This week Week in 6D

Maths

As a class we all practiced plotting our fractions on a number line. We converted the fractions into decimals. We also looked at different strategies for multiplication and division as well as BOPS (Brackets, Order, Product and Sum). We practised our vocabulary for math and made wordle.

Science

This week in 6D, we have been working on finding Science experiments. There were 6 science experiments, each group made a persuasive presentation, to convince the audience. Overall the ice volcano won because they didn’t give the outcome of the experiment, therefore, kids wanted to know what was going to happen. So, next week we will be doing the ice volcano.

English

We have has been focusing on our sentence structure, as a class we are learning to add compound, complex and simple sentences in our writing. we have been using conjunction acronyms like: FANBOY whgich stand for For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet.

We also discovered AAAWWUUBBISS (After Although As When While Until Unless Before Because If Since So).

These acronyms have made our writing much better! 6D encourages all 5-6 classes to feel free and use FANBOY and AAAWWUUBBISS in their writing. 🙂

Specialist

Science in the world around us

This term in CBL we have been focusing on change. Over the last few weeks, we have been learning about natural disasters and how destructive they can be. We have been exploring natural disasters through our science in the world around us lessons. We learnt about bushfires, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and even the earth’s core. Some of the things we have found interesting are;

  • Lava is molten rock above the earth’s surface and magma is molten rock below the earth’s surface (Saad Q)
  • The outer core heats up the mantle and since magma is lighter, it travels to the surface faster, through the main vents of the volcano (Jaipreet)
  • When the earth’s tectonic plates and fault lines hit, it can cause earthquakes (Zainab)
  • Tectonic plates are a layer in the earth’s crust and they play a part in most of the natural disasters (Arfa)
  • Volcanoes can create ash clouds that can contaminate air and water (Rannajay)

What has 5C been doing lately?

Goodness me, it’s Week 7 already! Where is the term going?

There is not much more of the school year to go and only two blog posts after this one to share celebrate what has been happening in our class. Then you’ll be reading blog posts that share and celebrate the work we are doing as Grade 6s!

So what have we been doing? Well, let’s have a quick look at just a couple of things we’ve been up to in 5C.

 

Reading

Several students in the class have been participating in Literature Circles. This is where a small group of students (about 5) read the same novel as one another and meet once a week to discuss the book. The group agrees where they will read up to before each meeting and each member of the group has a different task to complete to bring along to the meeting and to lead a discussion about. The three texts being read at the moment are ‘Frindle’, ‘Fog a Dox’ and ‘The Twits’. It is a great way to engage in books, talk about them with peers and to try different comprehension skills.

 

Writing

Explanations and constructing clear paragraphs has been a focus for us lately. While we are still continuing to check our writing has a variety of sentence types (simple, compound and complex) we are also working at the paragraph level. We know that a paragraph should be about one particular aspect of what we are writing about, it should have a topic sentence at the start and then several supporting details that relate to the topic sentence. In total, we are aiming to have at least 4-5 sentences in our paragraphs to make sure we have provided enough information or examples. One topic we have been doing this on is natural disasters.

 

Numeracy

Last week saw us finishing up some Rich Assessment tasks. What are Rich Assessment tasks? Well, they are ways for us to show our understanding of mathematical concepts in more authentic ways. For example, rather than just drawing clocks,we created mini-timetables and read a train timetable as well. Rather than just drawing symmetrical patterns, we looked at how logos use different types of transformation and created our own logos.

We are also revisiting how to draw number lines and to put fractions on them. To do this, we needed to go over our division skills so that we were able to break our number lines into equal parts. The process was that we rolled a dice two times to get our numerator and our denominator. We then drew a number line that was 10cm long and labeled it with 0 at one end and 1 at the other. After this, we divided our 10cm line by the denominator and that gave us the length of each segment for our number line. This allowed us to draw the fractions increments on the number line. We could then use our numerator to locate exactly where the fraction should go. This was fairly challenging as there were were many skills we had to use (measurement, division, fraction knowledge) so we might continue having some practice at this one!

