Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Fractions and Problem Solving

We have been learning all about fractions and what a fraction is. We decided that a fraction is fair. It needs to be the same shape, same size or the same number. 
We have also been doing loads of thinking and problem solving in our maths. We think problem solving is hard but we are very proud of our learning!

WALT: find the fractions of sets and shapes.
Success Criteria
  • I can use what I know to solve problems
  • I can use a picture to show my thinking
  • I can use materials to show my thinking
  • My shares are fair (the same shape, same size or the same number)

How I am going

I can use what I know to solve problems
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I can use a picture to show my thinking
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I can use materials to show my thinking
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My shares are fair (the same shape, same size or the same number)
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Reflection
My favourite part was: solving the maths problems and doing some thinking with the materials.

It was really hard when: that we had to remember how to write 1/4 and 1/2.

Something that really helped me was: using the materials to do thinking and working out.

Something new I learned was:  fractions are fair shares, the same size and the same number or the same shape.

Kerri Thinks
What great learning Eshaan - materials are a great help to show your thinking and to help solve tricky problems. You have a great understanding of fractions and you can find fractions of sets and shapes and count in halves -  there is no 'big half'.  You share your ideas in the group and use the materials to help explain and show your thinking. 
Remember when problem solving, think hard about what the question is asking and then think how you can use what you already know. Lots of thinking and drawing pictures can help you solve tricky problems. 

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Using what I know

WALT: think about what I already know before I start reading

Success Criteria:
  • I can share my ideas about what I already know before I start reading
  • I can learn from what others already know to help me in my reading
  • I use what I already know to help me work out new and tricky words
  • I use what I already know to help me better understand what I read

Photo of KWL (from the group) and/or draw it

How I am going

I can share my ideas about what I already know before I start reading
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I can learn from what others already know to help me in my reading
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I use what I already know to help me work out new and tricky words
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I use what I already know to help me better understand what I read
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Reflection

Thinking about what I already know helps me because:

It was really hard when:

Something that really helped me was:

Something new I learned was:
Kerri Thinks
You are a fabulous reader and I love how you are so keen to share you thinking before and after reading. Thinking about what we know before we start reading helps us to get our brains ready for new ideas and it can help us to work out some new and tricky words.

Your next step is to increase reading fluency, this means to make your reading sound like talking. We are using plays to help us practide reading out loud and with expression. Remember to read the punctuation to build fluency.


Monday, 14 September 2015

Rangatiratanga

We are learning about Rangatiratanga (Leadership and initative).

This is what we think Rangatiratanga is...
  • Helping new kids –showing them what to do and where things are
  • Doing something without being asked
  • Helping
  • Solving problems for ourselves… thinking
  • Leading by example… showing by doing
  • It is not being a bossy boots
Rangatiratanga (Leadership and Initiative) - it is all about thinking and making some choices for ourselves. 

We need to think for ourselves!!


I show rangatiratanga - (leadership and initative) in the classroom.
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I show rangatiratanga - (leadership and initative) in the playground.
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My Reflection
I show rangatiratanga in the playground by: I help people when they are hurt and sometimes help them on the swing. I am doing the right thing.

I show rangatiratanga in the classroom when: I tidy up the I time containers at brunch without being asked.

It was really hard when: the kids just throw their I time bits on the table and I have to sort them all out.

Kerri Thinks
You show rangatiratanga in and out of the classroom. You are someone who leads by example. You can be counted on to quietly do the right thing, even if the questions are hard, and you are in the right spot trying your very best. You show initative when you make choices about what needs to be done and getting on and doing it - you are a quiet thinker and leader.
Thank you for helping keep the i-time icons tidy even when the kids just dump them on the table. You can be counted on to do the job, without being asked.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Writing to describe

BvsgpweIn High5 we have been practising writing to describe. That means we are trying to get the reader to see what we see, we are using our words to create a picture. We have been adding details to our writing to help make the picture clearer.

Task:
Our job is to do this planning and write our own story about a person in our family that is special to us.

