Podcast- What do you think Feezal?- Literacy Circles

Literacy Circles is a program that all students in 5/6 participate in, and is used to encourage learners to really think about the book that they are reading. During the 6 weeks that we were given, each class had been split into groups. We worked on a singular book throughout this time and discussed our thoughts, relations and predictions on it each week. My group read ‘What do you think Feezal?’ by Elizabeth Honey. The book was about a small girl who had an extroadinary admiration for dogs and was not very well looked after by her oddball of a mother and hard worker for a father. I took up the role as connector. My role each week was to think of three connections and share them with the rest of the group. The other roles in the group were Discussion Director (the leader and heart of the group), the Passage Master (someone who picks out a few passages that they found interesting or surprising in the book), the Tally Master (the person who takes care of who has or has not completed the required homework listed by the Discussion Director), the Captain or Contessa of Comprehension (the person who asks Question-Answer-Relationship Questions about the book), and the Word Watcher (similar to the passage master, they pick out certain parts of the book that they found interesting or surprising although in this case they only pick out a singular word or phrase).

At the end of our Literacy Circles program, everyone creates a presentation on the book. Usually, most people would go with a play but this year, the teachers decided to get everyone to do something a little bit different… This year, all of the groups had to create a podcast on their book. No visuals. Just audio. First of all, our group started brainstorming some ideas for the podcast. After we had done that we started writing the script which included some interesting and exciting words. Then we started our recordings. Once that was complete, my friend Tom and I started to edit the podcast by deleting and placing different parts of the recording. We then went online and started looking for intro music. Them after all that we had to add a whole lot more of information into our recording. After all this, we had finished our podcast. We had a few troublesome problems and obstacles along the way, but nothing could stop us from finishing the task.

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Literacy Circles Podcast

 

Maths Mate Term 4 Sheet 2 Problem 22

PREDICT:

I predict that this problem is going to be about the four operations (and BIDMAS).

READ:

Fill in the missing number.

__ /5 = 9

CLARIFY:

There was nothing that I needed to clarify in this question.

MY TOOL:

During the working outs of this problem I did not really use a tool.

THE BIG QUESTION:

What is the correct number to fill the gap in the number sentence?

SUMMARY:

This problem was pretty easy for me because I know my four operations and used them in this problem.

MY ANSWER:

My answer for this problem was 45.

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Maths Mate Term 4 Sheet 2 Problem 22

What are my spelling words about?- List Greek Prefixes 2

This week for spelling I had the following words:

Catastrophic, catalogue, metamorphosis, metaphor, paralysis, period, peripheral, problem, prologue, prosthetic, syndrome, synagogue, synonym, hyperbole, hypertext, hypothesis and hypocrite.

I got all of the words correct in the test accept for synagogue.

My teacher also asked me to find out all of the meanings of the prefixes of each word. Here they are:

Cata-down, meta-above/beyond/among, par- order/ prepare/provide/procure, per-thoroughly, pro-before, syn-with, hyper-over, hyp-under.

 

Behind The News- Space School

A group of students from a range of schools have taken the opportunity to go to a certain school where they get to learn about space from a real life astronaut. These kids want to become astronauts in the future but before that they have to learn about the skills and techniques that astronauts need in order to survive and do their job. In the lessons of the space school, the students are taught by a real life astronaut who has been in to space three times, totalling a staggering six hundred and seventy five hours up in the stars. It may look like a whole bunch of fun, hanging out with the other astronauts in the rocket, floating around in the zero gravity air, but when up in space there can be a lot of work to do. It depends on what job you have been assigned to complete. Apart from being an astronaut, there are many other ways of being involved in space “missions” or jobs. These include astro-physicists and airo-space-engineers. Overall, there are many job spaces to be filled when it comes to blasting up to the moon.

Extreme Weather Report- Tsunamis (with India and Erica)

Tsunamis, also known as seismic sea waves, are basically a series of sea waves that can cause destruction and corruption on land and out at sea. These large sea waves’ name originated from the busy country of Japan. They can reach up to 40 metres in height and can be hazards to all life on land. This as you could probably tell is very high and terrifying in any circumstance. From this information, tsunamis are obviously one of the most deadly extreme weather conditions.

