Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Term 4

Learning Neighbourhood 3
Yr 5-6 News 

Throughout Term 4 in Reading, we will continue to develop a deep understanding of reading skills based on the CAFE reading model- Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Extended Vocabulary. We will be focusing on asking questions before, during and after reading, using questioning to monitor understanding, reviewing the six dimensions of fluency, using think aloud strategies and explaining how thinking about reading helps with our reading comprehension.
We will continue to participate in guided reading and literature circle groups to develop and review their skills in these areas.

In writing, we will continue to use our VOICES menu to develop our understanding and knowledge of the six traits of writing- Voice, Organisation, Ideas, Conventions, Excellent Word Choice and Sentence Fluency.

We will read and write a variety of poems and will be able to explain the purpose, mood and voice of a range of poetry. We will also take part in writing procedural texts as well as reviewing persuasive writing techniques.

We will continue to develop our ideas for writing through their Writer’s Notebook as well as work in small groups and teacher conferences to develop individual writing goals based on the VOICES menu.

Numeracy this term will be very busy with students learning about and reviewing fractions. We will learn to simplify fractions as well as add, subtract and multiply fractions and decimals. We will also focus on chance and data, mass and location.

We will develop their ability to solve real world mathematical problems based on the topics studied.  Through open ended mathematical questions students will explore a range of problem solving strategies such as trial and error, working backwards and guess and check. 

It is a requirement that students are reading at home every weeknight. We ask that readers are returned to school every TUESDAY and FRIDAY signed by a parent. Through home reading it is expected that students will further develop their reading strategies, reading stamina and comprehension skills.

Homework will be placed on our Class website again this term. Students are required to bring their  homework in EVERY Friday for check in.

This term we will be taking part in Challenged Based Learning. CBL is an engaging multidisciplinary approach to teaching and learning that encourages students to leverage the technology they use in their daily lives to solve real-world problems through efforts in their homes, schools and communities.

Our challenge for Term 4 is to “Increase understanding and awareness about Asylum Seekers”. You can view our challenge here-

Students will take on a number of roles including Project Manager, Documentarian, Media Specialist, Research Librarian, Product Manager, Social Media Manager and Public Relations Director to work in groups to research their guiding questions and come up with solutions to increasing understanding and awareness about asylum seekers. 

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Looking forward to a great term! 

What are you looking forward to most about Term 4?

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Our Blogging Milestone

In the last week of term three, we celebrated achieving our goal of 3000 blog visitors! We are very proud and impressed that so many global people are visiting and interacting with us through our blog.

We love blogging because we get to share and celebrate our learning with people all over the world.

It is even more exciting to note that since our party, only two weeks ago we have hit another milestone. Our blog count is now in excess of 4000 global visitors!

Thank you to everyone who follows our learning and supports us in our journey. We appreciate all the kind comments and encouragement.

We celebrated our milestone by having a class party with lots of yummy food and dancing! A great day was had by all!

How many more visitors do you think we will get this term?

Why do you think people are interested in reading our blog? 

What are some ideas for future blog posts?