Simplifying Fractions

For the past couple of weeks, we have been looking at fractions. Each group has been looking at different aspects of fractions but we have all looked at equivalence.

Equivalence is a bit like simplifying fractions. Why say 4/8 when it is really 1/2? We simplify or reduce fractions to make it into the simplest fraction we can.

This video explains two different methods for simplifying fractions:

Head to mathsisfun.com/simplfying-fractions.html to try some practise activities!

Is simplifying fractions easy for you? Why/Why not? How do you feel about fractions? When have you used fractions in your life?

August is Family Blogging Month!

The students on Frole Island love to share their learning through this blog.

The involvement of family members in our blog is so important. It makes everything we do at school more meaningful and special.

In an effort to include more family members in our online community, we are starting a new blog comment challenge called

AUGUST IS FAMILY BLOGGING MONTH!

Whenever a students’ family member leaves us a comment, the student will record it on our blog comment chart using the following codes:

At the end of August, the 5/6E student and 5/6F student who have the most comments from different family members will win a prize! In order to keep the challenge fair to everyone, each student can only record one comment on the chart per day. So the goal is to get as many different family members involved as possible during the month-long challenge!

Having conversations through commenting is one of the best parts of blogging so in your comments feel free to ask questions and reply to other people’s questions. Please refer to our Guidelines and Safety pages if you are unsure of how to comment or respond appropriately.

We’re inviting everyone to comment including mums, dads, brothers, sisters, grandmas, grandpas, uncles, aunts, cousins and family friends! Please do not include surnames, just how you know our students. For example; Katelyn (Mia’s aunty’s cousin’s friend’s sister)

* Family members don’t have to comment only on this post, they can comment on any post on our blog. *

If you want to know how to write a comment and for tips on writing quality comments, click here.

Thank you and credit to Kathleen Morris and Kelly Jordan at 4KM & 4KJ for the idea and wording of this introductory post! This was an idea originally created by Mrs Yollis in California.

What do you think of the “August is Family Blogging Month” challenge?

Which family members will you invite to comment?

Which posts do you think will be of interest to your family members?

A chance lesson by chance!

Yesterday, we celebrated some birthdays that were on the holidays – Sesanga’s & Jaxon’s. While speaking to Jaxon, he mentioned his presents and a lot of them were One Direction related!

“If you love One Direction so much, why don’t you just go to their concert?” Zac called out.
“You could win tickets by shopping at Coles!” someone else called out.

Very nice suggestions. Particularly for Jaxon. But just how easy was it to win tickets to a One Direction concert?

The previous day, Caroline had read an article in the newspaper that said you were more likely to win tickets if you lived in NSW (because the concert was in Sydney and if someone in Victoria won, they would have to pay their own airfares and accommodation.)

She explained it to us like this: If there were 50 tickets to be won (for example), 25 of them would be won in NSW and the other 25 would be won in the other 7 states and territories of Australia.

We used a number line to show how much this actually was. We simplified 25/50 to be half (1/2). So half of all the tickets were located in NSW and the rest were somewhere else in Australia.

So, Jaxon’s chances of shopping at Coles and winning a ticket were getting smaller and smaller!

We went outside and used Miss Fraser’s Chalk Chance Line to stand where we thought the chance of the following statements would be.

  • The chance of it raining tomorrow
  • The chance of Geelong winning the AFL Grand Final
  • After flipping a normal, two-sided coin 50 times and landing on Heads EVERY TIME, the chance of it landing on Tails the next time it was flipped

“But Miss Fraser, you didn’t say WHERE in the world it would rain! So I’m standing on ‘Certain’ because it will rain somewhere in the world tomorrow!” Bella yelled out.

And she was right. Miss Fraser didn’t say where in the world. These are called ‘variables’. Things that affect the chance of something happening. Variables are explained in some of our reflections in the slides below.

Isn’t it funny that our Chance maths lesson (which only happened by chance!) taught us so much!

What chance do you think the statements Miss Fraser said have of happening? Have you ever heard of variables? What is the chance that you will comment on this post?!

Skype Quiz

During the last week of Term 2, students on Frole Island competed in a quiz with 5/6CJ and 4/5P from Upper Plenty Primary School.

We met 5/6CJ and Miss Crowther when we Mystery Skyped with them earlier in the year. We really enjoyed the experience and having the chance to chat with the students afterwards. We discovered that we had something in common – we had been studying Asia all of Term 2 and they had been studying China for our Inquiry units.

When we headed over to the Theatre, students didn’t know what we were up to! UPPS made our experience very enjoyable – they played the ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ music for us so we felt like we were really on a quiz show. They even prepared advertisements for us for when we had to go to an ad break!

First, we asked the 10 questions for UPPS about China. They did very well and walked away with imaginary $10,000. Enough to buy us all dinner! Here are their questions – see how well you do!

Asia Skype Quiz for UPPS

Then, we were asked our 10 questions. We have all been looking at different countries in Asia so as a group, we had quite a lot of knowledge about a variety of countries. However, Miss Fraser picked us randomly to answer questions – so we weren’t guaranteed to answer a question about a country we had researched!

Overall, we won an imaginary $500,000! We decided we would all travel to Asia together and visit some of the countries we had researched.

After each question, the Fact Fairies from UPPS gave us extra information. The effort they put in was fantastic – they had independently researched these facts as something extra.

Here are the questions we were asked. How well will you do?!

Asia Skype Quiz for Killara

These were fantastic questions and some of them had us really stumped – like the different types of rice question!

Miss Crowther made a short video of our experience. Here it is:

 

Skype Quiz Edited from Miss Crowther on Vimeo.

Thanks for a great afternoon 5/6CJ & 4/5P. We had a great afternoon and loved assessing our learning this way! We definitely enjoyed it as much as you did!

How did you do in the quizzes by yourself? What other questions would you add to either quiz? Have you ever used Skype in your classroom like this before? Tell us about it!

Welcome back to Term 3

We are looking forward to an exciting and action packed Term 3!

Here are some of the things we are looking forward to:

  • Walk-A-Thon
  • School Production – Wipe Out Waste!
  • Understanding Ourselves
  • Book Week
  • New 5/6 Sport team sport tryouts
  • Using more social media in the classroom

And plenty more!

What are YOU looking forward to the most in Term 3? Why?

CAFE’ Strategy: Tuning In To Interesting Words

On Frole Island, we use CAFE’ strategies to help us with our reading. Miss Fraser & Caroline conference with us regularly and we set goals for our reading using the CAFE’ menu.

CAFE’ was created by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser as an assessment tool. CAFE is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expand Vocabulary. You can read more about it here.

We have just learnt how to tune in to interesting words as part of expanding our vocabulary. While we were independently reading during our High Five session, (our adapted version of the Daily 5 – also created by ‘The Sisters’ Gail Boushey and Joan Moser) we wrote down interesting words we came across. Tuning in to interesting words helps us expand our vocabulary during speaking and writing – which makes our writing much more interesting!

Here is Miss Fraser’s Word Cloud of interesting words in our class novel ‘Maniac Magee.’

What interesting words have you found during reading?… at AnswerGarden.ch.

What is the most interesting word you have come across? Do you know the meaning of these words?