bags and glad wrap blowing around the oval and stuck in our gardens and on the footpaths.
And the part that made me really upset, was that no one was doing anything about it.
I decided to talk to my class about this problem.
And even though it probably wasn’t their rubbish, they came outside with me, and a wheelie bin, and we picked up all the rubbish we could from all around the school.

And we almost filled the wheelie bin.

And after that, I think we felt pretty proud. We had good feelings of pride, and respect and integrity after doing something great to make our school look a little bit better.

But there was a feeling rippling underneath. That even though we picked up all the rubbish and almost filled the bin, maybe that wasn’t a good thing. That maybe the rubbish in our yard was a bigger problem. That it does more than just make our yard look yucky. That maybe it’s actually damaging our planet.

Interesting Plastic facts

Plastic Pollution

Scary Plastic Bags

Plastic facts

But, we’re just one class of grade 5 kids. Surely we can’t do anything about it…. can we?

Do you think it’s a problem? Is there anything we can do about the rubbish in our yard? Do you think we should do something about it? Why or why not?

Where are you up to?

We’re almost finished our Post It artworks… Here’s a picture of what everyone should be working on.

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Once the finance group are ready to share with us the costs of the post it notes, we will be able to order the post its and hopefully create our artwork on Wednesday or Thursday!

Immigration Museum

So, we all know that last Thursday we went to the Immigration Museum.

Your job now, is to write a recount of our excursion.
At the end of your recount, you will need to include a reflection on our excursion.
You will find the reflection sheet below:

melbourne immigration excursion reflection

You’ll want to open it in pages, so that you can type into the document.
Remember, I’m looking for quality, grade 5 level statements.
Once you have finished both, edited them and shared them with one other person, you will post your documents on your blog. How you do that, is up to you.

Let’s see how we go!