Welcome to 6C 2017!

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I am so excited to have you all in my grade this year- we’re going to have a fantastic time learning together. Grade 6 can be a little bit tough sometimes, but I’m confident that together, if we’re honest and hard working we can learn so many great things together. I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into some maths, exploring reading, strengthening our writing, experimenting with science, discovering history and building our independent and group work skills AND having some fun along the way. It’s such a busy year!

I’m really looking forward to these first few days together. I love watching how everyone in our class fits together and learning all of the things about you that make you so special, individual and unique.

Could you leave me a comment about something you did in the school holidays? This will help me get to know you guys a little better, give me something to help remember you and of course give us something to chat about!

Psssst- you’re in grade 6 now- you’re considered an ‘expert’ blogger. Please make sure that your comment reflects this! 

More Role Models

This afternoon, you’re being asking to further investigate your role models. This time, you will choose your own 3 role models- 1 from your family (mum, dad, sister, brother, aunty, uncle, nan, pop etc.), 1 from the community (a sports coach, your neighbor, someone from your sports team or club, a scout leader, an every day person) and 1 celebrity ( singer, actor/actress, sports person).

The aim is for you to really, really think about the qualities or traits that make a positive role model, rather than just thinking of someone who is entertaining. I want you to think about the whole person- how do they face challenges or set backs, do they do great things in the community, do they stand up for others, do they just have really awesome manners, a awesome attitude etc. etc.

In your BIG green book, you need to complete a list, mind map, drawing, paragraph, convincing us that your 3 people are super positive role models.

We will investigate these role models tomorrow, where we will try to collate the traits and characteristics that make a great role model.

Of course, you don’t know your celebrity intimately, so you can research (after you have written down your search terms) to find out some more information that might convince you if they are a positive or negative role model.

 

You might like to start by looking here: 10 celeb role models for kdis

Or here: Qualities of a good role model

Or here: Essential qualities of role models

Multiple Intelligences

Hi Everyone,

This term, and for the remainder of the year, you will be given a number of opportunities to work independently. A good example of you working independently is when we are doing independent maths.

Did you know that people learn in lots of different ways? Your learning style should guide you a little in what sort of activities you could be doing during independent maths.

We’re going to discover what learning style you all are. You may be surprised by your results!

Click on the link to open the MI test 🙂

MI

Once you have completed your test, post the access code in the comments for me to print your results. Make sure you are logged in, so you comment has your name on it!!

Good Morning 5C

Good Morning 5C,

I’m sorry that I was not at school for the rest of Tuesday. There were some things yesterday morning that ended up making me very stressed and I just needed a bit of time to myself. I’m sorry that that ended up with you guys being split for the day. Thank you for being understanding and well behaved.

Today I have some appointments so am unable to be with you today either. However I know that you will continue to be my wonderful class even though I am not there today.

When you are split today, here is what I would like you to continue on with.

9-11am: This is some important time for you to put towards researching your topic for your ‘living sustainably’ information report- remember, these are due at the end of next week. You will need to use an app of your choice to collect notes, key words, your ideas and thoughts AND the URL of the website you gathered your information from. This is not a cut and paste activity, so make sure you are using your summarising skills to put the information into your own words.

11:30-12:30:After recess you will have art as normal.
12:30-1:30: If you are with a class that has PA, PE or Art, ,that is ok, if not I’d like you to work on your Marvelous Maths geometry silhouette project. That’s the one with the overlapped shapes that you can draw onto the black or dark coloured paper. Please don’t take the chalk today, just draw your shapes accurately onto the coloured paper with grey lead pencil and then write your calculations accurately onto lined paper. If you have many many calculations (like as many as Sam!), make sure you show at least 5 of them.

2:20-3:20: You will participate in 5/6 sport this afternoon. You will stay together in your class for this session.

 

Have a great day today, I look forward to seeing your ‘living sustainably’ notes on Thursday.

Writing Excellent Explanations

Hey there,

Here are the sample explanation pieces of writing that we looked at last week.

Examples of Explanations

As a rough guide for you:
How Rocket Shoes Work is about grade 1.
Why Tadpoles Change is by a grade 2 class.
Why Tsunamis Occur is about grade 3.
How Kites Fly is about grade 4.
How to Become A Knight is about grade 5/6.

If I recall correctly, you were most impressed by the information in the kites article and that you felt the knights one showed the most amount of information in an appropriate way for grade 5 students.

You should use these samples to guide your own explanation piece of writing. Everyone has their own list in their BIG green book on what they think a great explanation includes- things like sizzling starts, some dialogue, pictures or diagrams, scientific language, good descriptions. Use this to help you as well. 

Once you have written your explanation piece. Collect a Revision Checklist and have a self assessment of your own work.

Looking forward to reading your explanations!
Miss C.

 

Wednesday 15th

Hey kidlets.

Here is a word document that you can follow along for today while I am away.

Hey Superstars    (Click on the pink!)

Hope you have a great day, I know that you will all behave in a way that will make me super proud and do work that is your very best.

Miss C.

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!