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Learning Contract

Friday 9th December

REMINDER: Ana ad Lachlan - Please hand in your iPads today! Ana, have a fantastic time in New Zealand :) See you next year!

Hi all,

As you know, I’m in the city today with Jason and Corrie at the final iPad Trial training day / celebration. I will say hi to Jacqui (evaluator) for you.
Please work through the work below (in order). Please also be on your best behaviour for Nicole. I like Nicole and hope you respect her as much as you respect me.
Also, Chris, Karlos and Zack P, you need to go to Dalaroo for sessions 3 and 4. Honey will be expecting you :)

Have a lovely weekend! See you on Monday :)

Hugs,
Michelle :)


Session 1 – Reading
- Read independently for 30 minutes - novel or iBook.
- Select 5 keywords from the text. Write them in your own sentences to demonstrate your understanding of them. Write a synonym (similar meaning) and antonym (opposite meaning) if you can.
- Write 5 questions about the text - literal and / or inferential. Include the answer.
- Summarise what you have read today in 30 words.

Session 2 – Writing
- Warm Up: Brown paper bag – Write how you could persuade someone to buy a brown paper bag.
- Have you completed and emailed me the following?
  • Persuasive texts – published in a creative way
  • Graffiti persuasive paragraph
  • Eyewitness or picture description from yesterday – published in a creative way

- If you have answered YES to all of the above, please plan, write, revise, edit and publish a story including a snail, a scooter and spaghetti. Please aim for your story to be at least 200 words long. Publish this in a creative way. I can’t wait to see what you write :)
- Once you have finished your story, make up some more Wacky Web Tales.

RECESS

Session 3 – Mathematics
- Warm Up: We haven’t done Date Maths for a long time. Please try to create an equation using only today’s digits to equal all numbers from 1 to 20. You can work on your own or in pairs. Maybe ask Nicole to help you if you get stuck.
- Continue to work on your math game. Publish it! Ask Nicole or Jess for colour paper.
- If you have finished planning and making your game, play a math app on your iPad.

Session 4 – Homework / Finish Off Work
- I know I said I wasn’t going to give you any more time during class to work on your homework, but I’m still so proud of you from Wednesday night at the Grade 6 Celebration that I’ll let you have this time. I really hope you use this time effectively and complete the tasks to a really high standard. WOW me!!!
- Use this time to complete all work that needs to be emailed to me. I’ll be checking my emails over the weekend and marking who has emailed me everything I’ve asked to be sent through. Scroll down the page for more information (previous learning contract).
- If you have finished everything, maybe update your iPortfolio or begin a new Passion Project.

LUNCH

Session 5 – TBN (To Be Negotiated)
- Use half of this time to complete unfinished work / update your iPortfolio / begin a new Passion Project.
- Use the second half of this time to have “free time”. If it isn’t too hot outside, maybe ask Nicole and Jess nicely if one of them could take some of you out for a game.

HOMETIME!




Thursday 24th November

Hi all,

I'm home sick today :( Please find below all of the work I expect you to complete. Everything needs to be finished by tomorrow! I trust you will be on your best behaviour :)

Kind Regards,
Michelle :)

PS. Remember, no chat and violent apps!!!


Session 1 - Reading
- Read independently for 30 minutes - novel or iBook.
- Select 5 keywords from the text. Write them in your own sentences to demonstrate your understanding of them. Write a synonym (similar meaning) and antonym (opposite meaning) if you can.
- Write 5 questions about the text - literal and / or inferential. Include the answer.
- Summarise what you have read today in 30 words.
- Complete your novel studies – You need to email them to me tomorrow!
- Complete your diary entry by a character in your novel - You need to email them to me tomorrow.

Session 2 - Writing
- Complete Look Say Cover Write Check for this week's spelling words.
- Complete your persuasive texts. Ensure you have made corrections on your draft in your Writing book.
- Publish your persuasive texts in a creative way. Like I said, WOW me!!! Really make an impact on your audience by trying your hardest to convince them to agree with your view. Try to find effective images to use to support what you have written – You need to email them to me tomorrow!
- Complete your graffiti persuasive paragraph. Remember to include images to support your point of view - You need to email this to me tomorrow!
- Select a picture from the Eyewitness app. Write half a page about it in your Writer's Notebook. Publish this in a creative way!

Session 3 - Mathematics
- Complete the following equations in your Mathematics book:
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- Complete your ‘Mapping’ presentation – screen shots of your house; somewhere north, south, east and west of your house; screen shots of 3 different "zooms" and directions from your house to school, including the language north, south, east, west, left and right.
- Play a math app on your iPad.

Session 4 - PE

Session 5 - Inquiry / Homework
- Complete your Inquiry presentations – commercials, taste tests, producers, consumers, etc… You need to email everything to me tomorrow!
- Work through your homework. I expect 5 activities completed by tomorrow.
- If you have finished everything, scroll down this page to make sure you have completed past tasks, i.e. history of Halloween, digital story for a horror story. You can also look through each page in the wikispace to ensure you've completed everything. Look through every one of your books too.
- If you have completed absolutely everything listed on the wikispace and in your books, update your Science Journal and iPortfolio.




Tuesday 22nd November - Session 4

  • Prep Kim – Grace, Paige
  • Prep Peggy – Jacqui, Lorin
  • Prep Rebecca– Kiralee, Kylie, Mikayla M
  • Prep Sam – Ayor, Chris, Isaiah
  • Prep Sandra – Ana, Rebecca, Shammica
  • 1 Jacqui – Elisha, Kristiana
  • 1 Mark – Lachlan, Zack P
  • 1 Meredith – Karlos, Zac H
  • 1 Natalie – Andrey, Bailey
  • 1 Tristane – Brittany, Tahlia
  • 1 VickyMikayla K, Taylah
  • 6 Jess – Braeden, Nathan

Please behave well in the class you are visiting :)

Please complete the work outlined below:
- read over your persuasive text
- make any necessary changes - add, delete, reword, punctuation, etc...
- do your sentences flow and make sense?
- does your text convince your reader to agree with your point of view?

