Term 3

Week 10

We started our Daily 5 during our reading block this week. Here are some short videos showing parts of it in action.

Students select their own chapter books based on the I-PICK chart & 5 finger rule

Buddy Read is followed by a star and a wish from the listener / coach to the reader, and a skill question based on the current strategy focus (here it was identify Cause and Effect)

Word Work is next - this is when Book clubs meet with the teacher.
One of the independent activities is You Can Spell where students work on their current spelling list.

The posters for I-Pick and Daily 5 are available from this teacher blog


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Read to Self - 5min

Buddy Read - 5min

Word Work - 30 min

Week 9
We enjoyed hosting our families this morning and sharing our learning. The students were very excited and proud of what they had prepared. At the end, they all received a star from their parent/s and then they wrote a wish together.

These photos were taken by some lovely DC student photographers.


Week 6
Overnight a terrible disaster occurred in our little community. An earthquake struck off shore, sending a tsunami over the city center and flooding up the estuaries. Fault lines ran through some of the suburbs, creating Red Zones.

In groups the students had to create a coordinated rescue plan for the essential services, to help the people and animals of their community.

Here are some videos showing the discussions taking place.

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Week 6
This week we introduced one of our Word Work activities called Chunky Monkeys.

Each week we focus on spelling families for different word chunks that are repeatedly miss-spell in student writing.

Students look at a relevant chunk poem and complete a revision sheet related to that chunk.

We 'brainstorm' words that we know with that chunk
into our Chunky Monkey book, trying to beat our previous score.

Sometimes we come across words that we think belong to the set, but don't. We write these up in a different colour.

During the week we can add more words to our brainstorm.

At the end of the week we do a chunk quizz to see how we are coming to grips with our chunk of the week.
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Week 5
Vinegar and Baking soda experiment.
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Week 4
We completed our wall display by placing our houses in our chosen community (rural, urban, suburban) and adding various essential community services needed.
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Week 3
We started our new unit with a technology challenge. In groups of 4 we had to build temporary shelters out of newspaper and tape. Then the next day we had to relocate our shelters because of a disaster. The new site was on the front court. Here is a video of some of the groups sharing about their new site.

Thea shared some interesting
research about the lungs.
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Week 2
Using the place Value

We then looked at assigning our increasing collection to 'house places'.

We used 2 dice to accumulate resources quicker. Our bonus rolls were earned on doubles throws and the next day on near doubles, that were solved instantly.

Well done if you earned bonus rolls here!

Week 1
Exploring Place Value
with equipment

What a great start to Maths this term! We all explored Place Value this week with equipment. We used Counters and tens frames, money, jelly beans and cannisters, ice block sticks with rubber bands, link blocks and finally Place Value blocks.
We played a game where each player rolled a dice and collected resources to match their throw. Once they had a group of 10, they had to bundle or trade for the next denomination.

In our decimal number system, the value of a digit depends on its place, or position, in the number. Each place has a value of 10 times the place to its right.
A number in standard form is separated into groups of three digits using commas. Each of these groups is called a period.