Wednesday, 27 June 2018

ANZAC Homework - Winners

Well, it has been a VERY long time coming . . . but I have finally made the decision on the winners of the ANZAC Homework Tasks. 

There were four stand-out Winners, who, upon looking at it, I realised put themselves in contention for a win with all THREE of their homework tasks.

Those amazingly, wonderful, hard-working students who chose to use their time to ensure their tasks were completed to a high standard and in a creative way are:

Moya 
Moya produced a great poster on the importance of ANZAC Day, a presentation on the ANZAC Day Poppy and an effective piece of art and a wordle representing the soldiers in WW1.  Each of her tasks showed extra thought and focus to take it to a high level.

Hannah
Hannah produced a creative video on the importance of ANZAC Day, a high quality trench periscope and survival kit which showed a great amount of effort, and her piece of art published on canvas with her wordle showed great creativity.

Micah 
Micah spent a lot of time learning about what happened at Gallipoli and shared it with his audience whilst also expressing his feelings throughout. His survival kit and trench periscope showed a great understanding of what the soldiers needed. His piece of art was presented in a creative way and he shared his thoughts with his audience also. He also created a wordle to go with it.

Paige
Paige's presentation on the important of ANZAC Day showed great research and understanding. Her letter included really descriptive language and was presented effectively (with an awesome postage stamp).  Her art piece had some interactive sections which hooked the audience and her wordle included a lot of inspiring words.

I then chose two single pieces of work that also come out winners.  Those were:

Jade's Art Piece and Wordle
Jade created beautiful art which was a wreath with individual hand-made leaves in different shades of green with a beautiful message and her wordles were full of meaning.

Eric's Poem
Eric's poem titled "Shall the Trumpet Say" was full of meaning and had great poetic devices.  For a taster, here is his last few lines: 
We loved and gave and played and now all we seek
is redemption by faith you have gained,
faith that we are not forgotten but have become inspiration,

Through the words the trumpet shall speak.

Well done to you all - I absolutely loved going through your tasks and found them moving and powerful.  All of you in class should be proud of what you produced.

Here are a few thoughts to remind you of why you put in the effort to complete your work to a high standard...


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Thursday, 21 June 2018

Homework: Term 2, W8-10 and the holidays

It's the exciting time of year - SPEECHES!

And this year, you have the chance to choose from four different types:

  • A speech as you have done in Year 5 and Year 6
  • A rap
  • A spoken word
  • A flash talk
All of the information and resources you need are in the google doc in your literacy folder in your google drive so keep referring to that so that you can stay on track for it.

In Week 9, I will meet with you all individually - you will share with me:
  • Your topic
  • Your chosen type of speech you are going to present
  • Your outline for your ideas - eg main ideas to guide your speech
  • Your research, information etc.
I will provide feedback/forward and then you will be sent off on your way to get the draft complete to share with me in Week 10 so I can again provide you with feedback/forward for you to focus on when completing it ready to present to the class in Week 2.

Also for homework: 
XtraMath as per usual (see previous posts)
Literature Circle Reading/Roles as per Class Hub
Chinese on Education Perfect - complete by Monday Week 9

Any problems, let me know.

Here's some inspiration from Kid President who has many speeches on the internet.


Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Education Perfect Maths World Championship 2018

We have just finished an exciting week competing in the Education Perfect Maths World Championship 2018.  All schools around the world who use Education Perfect compete against one another to win prizes and awards by practicing and learning Maths on Education Perfect.  Students gained points for the different activities in Maths.  It closed last night at 6pm and we did great!  Everyone was so engaged and motivated to earn points.  

In the end we placed: 
  • 133rd overall globally (out of 1,454 schools)
  • 63rd overall in New Zealand (out of 355 schools)
  • 13th overall in the 101-250 students category (out of 351 schools)
  • 4th in New Zealand for the 101-250 students category (out of 65 schools)
23 of our students achieved awards with these people in our class receiving them:
Eric with a Silver Award
Toby and Felix with a Bronze Award 
Connor, Lilly and Bob with a Credit Award



We are already looking forward to the English World Championships next month!

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Homework: Term 2, W7-8

Hi all,

The Education Perfect Mathematics Championship 2018 starts today (Tuesday at 6pm)!  It closes next Tuesday (19th June) at 6pm!  There are great certificates and prizes up for grabs so get into your maths to compete against students in our school and schools around New Zealand and the world!

