Fraction fun

Here’s some more work on equivalent fractions. Remember equivalence means the amount of the whole is the same but the number of parts the whole is cut into can be different. It’ll make more sense when you see it…

Have a look at this link…

Take the bar along to the halfway point, halfway between zero and one. Now write down all the equivalent fractions on the fraction wall for half.

Now take the bar along to the one-third point (1/3). Write down all the equivalent fractions for one-third.

Now take the bar along to the three-quarter point (3/4) and write down all the equivalent fractions for one-quarter.


Tuesday’s writing

Our learning intention for our writing is that we will be able to create a persuasive text.

To inspire you to think about how to convince others that something you find important should be important to them as well, have a look at this BTN clip…

For your writing you’re going to choose from the list of topics you made yesterday to plan a persuasive piece of your own.


Inquiry reading for Week 4

Hi 4D,

Last week we talked about rules and laws and the three levels of government (remember those superheroes on BTN?). This week we’re looking at local government and particularly, the Macedon Ranges Council. We’re asking questions like…

What is a local council?

How many councils are there in Victoria?

Who is our local council and what are they responsible for?

To do this we’re going to begin by looking at a few maps so we can start to visualise where we are and where our council is. Have a look at this map first…

Can you find our shire?

Now look at this map…

This is the map of the Macedon Ranges Shire. You’ll see that it’s divided into wards. Which ward are you in? Which ward is our school in?

Use the key at the bottom to work out what things are.

Nameless gnomes

4D’s gnome garden is growing, thanks to Waylon and Ben and our garden will be a wonderful place to spend time when the spring weather comes. We’ve got some painting to do as there are some log seats waiting to be magically transformed into toadstools. Also, we need to name those gnomes so Gerome knows what his friends are called! Have a think about names and we’ll make a list next week.


Script planner

As you work through your script you need to be planning how it is going to be presented. Are you going to BE the explorer or are you going to TELL your audience about your explorer.

Once you’ve decided this it’s time to organise your information.  Use these pointers to get you started:

  • Who is your explorer/navigator? What is their name, date of birth and the dates of their explorations?
  • What journeys of exploration did they navigate? Show their journeys on a map and write down what you will say to your audience about where they went. Remember to name the oceans and the continents they went to.
  • Do some research to see if you can find the names of their ships. If you can’t find the names, see if you can find out the types of ships that were used in that time by people from that country.
  • What navigational tools might they have used? Look on the Mariners Museum website to find out.
  • What impact did your explorer’s journeys have on the world? What places were discovered? What people were affected? Were any killed? Were any places named after your explorer?

Meet Gerome

Meet Gerome, our very first gnome, standing next to his toadstool home (thank you Alice :-). Gerome has come to stay in our gnome garden, in fact, right now he’s our only gnome! Getting a little lonely out there Gerome? Never fear, friends are near. We’re sure there’ll be many more gnomes joining you soon.