If you have revised and edited your text, please publish it on iPad in an interesting way :) WOW me!!! :)

If you have finished, you can work on your homework for the next fortnight.




Friday 11th November

  • Prep Kim – Grace, Marnie, Paige
  • Prep Peggy – Jacqui, Lorin, Taylah
  • Prep Rebecca – Kylie, Mikayla K, Mikayla M
  • Prep Sam – Ayor, Chris, Isaiah
  • Prep Sandra – Ana, Rebecca, Shammica
  • 1 Jacqui – Elisha, Kiralee
  • 1 Mark – Lachlan, Zack P
  • 1 Meredith – Karlos, Zac H
  • 1 Natalie – Andrey, Bailey
  • 1 Tristane – Brittany, Tahlia
  • 1 Vicky – No one due to Vicky's class being split from session 4 onwards
  • 6 Jess – Braeden, Nathan

*Movie Making groups – take your iPads with you to the following classes/rooms during Session 4
Claymation (4 students): 6 Cat – Lucy will supervise you
Legomation (4 students): Prep Sam
Grade 6 Movie Making (4 students): Eildon Staffroom – Cat will supervise you


Session 1 – Reading
- Read independently for 30 minutes - novel or iBook.
- Select 5 keywords from the text. Write them in your own sentences to demonstrate your understanding of them.
- Write 5 questions about the text - literal and / or inferential. Include the answer.
- Summarise what you have read today in 30 words.
- Continue to work on your novel presentation (Refer to Reading page – scroll down to ‘Week Beginning: Monday 5th September’). You need at least 5 ideas for each heading. You also need to include at least 10 images across the whole presentation.

Session 2 – Writing
- Complete Look Say Cover Write Check for this week's spelling words.
- Select a picture from the Eyewitness app. Write half a page about it in your Writer's Notebook.
- Write a 200 - 300 word story including the line: “… and that’s how my ball smashed through the window." Remember to plan your story first. Present this in an interesting way on your iPad.
- Complete all of your persuasive text research.

RECESS

Session 3 – Inquiry
- What do the following terms mean: needs, wants, producers, consumers, goods and services? Write your own definitions. Present this work in an interesting way on your iPad.
- Explore the meaning of these terms at the following web site: http://library.thinkquest.org/3901/. Now write the true definition for each of these terms.

- Complete your YouTube commercials presentation:
  • You need to locate 10 commercials on YouTube for popular brands, i.e. McDonalds, Cadbury, Vegemite, Cottees, etc…
  • Take screen shots of 5 of the commercials
  • For each of these commercials, explain: what you liked about it? Why? What made it a great commercial? Why? Would you buy the product? Why?

- Create your own rubric for what makes a great commercial. Remember how we have written up rubrics in class – 3 star standard first, then go backwards. Include at least 5 points under each star rating.

- Complete your Taste Testing presentation:
  • What did you taste?
  • What did you like? Why?
  • What were you surprised by? Why?
  • Do you think the brand or packaging affects purchasing and people's choices?

Session 4 – Grade 6 Clubs
Legomation group:
- Explore lego examples on YouTube:

  1. What did you like about these movies?
  2. How do you think the animator created them?
  3. What do you think the storyboard looked like?
  4. Watch the movies again. This time, take note of the camera angles and the way the camera view changes.
  5. Think about your movie.
  6. What is the story line?
  7. What happens at the beginning? middle? end?
  8. Who are your characters?
  9. What do they look like?
  10. Where is the story set?
  11. What does your setting look like?
  12. What do you need to create your set?
  13. Plan your movie. Write the script/storyline. We’ll make sets and characters next week :)

Claymation group:
- Explore claymation examples on YouTube:

  1. What did you like about these movies?
  2. How do you think the animator created them?
  3. What do you think the storyboard looked like?
  4. Watch the movies again. This time, take note of the camera angles and the way the camera view changes.
  5. Think about your movie
  6. What is the story line?
  7. What happens at the beginning? middle? end?
  8. Who are your characters?
  9. What do they look like?
  10. Where is the story set?
  11. What does your setting look like?
  12. What do you need to create your set?
  13. Plan your movie. Write the script/storyline. We’ll make sets and characters next week :)

Grade 6 Celebration group:
- Watch the following Grade 6 movies I’ve created in the past:

- Brainstorm the type of photos you’d like to include, i.e. camps, excursions, sports days, classrooms. etc…
- Email all students in grade 6 using the 6michelle, 6jessica, 6melissa and 6catherine email addresses:

- Copy and paste the following email to everyone. Please include your names at the end:

Hi everyone,
We are creating a Grade 6 movie for our Grade 6 Celebration at the end of the year. We were wondering if you have any photos taken with other students while you’ve been here. If you do, can you please reply to this email with the photo/s attached. Thank you.
Kind Regards,
*INSERT YOUR NAMES HERE*

- I’ve placed a number of photos up on Flickr. These are set to private, so only the actual person who logs in can view them. Please have a look through them and decide on which ones you like.

- Look through the photos and select some you’d like to include in the movie. It would be great if all students could feature at least twice in the movie. Check off the names of the students on the checklists I gave to you.

- Google more graduation songs. See if there is something else you might like to add to the presentation.

LUNCH

Session 5 – Negotiated Curriculum
- Finish off ALL incomplete work from today’s Learning Contract.
- FInish off your scary "digital story" and history of Halloween presentation (see below: Monday 31st October)
- Work on your homework. Remember, I want 5 activities completed by Monday (reading not included). If you do your homework now, you don’t have to do any on the weekend!
- If you have finished everything, please ask the teaching you are with if you can assist them in any way.
- For the last half hour of the session, you can play games on your iPad. Remember, NO violent apps!!!

HOMETIME




Monday 31st October
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Today is Halloween!!!
What is Halloween? When did it begin? Where did it originate?How do cultures around the world celebrate this holiday?How is Halloween represented in literature and film?
Your task is to create a presentation about "Halloween"... Please don't include any material from M+ Rated Horror movies!

