I have been very impressed with  the students who are having ago at writing persuasive texts (or expositions) at home.  Well Done

In class we have used a composing sheet that we have called our “chubby bubbies.”  It has one chubby bubby being supported by three others.  We think it is pretty funny every time we say “chubby bubbies.”  Our first topic has been superpowers.

I have made up another composing sheet (that is not as funny) that you may like to use at home to get your ideas ready:

EXPOSITION composing sheet

Who has some ideas for topics you could write about?

# Division Revision

In Maths we have been focusing on the concept of DIVISION.

Division is the sharing or grouping a number into equal parts.  In a division equation this first number is the total being divided then there is the division symbol.  The next number is the number that will divide the total.  The answer is the result of the dividing.  It is called the quotient.

There are two symbols used for division: and

I wonder if anyone can find out what is the mathematical name for this

We have been practicing how to

1. divide a collection of objects into equal-sized groups
2. identify the difference between dividing a set of objects into equal groups and dividing the same set of objects into groups of

For example 12 can be divided between three and the answer is how many is each set.  12 can also be divided into groups of 3 and the answer is how many groups have been made.  The first example is called partition and the second example is called quotition.  To work out which strategy you have to use you need to read the division problem carefully.

Can you work out which strategy matches these stories?

Story One:

I have made 20 cookie balls and need to share them equally onto 4 trays to bake them.  How many cookies will be on each tray?

Story Two:

I have 20 cookies and will pack them into bags of 4.  How many bags will I need?

Can you draw me a picture to show the difference between each story?

Can you make up some division stories for your classmates to solve?

Our next focus will be FRACTIONS.  I think what we have discovered about division will come in very handy 🙂

# Historians: Timelines

This term we are being historians.  Our inquiry learning will help us  discover what is still present from the past and how the past has influenced the present.  To begin with we are having a focus on different skills that historians use.  The first skill has been interpreting and creating timelines.  After looking at a variety of timelines, we created a success criteria for making a great timeline.  This included a title, events sequenced chronologically, labelling and creativity.  We used this criteria to assist us in making Personal Timelines.  This was a a very engaging task as we loved sharing photos from our past.

I wonder if you could make a digital timeline – using PowerPoint or a movie making app or website (I use Animoto a lot 🙂 )… I’d love to see them.