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.
Today we had fun problem solving using Sphero. The students had to work in small groups to create small courses using the following rules;
- At least on angle.
- No jumps.
- No more than 2 angles.
- Maximum of 2m of measuring tape.
- Work cooperatively and ensure everyone is included.
The students then had to work together to write code in ‘Lightning Lab‘ app to move the robots along the courses. The task was a lot harder than it looked, it involved a huge amount of trial and error. I was very impressed with the teamwork and resilience shown by everyone.
One group was successful at mastering 3 of the courses!
Have you used code to direct a Sphero?
What is the most challenging part of coding with Sphero?
What was your score on the quiz?
What did you find out from watching the BTN episode?
What do you think about the new notes?
As discussed you have a few choices about what to work on today.
We voted for everyone to complete at least 3 tasks from the following list;
Disasters Downunder Project
- Timeline (research and then publishing)
- Use Quiver earth map to label with your disaster (where it occurs or label most devastating examples)
- Draft of Explanation text about your disaster – use the following documents to help with your writing;
- Publish a piece of writing (can be anything) and then share on your blog. Don’t forget to include an introduction to your piece about why you are sharing it. You could also draw an illustration or find a picture to enhance your text.
- Independent reading – Focus: thick and thin questions, record the questions and answers in your Reader’s Notebook.
- Add books to Premiers Reading Challenge list.
- Essential Assessment (my numeracy)
- Mathletics (complete set tasks)
- Update your blog – everyone completed a self evaluation of their blogs, use this to help you improve and/or add to your digital portfolio. Here is the Student Blog Self Assessment Checklist to help you if you need it.
- Answer the questions to one of the posts below (example: Maths Challenge / The great pet debate / Refugee Olympic team / Morgan Mitchell maths).
At the end of the day please post a quality comment telling me what you have completed.
Please rate your effort out of 5 for today and explain why you gave yourself this score. See you tomorrow
What strategies would you use to solve this problem?
How many possible answers are there?
Clue: there is more than one answer.
Work it out in your maths book and then post your answer as a comment below explaining how you solved it, good luck!
What? We are learning to estimate and rank numbers in order.
Why? This will help us to work out the costs of owning a pet.
How? I’ll be able to work in a just right group to complete a brainstorming activity.
Discussion: Australia has one of the world’s highest rates of pet ownership per capita: 36% of households own dogs and 23% own cats. Why do people have pets? What sorts of animals are not suitable as pets? Why? Do you think owning a pet is ethical?
After watching the video brainstorm a list of costs involved in having a pet.
- Estimate how much each pet might cost to buy.
- Write the pets in order of cheapest to most expensive.
- Now brainstorm a list of other costs involved in having a pet. Financial costs may include: Food, an enclosure, equipment, registration, training, kennelling, vet’s fees.
- Once you have done this rank the costs in order from highest to lowest.
- Now research using netbooks/ipads and check actual costs against your estimations.
What did you find out today?
What questions do you have?
Which animal would you choose for a pet and why?
After watching the BTN episode about the Rio Refugee Team, post a quality comment below answering the following questions;
- Which countries do the athletes come from?
- Which sports did they compete in?
- What do you THINK about what you saw in this video?
- What does this video make you WONDER?
- What did you LEARN from this story?
- How did this story make you FEEL?
Extension: On a world map, locate which countries the athletes come from and where they are living now.
What? We are learning about how to prepare for a disaster.
Why? This will help us be prepared for a disaster.
How? I will be able to put my best effort in to write detailed answers to the questions.
After watching the BTN episode answer the following questions and post as a comment below.
1. Name the ABC science show that tested families in an emergency.
2. What does the Matthews’s family fill up with water to prepare their house for a bushfire?
a. Bath b. Kitchen sink c. Water tank
3. Why is it important to look online or check the radio during a natural disaster?
4. Why might kids be better at coping with a cyclone emergency than adults?
5. It is safe to drive through flood water. True or false?
6. Why is it important to have an emergency plan and be prepared for a disaster?
7. Make a list of items that you would put in an emergency survival kit.
8. List your school evacuation areas.
Morgan Mitchell was in year 6 at Werribee Primary School 10 years ago. Today we watched a replay of Morgan running in her first heat at the Rio Olympics in the 400m race! She came second with a time of 51.30 seconds.
We decided to see how far we could run in the same time. The students ran and their group members measured their distances with trundle wheels. We collected and reflected on our data and predictions before returning to the classroom to create graphs. It was a really fun way to work with measuring, collating data and creating graphs.
Here is a slideshow of the lesson;
Did you see Morgan run in the Semi Final?
What is your favourite event or favourite athlete at the Rio olympics and why?
Riddle 1: What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and grey when you throw it away?
Riddle 2: Ben walked into a hardware store and asked the price of some items. The salesman said: “One costs $1, eight costs $1, seventeen costs $2, one hundred and four costs $3, one thousand and seventy two costs $4.” What was Ben buying?
Can you solve one or both of these tricky riddles?
Please don’t forget to read comments below before posting your answers, good luck