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Zoom Writing

Zoom out from a picture.
This is a shared writing task by zooming out, so to speak, by leaving comments. For example if the picture was a bowl, and the first commenter describes something bigger around the bowl (like a table it’s on) and the next commenter would write about the room it was in, and the next could zoom out the window and so on. The most important part is to ensure you read previous comments, so you can add to the story.

What is the story? “Zoom out” of the picture to reveal what you imagine is also a part of the story.

Please make sure you read previous comments and continue the story from the last comment posted.

Posted in Reading, Writing

BTN: History of the Alphabet

History of the Alphabet BTN story 12/9/17

1. What did the BTN story explain?
2. When and where did the Phoenicians live?
3. What did their alphabet look like?
4. The Phoenician alphabet included both consonants and vowels. True or false?
5. What did the Greeks add to the alphabet?
6. Who spread the alphabet around Europe and England?
7. Which letters did the English include?
8. Different languages used different _______________.
9. Not all languages use the alphabet. Some use…
10. Name three things you learnt about the alphabet watching the BTN story

Extension: Today emojis are used in a similar way to hieroglyphs, communicating thoughts and ideas through images. Design your own set of emojis and include meanings for each emoji. Emoji characters can include facial expressions, hand gestures, objects, places and animals. Design a message, which can be displayed in our classroom. 🙂 🙂

Posted in Numeracy, Reading

Up for a challenge?

Try out this code breaking challenge for students aged 8-13 years old.

The ponds of wonder: Code Breaker 

Will I need anything to participate?

Some of the challenges will need you to use your mind, others your eyes and ears. It would be a good idea to have the following items with you as you play:

A notebook and pencil – to write down the codes as you solve them.

A printer (optional) – to print out some of the challenge sheets to work out, (sometimes it’s easier to work on a sheet of paper instead of staring at a screen).

Make sure that the device you are using to participate has a speaker as some of the challenges will involve you having to listen to some music.

The original competition for prizes has closed but you can still enjoy solving the puzzles and can earn certificates for passing levels.

Have fun! 🙂

Posted in Health, Reading

Sugar Tax, what do you think?


Sugar Tax BTN episode 29/3/16

Do you think we should have a tax on drinks with sugar? Why/Why not?

Work with a partner to investigate the following;

  1. What food and drinks do you consume that contain sugar?
  2. What are naturally occurring sugars?
  3. What are added sugars?
  4. How does sugar affect you? What changes do you notice when you eat sugar? Think about your energy levels, health, behaviour and sleep?
  5. What are some good things about sugar?
  6. What health problems are associated with a high sugar diet?

Record your research in your books and then post a quality comment by typing a paragraph with your findings. 

Posted in Reading, science

How is a rainbow made?

Before you watch the story, record what you know about rainbows.

How is a rainbow made? BTN story 8/8/2017

1. What does the BTN story explain?
2. Briefly explain what a rainbow is.
3. Sunlight is made up of __________ light which contains all the colours of the _________.
4. What happens when the sunlight hits the droplet?
5. What is refraction?
6. How many colours are there in a rainbow? Name the colours.
7. Why do the colours separate?
8. Why are the colours of a rainbow always in the same order?
9. What did you learn watching this story?

Posted in 6S, science

Science Experiments Explained

As part of the Chemical Science unit this term 6S have created videos using Explain Everything on the iPads. They have done a fantastic job of sharing their knowledge and explaining how some of the experiments work.

Here are a few examples of the explanation texts created.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please post a comment below to tell us what you think.

Posted in 6S

How do Fireworks work?

How do fireworks work? BTN story 25/7/2017

  1. The fireworks used to create big, colourful displays are called ________________.
  2. What does the `lifting charge’ do?
  3. Once at the right height, a fuse triggers a second charge inside the _________ charge.
  4. What makes the different shapes in the fireworks?
  5. What controls the colour of the fireworks
  6. What colour firework does copper create?
  7. About how many fireworks are used in the Sydney New Year’s Eve display?
  8. What was surprising about this story?

Post your answers as a comment and then create your own fireworks design.