Please find below some links to help you. I've also included some movies for you to sit back and watch :)


History of Halloween


Short Stories


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Part One


Part Two


Part Three


Part Four


Part Five



The Headless Horseman



Disney's Haunted Halloween



Donald's Halloween Scare



Angry Birds Seasons Ham'O'Ween





Wednesday 31st August

Work through the following activities today:

Reading
- Read independently for 30 minutes - novel or iBook.
- Select 5 keywords from the text. Write them in your own sentences to demonstrate your understanding of them.
- Write 5 questions about the text - literal and / or inferential. Include the answer.
- Summarise what you have read today in 30 words.

Writing
- Complete Look Say Cover Write Check for this week's spelling words.
- Select a picture from the Eyewitness app. Write half a page about it in your Writer's Notebook.
- Write a 200 - 300 word story including the line: "... and when I turned around, it wasn't there." Present this in an interesting way on your iPad.

Mathematics
- Complete ALL past tutorials about decimals (Scroll down - Monday 15th August).
- Create a presentation about tessellations on your iPad.

Science
- Update your Science Journals: Front page, Vocabulary, Facts, Living and Non-living, Animal Kingdom, Experiment 1, Experiment 2, Solids Liquids Gases, Experiment 3, Experiment 4 (Refer to the image below for assistance with experiments 3 & 4).
- Continue to research a scientist (Refer to the links below - Scroll down - Monday 15th August).

Finish Off Work
- Complete your Passion Project or begin a new one.
- Complete ALL unfinished work - look through all of your books!
- Write posts for our class blog. Check your email and write a post for the 'Home' page.
- Use this time to work on / complete your Homework.

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Monday 25th August

During session 5, you will be split amongst the following classes:

Prep Kim - Braeden, Lachlan
1 Tristane - No one
1 Jac - Ana, Rebecca
1 Vicky - No one
1 Mark - Karlos, Zack P
1 Meredith - No one
1 Natalie - Shammica, Tahlia
2 Rose - Ayor, Chris
2 Dani - Brittany, Isaiah
2 Brooke - Bailey, Mikayla M
2 Megan - Mikayla K, Paige
6 James - Andrey, Jacqui, Kristiana, Kylie, Nathan

You need to complete:
- All unfinished work
- Homework
- Passion Projects
- Science Journals: Front page, Vocabulary, Facts, Living and Non-living, Animal Kingdom, Experiment 1 (Predict, Observe, Explain), Experiment 2 (Predict, Observe, Explain)
- Profile of a Scientist (see links below)



Monday 15th August

Hi all,

As you know, I’m away today. Please find below the work I’d like you to complete. Please behave for the teachers you have today – you will be with them all day. I’ll be following up on things tomorrow.

Please find below your split list. You cannot change classes unless you have permission from Tina, Lucy or Meg.

2 Brooke: Bailey, Mikayla K, Taylah
2 Megan: Paige, Grace
6 James: Lachlan, Ayor, Andrey, Zack P, Kiralee, Kristiana
6 Mel: Nathan, Zac H, Ana, Shammica
6 Cat: Marnie, Lorin, Elisha, Chris, Karlos

Enjoy your day!

Kind Regards,
Michelle :)


Session 1:
*Assembly, if you are with 6 James, 6 Mel or 6 Cat.
*Reading, if you are with 2 Brooke or 2 Megan. Please read a Just Right Text for 30 minutes, then work on your digital story.


Session 2: Reading / Writing
Focus: To compose a digital story
Refer to the Reading page for more information (to refresh your memory).

You need to:
- retell a story in 200 to 300 words.
- locate or draw at least 15 images to support your story.
- place your images in an order to match the sequence of your story.
- practise your script.
- voice record your story (over your images). You may need to adjust the length your image appears for to match your voice recording.

Please listen to / view the examples below created by my past grade 3/4 students.






Here is my script. Feel free to change it a little and use it for your own digital story, if you are stuck.

The Three Little Pigs

Once upon a time, there were three little pigs. They lived with their mother. One day they decided to move out of home and make a life for themselves.

The first little pig built his house out of straw. The second little pig built his house out of sticks. The third little pig built his house out of bricks.

On a sunny afternoon, the big bad wolf went to the first little pig’s house made out of straw. He blew it down. Luckily, the first little pig escaped. He ran to the second little pig’s house.

The big bad wolf went to the second little pig’s house made out of sticks. He also blew it down. To their relief, both little pigs escaped and ran to the third little pig’s house.

The big bad wolf went to the third little pig’s house made out of bricks. He tried to blow it down, but couldn’t. He kept on trying until he was out of breath. The three little pigs inside were safe. The big bad wolf eventually gave up and left the three little pigs alone.

The three little pigs lived happily ever after in the house of bricks.


Session 3: Mathematics
Focus: To revise decimals

Warm-up:
My answer is 24. List as many things you know about 24, i.e. equations that equal 24, facts about 24, etc… Be as creative as you can. I expect at least 10 responses. Also think about using as many of the four operations (+ - x ÷) as you can in an equation. Extra points for fractions, decimals and percentages :)

Activity:
Complete the work from last week – matching up fractions, decimals and percentages to equal one. Maybe make up some of your own! Remember, there is a prize for the person who finds the most combinations J

Complete all unfinished math work.

Create tutorials to demonstrate your understanding of:
- decimal place values, i.e. tenths and hundredths
- ordering decimals
- adding decimals
- subtracting decimals
- multiplying decimals
- converting fractions and decimals into percentages
Refer to the work in your math book to help you.


Session 4: Inquiry / Science
Focus: To explore scientists

Update your Science Journals. Please make sure you have the following pages / slides set up:
- Science Journal (title page): This page needs to include at least 10 science related images.
- Vocabulary: This page needs to include at least 10 science related words.
- Facts: This page needs to include at least 5 cool science facts.
- Living and Non-Living things: This page needs to have your A-Z “I-Spy” things categorised as “living” and “non-living”. You also need to have your definition of what a living thing is, as well as the 7 characteristics of living things. Click here for more information.

