Posted in 6S

Have a great day :-)

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;

Explanation text graphic organiser            Explanation text checklist

  • 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 🙂 

Posted in Numeracy

The great pet debate

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.

  1. Estimate how much each pet might cost to buy.
  2. Write the pets in order of cheapest to most expensive.
  3. 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.
  4. Once you have done this rank the costs in order from highest to lowest.
  5. 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?

Posted in Multicultural

Refugee Olympic team

Refugee Olympic Team Rio – BTN episode 16/8/16

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.

Posted in science

Don’t Panic

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.

‘Don’t Panic’ BTN episode 26/11/2013

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.

Posted in 6S, Numeracy

Today a past student inspired us for maths!

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?

Posted in Riddles

Riddle me this…..


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 🙂

Posted in Numeracy

Curing the plague! (and interpreting data…)

There’s been a plague in the Rio Olympic Village and it’s turning all the Olympians into weird monsters!

What? We are learning to Interpret data through comparing graphs.
Why? This will help us to understand how to read and compare different data sets
How? I’ll be able to complete the activity and write a quality blog comment to reflect on my learning

Click here to go to the game

Click on the link above and follow the instructions to help cure the plague! (Use headphones please)

Write a quality blog comment reflecting on your learning , answering these 3 questions:

1) What are tally marks used for?
2) How many different types of graphs can you name?
3) How do graphs help us to understand data?

Posted in Numeracy

Fun with decimals

What: We are learning to skip count using decimals.

Why: This will help us to understand decimals and their relationships to the whole.

How: I’ll be able to correctly place decimals on a number line.

You will have to survive a swamp using skip counting and knowledge of decimals and fractions.

Search for Swamp Survival Hundredth Patterns – click on first link on google search (Scootle website).

If the above task is too difficult for you try the following link to learn about adding decimal numbers (you will need headphones);

Summing Decimals

What did you find out?

What strategies did you use?

Rate your effort out of 5 and explain why.



Posted in Numeracy

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.