Thursday, September 12, 2013

Strategies to add or subtract numbers

Today we discussed easy ways to add or subtract numbers mentally (in our heads without pencil or paper or even a calculator). We discussed adding nine to numbers by adding ten then taking away one. Our challenge was to use a similar strategy to record other numbers that might be added or subtracted this way.

Lauren: To add 8 to any number you can add 10 then take away 2.
eg: 64 + 8 = 64 + 10 - 2 = 72

Jacob: To add 23 to any number you can add 20 and then add 3.
eg: 1 648 + 23 = 1 648 + 20 + 3 = 1 671

Tia: To add 13 to any number you can  add 10 and then add 3.
eg: 674 + 13 = 674 + 10 + 3 = 687

Tessa: To take away 9 from any number you take away 10 and then add 1.
eg: 52 - 9 = 52 - 10 + 1 = 43

Tom: To take away 18 from any number you can take away 20 and then add 2.
eg: 147 - 18 = 147 - 20 + 2 = 129

Stephanie: To take 8 away from any number you can take away 10 and add 2.
eg: 63 - 8 = 63 - 10 + 2 = 55

Can you share any other numbers that might be added or subtracted in this way?

Friday, August 30, 2013

Book Week 2013 - Read Across the Universe

Book Week 2013 on PhotoPeach

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Character Interviews by Middle N

In Literacy we have been exploring characters in the narratives we read. The following interviews have been created by us after reading different narratives. We had to create interview questions based on events in the text and then interpret how we felt our character would respond. We hope you enjoy our interviews!

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Thursday, August 1, 2013


On Tuesday 23rd July the Middles went to Taskworks in Mulgrave. We chose to go to Taskworks  to help us explore our BIG question in Inquiry - 'How do the choices we make contribute to our physical and emotional health?'
At Taskworks we participated in many different FUN activities. They were -

Peg Fast
In Peg Fast you have to put all of your pegs in the right holes as quickly as possible, but you have to work as a team to complete the activity. There is a rule, that rule is that you only can hold two pegs at a time. When you work as a team you find the game is easier and way more FUN! It’s easier to co-operate when you share ideas. You use teamwork to work together to get it done and you think about where you are going to put your pegs. Be careful you are racing against other teams.

By Jacob F, Ciaran, Lauren and Bianca
The Puzzle Room
The soma blocks is a way of working in a group to make a cube and it’s not so easy. With the blocks you have to work together to make anything without fighting. The brick maze rules were you can only go straight and turn right to get through. On the back wall you had to make all different things with jig saw puzzle piece things. At the bikes you have a partner and first to get to ten wins.
By Pat Maria Cooper Chloe
Create a Scene
First of our group got split into 2 groups. One group went into build it and the other went into create a scene. They then told us the rules for create a scene, and then we had to take our shoes off. Then we were free to try on the costumes. The themes were: Punk/rock, Medieval, Monsters and last but not least the future. In create a scene you are not yourself, it’s like you are in a different time dimension. It is great having a partner to help set the scene.
By Jamie, Tia, Tessa and Ben

- Build It

In ‘Build It’ first we got split into two groups so the activities were equal. There is two sections, one where we could build either a teenager, child or an adult robot. Then the second section you have to take turns at taking apart the creeper then re build the robot and put all the different parts as a group. We had to work together to complete this activity.
By Amelia, Connor, Ava, Tom!
- Stomp a Stump

In this game you had to work together with a partner. You also had to cooperate as a team to choose who stomps the stump. Most people halved the stumps with their partner but there was an extra stump in the middle so you had to work together to tell them who would stomp on it. In stomp a stump every was working together to get a high score but I thought it`s all about fun!
By Stephanie, Jackson, Adol and Lachlan
- Cable Maze
When we entered the cable maze it looked hard. We all thought we would go on the wrong track. We went into the cable maze and it was really fun and it kept you moving. The maze made you work with a partner and all by yourself. We had to get out to get a great time. The cable maze was good physical activity and it was still fun.

By Joe, Will, Ashling and Jacob M

Thank you to Rose, Scott and Courtney for helping us and showing us around Taskworks. PhotoPeach

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Quotable Quotes - Part One

'How do the choices I make contribute to my physical and emotional health?' As part of out Literacy activities, we have created 'Quotable Quotes' in response to the following statements -
  • Exercise is important to me because…
  • Sleep is important to me because...
  • The most important way to stay healthy is….
  • The best way to stay fit…
Here is what we think.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

How long is your foot? (Measurement in the Middles)

Today in Maths, Middle N measured the length our feet.Our learning intention was to measure the length in centimetres also known as cm.We had to choose 10 people from our class and measure the length of their foot. After we measured 10 people we answered four questions. After we collected the data we made a graph sorting our data by foot size.
Tips for good measuring!
When you measure you always start measuring at zero. If your ruler only has millimetres just cover up the last zero. That is because there is 10 mm in 1 cm. If measuring a foot like we did then put the zero on your ruler on the heel of the foot.
The difference of the biggest and smallest foot was six centimetres.The range is 19cm to 25cm.
Middle N enjoyed it.We all had lots of fun!
By Jacob F and Ciaran

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Children's Book Festival 2013

On Thursday 21st March, the children in Grade 3 and 4 went to the Children's Book Festival. We travelled into the city by train and then walked to the library. We worked with Bronwyn Bancroft. We saw a play by the 'Story Thieves'. After that we had a look through the Library. My favourite part of the day was making the collage.

Children's Book Festival 2013 on PhotoPeach

Sunday, March 3, 2013

How do celebrations help us to learn about ourselves and others?

Last week, we were discussing celebrations that we celebrate with our families or that we had been a part of. We made a list of celebrations that we have heard about and sorted them into groups - personal celebrations, national celebrations, religious celebrations, state celebrations and global celebrations. Then we thought about what we would like to discover about celebration stories. Here are our wonderings. (To see all comments, scroll hand over green background.)