Complete all unfinished work in your Science Journal, that means everything above!

This week is Science Week. On Friday, it is ‘Dress Up as a Scientist’ Day. Explore the following links to learn more about scientists.

Famous Scientist Facts
http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/scientists.html

Scientist Images
http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/pictures/scientists.html

Famous Scientists
http://www.famous-scientists.net/

Famous Scientists & Inventors
http://science.pppst.com/famous-scientists.html

Science and Nature – Scientists
http://kids.yahoo.com/directory/Science-and-Nature/Scientists

Biographies for Kids, Famous Leaders for Young Readers (scroll down to see Scientists)
http://gardenofpraise.com/leaders.htm

Scientist
http://encyclopedia.kids.net.au/page/sc/Scientist

Select one scientist you find really interesting. Create a presentation about this scientist! WOW me!!! :)


Session 5: Passion Projects
Focus: To explore topics of personal interest

Please try to complete your Passion Project today. I’d like you to hand in your project next week.

Your project needs to include:
- a list of things you already know about your topic (at least 3 things). If you don’t know anything, it’s ok, I understand.
- a list of questions you want to find answers to about your topic (at least 3 questions).
- answers in your own words to your questions. I will not accept information copy and pasted.
- a digital presentation on your iPad, i.e. movie. Your presentation cannot be completed in Notes, Pages or Keynote.
- at least 20 images.




Wednesday 27th July

Hi guys,

As you know, I’m away today. Please find below the work I’d like you to complete. Please behave for the teachers you have today. I’ll be following up on things tomorrow. Remember, perfect behaviour = PIZZA!!! :)

Enjoy your day!

Kind Regards,
Michelle :)


Session 1: Reading
Focus: To apply Guided Reading – Reciprocal Teaching strategies to my reading

Rule up a page in your Reading book, write today’s date and this lesson’s focus.

Tomorrow you are going to read a blog post about ‘Mining’. Before you begin, I’d like you to think about and answer the following questions:
- What is mining?
- Why do we mine?
- What do we mine?
- How does mining affect the environment?

Answer these questions in full sentences in your Reading book, not on your iPad. Please read over your sentences and ensure it makes sense.

Here are some words I’d like you to understand before you read the blog post tomorrow:
- extraction: base word = extract. Extract means to remove, to take out.
- manganese, tantalum, cassiterite, copper, tin, nickel, bauxite (aluminum ore), iron ore, gold, silver, diamonds: All of these words are the names of things that are mined.
- prosper. Prosper means to succeed in material things, to be financially successful. In this blog, prosper refers to being financially successful as a result of mining.
- revenue. Revenue refers to the money a company or organisation makes.
- commodities: base word = commodity. Commodity is another word for a useful or valuable product or thing. In this blog, commodity refers to the product being mined.
- nomadic: base word = nomad. A nomad is someone who doesn’t stay in one place for a long time; they move from place to place.

Read your Just Right Text for 30 minutes – an actual book or an iBook. Please remember to fill in details about your text at the back of your Reading Log.

Click here to post the title of the book you read today. I will be checking during the day :)
List 5 interesting words, maybe words you know but others in the class may not. Choose one to write on a small sticky note and place on our Word Wall.

Also summarise what you have read in 20 to 30 words in your Reading Book. Please remember to write neatly or you’ll be repeating your work tomorrow.


Session 2: Writing
Focus: To ensure correct sentence structure

Write in your Writer's Notebook for 15 to 20 minutes. Look through pictures on the Eyewitness app on your iPad. Select one and write about what you see and feel. Remember to use descriptive language. Also remember that what you write is more a snapshot than a story.

Click here to share what you wrote about today :)
Read through the passages below. When you have finished reading them, copy them out correctly into your Writing book. I’ll be checking when I return tomorrow! Be sure to correct any spelling errors and misused words.

Passage One – After School
Punctuation – The passage needs 25 capital letters, 18 full stops, 2 question marks and 2 commas.
Words – Underline 10 nouns.
Usage – There are 10 words that have been used incorrectly. Circle them once you have corrected them.

rachel and amanda are cousins they both go to the same school mrs snapdragon is the name of there teacher she teaches year too both girls are good students rachel likes mathematics the best amanda is very good at writing stories one monday morning a strange thing happened it was after school both the girls had forgotten they’re homework books they came back to school two get them nobody were at school they opened the door quietly do you know what they saw the chalk desk rubber and ruler were doing a dictation the chalk was writing the words on the blackboard were where the sticky tape and duster the girls asked the glue and scissors but they didn’t no nobody new where they where they were outside playing sport and doing exercises


Passage Two – Late!
Punctuation – The passage needs 20 capital letters, 13 full stops, 2 question marks and 4 commas.
Words – Underline 10 nouns.
Usage – There are 15 words that have been used incorrectly. Circle them once you have corrected them.

jessica crept too the classroom door she had come two school late the past to days today was wednesday and she was late again what would mr nutter do would she be kept in buy him she knocked every gently on the door mr nutter sprang from his chair he opened the door he asked her why she were late jessica explained that she had too by her mother some slippers at the shop she had become tangled up in a ball off wool it had took the ladies at the shop half an our to free her she brought the slippers at the shop and bought them too school mr nutter told her two sit she got out her rubber ruler pencil glue sharpener and scissors and began the lesson


We don’t usually think in full sentences. Instead, we have ‘flashes’ of ideas. To share these ideas with others, we must write them in sentences and follow certain rules. Expand the following ‘flashes’ into sentences in your Writing book. In some cases, you many need more than one sentence to say it all.

eg. woke up – green spots on tongue – mother called doctor – in bed for two weeks
I woke up this morning and noticed green spots on my tongue. I showed my mum. She called the doctor and he said I had to say in bed for two weeks.