When Tsunamis are coming, there could be possible signs of the thunderous waves approaching. Although, you can’t really warn people about them.There are signs but they only come a few minutes before the tsunami occurs. This is because when the earth quake strikes it shakes the plate and pulls the waves out 100’s of metres and because the water builds up it is shot back to the land. They mostly come unseen and at one time. So people don’t know what is going to happen. But when those humongous waves do appear on the local beach, they cause a whole lot of trouble.

 

They often occur along the coastlines of Japan, coincidentally, the place where the name of Tsunamis originated from. When a Tsunami is starting to form along these coastlines, water begins to recede from the beach. The same water is then pulled back hundreds of metres to start to create the Tsunami. Once it reaches shallow water it starts to slow down. But at the same time, increases in height.

Tsunamis most often occur in areas around and in Japan because of the placements of the country. You see, Japan sits between two plates of the Earth’s crust. In this case, one of the plates sits over the other. Then, one of the plates suddenly jumps up several feet which moves a large and excessive amount of water. The water then moves out in all different directions, causing a Tsunami.

Tsunamis can cause a mass amount of destruction, but there are a few things that we can do to try and avoid them. They are caused by other extreme weather conditions such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and landslides. These are very few of some of the things that Tsunamis can be caused by.

Tsunamis cause mass amounts of destruction. Houses severely damaged or collapsed, people dead or extremely injured. Swerving in and out of resident/citizen filled areas. Many different people and workers are affected by Tsunamis when they occur. Ranging from children to elderly citizens. But how they can be affected is a completely different thing all together. For example, school children can lose close relatives such as grandparents or their mothers and fathers. This could be because their relatives may not be able to reach a suitable shelter for the Tsunami or other extreme weather conditions. So, in conclusion tsunamis can affect many different people.

 

To avoid a Tsunami is one thing, but preventing them, is a completely different thing altogether. We can’t prevent Tsunamis but maybe, just maybe we can avoid them. Some things that we can do to try and avoid tsunamis, are 1. Be prepared, especially if you live in Tsunami threatened areas, 2. Try to avoid living in a Tsunami threatened area, 3. Don’t have too many valuable items in a vulnerable area for Tsunamis. These are just some of the things that you can do to try and avoid certain Tsunamis.

Bethany Hamilton, a professional surfer is now a charity supporter and fundraiser for Tsunamis. Bethany lost her left arm during a surfing competition training session with family friends. After that, she became a supporter of Tsunami affected people and areas. Through this she became a better person.

One Earthquake (which causes a Tsunami), in the Indian Ocean near Indonesia, killed over two hundred thousand residents. It occurred during the month of December, 2004. It was a horrific event that no one could ignore. It was also something that none of the living victims of the event could ever forget.

March, 2011.  On this date the Tokoku Tsunami took place. This tsunami reached 40 metres in height wiping out many towns. As well as creating a few nuclear accidents.

Overall, Tsunamis must be one of the most harmful and destructive extreme weather conditions you could face. Maybe you can become as supportive of Tsunami affected people as Bethany. Her support may give you ideas about creating your own charity/fundraising company to run yourself. But mainly, we hope this has given you an insight to how much damage and how to possibly avoid a Tsunami.

Bibliography:

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/earth/tsunamis.html

http://www.em.gov.au/sites/schools/getthefacts/tsunami/pages/default.aspx

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/earth/tsunamis.html

http://news.nationalgeographic.com.au/news/2005/01/0117_050119_tsunami_marine.html

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/earth/tsunamis.html

http://www.em.gov.au/sites/schools/getthefacts/tsunami/pages/default.aspx

100 Word Challenge Week 7

“Where is he?” I said in a angry whisper which was not common for me. “Don’t worry he’ll be here…” Meanwhile on the road… “RRRR!” A large SUV drifted around the corner of Hastings and Lygon. Toby appeared out of the car, his wide eyes glistening in the light of the sun. He ran towards  me and Katie, laptop in hand. “We have to get inside!” I shouted. ” THEN LETS GO!” The three of us, sprinted into the underground car park, hoping for the best and not the worst. But we were stopped by a horrid scent. I could not believe the smell!

