Colourful Cars!

Over the past few weeks, all of the grade 5’s at my school have been working on a maths investigation. Our maths investigation was focused on the most popular car colour. We made a word document and wrote  heading, typed up our prediction and then said why we thought that. The next day, we all lined up outside our class rooms, and walked across the road and down to the train station. We carried our maths books with us, and we had drawn up a table to show our tallies. We tallied the cars that were parked along the street, the cars that were driving past and the cars that were at the train station parks. We worked in pairs, and I was with Chloe. Chloe is really good at maths, so I liked working with her. We both made sure we had exactly the same, so when we got back to school we counted them up. White was the most popular on our tally, with 87 cars. The total number of cars we tallied was 400! The rest of the work that me and Chloe did is on this word document: Car Colours – hope you enjoy it!

train statio cars

My Curious Class. . .

While Miss Hunichen was away, each day we had to spend some time working on a class investigation. We surveyed everyone and asked them some questions such as; ‘Would you rather?’ or ‘What do you like better?’ Some of mine were birthdays, hobbies, monsters vs aliens, ice cream flavours and fast food. Then what we had to do was put the information in a tally on power point, and then make a pie graph on excel. We put the pie graph onto the power point and then created a final sentence. We also had to work out what the percentage was, and show our working out. I thought it was really fun and interesting to find out what people liked, but it was tricky to transfer the information from check lists to computers. Here is a link to my power point presentation, and I hope you enjoy it!

Class Investigation

Pat Farmer … Who?

Now, i’ll bet you’re wondering who on earth Pat Farmer is?

Is he a swimmer?

Is he a ruler?

Is he a skydiver?

Well, I’m going to tell you that he isn’t any of these things. Pat Farmer is an ultra – marathon athlete. He came to our school and told us about his journey. It was a really motivational presentation, and I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately we were not allowed to bring notepads to write down facts, because there were a lot of interesting things.

Facts:

  • He was born on the 14th of March 1962.
  • He is an ultra-marathon athlete.
  • He is also a motivational speaker, and former Australian politician
  • Between April 2011 and January 2012, he successfully completed the world’s longest ultra-marathon.
  • It was a “Pole to Pole Run” from the North Pole to the South Pole.
  • He raised $100,000 for Red Cross International.
  • He did a 20 – day Middle East run for peace.
  • He has run around Australia and North America twice.
  • He established fastest Around Australia Long Run Record of continuous running in 191 days and 10 minutes.

He did a Big Red Run through the Australia’s Simpson Desert.

Some questions I had after the talk were:

  • Why did he raise the money for Red Cross International?
  • Who gave him the money?
  • How many days did he get to rest?
  • Why is he now a motivational speaker?
  • What countries did he run past?
  • Did he meet lots of new people?
  • Why was he a marathon runner?
  • Why did he run the ultra-marathon?
  • Did he go to different countries to run?
  • Did he write the book?
  • What inspired him to become a motivational speaker?
  • What did it feel like to become the achiever of the year?

Pole to Pole Run:

The pole to pole run is a 5 stage run through all different countries. The first stage is the Arctic and that is a 750 kilometer ice trek. There were 3 other people running with him in this period, and they were Eric Phillips (Expedition Leader), Jose M. Naranjo(Camera), Clark Carter (Satellite Video Uplink). Stage two was Canada to Panama, which was 11 744 kilometer road run. The journey was from Radisson, Quebec, via USA, Mexico, Central America to Southern Panama. This was a 15 person team. Stage three was Darein Jungle that was 250 kilometer jungle trek. This was very dangerous because it was where the drug dealers hide out and transfer  drugs. Pat Farmer had 20 armed security soldiers. Stage 4 was through South America that was 9693 kilometers long. This was a 6 person team with TV interviewers along the way. Stage 5 was Antarctica that was a trek across ice until he go to the South Pole.

Vietnam Run:

Pat ran the length of Vietnam which 3000 kilometers across that took 40 days. He started o the 9th of December in 2012. Pat Farmer was running the equivalent of two marathons a day for 40 days. Pat embarked on a 3,000km run from North Vietnam to South Vietnam to fundraise for Red Cross. He was joined on the journey by his running partner and Vietnamese National Mai Nguyen Dinh Huy.

Middle East:

Pat ran the Middle East run in 20 days, starting on the 1st of May and finishing on the 20th. Everyone had the opportunity to run for peace with Pat. The goals for this run were:

To inspire and strengthen the resolve of Jewish and Arab people who want peace by showing one man’s effort to overcome obstacles.
To bring together sport and peace NGOs for one Sport for Peace event.
To promote the positive values of sport – Sport empowers children and teaches values of inclusiveness, tolerance, responsibility and non-violence.
To show the unique and beautiful tourist attractions of these 4 countries – there will be a documentary film crew with regular TV feed on the route.

Does anyone else know any other interesting facts

If so, please leave me a comment with your fact.

 

Curious Conversations . . .

