Homework – Week 9

You have until Wednesday 20th June to complete this week’s homework – and this week is the last week of homework for the term.

This week you need to complete:

  1. Reading log signed 5 times for the week
  2. Maths- Log onto Hotmaths- some of you have an allocated multiplication task. If not, continue with your multiplication facts practice.
  3. BTN : Don’t Panic: 26/11/2013, Behind the News
  4. 100 Word Challenge                                                                                                 Here is this week’s prompt- 
    This week we are looking at the third person for the prompt. As always, please make sure you use the prompt as it is written with no changes or additions. It is:…however, she couldn’t believe what she had done…

5. Comment on at least 2 other blogs- remember to be relevant, constructive and appropriate.

Remember to plan your homework week early, and come and chat to me if you’re having any issues.


Topic Lesson – Drought

Classifying the effects of a drought



 I can classify/categorise the different types of effects of a drought


Discuss Cape Town Water Crisis

New information:

 When you systematically classify/categorise things, you can use this algorithm to make it rigorous and productive:

Classify: group similar items together based on similar traits

  1. Name items to sort into categories
  2. Decide on possible categories based on possible differences
  3. Sort the items and say why they are in a category
  4. Say how items could go into different categories
  5. Tell what you know now (new idea) or could do with the information (new item)


New info & Application:

 1. Name items to sort into categories- things that are affected by drought

Show pictures of drought- list all things that are affected & how they are affected








In peer mentor partners, you should skim and scan this article to find specific effects of drought (10 min)- https://kids.kiddle.co/Drought#Consequences_of_drought

drought effects list

  1. Decide on possible categories based on possible differences– brainstorm possible categories




(e.g- human/ non human;    long term/short term;     living/non living;      plant/animal/non-living;    natural/artificial                                                      things humans can do something about/things we can’t)

Decide on the categorisation process you will use   Write: what are your categories?


3. Sort the items and say why they are in a category

Write:  What belongs in each category?

draw a picture /diagram/infographic of a fictional place that labels/lists effects of a drought/ use a system (such as brackets under your labels) to clearly categorise the items you have labeled


4. Say how items could go into different groups

Write: Could you create/choose different categories- how would you arrange the items now?


Goal reflection:

 4. Tell what you know now (new idea) or could do with the information (new item)

Which type of classification do you think is most useful? Why?

How might different types of categories help us to understand or to respond to drought?

Topic Lesson

Private: Perspectives analysis of bushfire




I can identify the positive and negative impacts of fire from different perspectives



Thought starter: What is this little girl doing?



What do you see?

What does it make you think about?

What does it make you wonder?


New Information & Application:

When you systematically analyse the different ways different people might see something, you can use this algorithm to make it rigorous and productive:

Analyse Perspectives:  consider multiple perspectives about an issue

  1. I describe a situation
  2. I tell how one person sees it
  3. I tell how a different person sees it
  4. I give my opinion about the differences
  5. I explain what I know now or how to make it better



Fill in the perspectives analysis looking at the different perspectives of the impact of fire.

  1. I describe a situation Fire in the bush: what will they think about it?

Watch these videos and note-take your understandings.




Rise from the Ashes


In Australia we have seen many Bushfire disasters which can make us fear fire.

In contrast, the Aboriginal people have used fire as a tool to manage their lands for many years.


Goal Reflection:

Explain how our attitude and dealing with fire as an inclusive community could help to improve both the management of our land and the management of bushfires as a natural disaster.

Homework – Week 8

Due Tuesday 12th June

This week you need to complete:

  1. Reading log signed 5 times for the week
  2. Maths- this week your maths homework is to work on your multiplication goal. Work a little each day- we will check in on them regularly over the week.
  3. BTN  Cape Town Water Crisis
  4. 100 Word Challenge                                                                                                     Here is this week’s prompt- This week we have five words that all must appear in the 100 words. They can be in any order though. They are:Bridge  Sprinkled  Pink  Daffodil  Huge


Homework – Week 7

Due: Monday 4th June

a)     Reading – 5 times for the week. Don’t forget to record your reading and make sure you get an adult to sign for you.

b)     100 WC

Latest prompt

This week we have another ‘guest’ prompt sent in from the students in Yr.6 at Eaton International School,  Persiaran Puncak Utama, Jade Hills, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia – quite an address, isn’t it!

They have sent a picture & some questions they thought you could think about when composing your 100 words.

Questions to think about:

  • What is under the spikes?
  • What if it came alive?
  • What if it ruled the world? Would there be a brighter future for us all?


c)      For maths this week please spend some time each day working on your current multiplication facts or ‘times tables’. This might mean making cards and getting someone to test you, getting someone to ask you in the car or walking the dog, write up the tables and out them up around the house or teach someone else! If you know your automatic facts for the 1-12 multiplication facts, work on your 13’s, 15’s or even 75’s. What else can you learn?

d)      This week’s BTN article follows on from our work about the effects of natural disasters. Let me know if you have any issues with the link.



