Learning About Place Value

We are currently studying place value in maths.

Place value is defined as the value of a digit based on its position in a number.

For example: in the number 946 the 4 is in the “tens” position so it shows a value of 40. The 9 is in the “hundreds” position so it shows a value of 900.

Students have been developing their place value skills using four, five, six and seven digit numbers.

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Numbers can be represented in different ways. Consider the five digit number in the place value chart below.

Five digit number

Standard form: 28,362

Word form: Twenty eight thousand, three hundred and sixty two

Expanded form: 20,000 + 8,000 + 300 + 60 + 2

We can also rename numbers in different ways. The number above can be renamed in a variety of ways including:

28 thousands, 36 tens and 2 ones

283 hundreds and 62 ones

2836 tens and 2 ones

28 thousands and 362 ones

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Base 10 materials (sometimes referred to as MAB) are a very useful resource to model numbers.

Students have been building their knowledge by participating in a range of individual, partner, small group and whole class tasks. One highlight has been the Base 10 Race!

To play this game, students worked in collaborative groups outside. Each team rolled dice repeatedly and had to collect the required amount of Base 10 materials after each roll. They had to “trade” the materials when necessary. For example, when they had 10 ones, they exchanged for 1 ten. Or when they had 10 tens, they exchanged for 100. Teams kept a record of their number as the game progressed. It was a fun way to develop place value knowledge!

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How has your place value knowledge improved?

What place value activity have you enjoyed?

If you were designing a place value game, what would it be?

What is your favourite maths topic?

The Wonderful Students in 3/4C!

Miss Jordan is really enjoying getting to know her 26 new students!

All students have settled in beautifully and they are doing a great job getting back into the routine of school life.

This week, we have commenced our reading, writing, maths and spelling programs. We have also started using our iPads in class, which has been exciting. Our weekly specialist subjects (Art, Indonesian, Art and Science) are lots of fun and enjoyed by all.

Back on our first day of the school year, Miss Jordan took photos of the students. Check them out in the slideshow below!

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What has been your highlight of the school year so far?

Have you made any new friends?

What do you hope to achieve this year?

Our Classroom

Our classroom is the “yellow room” in the library building of our school.

Below are some photos to show you what our learning space looks like. Enjoy!

Here is the outdoor entrance to our building. The library is on the right.

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This is our corridor. There are six classrooms in our building – two grade three classes, two grade four classes, our class (3/4C) and a grade five class. Our classroom is at the very end of the corridor on the right.

The art room is also in our building.

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During the holidays, the new building was completed! It is an extension of our corridor and there are five classrooms for the 5/6 grades. It is very exciting to have a brand new learning environment for the senior students!

Each morning, we put our schoolbags in our named lockers outside our classroom. We try to keep this area very tidy!

This is the door to our classroom…

And here is the inside of our classroom!

Keeping our classroom neat and tidy requires everyone to take responsibility and we are working hard to develop our organisational skills. All students have a classroom job and lots of these jobs are related to classroom organisation and management.

We take pride in our classroom to make it a fun and inviting environment. We love learning and working in our classroom!

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What is your favourite part of our classroom?

What is your classroom job?

When do you show organisation at home and school?

Independent Reading

This week, we launched independent reading in our classroom.

We spend part of our daily Reader’s Workshop sessions doing independent reading, to practise strategies and work on our individual goals.

During independent reading, we aim to:

  • begin reading quickly and efficiently
  • read with stamina for the duration of the session
  • choose a good place to read and stay in that place
  • read silently.

 

After independent reading, we catch up with our “Reading Buddy” to discuss our books. This is a great opportunity to share our reflections, ask each other questions and learn about other books and authors from our peers.

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What are you currently reading during independent reading?

Who is your favourite author?

What reading strategy would you like to focus on this term?

Do you have an all-time favourite book?

The 2017 School Year Begins!

Today is the first day of the 2017 school year at Barwon Heads Primary School in Victoria, Australia.

After nearly six weeks of summer holidays, Miss Jordan is excited to begin the school year with her new students in her new grade 3/4C.

We have a lot to look forward to this year including our 1:1 iPad program, Bike Ed, our camps and many, many fun learning experiences!

All of the students in 3/4C will learn a lot in 2017 and enjoy being part of a wonderful classroom community. This blog will be a big part of our program and it is a great way for students, parents and families to reflect and share in our learning experiences.

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Miss Jordan is looking forward to finding out what the 3/4C students got up to during the holidays. Miss Jordan had a great break. She spent time with friends and family, and enjoyed having the chance to relax!

