Welcome back to a new exciting term in grade 5. I hope that you all had a great holiday. I didn’t do much in my holidays, I stayed at home and played with my dog George and read a lot of books and watched a lot of movies!
This term we have lots to look forward to, we have started our new topic for the term which is called ‘Our Australia’. We will be visiting Sovereign Hill on Wednesday 27th April, cross country training begins this week, grade 5 and 6 interschool sports also begins soon. We will also be writing narrative and persuasive texts, continuing CAFE reading and exploring volume and capacity in maths.
Our maths focus at the moment is learning how to calculate the area and perimeter of different shapes. So far we have looked at squares, rectangles and compound shapes.
Area is the size of a surface – the amount of space a shape covers
Perimeter is the total distance around a shape
Everyone worked really hard on calculating the area and perimeter of their names. It was great to see all of you working well and starting to show that you understand how to calculate area and perimeter. The names you created look amazing!
Remember, when we are calculating the area of a compound shape, the best thing to do is break up the shape into different parts.
What shapes can you measure the area of at home?
What tips and tricks can you share with your classmates about how to calculate area and perimeter?
Can you calculate the area of this compound shape?
We are back at school for an action packed term 4! I hope everyone had a super holiday and that you had fun spending time with your family.
I had a great trip back to New Zealand for my nephew’s first birthday. The most exciting thing that happened in my holidays was that Mr Jury and I launched our new childrens book. We have been writing a counting book for toddlers over the past 5 months and it is called Hipster Harry Counts. The process of writing a book has been a lot of work but we have enjoyed everything from writing, designing, collaborating and now marketing and selling! We were taking notes from the grade 5s during the Earn and Learn program to help us with selling
This term is going to be very busy! Here are just a few things to look forward to:
Excursion to Parliament House and Old Melbourne Gaol
Visit to Brighton Cemetery
Swimming program at Waves
Your Vote Counts unit of inquiry
House swimming carnival
Young Leaders Program
I can’t believe it is already the last term for 2015! I hope you all have fun and challenge yourself in your last term in grade 5!
WHAT WAS YOUR HIGHLIGHT OF THE HOLIDAYS?
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO IN TERM 4?
HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT YOUR LAST TERM IN GRADE 5?
Welcome back to term 3! We have a very busy term ahead with Earn & Learn, a history based unit titled ‘Our Australia’ and a problem solving focus in maths. We will also be continuing our work with CAFE Reading and Daily 5.
Our reading focus this week is on the strategy ‘ask questions during the reading process’.We discussed how good readers are asking questions constantly in their head while reading to help them engage with the text, figure out new words or even help them understand what they are reading. As a class we decided that there isn’t a certain spot when readers ask questions but that it happens all the time.
To practice this strategy we watched this video from Behind the News about Ramadan. Watch it below.
We asked questions before, during and after watching. Here are some of our questions:
Where does it take place? Charlotte
When does Ramadan take place? Hugo
How long does Ramadan go for? Swairi
If you are sick do you still have to fast? Keren
Do all Muslims fast? Romy
Are there special clothes that they need to wear? Ben
When do they wake up to eat breakfast? Millie
We all learned a lot and found the article very interesting! We have been practicing this strategy all week in our reading.
What other questions did you have about Ramadan?
Do you find this strategy useful?
What important events do you celebrate with your family?
We learned an angle dance to help us remember the names and sizes of the different angles and then went on an ‘angle hunt’ in the classroom and found out that there were angles of all shapes and sizes everywhere in our classroom! Have a look at the slideshow below which has photos of just a few angles that we found.
Next week we will practice drawing and measuring the different angles,
What angles can you see in the slideshow above?
What angles can you find in your own home?
Do you have any tips that help you remember the names of the different angles?