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We are year 6 students at Werribee P.S. Our name is 6S and we welcome you to our class blog. We are looking forward to sharing our learning with you.Please feel free to comment, we’d love to hear your feedback or questions. :-)

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The Last Tree in the City

Last Tree in the City

‘Last Tree in the City’ is the story of a boy who lives in the city. Edward’s city is a place of concrete and cars, a world without colour, so every day he visits the last tree in the city and forgets the dull world around him. Then one day the tree is gone. Edward thinks of a clever way to revive his fallen tree, inspiring the entire city to follow his lead and understand that life is better with trees.

Click on the book cover to read as an eBook.

 

After reading the book answer the following questions with a partner;

1. After Edward planted his piece of tree in the tricycle, the story says, “Then something wonderful happened…” What is the wonderful thing that happened?

2. Why does everybody copy Edward at the end? How do the people feel now that the city is full of trees? How can trees make us happy?

3. What do you think Edward will do when his tricycle tree gets bigger and bigger?

4. How has the illustrator helped to tell the story with colour? Why is Edward and the tree bright throughout the book when the background and buildings are dull?

 

Your task: Draw or cut out pictures of bright trees, plants and flowers. Glue them onto an A4-sized piece of newspaper, or onto black paper use rectangular pieces of newspaper to represent buildings in the background.

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Converting fractions to decimals

Are you up for a challenge? You will need headphones if completing this in class.

Click here to take on the fractions to decimals mission.

Post a comment below giving a review of the game. How would you rate it out of 10 and why?

When you have completed the mission see if you can find another interactive online to help practice your fraction and decimal knowledge – share the link and a blurb as a comment below.

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Puzzle time…

Can you solve these rebus puzzles? 

If you’ve never seen rebus puzzle before click here to see an older post with examples and their answers.

Puzzle 1.What two words does this say ?
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Puzzle 2.

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Puzzle 3.

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Puzzle 4.

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Reading an informative text

Today you will use the knowledge you have gained about Information Report text features and structure to help you read and answer questions in a text titled ‘Fashion Rules’.

(Source: http://www.scootle.edu.au/ec/viewing/S5854/index.html)

Fashion rules!

Teenage boy wearing casual clothes Three female fashion models

Australian children think that fashion is important. And it’s not just the teenagers. Children as young as five now like wearing the latest styles. However, research shows that this is costing parents a lot of money.

In 2011, Australian parents spent an average of $550 on clothing for each child under the age of 12. This was an increase of 25% from 2010. Most of the increase has been caused by the purchase of trendy clothing, which is often more expensive. Sally Hayes is the manager of a large chain of Australian department stores. She says, ‘Children, especially girls, are no longer interested in wearing boring clothing. They like dressing in styles that are worn by pop stars and other celebrities. If they see something in a magazine or on the internet, they want to be able to buy it the next day. We supply what they want’. Recent favourites are short skirts, torn fabrics and high heels.

Boys are also keen to look the part. Boys prefer coloured jeans and t-shirts that are worn under open shirts. Adelaide mother Angela Jackson says, ‘My 10-year-old son is a keen skateboarder who wants to look like his skating heroes on television. As long as the clothing is comfortable, I am happy to buy it for him’.

Children’s health expert Dr Paul Telford worries about the amount of money that families are spending on their children’s clothes. ‘Many families are struggling to make ends meet,’ he says. ‘Parents tell me that they buy trendy clothes for their children because they want them to fit in with other kids. I think it would be better if children wore sensible clothes that did not cost too much. This would mean that families could spend their money on things that are more important, such as books and holidays together.’

Two of Australia’s biggest department stores predict that by 2016, families will be spending over a billion dollars every year on children’s clothing. The increase will be the result of more advertising on television and the internet that encourages kids to follow the latest fashions.

Read ‘Fashion rules’ then answer the questions in full sentences and with detailed answers.

  1. What does the text suggest about fashion?
  2. What does it say about boys? Girls?
  3. Angela Jackson says, ‘As long as the clothing is comfortable, I am happy to buy it for him.’ What does this suggests? Can you work out her attitude in what she says?
  4. Write 2 facts and 2 opinions from this text.
  5. Look for the reasons that Dr Telford gives for his opinion about kids’ fashions. What do you think are the words that best describe him?
  6. What is the importance of mathematics in this report?

 

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Figurative Language

We are learning about figurative language. Today we watched some YouTube clips about metaphors, similes and personification. We also listened to a catchy song about similes and metaphors. Here they are;

 

 

Why do good writers use figurative language in their texts?

Can you give some good examples of figurative language?

 

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Riddle me this….

Riddle 1: What is as light as a feather, but not even the world’s strongest man could hold it for more than a minute?

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Riddle 2: A girl was ten on her last birthday, and will be twelve on her next birthday. How is this possible?

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Bryony’s Triangle Problem

Today we used origami to solve a fraction problem. We watched the following video.

Students worked together to come up with strategies to solve the triangle problem. The effort in the classroom was fantastic. It was great to see so many students working together and using so many different strategies. In the end there were 4 students who solved it correctly but so many other students were very close!

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What do you think of the strategy the girls used?
What did you find out?
What strategies did you use to solve the problem?
Do you think your strategies were appropriate? Why / Why not?

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Layers of the Earth

This week we have been learning about the layers of the Earth. Today we created some models of the earth using play dough we made on Tuesday. We watched the following video before creating our models for display in our classroom. I was very proud of the effort and teamwork shown by 6S to first make the play dough and then the challenging task of using it to create the 4 layers of the earth.

Look deep, down into to the Earth – (Splash 13.59 min)

Press play to see a slideshow of the whole process.

 

What did you find out?

What questions do you still have?

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Enjoy your holidays :-)

If you’re up for a challenge, see how many of these you can solve, good luck :-)

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* I will post the answers after the 11th of July.

Enjoy :-) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for the answers.

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Can you make your name?

What? We are learning to fold the paper to create letters of our names using only one straight cut.

Why? This will develop our trial and error problem solving strategies.

How? I’ll be able to use my best effort and knowledge of symmetry and 2D shapes to work out how to create different letters by folding the paper and only cutting once.

Can you make individual letters to create your name, each letter made by folding and just one cut?


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What did you find out?

What strategies did you use?

How would you rate your effort out of 5 and why?

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