Amazing Addition!

Last week we focussed on addition strategies in our maths lessons.

We use addition in every day life all the time, so it is important to improve our skills in this area of maths. Here are some effective addition strategies that we used in class:

  • The addition tens and twenties facts
  • Doubles and near doubles addition facts
  • Double doubles (for example, 8+8=16 and 16+16=32)
  • The Jump Strategy to add hundreds, then tens, then ones by jumping on a number line
  • The Split Strategy to split the hundreds, tens and ones and add them separately
  • The Compensation Strategy when a number we are adding is close to a “round” number we can add or take to the nearest 10
  • 100 facts (addition equations that equal 100)
  • Bridging to the nearest 10 as these numbers are easy to add to.

Students enjoyed practising a variety of these addition strategies during our learning tasks and it was fantastic to hear their mathematical discussions and explanations.

Everyone was so focussed and keen to develop their addition skills!

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What addition strategies do you enjoy using?

When do you use addition in everyday life?

 

Fun with Perimeter!

We are currently learning about measurement in our maths lessons.

Today, we focussed on perimeter.

We set up ‘perimeter stations’ around the classroom. Some of the shapes were regular shapes and some were irregular shapes.

Students worked in pairs to complete the ‘perimeter stations’ challenge. They recorded their work on their iPads in Google Sheets. To complete the task, students had to…

  • Make educated estimates of each shape.
  • Carefully measure the actual perimeter of each shape using centimetres.
  • Calculate the difference between their estimation and the actual perimeter.

Some of the regular shapes were quite easy and students estimated correctly, and some of the irregular shapes were quite challenging!

It was fantastic to listen to the mathematical language and conversations the students had as they estimated and calculated the perimeter of the different shapes.

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How has your measurement knowledge improved during this unit of work?

Calculate the perimeter of something and tell us the answer in your comment!

Text Genre Detectives!

We had a lot of fun during Reader’s Workshop today!

Our reading focus for the week is identifying literary elements in fiction texts. Today, we focussed on the literary element of genre. A genre is a type of text. Different genres have different features and we had a big discussion about some common genres:

  • Realistic Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Animal Fantasy
  • Mystery
  • Fairy tales
  • Folktales
  • Myths

In preparation for this lesson, students all brought in their favourite narrative book from home. It was great to see a wide range of books from lots of different authors in the collection!

The books were placed around the room and the students acted as ‘genre detectives’, spending time reading the books and deciding which genre each one was. They also had to document their reasons to justify their genre selection for each book.

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To conclude and reflect on the lesson, we had a class discussion to make a final decision about the genre of each book. It was fantastic to see the students were mostly unanimous in their genre selection for every single book! This means they achieved the success criteria for the lesson and really built on their knowledge of text genres.

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What is your favourite fiction genre? Describe the features of the genre.

Which books did you enjoy reading during this session?

What fiction genre might you start exploring?

Investigating Language!

3/4C students participate in word study sessions each week.

During recent word study lessons, we have been learning about parts of speech.

Specifically, we have investigated:

  • Common nouns
  • Proper nouns
  • Pronouns
  • Adjectives
  • Verbs
  • Adverbs

There are other parts of speech to learn too, as well as a variety of other grammar terms, so we have these posters in our classroom to refer to.

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Adjectives and adverbs make writing more interesting to read. Learning about these parts of speech will help our writing skills develop.

We are currently focussing on narratives in writing. Today, we completed a narrative investigation about ‘language’. We read the picture book, Who Goes There? by Karma Wilson.

We stopped to discuss the interesting common nouns, proper nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs. We recorded them on big charts.

Students then selected a picture story book from our class collection to investigate the language. They recorded the nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs on their iPads as they read.

By the end of the lesson we had many, many words on our language charts!

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Write a comment containing some interesting nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs!

What have you learnt in our word study sessions so far this year?

Do you have any favourite adjectives or adverbs?

Have you discovered any interesting words you will try to use in your writing?

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?