So we are learning about algebra in Maths and thinking algebraically (is there such a word as this????!) This week, Mary posed a problem for us to think about and work out mathematically …

How many sticks would it take to make a 5 rung ladder?

If we know how many sticks it takes to make a 5 rung ladder, is there a way we can predict how many sticks we would need for a 13 rung ladder, or a 45 rung ladder??

There was some great team work going to solve this mathematical problem and indeed yes, there is an efficient way to calculate how many sticks you would for 13 or 45 rungs .. or in fact, as many rungs as you like.  Here are some photos of us in action:

Can you work out the formula?

# OKAY! We have it ‘figured’ out!

IF you have been following our blog, you would know we have been figuring out figurative language! We have explored different types such as similes, metaphors, hyperbole (Mary’s favourite!), personification and dialect. Last week, we played a fast and furious game where we had to grab a sentence and work as a team to decide which type of literary device it was. Fun times and lots of discussion and learning (and the occasional disagreement!) Here are some action shots …

Can you share any great examples of figurative language you have read lately??

# Unicef Writing Workshop

Today we had Tienyi, a Young Ambassador from Unicef spend the day with us leading us in a writing project. Three schools have been selected to write a story of welcome for refugees and we were lucky enough to write the middle section of the narrative – the exciting part where the story becomes more complicated. Here is a photo of Tienyi and all of us at the end of a great day talking, planning and writing together:

This week, all the students are writing a blog post on the experience and the best ones will be posted here. Our first one comes from Jackson:

Today I drew an amazing picture of the book we wrote about.  I used lots of different colors in my picture such as grey, black, yellow, brown, red, dark brown and dark blue and light blue. I used these colors to mimic the colors we would see in the ocean, clouds, lightening and a boat and to show the terrible weather in my picture. My picture was of refugees trying to get to Australia from a made up country that the other school thought of.  The refugees are on a boat because there was a terrible war in their country and they were fearful for their lives and the lives of their families and were trying to get somewhere safe to start a new life.

This is Jackson’s group sharing their section of the narrative.

And thoughts from Courtney:

One fine day we were lazing on the beanbags…….UNTIL!!! This lady, who was a young leader of UNICEF, caught our eyes. We spoke about  skillful ways to turn not just boring writing but very boring writing into hot sizzling meat! This gave us the chance to communicate using all different aspects of the writing. We learnt how to write very enthusiastically by doing and listening to what she was saying. She split us into optional groups, one was publishing the writing and the other was drawing the pictures carefully. This day was a very fun day, when we not only learnt to write but learn what the rights of kids are. All kids should get the same support in their everyday lives, no matter what.

It’s not what matters, it’s what counts.

Courtney and Keeley concentrating on the rights of children

And from Hannah:

On Tuesday the 27th of May, something very special was happening in 5/6 MK. Tienyi, an ambassador from UNICEF came to our class to do a very exciting writing workshop with us. We knew only a little of how this wonderful day was going to kick off, but we knew we were going to be part of writing a story.  We started off the great day by making a heart contract and exploring who and what a refugee is. We talked about our childhood rights, and those of other countries that are unfortunately not obeying the “UN Convention” of the rights of Children. After recess we read the beginning of the story. We were very lucky that we got to write the middle part of the story. Altogether as a class we brainstormed ideas of how our gripping part of the story was going to take place. We broke off into small groups and Tienyi gave each group a part of the brainstorm to write about. We had to include description, the character’s point of view and dialogue. We continued writing our parts of the story after lunch, and when we had finished our wonderful writing, we read them all out loud to the rest of the class. Half of the class had a very important job of making sure each part of the story flowed and made sense when put all together. The other half of the class were the illustrators. They drew scenes of the story which are going to be sent to a professional illustrator who will recreate our drawings and put them into the book. I had a great, awe-inspiring day full of fun and writing and I am now inspired to write even more.

Hannah and Mal at work

Stay tuned for more this week ….

# Figuring out figurative language!

This week we will be exploring figurative language and how authors use this to create interest and spice in their writing. We will be focusing on the use of similes and metaphors but these are not the only types of figurative language. Talk a look at this clip …

After you have watched this clip, you will know something about similes, metaphors, hyperbole (can you say this one??!!), alliteration, repetition and dialect. Choose one of these literary devices and find some examples of it in your novel. You might need to watch the clip again or do a search to find out more about what it means. When you have found some examples, create a poster (using publisher) about your chosen literary device including what it means and some examples from your novel. Save it into the printing folder/Literary Devices so I can print it in colour for you!!

Watch this space people for some amazing, educational posters … coming soon!!

# Family Week 2014

Well it rained, and it rained, and it rained … but that didn’t stop our visitors on Family Week Open Afternoon! It was great to welcome some special family members into our classroom to share our learning. We even had overseas guests! We are going to fund raise for Catholic Care later in the term when we have our Business Expo. You can read more about what Catholic Care do here.

Here are two of our gorgeous families

# How much would you pay???

We have started to prepare for Confirmation in our class and our Grade 5 students  are supporting our Grade 6 students and learning together. We are going to focus on the fruits of the Spirit this year. We can find the fruits of the Spirit in St Paul’s Letter to the Galatians:

### Mary told us we were going to have a fruits of the Spirit auction! We formed ourselves into teams and had a strategy meeting!! We were given \$1000 to spend on the fruits and we had to prioritise – this was challenging for some groups! Then the fun began ….

Do I hear \$150 for self control? It’s against you Sir? How much is this fruit really worth to you?

Here is what each of the fruits was sold for:

Are you surprised at which fruit was sold for the most??

It was a great learning experience and made us REALLY think about the value of each of these fruits in our lives. here are some of our reflections:

Our group decided to bid for the fruit love, because if you don’t feel loved you may be sad or angry and take that out on others, therefor you are not being a peaceful, kind or gentle person. We decided not to bid for gentleness, because if you love others, you will be gentle towards them. The gift faithfulness also interested our group, because to be a follower of Jesus, you will have to be faithful, be kind towards each other, and be a generous, gentle, joyful person.  (Mallory)

Today we had our fruits of the Spirit auction. Personally I loved that everyone was so enthusiastic. Our group decided to go for gentleness. To be a gentle person makes you a loving person, a peaceful person and a faithful person. So being gentle also helps us show some of the other fruits in our lives. We also went for joy because if you’re not joyful or happy, then half of your life will be spent moping about. there’s no point being sad every day. We only live once right and it’s okay to be sad sometimes but not every day. (Lilli)

In the fruits of the Spirit auction, my group bought gentleness and generosity. We wanted gentleness because if you are gentle, you also possess peace, joy, love and kindness. If you are gentle, you follow the message Jesus told us to live by, “Love one another as I have loved you.” We also chose generosity becasue as well as possessing other fruits, you are also selfless and you care about others. If everyoe possessed gentleness and generosity we would live in a world of peace and tranquility without wars or fighting. Everyone would be treated as equals and we would please God and follow Jesus’ message. (Bess)

Which fruit do you think is most valuable in your life? What would you be prepared to pay for it???

# Manga Mania!

This year, we have started learning Japanese at our school. We are LOVING it and look forward to our weekly Japanese lesson with Kathrin. She has introduced us to some aspects of the Japanese culture and one of them is Manga. You can read more about it here. This form of Japanese comic dates back to the late 19th Century so it is well and truly older than us (even Mary and Krystyna too!!!) We have had a go at drawing our own Manga style comic characters. Take a look …

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What is your favourite aspect of Japanese culture??