1. two children playing – ball onto road – a lucky escape from serious injury – learnt a lesson
2. bought seeds – watered – pumpkin pie
3. first game for school team – nervous – scored winning goal – congratulations and cheers from team mates
4. weekend – out of bed at 6:00am – rainy, freezing cold – back to bed
5. fishing with dad – big bite – five kilogram fish
6. sent to school principal – very worried – given award for outstanding work
7. going to school – sick magpie – broken wing – cared for – visits family often now
8. countdown – blast off – excited – destination the Purple Planet
9. worked hard – improved all marks – good report card – mum and dad very proud
10. cooked breakfast – washed up – cleaned room – mum surprised – Mother’s Day


Session 3: Mathematics
Focus: To revise decimal place value

Play 'Date Maths' by yourself. In your Mathematics book, create equations that equal the numbers 1 through to 20, using only the digits in today's date (27/07/11). You can work with the person next to you, if you like.

Complete what you can of the worksheets I handed out yesterday. I’ll follow this up on Thursday.

Continue to work on the Decimals work from yesterday.

Reflect on your learning of fractions and decimals. What do you know now that you didn’t know before? How do you know this?

Complete any unfinished tutorials on your iPad.

If you have completed ALL of the above, you may play a math app on your iPad. However, you MUST show the teacher you are with that you have finished everything!


Session 4: Visual Arts


Session 5: Performing Arts





Thursday 12th May

Hi guys,

I am away again today :( I'm still sick. Hopefully I will be in tomorrow. Please find below today's work. If you read though all tasks, you will see that I expect everything to be complete by tomorrow morning... that means ALL the work set for Tuesday through to Thursday! If it isn't, be prepared to stay in during your recess breaks over the next week/s.

I'll be checking your work when I return - not just that it is completed, but that it is completed to MY standard!

Enjoy your day... and work hard. There is a lot to get through.

Kind Regards,
Michelle :)
xoxo


Session 1 – Reading
Focus: To make predictions about texts

Rule up a page in your Reading book, write today’s date and this lesson’s focus.

Think about the following:
  • How can you use what you already know about people, characters, texts to make a prediction?

In your Reading book, list 3 things that you think might happen in the text you are are going to read today. Please write the title first. If you are starting a new text, make predictions based upon the title of the story, the front cover, the blurb, etc…

Read your Just Right Text for 30 minutes. Please remember to fill in details about your text at the back of your Reading Log.


How did you go with you initial predictions?
Now write 3 more predictions that you think might happen next in your text.

Once you have finished the prediction task, look at the work below and make sure everything is finished!
  • Have you finished your reading movie/s - Title, Characters, Setting, Problem, Climax, Solution? If not, please do so.
  • Have you fished the work you did last week with Jess? If not, please do so.
  • Is your Reading book up to date? If not, please tidy it up and complete unfinished work.
  • If you have finished all of the above, please update your digital Reading Log (See Reading wikispace page, i.e. Reading, Predictions, Wonderings, Questions, Discoveries, Sayings, Text-toText, Text-to-Self, Text-to-World). I expect at least 5 things to be written on each page!
  • Once you have added 5 things to each page, update your Reading page in your iPortfolio. Maybe you can include the following:
    • What is Reading?
    • What are the 6 comprehension strategies?
    • How do you use the 6 comprehension strategies to help you understand what you read?

If you have finished everything above, continue to read your Just Right text or articles from www.dogonews.com or www.heraldsun.com.


Session 2 – Writing
Focus: To explore the writing process

Rule up a page in your Writing book, write today’s date and this lesson’s focus.

Think about the following:
  • Why do we use capital letters and full stops in our writing?
  • When should you use full stops and capital letters in your writing?

Read through the passages below. When you have finished reading them, copy them out correctly into your Writing books. I’ll be checking when I return tomorrow! Be sure to correct any spelling errors and misused words too.


Passage 1: On Holidays
phillip and jessica where on holidays. they went to victoria with there mum and dad. they sore so many sites! they’re mum and dad shared the driving. at echuca, witch is on the murray river, mum and dad had a ride on the paddle steamer. they visited the fruit cannery at shepparton to. the next day the family went to ballarat. did you no that gold was discovered their in 1851? the trip along the grate ocean road was very interesting – jessica loved the beautiful scenery.
when phillip came back too school, he’s teacher mrs peppercorn asked him how he enjoyed he’s holiday. he answered, “i loved every minute of it!” mrs peppercorn asked what he liked the best and phillip replied, “i liked eating the biscuits whenever we stopped at a motel!”


Passage 2: Shipwrecked!
today is friday 13 july 1615 im writing a account of my stay on this island ive now been shipwrecked hear four exactly about one year my name is robert pennyfarthingalopoulis i were a seaman on the good ship anemone opur ship was caught in a wild storm of the coast of Africa she went down on thursday 13 july 1614 i seen what looked like land and swum towards it I had swum for several ours before i passed out when i awoke i found myself on a beach I sung for joy this island is beautifuller than any place I have ever sore it has a good supply of water the thing that bothers me the most are the large number if tropical insects thay’re everywhere this morning i found some inside my bedsocks on my pillow in my nightshirt and in the tea today i found the impression of a human foot in a peace of granite could it be that im not alone on this island


Think about the following:
  • What are homophones?
  • Can you find any in the passages above?
  • What other homophones do you know? List as many as you can!

If you have finished everything above, continue on with your plan from yesterday (scroll down the page to yesterday’s Writing session).

If you have finished your plan, complete the work from yesterday’s Writing session (scroll down the page). I really do expect everything to be finished! If it isn’t you will be staying in during recess breaks until it is complete.


Session 3 – Mathematics
Focus: To multiply large numbers using a variety of methods

Rule up a page in your Mathematics book, write today’s date and this lesson’s focus.

What do you know about multiplying large numbers? What different methods have you been taught in the past?

Please look at the 3 methods below: Decomposition, Lattice and Long Multiplication.