You know how we are reading a story called Wonder in class? Well, we have just read a part in the story that is about one of the characters, Jack, and another one, Julian, and when Jack punched Julian. Jack punched him because Julian was bad mouthing August to Jack and trying to convince him to swap science project partners.  Here is the conversation that I predicted was going to happen:

“It was Julian’s fault, it was Julian! He was being nasty and saying so many mean things about August, and I just felt . . . I just felt so bad for him. You know, I haven’t been hanging out with him lately. ”

“What, you haven’t been playing with August!”

“Yeah, sorta. That’s why I felt so bad for him, because I was talking to Julian the other day at Halloween and he made me say all these bad things about August that I didn’t actually mean! And Summer told me that August had overheard me and the thing is, I just wanted to be part of he popular group!”

“Oh . . . Jack”

“But then one of the teachers picked August and me to do a science project together, but I wanted to do it with August. I got so mad at Julian and all of his rude talking so I guess . . .”

“You just punched him right”

“Yeah, that’s right . . . I’m sooooo sorry!”

Characterization?

This week, my class has been learning about characterization. Characterization is a way for authors to bring their characters to life and make them seem real. There are two types of characterization. One of them is called direct characterization. This means that you tell the readers what you are saying exactly, not making them think much or work out the answers. The answers are always directly in the text. The other type of characterization is called Indirect. Can you guess what this means? It means that you show the readers how things happen, not tell them. You have to read in between the lines to find the answers, which are not right or wrong. Indirect characterization helps you to write and entertain readers better. It gives them a great visual image and knowing characterization will enable you to understand books more. Before you become too bored, there is one more thing I want to tell you about characterization. It is STEAL. STEAL stands for Speech, Thoughts, Effects, Actions and Looks.

Speech – What does the character say? How does the character speak?

Thoughts – What is revealed during the characters thoughts and feelings?

Effect – What is revealed through the characters effect on other people? How do others behave or feel in reaction to that character.

Actions – What does the character do? How do they behave?

Looks – What does the character look like? How do they dress?

The first task we did this week was one where we had to look at a picture with 3 school kids on it and then use direct characterization to describe them. Then we had to do the same thing, but with indirect characterization. This was the picture we had to look at:

powerpoint pres on characterization

 

Here here is one of my direct characterization examples:

Character 2: She stood  between her two friends and tried to sort out the problem. She had her hands on her hips, and told them that they had to forgive each other. They were in the middle of a playground, and her brown hair kept falling in her eyes while her worn out jeans were flapping in the breeze. Her big, brown eyes were still glaring at her two friends. She was a girl that everyone was scared of, and she had a lot of confidence.

Here is one of my indirect characterization examples:

Character 1: Sally was very quiet when it came to class discussions. I always have to stand up for her because she is too scared, so she just agrees. Character 3: He had his head down and just sat in the corner with no one. Making everyone feel guilty, he stayed in that same place for the rest of lunch.

I have also made 2 posters, one on indirect and one on direct. Here they are:      Indirect        Direct

Has any one else got examples for indirect and direct characterization? I would love to hear them!

 

Are You Ready For A Fun Game?

Over the past few days, my class and I have been learning about decimals and how to place them on number lines. In our maths books, we ruled lines that were 20 centermetres long and then put markers 2 centermetres apart. We then put the fraction on the top and the decimal down the bottom. So mine went 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 and above the line I had 1/10, 2/10, 3/10. We did this for about half an hour and by the time we had finished, I had done 6 number lines! Another activity we did was a number line one. We made a giant number line with cut out strips of paper, and then we used ruler to fold and make the strip into even parts. Once we had labeled all of the tenths up to 1 whole, we rolled the dice and then made two numbers from what we had rolled. We pt them on out number lines and mine looked great! Example: If you roll a 5 and an 8 then you could make .85 or .58. Then you had to put them onto the line. It was really fun, and out of those two activities, I learnt how to place decimals on number lines and  how to understand decimals.

Today we worked on a task where we had to find fun games to put on our blogs. Here are a few of mine with links, pictures, recommendations and instructions.

Decimal Darts:

This game is a really fun and exciting one to play. You have to estimate which number to type in so it would hit the balloon. The website gave you two numbers, one at the top and one down the bottom. There were colourful balloons placed on the dart board and you had to guess a number in between the ones on the top and bottom. When you press ‘through dart’, it would hit the balloon if you guessed right. For this game you will need accuracy, persistence and you need to be good at place value and decimals. If you don’t have all of these things, it doesn’t matter because you will get better as you play the game. I think this game great for learning decimals, and where to put them on number lines because it teaches you in a different way to what you would normally do, (it doesn’t have a number line), the website is easy to navigate, it doesn’t give you a time limit and it gives you lots of tries. It also gives you the percentage of what you got right at the end. My  age recommendation for this game would be for ages 8 to 14 because it will be too easy for some people and too hard for others. I would also rate this game as a 4 star rating. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Here is the web address for this game: http://www.decimalsquares.com/dsGames/games/darts.html and here is a picture of the website: Drats

Decimal Speedway:

This game is really fun to explore and work out how to do it. If you are not the kind of person who likes to do this, then I’ll give you the instructions: You click on the pack of cards and then on the spinner. Then you can decide whether you want to use a repeat turn or use what you’ve got. Once you have done this then  you times what you have got and then move how many miles you got. It is a little bit confusing, but it’s worth it when you see how fun it is. When you have had your turn, then it is the other players turn to spin and flip. If you do not have another player then you can play with a computer robot. The skills you will need for this game is persistence, accuracy and you need to know how to times decimals. If you don’t then you can use a calculator. I think this game is fun because it is very well set out and easy to navigate, but it is also because it is fun to race around the race way. My age recommendation for this game is for ages 9 to 16, and my star rating is 3 stars as well. 🙂 🙂 🙂 here is a link to the website: http://www.decimalsquares.com/dsGames/games/speedway.html  and a picture from this site:

raceway

 

Uluru . . .