 

CBL

Watch this space. Currently we are getting ready to share our second round of research. After coming up with a science wondering, researching the answer to it and presenting our findings earlier on in the term, we then picked a second wondering and went through the process again, with our presentations occurring next week. After this we will have some strong ideas about what we would like to do for our Challenge project, with our challenge being: Explain a Process of Change.

 

We’ll see you on here again in a fortnight so until then, goodbye!

6C’s Science Research and Findings

Welcome to our latest blog post. We have been really busy investigating our wonderings about science and change. At the start of the term, we conducted some experiments and watched a provocations video which allowed us to generate questions we had. We then sorted those wonderings into the different science areas of the curriculum and decided what question to investigate.

We unpacked the CBL group roles so that everyone knew their responsibility within the group.

Once we determined our groups and distributed the roles, each group created a plan for the next phase of ‘finding out and sorting out’. Each lesson we would look at a learning asset and how this can help us with our investigations.

Now we have come to the stage where we have sorted our findings into small presentations to share with others. We needed to decide as a group what way we would communicate our findings. Here are some of the examples of our presentations.

Chemicals

The Internet

The Solar System

Plants and their benefits

After the presentations, we will be beginning the inquiry cycle again with a new wondering. Stay tuned

 

5C Latest News

And just like that, it’s time for another update of what has been happening in 5C.

Numeracy

Numeracy took an unexpected turn last Friday, in more ways than one! We have been looking at probability and how to record events in fraction, decimal and percentage form. On Friday, however, we had to record the chance of events happening for a packet of Skittles called ‘Zombie Skittles’. We were each given a fun-size packet of ‘Zombie Skittles’ which contained 15 lollies. The flavours were strawberry (red), grape (purple), lemon (yellow), lime (green) and rotten zombie (orange). We had to predict how many of each colour we thought we would get and record our predictions as fractions, decimals and percentages. We then got to open our packets and, without looking at the lollies, we picked one-at-a-time and put it into our mouths. Once we new what flavour we had, we added it to a tally table to gather our data.  The only thing was sometimes those lollies we put in our mouth were orange and gee did they taste disgusting! We had to have our water on stand-by and a tissue to either get rid of the taste, if we managed to eat the rotten zombie Skittle, or spit it out if it was too gross! When all of the lollies were eaten, we used the information from our tally to record the actual fractions, decimals and percentages of each flavoured Skittle. This was then turned into a graph to represent the information visually. The best visuals of all, however, were of the disgusted faces when we got an orange Skittle and the smiles on our faces because we all had a lot of fun!

Literacy

A big focus in literacy at the moment has been on word types and sentence types. We’ve been revisiting nouns and verbs and seeing that for a sentence to convey an idea it must contain both of those things. There are then different kinds of sentences we can write: simple, compound and complex. Simple sentences only contain one clause, while compound and complex ones contain two or more, with the clauses being linked by conjunctions. This can then go even further, with there being questions, statements, commands and exclamations – all of which require particular punctuation. As well as learning about these things, we have come to appreciate that language has many different parts and that there are many different conventions we need to follow in order to make our writing clear, accurate an effective. We will continue to look at word and sentence types because it has not been easy and practice, practice, practice is the way we become stronger with things we find challenging.

CBL

On Friday of Week 4 we were lucky to watch a live presentation by Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield. He shared his journey to becoming an astronaut and how his dream of going to space started when he was 10 years of age. This was also the age at which he started working towards his goal, beginning with learning to scuba dive as soon as he was able to, becoming a pilot, studying engineering, becoming a glider pilot, becoming a test pilot, learning French and Russian, and training with NASA.

Chris showed us that learning never stops and he asked us to think about how we are different today to how we were yesterday.

