Today we have considered what makes writing effective.
We did a think, pair, share routine to brainstorm the different things we can do to make our own writing interesting. These are our ideas:
Carefully select descriptive language
Have a good structure to our thoughts
Make our writing suit our audience
Use a captivating title that engages the reader
Include some figurative language and rhetorical questions.
We have now chosen a highlight from camp to write a descriptive passage about.
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?
Do you know the relative distance of the planets from the sun? Year 6 do now. We investigated this using string, cards and tape measures. We had to use a scale of 1cm = 1 million kilometres in order to create our display. You can learn more about this if you visit our balcony area.
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