Quick! Hurry! You don’t want to miss it! The amazing Uluru! Come and gaze under the stars at the wonderful rock in Australia! Uluru stands 348 metres high and it is native to all the aborigines! Come quickly! You won’t be disappointed!

Uluru . . . .

•is 348 metres (1141 feet) high
•rises 863 metres (2,831 ft) above sea level
•is 3.6 km long (2.2 miles)
•is 1.9 km wide (1.2 miles)
•is 9.4 km or 5.8 miles around the base
•covers 3.33 km2 (1.29 miles2)
•extends about several km/miles into the ground (no-one knows exactly how far)

Uluru is better known as Ayers Rock; it named by William Gosse in 1873 after Sir Henry Ayers. Uluru is the Aboriginal and official name.

The rock was created over some 600 million years, and the Aborigines have been in the area for the last 10,000 years. It originally sat at the bottom of a sea, but today stands 348 meters above ground. One of the most startling Uluru facts however, is that some 2.5kms of its bulk is underground. Uluru lies west of the Simpson Desert, not far from the ‘Red Centre’ of Australia, about 335kms southwest of Alice Springs and 463kms by road.

•The rock is about 3.6kms long and 1.9kms wide, with a circumference of 9.4kms. The climb to the top is 1.6kms, much of which is at a steep angle, while the summit is generally flat.
•The surface is made up of valleys, ridges, caves and weird shapes.
•They are thought to have originally been one massive monolith, as opposed to the 36 separate domes
Here is a power point presentation about Uluru: Uluru

 

3 Little Piggies

Today we are celebrating Book Week at our school. My friends and I had been planning this for ages! We all came to school wearing pink clothes because we were the three little pigs! Unfortunately, I had to ride to school, so I had to put my pig hat and my tail on afterwards. Mrs Cruickshank was even dressed as the cat in the hat!

On Wednesday, we also helped the grade ones have fun in Book Week by bringing in blankets and books. In one of the other grade 5 rooms, we grabbed a table or some chairs each, and built a cubby. I collected three chairs and put my blankets over the top. It was really fun, and I think my grade 1 buddy really enjoyed my books, the 13 Story Tree House. Here you can read the book onine:  http://www.speakaboos.com/story/the-three-little-pigs

pig hat 1

pig hat 2

 

 

Two Choices

Part 1

When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does is done with perfection. This sentence means that nature makes things perfect, but things go wrong when it is disrupted by others outside nature’s control. Where is the natural order of things in my son? This is a question asked by a father, and I understand it to mean that why did nature mess up, and where is the perfection in my son? An opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way that other people treat that child. True human nature means the way you think, feel, behave or act. So then you should be kind to people who are disabled because then they might feel more confident in them self’s. The next day, the father was walking in the park with his son, Shay. They saw group playing baseball and Shay asked his father whether or not he thought they would let him play. The father was doubtful, but walked up to one of the boys and asked. His team was losing the game, so the boy agreed. Shay was ecstatic to just be in the game, even though no balls came his way. Next he was going to bat! I predict that in Part 2 the baseball team players are going to let him bat because they were kind enough to let Shay play in the first place. Their team was losing anyway, so they needed all the chance and help they could get. I also think that he is going to lead them to victory, and he will become popular as the guy who won the baseball game, and not the guy with the disability.

Part 2

Shay was given the bat, and everyone thought that it was impossible for him to hit the ball, however, as the pitcher stepped I to bowl, he remembered why the team had given up their chance to win. He threw the ball softly towards Shay, and on the second try, Shay hit it. Everyone yelled “run to first, run to first!” And he did. It was the furthest he had ever run in his life, but he made it. Soon the opposition players were all making silly mistakes so that Shay could be the hero. As Shay stepped on the home plate, he was surrounded by cheers. He had won the game! This story links to Wonder by the precept “when given the choice of being right or being kind, choose kind.” The boys on both the baseball teams had chosen to make Shay’s day, and not focus on winning the game. It also connects with Wonder because Shay had disabilities as well. When I was reading the first part of the story, I was feeling sorry for the father because he was feeling sad for his son. In the other four paragraphs on that page, I was feeling happy because the baseball team let him play. I was on the edge of my seat when Shay went up to bat because I didn’t want him to drop the ball and make everyone feel disappointed. I felt like my heart had just sunk when I read that Shay had died that winter, but it was good that he had that to remember.

What did the rest of 5B think of this story?

What were your predictions?