Island Maps

In maths we have designed our own islands on 1cm grid paper. We are learning to use keys and coordinates to locate information and describe positions on maps.

We have written questions for our partners to answer. For example, “What is located at E5?” or “Describe the location of the chocolate factory using coordinates”.

Here are some of our islands.

Where have you seen coordinates before?
What was easy/challenging when creating the island map?


What three things would you take with you to a deserted island??

Science Incursion

Last week we had a visit from some scientists who showed us some interesting things! We looked through microscopes at microrganisms and held the fossils.

The oldest fossil we held was 400,000,000 years old!

Science Incursion on PhotoPeach

What do you know about fossils?
Do you know of anything that is older than the 400,000,000 million year old fossil we saw?

$2.00 Summaries

Today in reading we read a non-fiction text and made a $2.00 Summary.

A summary is shorter than the text and contains the main ideas only. It has to be in our own words.

A word ‘costs’ 10 cents and today we had $2.00 to ‘spend’ on our summary. That means we could only use 20 words in our summary.

We learnt that if someone was to read your summary, they should be able to known what the text was about.

Here are our $2.00 summaries. Some of us used 20 words exactly; others used less than 20 words. We hope that by reading our summaries, you know what the text that we read was about!

Chinese New Year is a celebration where people wear red and guide dragons through streets to celebrate Chinese New Year. (TAYLA-JADE)

Chinese people celebrate Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year has a feast, a lantern festival and a dragon dance. (MIA)

Chinese people celebrate the Chinese New Year by taking part in activities and wearing red. It’s in January or February. (KAITLYN and GYPSY)

People carry lanterns under the full moon and people celebrate Chinese New Year for 15 days. (BRIAN)

In China Chinese people have a New Year celebration around January and February. They make a dragon for the festival. (BAILEY)

Chinese New Year is a celebration that Chinese people celebrate. It is in January/February and it goes for 15 days. (EBONY)

Chinese people celebrate a New Year and it goes for 15 days. They wear red and it means good luck. (OLIVIA M)

Can you tell by reading our $2.00 summaries what the text we read was about?

 Can you summarise your favourite movie using only 20 words? Don’t tell us the title of the movie, we will try and guess what it is after we have read your $2.00 summary!

Our ‘Dragon Boat Race’

One famous celebration in China is called the Dragon Boat Festival. We read about the Dragon Boat Festival and discovered it is held at the beginning of summer in China and is held on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Lunar Calendar.

Dragon Boats are long and colouful canoes and they have a dragon head on them. Eighty rowers can fit in one boat! The first team to grab the flag at the end of the course wins.

Here’s our version of the Dragon race!

“Dragon Boat Race” on PhotoPeach

What other celebrations from around the world do you know about?

“What are the hula hoops for?”

…that question was asked many times this morning as the students came in and saw a big stack of hula hoops!

My reply – “We are using them in reading” – was met with lots of confused faces.

The very next exclamation was “We’re using HULA HOOPS in READING?!?!??!”

That’s exactly what we did! Today in reading we learnt how to summarise a text, and the hula hoops formed a physical graphic organiser to organise our thinking.

Each hula hoop was matched with a word.
The words were “Somebody” “Wanted” “But” and “So”.

First we read Little Red and the Wolf from

Little Red and the Wolf by Roald Dahl.docx

Next we used the hula hoops to summarise the text. One person stood in each hoop and together we summarised the story.
In the “Somebody” hoop, we say who the main character is.
In the “Wanted” hoop, we talk about what they want or what they are trying to do.
In the “But” hoop, we briefly explain the ‘problem‘ – what gets in the way.
In the “So” hoop, we wrap up the story and talk about the resolution of the story.

Here’s an example…………
Little Red and the Wolf
SOMEBODY, the wolf…..WANTED a decent meal and ate Grandma. He still wanted more so he tried to trick Little Red…..BUT Little Red doesn’t fall for the trick….SO she shoots him and makes a coat from his fur.”

Then we split into groups and each read a story. Using the hoops and working together as a team, we summarised the story in just a few sentences! After we had a turn as a group, one by one we walked through the hoops to do our own summary of the story.

Here’s what we learnt:
A summary is short and only tells the most important things.
It should be in your own words.
We don’t have to tell every single detail.
If a person heard or read your summary, they should be able to understand exactly what the story was about.
A summary is shorter than the text you are summarising.

Can you summarise your favourite book or movie using the ‘somebody’, ‘wanted’, ‘but’ and ‘so’ structure?

5 Cent Fundraiser

Our focus in Maths this week is counting collections of money. What better way to practise than to count the money raised in our 5 Cent Fundraiser!

First we predicted how much money we might have. The predictions ranged from $90.00 to $150.00.

Next we counted……………and counted………………….and counted. We mostly counted by 5s and 10s to make piles of $1, then made bags of $10.

Check out our photos, be sure to wait until the end to see the total amount raised!!!!

Counting Money on PhotoPeach

Fortune Cookies

Some of the fortunes in our fortune cookies read:

“Live by what you trust, not by what you fear.”
“The sum of human knowledge is not contained in any one language.”
“The best way to keep your friends is to never owe them anything, and never lend them anything.”
“You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.”
“Don’t race to your destination – appreciate the scenery.”
“An overcrowded chicken farm produces fewer eggs.”
“A helping hand is no farther than at the end of your sleeve.”
“Confucius say – ‘Study without thought is vain; thought without study is dangerous’.”

What do you think they mean?
If you were to write a fortune for a fortune cookie, what would it say?