Decomposition
With the decomposition method, you break the bigger number up into smaller parts, i.e. place value: hundreds, tens, ones. You then multiply each number separately by the smaller number.

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Lattice method
Refer to http://www.coolmath4kids.com/times-tables/times-tables-lesson-lattice-multiplication-1.html for a clear description.

Long Multiplication
Refer to http://www.mathsonline.org/pages/longmult.html for a clear description.


TASK
Complete the following questions in your Mathematics book using the method of your choice. Only complete the questions you can. I don’t expect all of you to complete all of the questions.
  1. 32 x 4
  2. 64 x 23
  3. 278 x 5
  4. 349 x 12
  5. 433 x 566

Make up 5 questions of your own.

CHALLENGE
These questions are for those of you who would like to be challenged. I know you know who you are :)
Note: When answering questions with 3 numbers, multiply the first 2 numbers, then multiply the answer by the third number.
  1. 25 x 6 x 8
  2. 87 x 43 x 2
  3. 35 x 76 x 49
  4. 732 x 56 x 3
  5. 964 x 76 x 12
  6. 632 x 973 x 28



If you have finished everything above, continue on with your multiples and factors tutorial from yesterday (scroll down the page to yesterday’s Mathematics session).

If you have finished your multiples and factors tutorial, create a new tutorial for multiplication. Please remember to take screen shots as you complete this task in a drawing app. Then:
  • voice record your description
  • render this movie
  • email it to me


Reflection
I prefer to use the … method because…


Session 4 – PE


Session 5 – Inquiry / iPortfolios / Finish off work

Look over ALL of the work listed for Tuesday until today. Use this time to complete EVERYTHING! Remember, if everything isn’t completed, you WILL be staying in during recess breaks until it is. I won’t be accepting any excuses!

Checklist:
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Inquiry
  • iPortfolios
  • iPlay





Wednesday 11th May

Hi guys,

Today will be a bit of a crazy day. I expect you to be on your best behaviour for the visiting teachers and the teachers you visit.

  • You will remain in our room until recess. You will have Beau for session 1 and Bryce for session 2.
  • After recess, for session 3, you will be split. Please refer to the split list below – Under no circumstances are you to swap rooms! Remember to take your bags with you.
  • For session 4, you need to make your way over to the Art room. Again, take your bags with you… Please ask Larissa to walk you back to class during eating time so you can have your lunch in our room and leave your bags in there during lunch recess.
  • For session 5, you will be in our room with Bryce. I expect our room to be packed up to my standard!


Split List
I expect the students remaining in class to be on your best behaviour!
  • 6 Michelle (can remain seated at your table) – Shammica, Tahlia, Taylah, Ana, Brittany
  • 6 James (can remain seated at your table) – Andrey, Bailey, Lachlan (absent?)
  • 6 Mel – Lorin, Jacqui, Elisha
  • 6 Cat – Chris, Karlos, Zack P
  • 4 Sue – Nathan, Zac H, Braeden
  • 4 Mel – Ayor, Isaiah
  • 4 Kat – Rebecca, Marnie
  • 2 Brooke – Mikayla M, Mikayla K
  • 2 Megan – Kiralee, Kylie
  • Prep Kim – Paige, Grace


Session 1 – Reading
Focus: To revise questions and why we use them in reading.

Rule up a page in your Reading book, write today’s date and this lesson’s focus.

Think about the following questions:
  • What are literal questions?
  • What are inferential questions?

Did you remember we covered these earlier in the year?
  • For literal questions, you can put your finger on the answer.
  • For inferential questions, you can put your finger on the clues.

Can you think of any examples for each of these question types?

TASK
For Independent Reading today, you will read a number of articles from www.dogonews.com. After reading for 20 to 30 mins, you will choose one article to write 5 literal and 5 inferential questions for in your Reading books.

If you finish early, you can choose to:
  • continue to read articles from this site.
  • continue to read a text of your choice. Remember, you cannot go to the library during class time due to NAPLAN testing.
  • Complete reading work from yesterday.


Session 2 – Writing
Focus: To explore the writing process

Rule up a page in your Writing book, write today’s date and this lesson’s focus.

Think about the following questions:
  • What is the writing process?
  • What steps do you follow when you write a story?

Did you think of the following steps?
  • Prewriting
  • Writing
  • Revising
  • Editing
  • Publishing

List 3 things you do at each stage in your Writing book.

This week you will be writing a narrative by following the writing process. Each lesson, you will be focusing on a different step of the process, beginning with Pre-writing.

Pre-writing is where all of the ideas ‘flow’ – it is the source of your inspiration and how you get your ideas in the first place. It is where you think about what your story is going to be about, what is going to happen, the setting, characters, etc… The best way to plan is to make notes and use ‘Graphic Organisers’ – you can’t just rely on your memory and make it up as you go!

Sometimes you can get ideas from a range of sources. These can include magazines, newspapers, interviews, media – radio, tv, internet, experiences, film – movies and documentaries, dreams, music, visual art – observing or creating, memories, imagination, research etc…

TASK:
Write 5 ‘seed ideas’ of inspiration for your narrative in your Writer’s Notebook.

Select one of your seed ideas to create a plan for, using one of the graphic organisers below. Look at each web site first before you decide on the graphic organiser to use. Think about which one best suits your learning style.

Spidermap
http://www.sdcoe.net/score/actbank/tspider.htm

Storyboard
http://www.sdcoe.net/score/actbank/tboard.htm


Problem / solution outline
www.sdcoe.net/score/actbank/tprobsol.htm

Clustering / webbing
www.sdcoe.net/score/actbank/tcluster.htm


Explore more graphic organisers at: http://www.sdcoe.net/score/actbank/torganiz.htm


In your Writing book, begin to plan your story using the graphic organiser you like best. Remember to include who, what, when, where, why, how, problem, climax, solution, possible characters, etc… A detailed plan makes writing your story much easier :)

During the last 10 minutes of the session, chat to the person next to you about their plan and graphic organiser. Has your “buddy” included all of the necessary information? Possibly provide them with some feedback on what they can do to improve their plan.


