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 ICT, Numeracy

Bonanza! Binary Number Game

Test your knowledge of binary numbers with this very addictive game. You simply look at the numbers on the right side, and then use your mouse to highlight the binary version on the left side. You can highlight in any order, enjoy 🙂

What was the highest level you reached?

What strategies did you use when you were playing the game?

What did would you rate this game out of 10 and why?

Posted in Numeracy

Prime and Square Numbers

Go to the following interactives and work through them with a partner;

Square Numbers : Circus Towers: Square Stacks (Scootle)

Prime Numbers Scootle



You task is to answer this;

True or false? Of all numbers, are square numbers the only ones to have an odd number of factors?              

How will you find out about the factors of different numbers?


What did you find out today?


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 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 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.