Today, students contributed to a demonstration that helped them to understand the ratios of salt to fresh water on Earth. We then looked at how much of that fresh water is unavailable for human use, due to being frozen. Of the amount of water left, we demonstrated how much of that was surface water (not groundwater). Most students were very surprised how little of the world’s water was easily available for human’s to use.
Students: Leave a comment describing what you learnt and what it has made you think about.
This year, my maths group has been learning strategies to quickly add single digits. Strategies have included:
Splitting numbers: 9 + 7 = (9 + 1) + 6= 16
Rote Learning Doubles: 4 + 4, 5 + 5
Near Doubles: 6+7 (Double 6 + 1) 4+6 (Double 4 +2)
Most students have been progressing well. Some need to practise more; just a couple of minutes a day will make a big difference. Here is how the class average is tracking so far. We haven’t done the 6th, 7th or 8th tests yet; that is why they display as zero.
After a year of very slow Internet speeds, we now have a new Internet Service Provider. Thank you to Peter Owen, our I.T technician for getting us back online (at appropriate speed). We can now recommence blogging.
As a result of an improved Internet speed, I have been able to introduce Class Dojo as a behaviour management tool. Check out the video for a quick introduction. Here is how the class shaped up in our first trial week.
On two occassions this term our class has gone tree planting as part of a whole school involvement at a site alongside Finnis River. The site used to be a potato farm; drawing water directly from the river. Students from the school, along with other community groups, have planted several thousand native grasses, shrubs and trees. We enjoyed doing this activity with our buddy class (Mrs Anderson’s year 1/2′s) and our peers in Mr C-B’s 6/7 class. There are many environmental benefits that will arise from this revegetation. Leave a comment to tell us what they might be.
In history lessons, students in room 7 are currently learning about Ancient Egypt. Last week, we started a unit in mathematics lessons about solids (ACARA: Measurement and Geometry- Shape). Check out this 3D animation of the Great Pyramid in Giza. Students: perhaps you can make a 3D pyramid using Google ScetchUp in class this week.
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