Reflection
Complete this sentence in your Writing book, under your plan. I’ll be checking your work when I return.

I chose to use the _ plan because __ .

*If you finish your plan earlier than others, please continue with unfinished writing work from yesterday.


Session 3 – Inquiry / Finish off work
(Please move to your split class)

Have you completed answering the questions after watching the Bullying and Cyberbullying?
  • If no, please do so.
  • If yes, please continue to research at least 10 facts about Bullying and Cyberbullying.

Have you finished researching your Bullying and Cyberbullying facts?
  • If no, please do so.
  • If yes, please continue with your presentation. Remember, I will not accept your work presented in the Pages or Notes apps. You need to WOW me with your presentation!

Have you completed your presentation?
  • If no, please do so.
  • If yes, are your facts in your own words? Please reword them if they are not.

Your presentation needs to:
  • Include at least 10 facts reworded in your own words
  • Include pictures
  • Include headings
  • Be colourful
  • WOW me! :)

If you have completed all of the above, continue with any unfinished work from yesterday (scroll down the page).
  • Check reading work
  • Check writing work
  • Check mathematics work

If you have completed absolutely everything, you can continue with your iPlay presentation.


Session 4 – Art


Session 5 – Performing Arts




Hi my lovelies :)

I'm home sick today :( Please be nice to the visiting teacher/s working with you... or the teacher whose class you are visiting :) Thank you :)

A couple reminders:
  • Interschool Sport is this Friday. Please bring back your note and money ASAP!
  • Jacqui, Mikayla M, Shammica and Braeden, can you please complete the CARS task. The work is on my desk.
  • NAPLAN is happening this week. This means that during class time, you are not allowed to go to the library, to see the techies or to go to the toilet. Please don't ask to go because the answer will be NO!

Enjoy your day. See you tomorrow :)

Kind Regards,
Michelle :)


Tuesday 10th May

Session 1: Reading

Read your Just Right Text for 30 minutes. Please remember to fill in details about your text at the back of your Reading Log.

  • Have you finished your reading movie/s - Title, Characters, Setting, Problem, Climax, Solution? If not, please do so.
  • Have you fished the work you did last week with Jess? If not, please do so.
  • Is your Reading book up to date? If not, please tidy it up and complete unfinished work.
  • If you have finished all of the above, please update your digital Reading Log (See Reading wikispace page, i.e. Reading, Predictions, Wonderings, Questions, Discoveries, Sayings, Text-toText, Text-to-Self, Text-to-World). I expect at least 5 things to be written on each page!
  • Once you have added 5 things to each page, update your Reading page in your iPortfolio. Maybe you can include the following:
    • What is Reading?
    • What are the 6 comprehension strategies?
    • How do you use the 6 comprehension strategies to help you understand what you read?


Session 2: Writing

Write in your Writer's Notebook for 10 minutes. Look through pictures on the Eyewitness app on your iPad. Select one and write about what you see and feel. Remember to use descriptive language.

Complete the story below, titled 'The Box', from the last time I was away (scroll down the page). I will be collecting your Writing books on Friday. Please make sure you have completed this story. Remember, it has to be at least 300 words. I have your story, 'FOUND'. If you haven't finished that one, you can continue working on it when I return to school.

If you have finished your story, 'The Box', please continue with publishing your description from the other day. Remember, I asked you to:
  • write half a page in your Writer's Notebook about a picture from Eyewitness, the internet or your photo album
  • import this picture into Reel Director
  • voice record your description over the picture
  • render this movie
  • email it to me
I expect this to be completed by the time I return to school.

If you have completed all of the above, please update your Writing page in your iPortfolio. Maybe you can include the following:
  • What is Writing?
  • What are the steps to take when writing/publishing a story?
  • How do you proofread your drafts?

Please also complete the following sentences on your iPortfolio Writing page. Please list 5 examples for each:
  • Nouns are...
  • Verbs are...
  • Adjectives are...
  • Adverbs are...
  • Pronouns are...
  • Conjunctions are...
  • Prepositions are...


Session 3: Mathematics

Play 'Date Maths' by yourself. In your Mathematics book, create equations that equal the numbers 1 through to 20, using only the digits in today's date (10/05/11).

Multiples and Factors Revision
  • Remember, multiples are the answers to your multiplication facts.
    • i.e. The multiples of 4 are 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, ...
  • Remember, factors are the numbers that go evenly into a number.
    • i.e. The factors of 18 are 1 x 18, 2 x 9, 3 x 6 or {18: 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 18).

Complete the following activities in your Mathematics (grid) book. Please remember to rule up your page and write the focus: To understand the difference between multiples and factors. Please also write out each question and answer. Neatest handwriting!

Multiples
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Factors
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Like with addition and subtraction, now create a tutorial on your iPad outlining what multiples and factors are. Please remember to take screen shots as you complete this task in a drawing app. Then:
  • voice record your description
  • render this movie
  • email it to me

If you have completed all of the above, please update your Mathematics page in your iPortfolio. Maybe you can include the following:
  • What is Mathematics?
  • How do you use mathematics in your everyday life?


Session 4: Inquiry

What is bullying? What is cyberbullying? Watch the clips below and then respond to the following questions in a creative way on your iPads - Remember, NO Pages app! NO Notes app! WOW ME!!! :)
  • Have you been in situations like these before?
  • What would you do in situations like these?
  • What should you do in situations like these?
  • How can you avoid situations like these?
  • Why do you think the characters are shown this way?
  • What does a bully look like?
  • How do you feel after watching these clips?
  • What can you do?






























































If you have finished responding to the questions above, research 10 facts about bullying and cyberbullying. Create a presentation for me about your findings.


Session 5: L.O.T.E.

Be on your best behaviour for Robyn and Maureen!!!






