Today in maths we were looking at negative and positive numbers. Our Learning Intentions were, to use the term integers to describe positive and negative numbers and 0,to recognise negative whole numbers and place them on a number line in relation to zero and investigate negative whole numbers and patterns created on a calculator.
To begin our lesson we researched the coldest and hottest places on the earth. I found Death Valley California is 56 degrees celsius, Antarctica -89 degrees celsius, United States of America is -62 degrees celsius and Australia can be up to 47 degrees celsius.
We got into pairs and were given a thermometer. We first measured the temperature of our class room which at the time was 25 degrees celsius, and underneath our armpits were 37 degrees celsius (the healthy body temperature).
We then were given cups of different liquids, hot water was 75 degrees celsius, ice in a cup was -1 degrees celsius and tap water was 25 degrees celsius. We were then given the opportunity to put our thermometers in other places where we thought the temperatures would vary.
This was an inquiry question posed by Kaitlyn this week after a discussion about the different ways people communicate. She said that in a way the pressure to use social media is like the pressure to smoke that some teenagers are put under. We then considered whether using social media is as dangerous as smoking a cigarette.
One of the interesting responses was that smoking can affect your physical wellbeing but social media can have just as much harm to your mental health.
What do you think?
This week we have been inquiring into the solar system in maths. Do you know which planets are closer to the sun that others? We looked at the distance each planet is from the sun and then calculated the relative distance each planet is from the other planets (after scaling the measurements down). We discovered many interesting things through this inquiry. We then put them on a 6m piece of string to represent our findings.
In library/Inquiry, we have been “thinking about thinking” and trying to Think outside of the box to think more creatively.
What would your ideas be for:
Something that you toss: emotion, decision
Something that is messy: family fire, politics
Something that changes shape: clouds
Something that is loud: colours
Something that grows: my appetite, the world’s population
Something that opens: my imagination, heart, opportunities
Something you can carry: guilt, a burden, your soul
Something that can be shaken: opinions
Something that is flat: a day, a musical note,
Something that you throw: depression, rumours
Have you ever planned an event where you have to consider the space you have and the things you need to put in the space?
Today in maths, Year 6 worked collaboratively to problem solve how they would plan for the upcoming Year 6 dinner. We problem solved measuring the perimeter of the hall and then the various areas within it that we wanted to include. Things we had to consider were: the number of people coming, what special areas we would include such as a dance floor and photo booth. It was interesting to inquire into these areas and to consider how we would measure the area of the round tables.
How can we speak effectively?
We have been discussing change and what this means to us. We have thought about the changes that 2017 might mean for us. We have considered these changes and whether the consequences are good or bad. We have had a lot of fun creating quick 30 seconds speeches about this because in English we have been focusing on public speaking. We have tried to create speeches that engage our audience.
By Ella and Annika