We have been using Bloxels to create a visual picture of the characters in our books. We first read our books and thought about the inside and outside character traits that make up our characters. We even thought about different zones our characters were in at different stages of our text.
We then had the challenge to give each colour we used for our characters a place value of ones, tens, hundreds, thousands and some of us even went higher than ten thousands. Using this we used our renaming skills to record the numbers that make up our characters.
“My character is made up of 17 white cubes and each white cube is worth ten so the value is 170.” Yazel
We then had to add the total numbers of each colour together to work out the total value of our character.
“My character’s value was 12,428,104.” Abaan
We have been writing clues for others to guess the value of our character. See if you can guess the value of our character!
- My character is made up of a 4 digit number
- My number is an odd number
- My character is made up of only odd numbers
- My number has 179 tens
- My character has a 7 in the hundreds place
- My character has a 1 in the thousands place
- My character has 2 number 1’s that make up the number
- My character has a 1 in the thousands place and the other numbers are in ascending order
- My character has 1791 ones
What is the value of my character?
We have been thinking about the writing process and how it works, so that we can follow the steps of the writing process. If we are unsure of what to do we can look at the flow charts we have created to help us. We created a flow chart from the order of the writing process and thought about what to do if we are stuck for ideas, unsure of planning and what to do when we are given feedback. Below are some examples of the writing process. Look at how much is involved in writing!
This is the link for the Home Learning. It is for weeks 4 – 5.
Home Learning – Week 4-5
This morning we had an unexpected visitor near our classroom. It was a small insect and at first some of us thought it was a grasshopper. We were so curious about what the insect was so we decided to research about it. We worked in pairs, first looking at pictures of different insects to find one that had some similarities. We think it is some sort of praying mantis, but we are unsure about which type it is.
“We think it is a mantidae because it has dots and skinny legs. It also has a fat body and green eyes” Lucas, Udjith and Mohamad.
“We predict that the insect is a teenager praying mantis because baby ones are very small and adult ones are very big” Sirat and Melissa
“We think the insect could be a Octospilota Praying Mantis because its skin is a very light brown which means it could be a baby and the Octospilota insects are very big even if they are a baby” Abaan and Zain.
“I think it might be a stick insect” Gisele.
Some facts we learnt when researching are,
-Stick insects can look like a tree, bush or and twig of a branch
-Praying Mantis have 4 legs and are camouflage in colou
Can you please help us to find out what insect we have living near our classroom.
In 4E we have been getting to know everyone in our learning community and thinking about what we want our learning community to look like. We have explored what a learning area should look like, sound like and feel like so that we can design a classroom where we can learn to the best of our ability. We worked in groups to design our classroom and then used teamwork to put it all together, making our new learning community!
We have also been exploring the school values, which are teamwork, responsibility, respect and achievement and what these might involve in our learning community. Below are some photos of our amazing work and showing our great teamwork skills!
Today is safer internet day, which is all about how we can make the internet a more respectful place. We were involved in a virtual classroom where we learned about how we can be safe and respectful online. We also made pledges to make the online community a more respectful place. We got to talk to different classes around the world, which was pretty awesome!
Every Monday we have year 4 Sport the sport we are playing this term is kickball. Kickball is a team game where we play against other classes and the aim is to kick the ball and try to make a home run without getting out.
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In 4A and 4E we had the opportunity to skype a scientist. Before we skyped the scientist we had to find information about her job. We knew that she was a marine spatial ecologist that focuses on Gray whales. This means that she observes the food Gray whales eat and their behaviours when they find their food. We had to research information about her job and facts about Gray whales so we could ask her questions about her job.
When we skyped the scientist named Florence, we recorded key questions and notes to helps us learn more information about Gray whales and how this relates to biodiversity.
We used the information that we learned from the marine ecologist to write a persuasive or a information report in a group. We are using this information to help us understand biodiversity better and to help us with are solutions later on.
By Damla, Indiana and Tameka
In math’s we have also been looking at maps of the Melbourne zoo so we would be able to find our way around when we went to the zoo. We were first given the challenge of writing directions to move around the enclosures. We were then given an ozobot and had to try to get the ozobot to move around the map of the zoo. We learnt that different colours mean different things. For example red means stop or slow.
Our trip to the zoo
On the 26th of October all the grade 4’s went on an excursion to the Melbourne Zoo. We first ate our lunch under the shade and listened to a story about two swans. Then we were given lanyards with a map of the zoo. We were given the task to visit our five local legends. Animal legends are endangered animals which people are trying to help.
We then were given time to walk around the zoo and see many different species and types of animals. One of the animals we learned about which was also a local legend was the Philippines crocodile. This crocodile is endangered because people were throwing dynamite in the water to catch fish.
While we were looking for our local legends we explored the other animals. Some of our favorites were; the Geckos, Snakes, Meer cats, Elephants, Giraffes and Platypus.
We found the zoo really interesting.