Monday, August 20, 2012

Narrative Writing

In writing we have been looking at the Narrative text Type.
Here is a stimulus we have been using in class:

Some fun story starters are here.

A simple but effective story starter website has over 2 billion options! There is also another story starter website specifically for kids, visit it here.

Scholasic has its own Story Starter generator. I think our class will give it a try in computer time!

A good slideshow to introduce elements of narrative Writing to students is available here.

A simple narrative planner (shared from here):

Another interesting Narrative planner:

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Maths: Measurement

This week we will be looking at converting measurements.

Centimetres to millimetres (excuse international spelling!):

Eleven Times Table

This week we are looking at the 11 times tables, one of my favourites!

Baseball Mathematics is a fun way to test your knowledge. There is also a 2 player option which makes it more challenging.

Tablesmaster also helps you to practise in a way similar way to what's required in a speed test.

Working Together: Local Government

Our current COGS unit is called 'Working Together.' The key focus is on Local Government.

Maroondah Council in Victoria has a fantastic 'Local Government School Kit' with worksheets and activities, if only our local Council would do the same!

South Australia also has a range of online resources available for schools to use when teaching Local Government, including information fact sheets, powerpoint presentations and a webquest.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Maths: Symmetry

BBC Bitesize has a good explanation of line and rotational symmetry.
Another good teaching tool is here.

A printable symmetry worksheet is here.
A fun 'Symmetry Foldable' is here, print it out and test your knowledge!

My class had challenges with cross sections, a good tool is available here.

A fantastic game about 2D shape symmetry is right here!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Twelve Times Table

12 times table quiz is here.

Another fun 'blackboard' game.

Tables Dash is also a fun way to test your knowledge!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Science: Spinning in Space - Lesson 3, Session 2

In this lesson students work in teams to investigate light and shadows.
Some images for discussion:

Some information on how light travels in straight lines:

BBC Schools Science had an excellent interactive describing the Earth, Sun and Moon and how they rotate in relation to each other.
Light and Shadows is another interactive that describes how shadows change in relation to different types of light sources.

Here is Billy Nye the Science Guy having a chat about the Moon. It will help me to answer the questions of one of my students, Tom.

Nine Times Table

This week we are focusing once more on times tables - this time we are looking at the 9 times table!

Nine times table shootout game here.

Multiplication Hot Air Balloons lets you select a level to focus on for your game.

The Multiplication Moon Landers game tests time tables from 2 right through to 9.

A printable 9 times table chart that you can stick on the wall at home, or on the back of the toilet door!

Science: Spinning in Space - Session 1

This week we are looking at shadows, how and why they are created.

An excellent explanation of shadow:

Sources of Light:

Bill Nye the Science Guy is always so much fun!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

3D Shapes

The BBC Mission 2110 Roboidz is also a great way to get started.

A great online introduction and interactive is here - more suited for Stage 3 and High School students.

You can print your own 3D Shapes and make them from these nets.Shapes, edges and vertices can be explored at this instructional website.

An excellent activity teaching students how to draw 3D Shapes on dot paper. You can find the lesson here.

You can download many different types of grid and dot paper here.

Match the 3D shapes using pairs.

The buried 3D shapes game is a fun way to end your lesson.