Hi 6A,

As you know, I'm away at training for the next two days with Corrie. I'll be learning about cool ways other students and educators are using iPads. Please work through the following activities. I'll be checking on Monday that you have completed EVERYTHING! Please be nice to the visiting teacher/s working with you ... or the teacher whose class you are visiting :) Thank you :)

Please also remember,
  • Interschool Sport on Monday 21st March
  • Athletics Carnival on Tuesday 22nd March
  • Interschool Sport on Friday 25th March

Have a lovely weekend, my wonderful class :) I'll miss you ;) See you next week!

Kind Regards,
Michelle :)




Thursday 17th March

Session 1: Reading

Read your Just Right Text for 30 minutes. Please remember to fill in details about your text at the back of your Reading Log.

Answer the following questions about your text. Please answer these questions in FULL sentences. I expect at least 3 sentences for each answer. You can complete this activity in your Reading Log or on your iPad.
  • What has happened in this story?
  • Who is telling this story? How do you know?
  • What does this character think about the events that are happening?
  • Do you agree?
  • Does the character ever change his/her mind?
  • Is there another way to think about these events?
  • Which character thinks that? How do you know?
  • Whose side are you on? Why?
  • Why do people take sides?
  • Do they ever change sides? Why?
  • What would need to happen to have you change sides and think another way about what is happening in this story?

Update your Reading Response presentation, i.e. Reading, Predictions, Wonderings, Questions, Discoveries, Sayings, Text to Text, Text to Self, Text to World. Please refer to the Reading page for more information.


Session 2: Writing

Write in your Writer's Notebook for 10 minutes. Look through pictures on the Eyewitness app on your iPad. Select one and write about what you see and feel. Remember to use descriptive language.

Write a story about the following topic. You can complete this activity in your Writing Book or on your iPad. Remember to plan your story first. Please complete your plan in your Writing Book. I expect your story to be at least 300 words.

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Session 3: Mathematics

Play 'Date Maths' by yourself. In your Mathematics book, create equations that equal the numbers 1 through to 20, using only the digits in today's date (17/03/11).

Complete the math worksheet/s I handed to you yesterday. When you finish the worksheet, stick it in your Mathematics book and play a math game on your iPad.

Answer the following questions in your Mathematics book: What did you do well? What are the reasons for this?


Session 4: Discovery Learning / Passion Project

Think about a topic that you are passionate about / something you would like to research. Your task is to prepare a short project about it. Work through the following steps:
  1. Select a topic - Condition: Your topic CANNOT be about / include blood, guts, weapons, violence, killing...
  2. List 5 things you already know about this topic.
  3. List 5 questions you'd like to find out about your topic.
  4. Begin to research your questions. Remember to answer your questions in FULL sentences in your own words. If you copy and paste information straight across from a web site, you will be asked to repeat your project.
  5. List any web sites you visit in a section / on a slide / on a page, etc... titled 'Bibliography'.
  6. Publish your project in any way you like. Extra marks will be given for creativity. If you plan to use colour paper to publish your findings on, you MUST complete a rough draft first and a teacher MUST correct it. Also, you can only use, at most, 3 pieces of colour paper.

Publishing Ideas:
  • Book
  • Poster
  • Pages
  • Keynote
  • Reel Director


Session 5: PE




Friday 18th March

Session 1: Reading

Read your Just Right Text for 30 minutes. Please remember to fill in details about your text at the back of your Reading Log.

Imagine your Just Right Text is being made into a movie. What could a poster to promote your text / movie look like?


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Answer the following questions in your Reading Log about your Just Right Text. Your answers should be in FULL sentences and at least 3 sentences in length each.
  • Who is / are the main character / characters?
  • What type of people should play each character?
  • What should these people look like?
  • How do the main characters relate to each other? What is their relationship? How are they connected?
  • How do the main characters react to / deal with the events of the story?

Write a short summary about your story (at least 5 sentences).


DON'T begin you poster yet, we will discuss your work next week.


Session 2: Mathematics

I am currently planning a holiday for a week to Queensland. There are many things I need to consider, e.g. airfares, accommodation, car hire cost per day, prices to enter theme parks, spending money per day, etc… I estimate these costs to be:
  • Air fares: $180 each way
  • Accommodation: $200 a night
  • Car hire: $30 a day
  • Theme Park entry: $100 ticket
  • Spending money: $100 a day


To work out the total costs, I need to double some of the values and multiply them by 7 (7 days in one week).
  • Air fares: $180 each way x 2 = $360
  • Accommodation: $200 a night x 7 = $1400
  • Car hire: $30 a day x 7 = $210
  • Theme Park entry: $100 ticket
  • Spending money: $100 a day x 7 = $700


So my holiday is going to cost me approximately: $360 + $1400 + $210 + $100 + $700 = $2770


Task:
You are going on a holiday. You need to choose a destination and work out how much it is going to cost to go there for one week. Use the internet to research costs for airfares, accommodation, car hire, food and entertainment. Show your working out in your Mathematics book. Remember to align your numbers correctly.



Answer the following question in your Mathematics book: How can you apply these skills in your everyday life?



Sessions 3 & 4: Inquiry (if you HAVE NOT been split)

Watch the visual text, TOY STORY, quietly, with 6 James. Whilst watching the visual text, take note of the friendships between the characters.

After watching the visual text:
  • Summarise what happened in 5 sentences.
  • List 10 words to describe Woody.
  • List 10 words to describe Buzz.
  • Explain what you think makes a good friend? (At least 5 sentences)
  • Explain who you think was a better friend, Woody or Buzz? (At least 5 sentences)

You can complete this activity in your Inquiry book or on your iPad.


Sessions 3 & 4: Writing & Finish Off Work (if you HAVE been split)

If you have been split, continue to work on your story from yesterday - The Box. Publish your story in ReelDirector. Find some pictures on the internet to match what you have written. If you do not have access to an iPad, publish your story in your Writing book.

Complete any unfinished work.

Continue to work on your passion project.


Session 5: Discovery Learning / Passion Project

Continue to work on your passion project.