Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Week 11 Thinboard

This is my thinkboard for Week 11. The question this week was to find the volume of a cube that is 9cm high, 7cm in length and 4cm in width. My answer was 252cm. If you read my thinkboard, you will see the strategy I used to solve it, a diagram of my working out, a word story problem that I have written and 10 other similar questions written by me. This will be my last thinkboard for Term 2 but I think that there will be plenty more next term!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Week 10 Thinkboard

This is my thinkboard for maths in Wk 10. This week, there was a question about adding big decimal numbers, the question was 23.345 + 3.953 = ?? I found this question easy and quick to complete but the challenge for me was making up a word problem. The thinkboard shows my working out, a diagram of my working out, a word problem that I made up and 10 other similar questions to the main question. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Week 9 Presentation 2

This is my second think board for Week 9, I completed this with my friend Rave. It has the same sort of question as the first think board, we had to find the area and a perimeter of a triangle.

Week 9 - Maths Presentation

This is my maths presentation for this week, it is all about volume, surface area and pi. I completed this task with my friend Rave who is at the same level in Maths as me. I found this task hard because I still don't really understand surface area properly. I hope I can learn the surface area properly so this is easier.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Future - Thinkers

This presentation is my activity that I completed for Literacy. For this task, we had to read the text Future-Thinkers by Pat Quinn and answer the questions that were given by our Literacy teacher. We were given two weeks to complete this so I also wrote about the Mobile Phone and how it started and how much it has changed since then. I enjoyed this task because we were writing what we thought the text was saying and giving our perspective on the text. I would like to do another presentation like this again.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Week 9 Thinkboard

This is the thinkboard for Week 9. It is a similar question to last weeks one. We had to find the area and the perimeter of a triangle whos base is 25 cm and sides are 15cm. We are given the dimensions and the shape and from there, we do the rest! I completed this with my classmate Rave. We solved the question and there is our working out and a diagram of our working out in the thinkboard. There is also 10 other similar questions and a word problem. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Week 8 - Maths Thinkboard

This is the thinkboard for this week. I completed this task with my friend Rave who is at the same level as me in Maths. The questions required us to find the area and the perimeter of a square that is 13cm by 27cm. Our answer was Area: 351 and Perimeter: 80. We worked this out by adding 13 + 13 + 27 + 27 which equals 80. (the perimeter) and 13 x 27 = 351. (area) I like using area and perimeter but I still don't understand it fully, yes I know how to find the area and perimeter of someone but if someone was to give me a question that was more complicated, I would have no idea how to solve it. I would like to learn more in that area sometime in the near future.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Week 7 - Maths Presentation Word Problems

This is my Maths Presentation for Week 7. As usual there are word problems to start with then other kinds of questions. For the first time, there are volume, area and perimeter questions to do with measurements and shapes. I found this presentation quite challenging and hard because I don't know much about measurements and volumes and haven't really been taught anything about it. I hope I can learn more about that soon so questions like these won't be as hard. 

First Inquiry Session Recount

For this half of Term 2, three times a week, all the students of Team 5 will return to their home classes for Inquiry. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we only meet in the afternoon block but on Friday instead of Zeal Zone, we are in our home classes for Inquiry for the whole morning till lunchtime. The topic for this term is Tinkering Tools and Toys so we are learning about what we can do to make Pt England School better. For the first half of Term 2, we were learning about WW1 so these rotations are new to Team 5.

During the first Friday of Inquiry, we had the challenge to choose things around the school that we want to add, adjust or take away. Our first step was to get into groups of about 5 or 6. We would be in those groups for the rest of the term because we have points that are given out every session and group presentations. I got into a group with my friends before we started our first round of pictionary and charades.

After every round we would stop and talk about the word that we just acted/drew for our group. We talked about how they work and how people would do that job in the old days. For example, a dryer, everyone knows that if you put wet clothes into the dryer, they will come come out dry, but what did people used before dryers were invented? That activity made us think about what life would have been like in the 1800s and what would life be like in 2100s? If the world has changed so much since then, how much will it change in the next century?

After morning tea, groups were sent out with I-Pads to look around the school at things that could be made better. It ranged from leveling the concrete on the hard courts to planting more gardens. When we returned to the classroom, we put all our ideas into our group presentation and explained why we wanted to change them. We had lots of ideas but we finally picked our top 4 and put them into the final ideas slide.

At the end of the day, we had time to share our group’s final ideas and why we wanted them with the class. There was still more to do on the presentation but we would have time next week. I really enjoyed this session of Inquiry and I really look forward to the next one. I enjoyed learning in a group and in a fun way. Friday’s lesson made me stop and think about our school, what are the things that we could make better and is there some way we can fix it? I hope our students can do something about the things that could become better.

Week 7 - Triangle Addition

This is my Triangle Addition for Week 7. We were given a different top number from last week but the task was still the same. The numbers in bold are the numbers that were already there and the numbers in normal font are the numbers that I added in. All the numbers in each row add up to 5.283. I really enjoy triangle addition because I find it challenging to first of all find the missing number and then spilt it up into different parts. I would like to continue to do triangle addition every week because I think it helps me to get faster at adding and splitting. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels

Last week, in Literacy, we had the task of reading the poem, The Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels. We then needed to complete a presentation about the poem. I won't give away too much about them, you will have to read it yourself! I really enjoyed this task, I liked the reading the poem and writing my own inferences. I would like to do more of these activities in the near future.