Some of Miss Jordan’s highlights included hosting family Christmas at her new house, celebrating her niece’s first birthday, going to the Australian Open tennis, organising her new house and going to the movies several times.

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Miss Jordan spent time at school during the holidays getting organised and preparing the classroom for the 3/4C students. Next week, some classroom photos will be posted so stay tuned!

Leave a comment and tell us about your holidays.

What are you looking forward to in 2017?

 

Our School Year Comes To An End. Merry Christmas!

To celebrate the end of a fantastic year, today we had a special picnic at the beach.

We walked to the local beach park at 11.30am and enjoyed some games and activities in the park and on the sand. The students enjoyed making sand castles and playing cricket on the sand. The playground was also very popular.

Students brought their lunch and enjoyed eating and socialising in the picturesque environment. Barwon Heads is a beautiful part of the country and we are very lucky to have the beach so close to our school!

Here are some photos of the students enjoying their special outing.

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Tomorrow is the very last day of the school year. We have had a fantastic year and Miss Jordan is very proud of all of the 3/4C students.

This is a photo from the very start of the school year…

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And this photo was taken just last week…

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The slideshow below features a photo of each of the students from the very start of the year and the very end of the year. It is interesting to observe how each student has changed!

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Miss Jordan looks forward to welcoming her new grade three and four students in 2017. Hopefully the 2016 students continue to keep in touch and comment on our blog!

The 3/4C students, along with Miss Jordan, wish everyone a very Merry Christmas a wonderful holiday break!

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What did you enjoy about the picnic?

What has been your school highlight this year?

What are you most proud of?

What are you looking forward to doing on the holidays?

Letters to Miss Jordan’s 2017 Students

Today, all students participated in a two hour transition session with their new class and teacher for 2017.

Next year, Miss Jordan is teaching grade three and four again. The current 3/4C students wrote letters to Miss Jordan’s class of 2017, sharing some of their highlights from the year. The letters are below for Miss Jordan’s new students to read!

Enlarge the slideshow above to view the letters clearly.

Miss Jordan would love to receive some blog comments from her new students!

What were your school highlights in 2016?

What are you looking forward to in 2017?

Do you have a learning goal for next year?

Interesting Idioms!

We have been learning about idioms in literacy this week.

Idioms are phrases that have a different meaning to the actual words in the phrase. For example, if something is described as “a piece of cake”, it is an idiom. It means that something is really easy, it doesn’t actually have anything at all to do with cake.

In class, we discussed the literal and the inferred meaning of lots of idioms.

  • The literal meaning is when you imagine the words in the idiom as being the real meaning.
  • The inferred meaning is what the phrase actually means when used in conversation.

Example: To “spill the beans”.

You might imagine someone tipping over a bowl of beans BUT this idiom really means that you have revealed some secret information.

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For this learning task, each student chose an idiom they liked. They had to draw the literal and the inferred meaning for their idiom. Check out our work and see if you can identify the idioms!

Learning about idioms is important because authors often use idioms in books, so we need to understand them in order to understand what we read. Since learning about idioms, we also realised that we use idioms all the time in our conversations!

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Did you guess any of our idioms?

Do you have a favourite idiom?

What idioms do you often hear people say?

Power Sentences

This week, we have focussed on writing “power sentences”.

A power sentence contains descriptive information to help the reader make a picture in their mind. Adding interesting nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs really brings a sentence to life. In class, we had some great discussions about how to add impact to a sentence.

We started with this simple sentence: The boy went up the stairs.

We all agreed that this sentence doesn’t have any impact and provides very little information. By adding some interesting words to create different emotions and feelings, the entire meaning of the sentence changes.

Here are the “power sentences” we came up with!

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Here are some other simple sentences. Try to rewrite them by adding interesting vocabulary and submit your “power sentences” in your comment!

I knocked on the door.

Bob swam in the pool.

The girl ate her apple.

The dog ran away.

Sam hit the cricket ball.

Positive Education – Self Belief

Our character strength focus for this week is SELF BELIEF.

Self belief is about having an inner confidence that allows people to understand their purpose and realise that their beliefs shape their actions.  Self-esteem is similar to self belief. This is how we value ourselves; it is how we perceive our value to the world and how valuable we think we are to others.

The clip below, titled The Lego Story, demonstrates self belief. As you watch, consider how the the characters display self belief. Enjoy!

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How is self belief demonstrated in The Lego Story?

When have you demonstrated self belief in your own life?