Sunday, 20 September 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: cutting the cake and putting the Jellybeans on it to work out what is a quarter and how many each person gets.

It was really hard when: putting every in the right place.

Something that really helped me was: the materials like the Jellybeans and paper.

Something new I learned was:

Kerri Thinks
You have a clear understanding of 'half and not half' and have used this understanding to help you with other fractions. You share your ideas in the group and use materials to show your thinking. 
Rememebr when problem solving, slow down and think about what the question is asking and then think about what you already know. Lots of thinking and drawing pictures can help you solve tricky problems.

Wednesday, 16 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

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: thinking and talking about the book helps me get my brain ready to learn new stuff.

It was really hard when: getting my idea before i start talking. People sharing before me so I have to find a different idea.

Something that really helped me was: having lots of practise and times to share.

Something new I learned was: that if you find a word you dont know then you can break it up.

Kerri Thinks 
Thinking about what you know about the story before you start reading helps your brain to get ready so what you rad makes more sense.  I think you listen and learn from others when we chat in our reading groups. You share your ideas and add on to the ideas of others. This helps you to understand what you read and work out some tricky new words. Your next learning step is to read out loud fluently and with expression. We will try reading some plays in our group to help with this.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Rangatiratanga

We are learning about Rangatiratanga (Leadership and initiative).

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. 


I show rangatiratanga - (leadership and initiative) in the classroom.
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I show rangatiratanga - (leadership and initiative) in the playground.
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My Reflection
I show rangatiratanga in the playground by: talking to people nicely, I am doing the right thing.

I show rangatiratanga in the classroom when: doing the right thing, even when I don't want too and doing jobs that need doing.

It was really hard when: I don't know what the right thing to do is.

Kerri Thinks
You show rangatiratanga in and out of the classroom. You show leadership by making sure you are doing the right thing in your learning like using your i-time card and trying your very best. 
You think for yourself and do what needs to be done without being asked like charging the ipads and tidying up messes in the classroom aye Tidy Heidi. 

Sunday, 6 September 2015

My mum

In 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:


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)
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I did some fixing by myself
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Reflection

My favourite part was: writing about my mum because she is nice to me and she always does reading stories with me before bed.

It was really hard when: describing my mum, I thought she was tall but she is quite short.

Something that really helped me was: Kerri showed us and we had a go as a class then we wrote our own ones.

Something new I learned was: describing means what they look like and how they move. It's about trying to get the reader to know what you see instead of a picture you use words.

Kerri Thinks
What a fantastic reflection Heidi. You have thought about your learning, what was tricky and what was new. You can plan your writing and then use the plan to make sure you have added details. These details help to create a clear picture in your readers mind. Using a simile might help you to describe how tall your mum is... she is tall compared to you, she is as tall as a ?