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Maths Mate Term 4 Sheet 1 Problem 22

PREDICT:

I predict that this problem is going to be about problem solving.

READ:

Fill in the missing number.

12 x _ = 36

CLARIFY:

There was nothing that I needed to clarify in this problem.

MY TOOL:

In this problem I didn’t really need to use a tool.

THE BIG QUESTION:

What is the correct number that fills the missing spot?

SUMMARY:

This problem was very simple because all I had to do was multiply 12 by something to get my answer.

MY ANSWER:

My answer for this question was 3.

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SEPEP Reflection- Beast F.C

During the last couple of months, the 5/6’s have been involved in a program called SEPEP. The program encourages kids to take action and organise several different sports activities. For SEPEP this year our Physical Education teacher, Ryan, chose futsal as the sport that we would be participating in. When he did announce that we were doing futsal (a smaller version of football/soccer) I was really excited, and everyone was excited to know what the actual teams were. Once we were put in to our teams, all of the other students kept on saying that our team was a tad unfair compared to the other teams but we did not mind. During the information session, we learnt about the different roles that each team needed to choose people for. The roles were Coach, Captain, Referee, Scorer and First Aid. I got the role of Coach. The coach has to come up with many different drills for the team to go through in each training session. When the match time comes, each team plays against another side. If a team wins, unlike real football games, four points are awarded to them. If a team loses, they are awarded with one point and if a team draws they are awarded with three points. There are also games where teams have to be a duty group. When teams are on duty they have to set up matches and referee them.

As we are coming to the end of the SEPEP program there is to be a grand final held in a few weeks time. We will be versing the Lightning Bolt Squad in the grand final and hope to win. We did verse this team earlier in the season before and actually smashed them eleven to one so we hope that the next time we do come up against them, it will be a more evenly matched game.

GO BEAST F.C!

 

Behind The News- Rock Climbing

Most people would not really think of rock climbing when they go to apply or sign up for a hobby. They would probably think of a more popular sort of sport like football or basketball. But rock climbing could just be the thing that you need when exercising. One man, Robert, said that he was quite unfit when he was a high school student until he took up rock climbing. Once he did take up climbing he started to get much healthier and physically fitter. Clearly showing that rock climbing can be used for all different kinds of purposes he went on to joining a group of climbers that now train often and are an experienced group of rock climbers.

Although, like any sport, rock climbing can be an extremely dangerous thing. You have to wear the correct safety gear for the climbs and have trained a lot depending on what kind of place you are climbing near. But, rock climbing can also be a friendship builder. You can join other people during climbing and become best friends. Just like all sports really. Except for maybe singles in tennis. But, you get the drift.

 

Read Like a Writer-What do you think Feezal?

Earlier this morning all of our class participated in a session about reading like a writer. During the session we learnt about the differences and similarities between reading like writer and reading like a reader. We also learnt about the features of someone who is reading like a writer or reader. Near the end of the session we were asked to read a certain piece of writing we found interesting of our literacy circle books and find out which sections we thought were parts of the “Six Traits of Writing”. So this is what I came up with for the book that I read during literacy circles.

1. Ideas- The idea of having a window cleaner who becomes a best friend is very interesting and slightly admirable.

2. Organisation- The first few sentences of the second paragraph makes me want to know more about who Andy is.

3. Voice- I think that the author’s voice is shown through the feeling of the text. The text’s feeling is very calm and content and I think that is what the author’s personality is like.

4. Word Choice- I think that the “1 adjective” descriptions give a self-explanatory explanation of the noun following it.

5. Sentence Fluency- The sentences in this part of the book flow very well as a union and lead to other sentences.

6. Conventions- The spelling and punctuation in this part of the book is used to elaborate on sentences by joining them together.

Goal Reflection:

  • The conventions in this section of the text I know will be something that I will be something I will use in the future when writing a story. I think that I will use it because  it gives feeling to the text by showing some of the character’s personalities.
  • I also think that I will use the same word choice strategy as demonstrated in the book I read (What do you think Feezal?). This is because the (how I like to call it) “1 adjective” description gives a pretty self-explanatory description of the word following it.
  • I know that voice is already something that I include in my writing, although I think that I could put more of personality (voice) in to my pieces  so that people can recognise my style of writing.