Positive Start Reflections

After watching the Cyberbullying video from Hector’s World together as a class, write your responses to the following questions on Notes…

• How would Ming feel about the altered photo that made fun of her?

• How would Ming feel about that photo being sent to many other people?

• What could Hector and his friends do to help Ming?

• Why do you think Brooke and Bella sent the messages in the first place?

• Is it a good joke to play? Why not?

Hello 4D of 2017 :-)

Hi 4D,

Welcome to our class blog for 2017. Soon you will have your own blogs to share your work with our school community. Our class blog is often used to give you directions and links for our lessons.

Today there are a couple of things I would like you to do…

  1. Go to our school’s website and find the link for the latest newsletter. Read the newsletter.
  2. follow this link to Kathyn Apel’s website to find out more about the author we have been studying this week…https://katswhiskers.wordpress.com/

From Mrs W.

Earth Expo Day

Hi 4D,

I’m very disappointed not to be there with you today getting to see all your hard work and wonderful learning on display for the parents and other students. Mrs Stevens tells me that you’ve been working very hard (and that you even cleaned up the room in readiness for our visitors :-). I’m looking forward to seeing the finished posters and other displays on Thursday when I am back at work.

Good luck with your presentations, I’m sure you’ll all do a BRILLIANT job.

from Mrs Walker

Coding

Hi 4D,

You have several definitions to add to your Coding Handbook. Below are the ones we talked about in class. Please enter these into your coding handbook then see if you can find some pictures that illustrate these well.

programmer – a person who writes computer code and programs

algorithm – a set of steps that are followed IN ORDER to solve a problem

loop – a part of a computer program that repeats the same steps over and over again

Once these are entered into your Coding Handbook you may set your timer for 20 minutes and go back to the Hour of Code website (scroll down to the past blog post to find the link) and continue with the investigation.

When your timer goes off it’s blogging time. Write a blog about your coding learning. You might like to use these sentence beginnings… (or you can make up some of your own).

Today I experienced…

I learned that…

Four coding words and definitions I have learned are:

 

 

Today’s coding

Helloooooooooooooooo 4D. Today for coding we are looking at Scratch. Please answer these questions in your Coding Handbook…

What are Scratch programs called? Why do you think they’ve been given that name?

What are the three parts of a Scratch screen?

Now go to the Hour of Code link below and resume your investigation from yesterday.

 

Hour of code

Hi 4D,

We are going to be spending time learning about coding this week.

First, you need to set up a handbook of your own. Go to Book Creator and set up a new book. For now, call it ‘Coding Handbook’. Each day we will be learning about coding and adding some interesting discoveries to our personal handbooks.

Here’s the link…

Hour of code

Fraction fun :-)

Hi 4D,

Have a look at this link to help build your understanding of equivalent fractions…

fraction wall

Please make sure you scroll down after you have looked at the fraction wall as there is more to read and do.

In your maths dictionary, please look up and write the definition for these words…

numerator

denominator

equivalent

Writing an information report

Hi 4D,

Yesterday we started work on putting all that information you’ve collected for your Inquiry topic into an information report. Here is a breakdown of the steps you need to take to write that report…

  1. Write an introduction. The introduction will introduce your topic and give the reader a definition/explain what your topic is about. It will also give some clues about what the information report will have in it.

Here’s an example:

The theory of Pangaea was thought of one hundred years ago by Alfred Wegener. It is the theory that, once, all the land on Earth, was joined together.  Over many millions of years the Earth changed and the land broke, first into two pieces, then into more pieces to make the continents that we know today. 

2. Write the body paragraphs. This is where you give more information. You can use sub-headings to help organise the information.

Here’s a short example:

Supercontinent

Wegener suggested that there was once a gigantic supercontinent, which he named Pangaea. This means ‘All Earth’ in Greek. During the Jurassic period, the land began to break up. It formed two continents called Gondwanaland and Lurasia. In between those two continents was an ocean called the Tethys Sea. 

More separation

Later, during the Cretaceous period, the continents separated further. The land mass split and the broken parts drifted apart so that they were surrounded by oceans on all sides. 

The Way Things are Now

Now we have seven continents and five oceans and these are habitats to many millions of creatures including us. Some species are unique to certain continents, like kangaroos only being found in Australia and places nearby to Australia. Many other continents have species that are only found in those particular parts of the world. 

At the end of your information report you need to have a conclusion. The conclusion wraps up the information into one final tidy paragraph. It is a summary of your topic.

Conclusion

Millions of years ago our land masses were one huge supercontinent but then, over time, they broke up, first into two bits, then into more until they made the continents that we know today. The process of land splitting and drifting apart is still happening and maybe, if we return in a couple of thousand or million years, things will have changed enormously again! 

 

Read the following link to read an information report about the Tectonic Plates…

tectonic plates

What would happen..?

Good morning 4D,

In your diary day groups please discuss and write down your responses to the following questions:

What would happen if…

  • there was no rubbish collection?
  • there were no health regulations for restaurants? (First you’ll want to think about what health regulations might be – our kitchen garden experiences will help you here.)
  • roads were not looked after?
  • there were no dog or cat regulations?
  • there were no public libraries?
  • each State government produced its own coins?
  • there were no laws against criminal behaviour?

There are a lot of things to consider there. I do not want you to rush your answers. Today I would like you to aim on getting well thought out answers to three of the dot points then tomorrow we’ll look at some more.