When we reflected on how we have changed over the last 6 months, some us of have become more confident with numeracy, some have improved in sporting activities like kicking a football or roller skating, others have become better cooks and others have learned to appreciate their families more.

As well as thinking about how we have changed, Chris challenged us to think about what are we going to do next to keep changing, keep learning, keep improving.

Some other quotes from Chris were:

“Life is more interesting when you’re learning something.”

“It would be a sad day to have not learnt anything.”

“We need to work together. We need to know how to put other things that are more important than just us front of ourselves.”

How have you changed in the last 6 months? What are you going to do next? We’d love to hear about it!

Our learning in 5B

In literacy, we have been learning about sentences. We first looked at what makes a sentence and the four different types of sentences, such as commands, exclamations, questions and statements. We then explored simple, compound and complex sentences and learnt about independent clauses and a dependent clauses. An independent clause is a complete thought that can make sense by itself and has a subject and a predicate (verb). A dependent sentence is a part of a sentence that relies on the independent thought to make sense. Some ways we learnt about this was using simple and subordinating conjunctions to write compound and complex sentences.

In maths, we have been learning about fractions and how to place fractions on a number line. We used skittles to help with our learning. We first had to record which fraction of the skittles were a certain colour and then place on a number line. We then had to place fraction with different denominators on the number line. After we finished the task we got to eat the skittles, but they weren’t normal skittles. There was a rotten zombie skittle which was orange and tasted yuck! This activity was really fun.

 

Clauses

This week in 5F we have been looking at clauses. Basically, a clause is just another word for a sentence.

We have learnt all about independent and dependent clauses.

“Independent clauses are sentences that include a subject and a verb.” – Ishika

“Independent clauses are a complete thought and make sense.” – Will

Some examples:

  • I ran.
  • We ate tacos.
  • Sophie went to the beach.

Dependent clauses are sentences that are an incomplete thought and cannot stand by itself. Dependent clauses depend on a conjunction and extra information to make sense.

A conjunction is a word that links an independent clause to a dependent one. Some examples are:

  • because
  • although
  • while
  • until
  • or
  • so
  • but

There are many more!

We have also learnt about complex sentences. These are sentences that include an independent clause, a dependent clause and conjunctions.

Some examples are:

I ran for shelter because it rained.

My dog ate chocolate, so I took it to the vet.

Although I should be doing my homework, I am playing Roblox.

After school today, I called my friends.

I hope this blog has taught you everything that we have learnt this week!

Written by Harman!

Term 4 Science

This term our CBL Big Idea is Change and our curriculum focus is Science. We have four topics in science we’ve been looking at; biological science, chemical science, physical science and earth and space science. We chose one of those four topics and begin researching. We found lots of new information and answers to our questions and wonderings. We shared our information we gathered with our classmates in small groups. We then chose a different topic of science to work on. We wrote down our wonderings and started the process again.

We even did a very cool experiment with milk, food colouring and dishwashing liquid. We poured milk to a bowl then added a few drops of food colouring to the milk. After that, we put some dish soap onto a cotton tip and watched the reaction between the chemicals. We tested what would happen if we used different substances, swapping milk for water and dish soap for oil and compared the results to the original experiment.
 
Here’s a video of one of our experiments.

On Friday we Skyped a scientist, her name was Janelle Patterson. She is a molecular biologist who works at the University of Florida in the USA. We asked her a lot of questions and learnt lots of things about molecular biology and other areas of Science.

Thanks for reading!
Blue House, 5D

6C Week 4 Learning

We have had a busy week this week!

Some of our top stories are

  • Investigating our interests in Science
  • Sentence types in literacy
  • fractions
  • measurement
  • calculating area and perimeter
  • Writer’s notebook
  • Clouds of wonder

We had a Maths lesson out on the grass – rolling dice and putting fractions on a number line.

We even watched this weeks episode of BTN and created our own Wordle and questions.

  – Aaliyah  – Omid – Siddak

Thanks for reading

6 C

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