Success Criteria:
  • I planned my writing 
  • I added details (what I can seehow my person moveswhat I might hear from my person)
  • I did some fixing by myself 
My writing:

And the


How I am going

I planned my writing
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I added details (what I can seehow my person moveswhat I might hear from my person)
Kerri thinks

I did some fixing by myself
Kerri thinks
Reflection

My favourite part was when we: did lots of talking about what details we are going to add.

It was really hard when: we had to do the fixing and to look for where the full stops need to go.

Something that really helped me was: added details of what we can see what we can hear and how the person moves.

Something new I learned was: if you do a good plan you can put your ideas in your writing.

Kerri Thinks
Eshan, you are starting to plan your writing by thinking about the main ideas you want to include in your story. Remember to add more details to your plan that you can then add to you story.
Part of fixing your writing is reading and making sure it all makes sense. Sometimes you need to add some words so your writing is clear for the reader.


Friday, 21 August 2015

Wearable Arts

We have been learning all about design on our way to create our wearable art garment. We started with some challenges…
1. In teams create and build the tallest tower
    
Our tower is the tallest, but we didn't finish in time.
We worked together; sharing ideas and elping each other. We have learned that it is really important to design and plan our creations before we start. This means we all know what we are trying to make.
2. Build a shelter for Leo our class bear

We learned that it can be very tricky to work in groups and we all have to take turns.
3. Work together to create a costume for 1 member of our team to model. 

Workgin together to share ideas.


   
Here we are in our costumes!




















We remembered that it is important to design our work before we start. We also learned that we have to be careful with our materials, newspaper and tinfoil rip quiet easily.

We are going to use what we have learned to create our wearable arts garment.

Success Criteria:

  • Research and find my inspiration
  • Design and plan my garment (How I see things)
  • Follow my plan to create my garment
  • Create a garment that is going to last
  • Create a piece of art – an idea or a story or message

My story

Label it
My plan
Making 

Photo of me in my garment


How I am going

Research and find my inspiration
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Design and plan my garment (How I see things) 
Kerri thinks

Follow my plan to create my garment
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Create a garment that lasts
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Create a piece of art – an idea or a story or message
Kerri thinks


Reflection
My favourite part was: showing my bat on the stage because everybody could see the creation that I made.

It was really hard when: the making because I needed lots of material to make it.

Something that really helped me was: having lots of time to make it and Deb helped me too.

Something new I learned was: wearable arts are something that you make and not buy from a shop. It is something you can make with material.

Kerri Thinks
Eshaan, you had a clear vision of what you wanted to create and you worked hard to achieve it. We spent a lot of time thinking and planning before we started making and this helped you to gather your ideas and create your plan. However, when you start making it can be tricky to stick to your plan.  You did your best to follow you plan, working hard by youself and with a little adult support at times to create your garment but you had to change your plan a little as you went to make it work and this is all part of the technology process (starting with planning, and then some creating, changing, creating and fixing). I am pleased you enjoyed showing your creation to the audience, you put in a lot of hard work and it is great to share!

Monday, 10 August 2015

Body Parts - Te Reo

We are learning the body parts in Te Reo with our buddies. We have worked hard to create a poster to show our learning.

Success Criteria:
I have at least 6 body parts clearly labeled on my poster
I have the English and Māori words on my poster
I can sing a simple waiata (song) in Te Reo Māori about the parts of the body


How I am going

I have at least 6 body parts clearly labeled on my poster
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I have the English and Māori words on my poster
Kerri thinks



I can sing a simple waiata (song) in Te Reo Māori about the parts of the body
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Reflection

My favourite part was: when we learned the head and shoulders song in Māori because there were easy words to say and I already knew them.

It was really hard when: I had to spell the words on my poster.

Something that really helped me was: my buddy helped me and we used the Te Tinana poster.

Something new I learned was: some new words like matiwai is toes.

Kerri Thinks
It's a bit tricky without your poster and it is disappointing when the big buddy doesn't send it to you. However I know you and your buddy worked together to create a poster and you both used this time to help you learn some new words for your body parts. I am pleased you enjoyed singing the head and shoulders song - it great to build new learning onto what we already know!