Webinar Reflection

Well done to those who have already posted your reflection on today’s webinar. I am really impressed with the work you have done.

Don’t forget to share what you have learned with your family. Kids are not the only ones who get scammed or have to protect their online information.

Homework – Week 6

Due Date:   Monday 28th May 2018

Well done on the big improvement in completing homework tasks.

Keep it up!

  1. Read at least 5 times for the week, for at least 20 minutes each time. You must date the work, Write how many pages you read and get a parent or caregiver to sign.
  2. Herald Sun for Kids  Click here for the link  http://www.heraldsun.com.au/kids-news/a-huge-rip-in-the-ground-has-scientists-suggesting-africa-is-starting-to-split-in-two/news-story/ef66af3388365dc736c0802db9055dee
  3. HotMaths task
  4. 100 Word ChallengeThe prompt is:…but I didn’t understand the instructions…

    Things to think about:

    • What were the instructions for? A thing, a location, an action?
    • What problem does not understanding bring?
    • what be the perfect result be?

Homework – Week 5

Due Date:   Monday 21st May 2018

This week you are expected to..

  1. Read at least 5 times for the week, for at least 20 minutes each time. You must date the work, Write how many pages you read and get a parent or caregiver to sign.
  2. Herald Sun for Kids  Click here for the link  http://www.heraldsun.com.au/kids-news/people-flee-as-hawaiis-erupting-volcano-destroys-homes/news-story/e1fdc54c016899d68ccca8fb1afad855
  3. HotMaths task
  4. 100 Word Challenge

Latest prompt

Our friends at Night Zookeeper have set a special prompt for us this week. It is about their upcoming book, The Lioness of Fire Desert, which is available in August. In the story, Night Zookeeper Will travels to the Fire Desert and discovers a pink lake and animal hospital.

Prompt: Can you invent a magical animal that could live in one of these magical places and tell us all about them?

The Earth’s Crust and Natural Disasters

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(2-5 min)

I can explain how the Earth’s crust contributes to natural disasters


(5-10 min)

This video shows where earthquakes have been recorded and where tectonic plate edges are.

What do you see/think/wonder?

Video Player



New Information & Application:

(5 min)

Show students video / take notes:

5 min

Present students with the following questions.

  • What is the Earth’s crust and how is it defined?
  • How is the Earth’s crust connected to natural disasters?

What other questions do you have with regards the Earth’s crust and its movement?-write in your books

share & organise- 10 min

Share the most important questions they have & choose approx. 5-6 more questions as a class to investigate and attempt to find answers-students can work in pairs.

  • Use a half piece of paper to answer each of the questions -record any information which helps answer the questions. Remember, diagrams can be a great way to answer some of the questions. Name each page and write the question at the top
  • you can use books and websites- each person should use one animated and one still source to find information from. Below are some suggested sources. Try to make sure that a variety of sources are used.

Research 30-40 min (approx 5 min per question- give regular reminders and suggestions to move through the questions).

Video Player



Info & interactive





25 min

After half an hour, divide the students into the same number of groups as there are questions and present each group with all of the responses to one of the questions. (S0, for example, one group of 3-4 students will be given everybody’s answers to the question: “What is the Earth’s crust and how is it defined?” Other groups will receive all the answers to other questions.)

Each group then has the task of collating the responses to their designated question, determining the common elements and organising a combined response that best answers the question.

This will be glued onto a class poster- The Earth’s Crust- Our Questions Answered


25 min

When groups are ready to present, they hand back research pages, students glue them into their books

A representative from each group will share this information with the class about their question.

As each question is answered and discussed, provide students with a minute or two to discuss their understanding of the answer with a partner and add to their notes.


Goal Review

10 min

Draw or create a visual representation (diagram/graphic organiser) of some of your learning that connects the earths crust with at least 1 natural disaster  10 min

Homework – Week 4

Well done to those of you who consistently complete the homework tasks. I’m very proud of you. I know you all have very busy lives and it can be a challenge to manage your time.

Homework is due on Monday 14th May 2018

  1. Read 5 times, date your reading, record how many pages you read and for how long. Make sure you get a parent or caregiver to sign your homework book.
  2. The 100 word challenge. This week we are venturing into the world of conversation & speech!                                                                  The prompt is:…’when did it arrive?’ I said                                                    Things to consider:
    • What is it?
    • Why is the question being asked?
    • What will the result be if ‘IT’ is late or early?
  3. Herald Sun for Kids. Read the following article and respond as you normally would for a BTN reflection, colour coding or using a key to identify understandings, facts and questions.  Click here for the link.
  4. Maths – this week please use this link to Khan Academy where we will practice some more factors and multiples.  Please let me know if you are having difficulties logging on to and completing tasks. Don’t leave it until Monday morning to ask for help.

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