Enhancing our Math Lessons

One of my biggest goals after returning from EduTech 2015 is to provide more hands on activities in the classroom. Well today we did just that! 5SK were given the task of solving a real-life math problem in small groups. Not only that, they were also asked to present their answer via video to the class. Were they excited? YES! Were they nervous? YES!!

They broke into groups and brainstormed what they would need to know on the left side of their chart.
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The next step was to decide on the best strategy to solve the problem. It was interesting to see their choices. Three out of the four groups chose Split Strategy. The final group went with the Lattice Method. They solved their problem together on their rough draft and then repeated the process for their video.

We came together at the end to watch the videos. By then the nerves had eased and the students were eager to watch. 5SK’s videos were quite good for their first attempt. In our next filming activity we can see where we can improve. (Definitely not filming around bell time)

One positive aspect watching the videos is that we could see areas that needed a little tweaking like putting the measurement on the right hand side and multiplication order. One group added thought bubbles and a second operation to check their answer which was a great idea. Overall it was a great experience that we will use more often.

Makerspaces in Schools

Stepping through the doors at EduTech 2015 was an exhilarating experience. Eight thousand attendees gathering in one location to talk all things eduction is my equivalent of a shopping spree. There were dazzling resources from one end of South Bank Convention Centre to the other.

One area that really caught my eye was the makerspace. It brought out my inner child. There were multiple tables laden with hands on activities for each of us to complete. I saw teachers sew circuit bracelets that glowed when fastened, pianos created out of simple home objects and synthesisers made from tiny magnetic circuits.

All I could think of is how much my students would love these within our school. Keep an eye out for some new additions soon. :)

Persuasive Writing – Minecraft

5SK are currently developing their persuasive writing skills. Our current unit requires them to write a feature article about bats at Larossa Bay. Over the last few weeks we have worked through some of Jen McVeity’s Seven Steps for Writing Success.

Brainstorming was first on our agenda as it is so important prior to writing. The students were given a range of topics from the Seven Steps Persuasive booklet. We worked on this skill for a whole week in groups, pairs and then individually.

Students were then shown how to map this information on the Seven Steps story graph in week 2. From there we worked on TEEL paragraphs, Sizzling Starts and Exciting endings.

5SK then created a persuasive together around getting Minecraft into schools.

Creating for the Future

Students are clustered around the Minecraft stations creating historical digital worlds. Ideas are flowing in quick succession back and forth between the teams. What are they designing? Their future!

Minecraft would be a great addition to every classroom in Queensland. The program promotes learning through hands on creativity. Students can recreate historical events, make math videos for peers and design animated stories. To enhance students’ education, Minecraft must be included in the Queensland curriculum.

Working towards a common goal using Minecraft enhances students’ social skills. They learn to communicate, work within a team and interact with others positively. Minecraft challenges students to build their confidence around others when building upon classmates ideas. Access to Minecraft will encourage the development of social skills within the primary classroom.

Jobs of the future will require vast technology skills. Students will need experience and ongoing access to a wide variety of new technologies. Programs such as Minecraft will lay the foundation for growth and pave the way for continuing success.

Minecraft must be introduced into Queensland schools. It will develop creative students who can collaborate as a team on a common goal. Do something now to provide our students with future career opportunities!

Science – Unit 2

We are very excited to start our second Science unit. Our classroom library is now filled with many wonderful books about planets, astronauts and space discoveries.

5SK are required to research planets, astronauts, astronomers and NASA for their assessment piece. The data collected will then be collated in a PowerPoint in their student folder and published on their KidBlogs.

The ThingLink below will assist with Part A which requires the students to fill in a data table.

100 Word Challenge: Fairytale

Once upon a time there lived a tall beautiful princess named Diana. She was the most popular girl in town. The strong brave Prince David was riding his muscular horse through the busy town searching for Diana. The ugly evil wizard Hugo lived in a small stick shack in the deep dark deserted forest where Diana lived. When Diana finished shopping she walked home until she saw the old wooden shack and she had to have a look inside. The door yells as she opens it! There was magic everywhere as she fell helplessly to the dirty brown floor.

Ayden

100 Word Challenge: The Sign

Ererererererererer. I rushed out of bed and opened my bedroom door. Next thing you know my annoying little brother was standing there with his tiny red bongo drums bashing it like it was his worst enemy. My sister danced out of her room yelling, “It is so exciting, we are going to the circus today!” Okay, I must admit that was really weird but anyway I start walking towards the kitchen. I pour some cornflakes in a bowl. I eat one cornflake and I notice something. There are all these signs saying ‘Lion on the run’. My family comes in and I hear a ROAR!

Scarlett

100 Word Challenge: Can’t Believe My Eyes

I was sitting under a big shady tree. My mind was bored so I got out my drum and saw a cornflake on it. I put it in my pocket and started playing. While I was playing a lion came out and danced. I was frozen and speechless, so shocked but it was exciting. The lion ran quickly at me so I ran too. My foot slipped and I grasped a branch. The lion stared at me and I realised that it wanted the cornflake. I threw it up and the lion ran away. “OH NO,” as my hurting slimy hand slipped. Will I survive?

Bowen

The Dance

Week 30 Monday 27 April 20 The prompt is: …Drum…Cornflake…Exciting…Lion…Danced

The strong beat of a drum caused my heart to pound like a lion, stomping on my chest. I was excited yet nervous. My first dance in front of 1000 people! All of a sudden there was loud applause. I gazed down at my shoes, my cornflake like button winked back at me. “Fingers crossed,” I say to myself as I walk on stage. This was the most exciting moment of my life. My feet took control, I danced away across the stage. My body swayed to the sounds. My mind forgot about everything around me. I danced too close to the edge and slipped!

Jada

The Painting

The golden maned animal hung upon the old brick wall. The antique frame that wrapped around him exploded with crystal light. Suddenly a drum starts playing. As I look closely at the painting, the lion danced towards the face of the canvas. I meet him at the edge. His furry paw stretches out snatching a cornflake from my bowl. His crunching makes a piercing sound which echoes through my eardrums. His sticky paw returns, searching for more. A wet black nose came out next, sniffing cautiously. Before I knew it, he stood grandly in front of me. What was this exciting circumstance going to bring?

Zanna

100 Word Challenge – Buried Treasure

My peg leg squelches through the soft golden sand. “Squawk!” says Polly as she pecks at my leather eye patch. My sharp hook leads me through the vines, slicing them as we walk. The map crinkles as I squeeze it tighter and tighter making my fist go white. Finally Polly yells, “X marks the spot, x marks the spot!” We run until we reach the marked X yelling, “I did it, I did it!” My knees sink into the sand, my hands dig swiftly until I hit something hard. The chest felt heavy like a boulder as I hurled it out of the hole.
By Zanna