Apr
14

Our unit of work for term 1 was on Australia’s path to Federation, the three levels of government in Australia and the ways we are represented.

To complete this unit select one of the following issues, decide who you need to write to and prepare an email to send.

Local: Wilson Street traffic lights, MPPS bus shelter

State: East/West tunnel,  Biker rider’s safety, Ambulance driver’s pay, Homeless shelters, more trams and trains

Federal: Global warming, Northern Territory crocodile hunting, Asylum seekers, the Crimea conflict, TasmanIan forests

Don’t send your email till we are back at school. In the meantime think of  the following questions around the issue you choose:

What is the main problem?

What are the causes of the problem?

What are the effects and who does it effect?

What is the solution you would like to see?

Then think which level of government would be responsible and who you would need to write to.

Mar
21

Following on from today’s Harmony Day lesson record the following information on the country where different members of your family were born. Don’t worry if you can’t answer all of the questions. Just answer as many as you can. Please don’t post this to your blogs, place it into OneNote.

I was born in …………………….

My parents were born in …………………………………………………….

and …………………….…………………………………

My mother’s parents were born in …………………..………………………

and ………………….…………………………….

My father’s parents were born in ……………………………………………….

and ………………………………….….……….

Do you know the countries where the parents of your grandparents were born?

How many different countries are listed?

Next:

Select one of the countries that a member of their family was born in. Find out something interesting about life in that country and prepare a story to display in the Many Stories museum we will be setting up in the classroom. You can do some research about the country or ask your family if you can bring an object or photo from that country to school. You will need to bring this in during the last week of this term.

Mar
21

 

Today is Harmony Day your group’s task is to go to - http://www.harmony.gov.au/schools/teachers/lesson-plans/lesson-plan-kofis-story/

 

Read Kofi’s story and with your partner complete Activity 2: Refugees in Australia. This will involve reading Fact Sheet 4 – More than 60 Years of Post-war Migration

When creating your PowerPoint slides:

  • check out the design templates
  • use standard position, colour and styles
  • only use necessary or essential information
  • content should be understandable to anyone who reads it (you shouldn’t have to explain it to them)
  • use colours that are contrasting but not jarring or distracting

When creating your PowerPoint slides:

  • check out the design templates
  • use standard position, colour and styles
  • only use necessary or essential information
  • content should be understandable to anyone who reads it (you shouldn’t have to explain it to them)
  • use colours that are contrasting but not jarring or distracting
  • if you use effects, transitions and animation try and make them relevant and consistent
  • too many slides will lose your audiance

Think about the text on your slides:

  • generally no more than 6 words a line
  • generally no more than 6 lines a page
  • no long sentences
  • emphasis important information with a larger font
  • keep font size at between 16 to 48
  • fancy fonts can be hard to read
  • have text contrast with or stand out from the background
  • avoid abbreviations and acronyms
  • don’t over use punctuation marks

Graphics, Images and Clipart:

  • should enhance and complement the text, not overwhelm it
  • should balance the slide
  • generally no more then two images per slide

Finally what makes a good presentation is:

  • careful planning
  • thorough research
  • time and Practice the actual presentation
  • speaking  clearly and at a reasonable pace

Like all programs life is made easier if you know and use a few short cuts. Check out:

Finally PowerPoint is more than a presentation tool. you can also use it to create a quiz game. To find out how go to:

  • careful planning
  • thorough research
  • time and Practice the actual presentation
  • speaking  clearly and at a reasonable pace
Mar
19
Filed Under (interesting links, maths) by on March 19, 2014

When solving our MathsMate final problems you are asked to follow the steps outlined on the  How to read and respond to a word based maths problem  page of this blog.

Today the year sixes will demonstrate to the year fives how to follow and record these steps when solving a problem from the Picture Problem page.

While we use the steps outlined there are other suggestions for steps to follow when Problem Solving. For your next problem use this one. The steps are similar to what you’ve used before:

1. READ the Problem:
Do I understand all the words?
Write down the words I don’t understand. How can I find out what they mean?
Are there key words that give me clues? Circle these words.

2. THINK about the problem:
What is the problem about?
What information have I been given?
Am I missing any information?
Is this problem like another problem I have solved before?

3. STRATEGIES to consider:
Refer to your Mathematician’s Strategy Toolbox

4. MAKE a plan:
What strategy should I use?
What equipment could I use (calculators, counters or other manipulatives) ?

5. TRY out the plan:
Is my plan working?
If it isn’t could I try something else?
Have I shown ALL my work?

6. LOOK back:
Have I answered the problem?
Does my answer make sense? (How can I check?)
Is there another way to solve this problem?

Whichever way you look at it all the approaches we’ve explored break it down to FOUR basic steps:

(This poster comes from the Talbot Trail Public School website)