Homework - Term 2 Week 7-8
  • XtraMath - due Wednesday - complete a session for 5-days.  These can be any days from Thursday to Wednesday - the session MUST be complete for it to be counted and you have to do it on five different days (minimum). Do aim to do this in the mornings before you head to school or in class before the 9am bell to make it very easy to stay on top of.
    • Remember: If you are going to be short of sessions, you need to complete a worksheet that is in the bookshelf in the classroom.  If these are too hard for you, come and see me and I can give you a different one. 
  • Literacy/UOI - Novel Reading and Role Completion - due Monday - you will be meeting with your group on Wednesday. From there, you will need to complete your reading and role at home ready for your next Literature Circle meeting on MONDAY. Check the Class Hub for where to read to and what your role is for the meeting.
    • Only read what you is set for your group - DO NOT READ AHEAD!
  • Education Perfect - Maths and Reading - due Wednesday - you have set tasks on Statistics to help you with your goals and gaps from your pre-assessment that was completed last month.  You also have a reading task to complete.

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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Our NATO Alphabet Creative Writing Task

We have been having fun in class exploring creative writing by incorporating the NATO alphabet into a piece of writing of our choosing. 

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We have got off to an excellent start - but we have just managed our first draft.  Now it is time for the real magic to happen.

As discussed yesterday, this is what we came up with for our steps for making or writing amazing once we have completed our first draft: 

Step 1: Revising/Proof-reading

- Read your writing aloud - does it make sense? Are there any missing words or incorrect tenses? You could even record yourself reading it aloud and listen back - or have a buddy read it aloud to you. 

- Spelling - read your text slowly paying attention to how each word is spelled.  If you are unsure of a word, underline it. When you have finished reading your work, get a dictionary and check your spelling, making changes where required. 

- Punctuation - are you missing any? Check for capital letters for the start of sentences and proper nouns. Check for fullstops, question marks and exclamation marks at the end of each sentence. Are commas in the right places? Have you included speech/dialogue using the right punctuation? Have you experimented with punctuation for effect such as "ellipses" ... ?

Step 2: Recrafting

- Where can you add figurative language for impact? Think about metaphors, similes, personification etc. 
- Where can you add more descriptive language to help paint a picture in your reader's mind?
- Have you used a variety of sentence types for impact? Do I have simple, compound, complex and maybe even compound-complex sentences? How about a staccato?
- Have you used appropriate conjunctions - think of FANBOYS!

Step 3: Cover the Success Criteria we decided as a class.

Highlight (with a highlighter) in your writing:
  1. Your five descriptive adjectives
  2. Your three compound sentences
  3. Your dialogue between characters.

Here are some resources to help you out: 

Education Perfect lessons on sentence structure: 

Education Perfect lessons on figurative language: 

Education Perfect lessons on dialogue/quotation marks: 



I can't wait to hear you share your stories!

Google Sheets for Analysing Data in our Conflict Investigations

Hi team,

Here is some information to help you with analysing and presenting your data you have collated for your conflict investigation. 

Creating graphs and tables in google sheets

Here is a short video to give you the basics of turning your data tables into graphs in google sheets.



Which graph to choose

https://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/help/user_guide/graph/whentouse.asp

Education Perfect has a lot of lessons on statistics - this will also help you with your independent learning goals: https://www.educationperfect.com/controlpanel/#/content/browse/maths/2075348


This Ted-Ed video is really straight-forward to help you - and only 2-minutes!


Maths is Fun is a great resource which is easy to understand - here is there information on the types of graphs and what data they display: https://www.mathsisfun.com/data/index.html

I hope these help you and you can share with me some of your analysis on Friday.


Friday, 1 June 2018

Homework: Term 2, Weeks 5-6

Hi all,

There is no UOI, Chinese or Mathletics homework this week due to an increase in our reading and literature circles.

Homework - Term 2 Week 4-5
  • XtraMath - complete a session for 5-days.  These can be any days from Thursday to Wednesday - the session MUST be complete for it to be counted and you have to do it on five different days (minimum). Do aim to do this in the mornings before you head to school or in class before the 9am bell to make it very easy to stay on top of.
    • Remember: If you are going to be short of sessions, you need to complete a worksheet that is in the bookshelf in the classroom.  If these are too hard for you, come and see me and I can give you a different one. 
  • Literacy - Novel Reading - you will have a set amount of reading required to be done by a specified day - you will need to ensure you keep up to date with your reading (and also do not read ahead) so that you are ready to complete your work in class for your Literature Circle meetings in your groups.  
    • Only read what you is set for your group - DO NOT READ AHEAD!
  • Technology due TUESDAY(from your Selwyn Teacher) - you need to complete the planning process for your solution to the problem of providing food at the Glendowie School Fair.  Below are photos Mrs Hemi took of the plan that was on the board. If you were not at tech on Tuesday, you are still required to complete this.